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Old 05-13-2013, 07:20 AM   #5026
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Waltzing Matilda

I enjoyed hearing it performed by that guy. I looked up the meaning of the lyric words and even enjoy it more knowing what they mean and learning the origin of the song. Very Aussie, love it....

Enjoy your time there, I know we all will as well.
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:18 AM   #5027
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I enjoyed hearing it performed by that guy. I looked up the meaning of the lyric words and even enjoy it more knowing what they mean and learning the origin of the song. Very Aussie, love it....

Enjoy your time there, I know we all will as well.
Definitely. Time to spend more money with iTunes.

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Tall Fiddler = the awesome

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjquoPYtB-c *my embed-fu sucks right now.
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:14 PM   #5028
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Catching Up.....

Arriving into Sydney Friday allowed me to hang out with my friends Craig and Jenny on the weekend.

We took a long walk along the harbor from one Park to the next.



Out to the South Heads. Stopping at Watson Bay Hotel for a drink, and then a picnic lunch overlooking the "heads" which is the entrance to the Sydney Harbor.



Somehow I did not take any photos

Just was enjoying our time catching up and sharing conversations about Politics, Foreign Affairs, Technology, Marketing, Guns, and all sorts of life issues! Was really great!

We then stopped by Deus Motorcycle shop and Cafe.



Some really cool custom bikes for sale.







And a few oldies





Sunday we went to the Art Gallery to check out the Exhibition.



Monday Morning I organized my gear a bit and then headed off to get figure out getting my bike paperwork so that I can get some third party insurance. Sort of strange, but I need to have a "blue Slip" inspection, before I can get the insurance coverage that is required. It was a bit confusing and was not able to get it completed Monday but hope to wrap it up today. More on this tomorrow once I get it sorted out!

Also needed to get my side stand repaired. Ordered a new spring from BMW which was lost in shipping, and then needed the side stand bracket wielded up. I decided to go back to Deus to see it they would do it. Let me tell you, not having a side stand on a big bike is a real hassle!

I spoke with the shop foreman, and he was not super keen on doing the repair right away, but once he saw the issue, he jumped right in to remove the bracket, fabricate a new spring brace and tighten up the stand stand that has taken a bit of abuse with the extra weight of the bike.

Pulling the bracket off next to their shop.



The shop



Grinding and prepping



And putting it all back together!



So glad to get this all taken care of!

Just a quick note on the entire shipping process. I used Peter Lambert at Bikesabroad to ship my bike to Australia. Overall it worked out great! I arranged a crate at BMW Auckland (Thanks to Sebastian !! ) and Peter had it picked up (for a fee of course), then I mailed my Carnet to another shipping office in NZ (this was a bit of a concern as I have always been there while clearing customs but Peter assured me that it was normal). They exported the bike, onto the freighter and took care of all Customs and Bio security inbound in Australia. When I arrived at the Depot in Sydney, the Bike and Carnet were all in good order! What I found was I had lots of questions about the process as I just did not know all the issues, and Peter was good about answering them and assuring me that it would be good.

Cost of Shipping was $1,450 USD with all fees, and 1 extra week storage in Sydney.

Thanks Peter!

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Old 05-13-2013, 06:27 PM   #5029
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Thanks Radioman for sharing your journey

Hi Mark, long time lurker finally caught up with this thread after also reading chapter one. Really appreciate the time and effort in keeping us updated and feel for you with the loss of your wife way too soon. All the best with the Australian part of your adventure and don't forget a lot of Aussies are descended from inmates.
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:24 PM   #5030
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:31 AM   #5031
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Cheers!

Thanks for all the great info Mark!

Enjoy the land of OZ. Man, do I miss my time in Sydney. If your plans allow, head up the Gold Coast to Surfer's Paradise. Great area!

And those are some fantastic looking bike pics! Love their custom work!
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:35 PM   #5032
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f your plans allow, head up the Gold Coast to Surfer's Paradise. Great area!
I have 3-4 months in Australia, so I will certainly make it up the gold coast at some point!
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:10 PM   #5033
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Details to take care of in Sydney....

I had researched before coming to OZ about the bike registration, and thought I was fine with me Carnet de Passage. But upon arriving in Sydney, I realized there were automated Toll roads around so I might need to get a E-tag or E-pass to pay the fees around Australia. That started a bit of a goose chase the last two days.

Also I called about adding some type of Liability Insurance for my bike (US insurance does not work, and there is no universal world coverage). So I called a couple insurance companies..... I got Liability for other peoples property, but they told me I needed to get a "green Slip" in order to get the compulsory Liability insurance. OK.... Started at RTA (Roads and Transport Authority office).



As a foreigner, with a foreign register bike..... They did not really know. They gave me a couple forms, told me to go to a mechanic to get the "green Slip" inspection done. I went there but was told I needed a "import Authorization" that I was supposed to do before bring bike in. I forgot to bring all my paperwork, so had to come back the next day to see what would happen.



I arrive, show him my Carnet de Passage which he had never seen. I had called the Department of Infrastructure and was told that it was all I needed.... He made a couple calls, checked the bike and was filling out the "blue Slip" form that the RTA said I would need. He came to a question in the middle of the form and called someone else in the "tech department".... Oh, with Carnet I need none of this....





OK. Back to RTA just to get an E-Tag for tolls..... No toll booths in Australia. The gals at the desk, did not know what to think, made some calls.... Told me as I have a carnet in NSW I have some type of foreigner Liability called Nominal Defendant Scheme from MAA (Motor Accident Authority) that would cover someone elses injury. OK great. NSW is a fault state as well.


And a sign in the office gave me more valuable information



I can tell in Oz, that they like to follow the rules very closely

So I called the insurance company back and wanted the extra coverage for liability for injury of others just in case..... Oh, with Carnet they can do it but had to sell me the full year not monthly yikes too much money!

All these types of details are normal, but take a bit of time to sort out and get yourself comfortable. At RTA they gave me a phone number to call for after I ride through toll roads, and I could pay my tolls per each time with Credit card.

The rest I will just need to leave as is and get out and ride!

Tourist day today..... Taking a bus downtown Sydney in a few minutes to explore the Rocks, Sydney Opera house etc..... Then will meet up with an ADV couple tonight for dinner, another rider and his family on Friday and a friend of a friend on Sunday to just take in a bit of Sydney before I start really riding!



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Old 05-14-2013, 03:21 PM   #5034
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You can got to Go Via dot com dot au and create and account there & just add your rego. It will then all come off your cc aust wide. Sooner you get out of Syd the better you will be head north my friend to QLD.(Queensland)l

PS did you bring any 2Meter gear with you ? Love the report.
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Old 05-14-2013, 06:18 PM   #5035
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I can tell in Oz, that they like to follow the rules very closely
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Trouble is, when it comes to the temporary use of foreign vehicles on their roads, nobody seems to know exactly what those rules are! We had a similar run around in 09.

The trick with insurance is to get a 1 yr policy on a pay by installment option then cancel it when you go. Swann covered us then without asking for slips of any colour. As far as we could tell it wasn't mandatory but it seemed like a good idea.

Rosie dutifully registered us online for the NSW toll roads too, but maybe foreign plates didn't compute or something cos we never got charged for any of our trips across Sydney

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Mark; the Aussies have warned you about Drop Bears, haven't they?
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:50 PM   #5037
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Good Book

Radioman, here's a good book worth the time to read while on the road in Australia.
It's about the history of the transportation of convicts to Australia from England and is a very interesting story and a big part of the history of the founding of Australia.
The book, "The Fatal Shore" is written by Robert Hughes and very well written, informative and I couldn't put it down. I picked up a copy at the Hyde Park Barricks in Downtown Sydney when I was there about 10 years ago and have re-read 2-3 times.
See if you can pick up one locally or Amazon has copies for sale for the Kindle if you have one of those.
http://www.amazon.ca/Fatal-Shore-Aus...ds=fatal+shore
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Radioman, here's a good book worth the time to read while on the road in Australia.
The book, "The Fatal Shore" is written by Robert Hughes
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:40 AM   #5039
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Radioman, here's a good book worth the time to read while on the road in Australia.
It's about the history of the transportation of convicts to Australia from England and is a very interesting story and a big part of the history of the founding of Australia.
The book, "The Fatal Shore" is written by Robert Hughes and very well written, informative and I couldn't put it down. I picked up a copy at the Hyde Park Barricks in Downtown Sydney when I was there about 10 years ago and have re-read 2-3 times.
See if you can pick up one locally or Amazon has copies for sale for the Kindle if you have one of those.
http://www.amazon.ca/Fatal-Shore-Aus...ds=fatal+shore
Cheers,

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Thanks for the info on the book, I ordered a hardback version for a little over 3 bucks US. anxious to read it...
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Trouble is, when it comes to the temporary use of foreign vehicles on their roads, nobody seems to know exactly what those rules are! We had a similar run around in 09.
Have fun & watch out for drop bears
Clint and Rosie !
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