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Old 01-22-2013, 10:17 AM   #1
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MAF/MPI biosecurity

Hi all,

I am shipping my bike to Auckland from Santiago, Chile, and wonder if any of you who have taken your bike out of the country and returned, what was your experience with the 'biosecurity' stage of retreiving your moto from customs?

I am wrapping up over 16 months of riding in the Americas and have spent the last 3 days trying to clean my bike and gear. Despite toothbrushing the entire bike it appears that some of the dirt is now structural, beefing up what is already a solid DR650, hahaha...serves me right for not washing it very often.

What I'm worried about is the fee-based inspection/cleaning that I may have to go through upon arrival, if they decide my bike is a biological hazard. If anyone has any stories to tell of this, I'm all ears!!

Looking forward to riding New Zealand!

Thanks,
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:29 AM   #2
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If you have spent a few days cleaning it you should be ok. We got quite fussy before we shipped ours back from Oz, took off seats, tanks etc & gave them a good soapy wash, they were pretty clean & we had no worries with MAF. I have seen other bikes come in that were a bit grubby with no problems but the cleaner the better, loose soil & bugs is what they will look for.

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Old 01-22-2013, 12:26 PM   #3
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I brought a van full of gear in a few years back, it was clean but not immaculate, they were more concerned with the contents....Honey and dirty trainers......and a shell casing from the Somme.....charged me to have them steam cleaned.
Don't even think about bringing any food items...
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:33 PM   #4
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How about freeze dried food or packaged camping food?

I land on Feb 18th.... Will get my bike cleaned up before I ship!
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:38 PM   #5
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How about freeze dried food or packaged camping food?

I land on Feb 18th.... Will get my bike cleaned up before I ship!
Thoroughly cooked & prepared foods are fine. Declare them coming in though. Here's a link to the Ministry For Primary Industries which has some information on that. The FAQ are quite good.
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:41 PM   #6
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Thanks guys,

I also took the tank, seat, panels, etc. off to clean things up, so hopefully that's enough. I'll see how it goes and will post a summary of the process when I get to NZ next week. Heading to the airport tomorrow to crate the bike!
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:15 PM   #7
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How about freeze dried food or packaged camping food?

I land on Feb 18th.... Will get my bike cleaned up before I ship!
From my experience, they will be far more interested in your camping gear than your camping food. Make sure everything is nice and clean, and expect to have to pull things out of your luggage to be inspected.
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:56 PM   #8
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Hi all,

I am shipping my bike to Auckland from Santiago, Chile, and wonder if any of you who have taken your bike out of the country and returned, what was your experience with the 'biosecurity' stage of retreiving your moto from customs?

I am wrapping up over 16 months of riding in the Americas and have spent the last 3 days trying to clean my bike and gear. Despite toothbrushing the entire bike it appears that some of the dirt is now structural, beefing up what is already a solid DR650, hahaha...serves me right for not washing it very often.

What I'm worried about is the fee-based inspection/cleaning that I may have to go through upon arrival, if they decide my bike is a biological hazard. If anyone has any stories to tell of this, I'm all ears!!

Looking forward to riding New Zealand!

Thanks,
Nick
We got our DR back at the beginning of December from the US. No problems with MAF. The bike had a good clean but wasn't completely spotless. I f you have made a reasonable job of it you shouldn't have a problem. As Rosie pointed out, they may wanted to look at you gear, especially shoes/boots.
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:34 AM   #9
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From my experience, they will be far more interested in your camping gear than your camping food. Make sure everything is nice and clean, and expect to have to pull things out of your luggage to be inspected.
Thanks. Always good going knowing about the process, then being patient and knowing it will take some time.... Then
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:09 PM   #10
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If your bike has a radiator or oil cooler make sure that is clean and bug free, that's the first place NZ officials look.
If that is clean they they tend to relax immediately.

If it's full of dead bugs they start looking everywhere and it will get expensive.

90% of the time it depends entirely on who you get and the mood they are in.
When I brought my bike back to OZ it was the same thing.

Also make sure that your bike and walking boots are clean.
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:48 PM   #11
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Got my bike back yesterday! The MAF inspectors gave it a quick visual inspection after pulling back some of the plastic it was wrapped in, and wanted to confirm the mileage on it as well, which meant pulling all the wraps off and re-connecting the battery, but in the end they deemed it clean enough. They asked if I had any food in my panniers, but didn't open any of my bags.

I had to pay $51 NZD for their time inspecting the bike, but that was all.
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