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Old 01-29-2008, 08:12 PM   #1
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Buying Interstate - online

hiya,
Has anyone got some tips for buying interstate i have been looking online and all the bikes i want are in Qld or Victoria, I live in Sydney. I can't take a week off fly there and ride it home at the moment, so what is the other option get it freighted and what does it cost, plus not being able to look at the bike before purchase suxs.
I know someone here must have had a simliar dilema.
thanks for the help
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:20 PM   #2
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help is at hand.

I'm a shift worker with 3 full days off at a time. Fly me and my helmet up, I'll ride it back. I'll even do a prepurchase once over for you. Fuel and airfares will see it right. Interested?
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:21 PM   #3
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it does rather sound like patience in buying might be a key here.

if you are looking for something exotic then interstate may be a necessity, otherwise the cost of rego stuff may well outweigh the benefits.

what exactly is it you are after that is unobtanium here?

btw if it takes you a week to ride qld or mexico to sydney can i politely decline in accompanying you...
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:27 PM   #4
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From sydney you could easily travel to Melb and ride a bike home in a weekend.

I have just done the opposite, bought a bike from Sydney, leaving melb midnight Saturday, load bike in ute 9-10am Sunday and drive home.

Big day but.... Wanted the bike

There are companies that advertise in bike trader etc, that could quote you on transport, then just find someone like NRMA, RACV, to do an inspection before you part with cash.

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Old 01-29-2008, 08:30 PM   #5
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I'm a shift worker with 3 full days off at a time. Fly me and my helmet up, I'll ride it back. I'll even do a prepurchase once over for you. Fuel and airfares will see it right. Interested?
I get 4 days off at a time.

Same offer here.

(You could of course get an Oz ADVrider who lives in the area near a bike you like to go and have a gander at it for you first.)
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:34 PM   #6
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hiya mouse

I'm looking for one of those KTM 640 adv's now defunct and this one has all the options i want but a long way away, I may take the first poster up on his proposal. Seriously this sort of bike doesn't seem to come up for sale in Sydney much.
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:54 PM   #7
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I'm near Brisbane mate, but I don't much about KTM's. But I could have a look for you if there isn't anyone else. I would certainly volunteer to ride it to Sydney also.

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Old 01-29-2008, 08:58 PM   #8
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Happy to have a look at anything local to where I am in Melbourne.. Can`t offer to ride it to Sydney but every now and then I travel through Albury/Wodonga and wouldn`t be too much of a problem to put it on a trailer and meet up with you there if that`s any help..
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Old 01-29-2008, 09:39 PM   #9
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I've sold a couple of bikes sight unseen in person to interstate buyers (one was a 640 btw!) Transport can be $500-$800 depending on the route and how far you are away from a common route.
Get plenty of pics from the seller, talk lots about the condition, get the important stuff in writing. Transferring rego can be a PITA too, so you need to weigh up if you really are saving over buying local.
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Old 01-29-2008, 10:35 PM   #10
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If you are on good terms with a dealer they will sometimes find the bike for you. That has pitfalls too, of course.
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Old 01-29-2008, 10:53 PM   #11
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I got my pig from Queensland (I'm in Sydney). A few phone calls to check a few things put my mind at rest.

The seller even took it to Brisbane for me (about 400k's away) as he had an appointment there. He dropped it off at Bikes Only (I think that"s what they are called) and they delivered it to my door. I think it cost me around $300 bucks.

As mentioned before check with the RTA what they need from the previous owner before you can register it, didn't cost anything but it was a bit of a hassle.

When I told people what I paid a few jaws dropped.

It was worth it for me.

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Old 01-29-2008, 11:32 PM   #12
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Interstate purchasing

I bought my girly's scooter from Brisbane and had Bike Ways bring it down for me. It was picked up from the sellers house and dropped to my front door fro the princely sum of $275. I've found them much cheaper than some of the others. I recently bought my 990 from another inmate from WA had bikes only bring it over to Sydney and found they have a few hidden costs. The bike was bought from Sydney to Scone by Motorcycle Pickups (Greg 0413317127) with no problems.

If your buying from the East side of the country theres a few transport mobs doing the runs. It would be worth a ring around. Bike Ways I would deal with again. Google them for their number.
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Old 01-30-2008, 01:05 AM   #13
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Pm'd you Maccajim :)
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Old 01-30-2008, 01:37 AM   #14
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. . .and all the bikes i want are in Qld . . .
When you get serious about buying from Queensland, check out REVS (Register of Encumbered Vehicles) to ensure seller has clear title to what they are offering . . .

can be $11/$15 well spent . . . . see the Office of Fair Trading web site
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Old 01-30-2008, 02:38 AM   #15
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Cab to airport $100, airfare + those taxes ?? + cab to seller ?? + time....

www.bikesonly.com.au $380 Melb to Sydney door to door. Bike held down by frame (and not forks) in a specially designed truck. Would have no hesitation in using them again.

Blue slip's easy, just like a pink slip, but they check engine and VIN numbers - done two now for interstate bikes and wouldn't hesitate doing it again.
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