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    Expat in USA planning to return to Australia

    Hi, I'm a kiwi/aussie (dual nationality) living in Portland, Oregon. Planning to move back to Australia, possibly SA, in the next few years and want to bring my bikes. If you don't mind, will pick your collective brains for some local knowledge about importing, compliance, rego, etc.

    Cheers.
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    I don't know about shipping etc. but I'd lose that front tyre (Bridgestone S11) and use the BT45, felt like the front end constantly sliding out when I had one.

    Oh, and you'll have to renounce dual citizenship if you want to get into politics here.

    Nice bikes BTW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrapeit View Post

    Oh, and you'll have to renounce dual citizenship if you want to get into politics here.

    Nice bikes BTW.
    Just don't 'screw the crew' when you do.
    Darryl in E27-land


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    Welcome, nice bikes but don't mind the garage either lol. Sth Oz?,big change from Oregon. Nice Kat.

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    Senior Member WA ThomasJ's Avatar
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    Hi Mcaroll, pre 1989 bikes on the west coast of Australia is really easy. Other states have all sorts of requirements. I have no idea about SA. I have had a couple of bikes come in from the US. Have at look at this site for shipping. You may find it helpful.

    https://www.mainfreight.com/au/en/au...a-freight.aspx

    If you have owned the bikes for a period of time (12 months I recall) they are under personal imports. But this is an old memory.

    Tom
    Preservation before restoration - they are only original once

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    Welcome mc, nice bikes and one spotless workshop almost too spotless

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    Thanks for the comments. Workshop's just been finished, thus clean and tidy, and now getting into some projects.

    I lived for many years in Sydney and Canberra but I like Adelaide and Perth - and, I might be totally wrong on this, at least SA does seem to be a little more sympathetic to historic vehicles? Now my American wife and I are staring down the barrel of 50, we're looking for our final settling down place (not the US). A nice city, not too big, close to beautiful beaches and wine country. And somewhere that works well for historic vehicles and has nice riding/driving.

    I'm about to embark on a resto-mod of my Kat. USD forks and Bandit swingarm. I've read some Australian online compliance stuff but every state seems to be different. In your own experience in your state, does this need to be complianced? If so, is it a difficult process?

    Anyone know if these changes fall into what is allowable under SA's new relaxed "$90 for 90 days" rules about allowable changes to historics?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwialfa View Post
    Just don't 'screw the crew' when you do.
    But theres no nepotism for your dogs...
    HKSI


    "But what would I know, I cant even diagnose a vacuum leak"

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkside View Post
    But theres no nepotism for your dogs...
    Barnaby is all yours now, just like Russell Crowe.
    Darryl in E27-land


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    Senior Member WA ThomasJ's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcarroll_nz View Post
    Thanks for the comments. Workshop's just been finished, thus clean and tidy, and now getting into some projects.

    I lived for many years in Sydney and Canberra but I like Adelaide and Perth - and, I might be totally wrong on this, at least SA does seem to be a little more sympathetic to historic vehicles? Now my American wife and I are staring down the barrel of 50, we're looking for our final settling down place (not the US). A nice city, not too big, close to beautiful beaches and wine country. And somewhere that works well for historic vehicles and has nice riding/driving.

    I'm about to embark on a resto-mod of my Kat. USD forks and Bandit swingarm. I've read some Australian online compliance stuff but every state seems to be different. In your own experience in your state, does this need to be complianced? If so, is it a difficult process?

    Anyone know if these changes fall into what is allowable under SA's new relaxed "$90 for 90 days" rules about allowable changes to historics?

    Thanks.
    I am from Sydney and really like the place, Queensland is my second home, SA brilliant place to visit but Perth is the place to live.
    As for regoing import bikes; once you have them in Australia: (from my experience) Perth is just a simple roadworthy inspection, show proof of ownership as in a receipt that you paid for it and pay your fees. That easy. (pre 1989 bikes imported)
    Preservation before restoration - they are only original once

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