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Old 06-20-2013, 12:22 AM   #1
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How to get a Letter of Compiance for my KLR?

I'm moving back to Oz and need a Letter of Compliance from Kawasaki Australia for my 2006 Canadian KLR in order for me to import. Called several dealers who can't help me and can't get anyone to answer at Kawa headquarters, so any good ideas?

Gov Oz told me it is not going to be easy but it can be done, but since none of the dealers I've called, maybe 20, I guess their right. I really want to bring my bike back with me but not sure what to do as of yet.
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Old 06-20-2013, 12:24 AM   #2
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I think the rule is, you need evidence you've owned it for longer than 2 years whilst overseas to bring it with you
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Old 06-20-2013, 12:28 AM   #3
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The only way to get a letter of compliance is from the manufacturer or manufacturer's representative, or go through the RAWS process assuming some does it for your bike.

Have you owned it longer than 12 months and been out of the country for the entire time? If so maybe bringing it as personal import would be better, no Letter of Compliance required.

http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/vehicles/imports/
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Old 06-20-2013, 12:32 AM   #4
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I've been away for 40 years and have owned my klr new since 2006. Can't go through raws as it is not listed there and I am already bringing my DL1000 as my personal import so that is why I would need the Letter of Compliance for my second bike.

I did ask the dealers for a phone number of the manufacturer or representative but none would give me this info. Also went to Kawasaki au website, but they have a form that wants my VIN and Australian address and contact otherwise can't contact them so couldn't make that work since I live in Canada still.

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Old 06-20-2013, 02:18 AM   #5
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import your dl and ride the klr back to oz through asia just a thought
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Old 06-20-2013, 04:55 AM   #6
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I don't know if it helps i know a guy who imports cars and bikes from the states and he can comply them i think as long as there are bikes like it registered in Australia he can probably do it i will ring him tomorrow
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Old 06-20-2013, 05:07 AM   #7
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I'd get in touch with these guy's - http://qldimports.com/motorcycles/ they just helped me out with my personal import compliance but can also do RAWS. If they can't do it, I'll bet they know someone who can!
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import your dl and ride the klr back to oz through asia just a thought
My Wife's from Thailand, so a possible option to visit her roots on the way

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I don't know if it helps i know a guy who imports cars and bikes from the states and he can comply them i think as long as there are bikes like it registered in Australia he can probably do it i will ring him tomorrow
Thanks aussi bob, that would be great if he could do it!

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I'd get in touch with these guy's - http://qldimports.com/motorcycles/ they just helped me out with my personal import compliance but can also do RAWS. If they can't do it, I'll bet they know someone who can!
Will give them a try too, thanks bigeddy!
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Old 06-20-2013, 01:38 PM   #9
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I bring bikes in and compliance will most likely cost between $2500 and $3500.
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I bring bikes in and compliance will most likely cost between $2500 and $3500.
Yeah, they're not getting that from me, especially since there is nothing to comply and they are the same models, same emissions, turn signals, lights on etc as here.
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Yeah, they're not getting that from me, especially since there is nothing to comply and they are the same models, same emissions, turn signals, lights on etc as here.

Well then its not likely to happen. Stock HDs require VERY little to go through and the lower end of that scale is mates rates. Minimum it will need brand new tyres and the turn signal lenses, head light and tailight may also need to be replaced with correct ones. Possibly more if its not absoluely stock. Its not as simple as most folks think. Import Approval also needs to be managed through the compliance provider, not yourself for late bikes (post 88).
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:28 PM   #12
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I bring bikes in and compliance will most likely cost between $2500 and $3500.
Bikesales shows two 2006 KLR650s - one at $5K and one (slightly dinged) at $3.5K. $5-6K can buy a 2nd hand 2010 model.

Think about stripping any goodies, offloading the bike, and importing the goodies and cash with you?

The way the Ozzie dollar is going downhill, the longer you take, the better off the exchange rate will be for you
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Thats probably the best bet. Short of going somewhere where it is not so damn regulated.

I imported a bike into the US last year. I am not a resident, just a tourist, it took all of 15 minutes. Half that time was spent discussing the Senora Catus. When I went to register I didn't need to find all sorts personal papers to register it either.


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Thats probably the best bet. Short of going somewhere where it is not so damn regulated.

I imported a bike into the US last year. I am not a resident, just a tourist, it took all of 15 minutes. Half that time was spent discussing the Senora Catus. When I went to register I didn't need to find all sorts personal papers to register it either.


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The regulation in oz is scary and I'm learning this everyday. They have a law for everything and then some. It's like a gang has taken over the country extorting money from every area they can. Going to take some time to get used to, but I can always leave if it doesn't feel like home since I've been away so long. Might try six months first with my Wife and see how it goes before taking the plunge. I was in Whitsundays two years ago and just loved it though.
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Bikesales shows two 2006 KLR650s - one at $5K and one (slightly dinged) at $3.5K. $5-6K can buy a 2nd hand 2010 model.

Think about stripping any goodies, offloading the bike, and importing the goodies and cash with you?

The way the Ozzie dollar is going downhill, the longer you take, the better off the exchange rate will be for you
That has crossed my mind Goosefeather! Just take off all the farkels and start new again later, but I have grown close to my klr and don't want to give up just yet. I did find a chap today that will do it for around $400 so I'm feeling better already.
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