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    How to import a motorcycle

    Just wondering if anyone out there has imported a motorcycle?

    IF so i am looking for some information as to how to go about doing it. What are the requirements etc..

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    Hey mate,

    I'm no expert, don't quote me. I looked into imports intensely a whiiiiile ago. I was watching overseas auctions trying to find a used SR400 or a T120...

    Who to ask:
    - Motorcycle dealers usually do imports. They might have lists of bikes they plan to import, that you might be able to enquire on.
    - Importers that specialise in this area
    - Exporters overseas (Japan for example)
    - Auctioneers overseas

    Requirements:

    - Safety inspection
    - Import approval.
    - Depends on what state you reside.
    - The eastern starboard requires a compliance inspection that costs around $600-700. I think this is to check for compatibility with australian roads, our natural environment etc. Carbon emissions???
    - Then after that it’s only your safety inspection and rego.
    - Also, depends on year model. I hear for cars pre-1988 doesn't require as much of the requirements...

    What do you want to import?

    Good luck,
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    click on FILE
    IMPORT AND EXPORT
    choose BIKES
    then just follow the wizard....


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    Hey bud thanks for the reply.

    Looking to import a CBR 250RR

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    Don't bother. You'll never get it registered.

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    my mate imported a car i dont know how similar it is, anyway he paid $3000 for a wooden box to put the car in, this included treading the wood and car for any bugs and whatnot. The car got here and the customs pretty much told him that the $3k he had spent went to nothing as the car still had to be treated in aus since the certificates he had provided as proof that the car was treated could be fake, ended up costing him an extra $2000 to get the work done in aus and beyond there he took 2 years to get it registered as it was a US car there were MANY mods to be done to make it "legal" it pretty much got to the point that the inspectors would cook up something new each time he took it to the pits!

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    If a car is older than 14 yrs [not exactly sure of the age but customs and licensing should tell you], no mods are necessary!

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    Quote Originally Posted by antoineperth View Post
    my mate imported a car i dont know how similar it is, anyway he paid $3000 for a wooden box to put the car in
    I've got a bridge your mate might want to buy. Bargain price, but he needs to organise his own shipping.

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    I would be interested in bringing a harley over from the states, but i'm always caveat emptor on things like that - and I hate buying sight unseen..

    I just wish we got the same sort of pricing on bikes that they get in the US and Europe.. we so get fleeced...
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    I have imported 2 motorcycles into Australia.

    Do a search (if it works) for the topic you are asking about.

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    the only thing with the car is yes it was older than 14 years old but being from the US there were a few mods to carry out since many of the street legal US cars arent actually street legal here.....
    Cam, this blokes moved away from perth (now retired and living in Spain) given hes got a lot of cash to waste he probably could buy the bridge

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    Quote Originally Posted by jules_1972 View Post
    I have imported 2 motorcycles into Australia.
    Just out of curiosity how much does it actually cost to import bikes from your experience? and how long does it take??
    Bet it was worth it though as you have MANY nice toys by the look of it

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    Instead of relying on the peanut gallery here your best bet is get in contact with DOTARS this is the federal department that handles the issuing of import permits. Things that will make a difference are age of vehicle weather you intend to register it if it was available here did you own it when you previously lived overseas.

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    I'm trying to do this now for a Norway trip.

    Importing Vehicles to Australia

    Seems buying pre 1989 is to ensure the vehicle comes outside the scope of the 1989 Act, which sucks as someone in UK has a Guzzi 1000S which would be ideal.

    He also has a friend with what looks like a mint 750S Sport but the friend is proving a reluctant seller.

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