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Old 03-17-2013, 10:10 AM   #1
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In Blenheim for 2 months, buying a bike

I browsed the faqs but still have some questions.

I'm an American working the wine harvest in New Zealand from April until June. I will be staying in Blenheim and working 10 kms away. Apparently I should be able find communal transportation from other transient winemakers, but where's the fun in that? Why bum rides when you can have a motorcycle!

It seems buying a bike and reselling it is the most cost effective option. I'm not particularly choosy, any used 250/500, and I should have about $4,000 USD to spend.

Mostly I'm curious about the procedure for registering a bike in NZ (emissions, etc.) And perhaps whether it would be more advantageous to buy from a dealer rather than a private party?

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Old 03-17-2013, 12:32 PM   #2
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hey bro
Buying privately is def cheaper. with that kind of money you'll be able to pick up a great bike but selling may take some time.
Over here we can pay to register the bikes for however long we want -say 3mnths & keep the bike unregistered for the rest of the summer so we don't have to pay for when the bikes not being used.
The rego is around $500 per year. This is just a admin charge.

The roadworthy certificate is called a Warrant of Fitness or WOF. it costs about $30 for six months & is a test of brakes, lites, loose bearings etc.

Check out Trademe

I have the exact same bike as this I bought for $4K about a year & a half ago in Blenheim so gives you an idea.
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:37 PM   #3
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You should have a pretty good choice of machines with that sort of money.

Check out the LTNZ website for the finer points of buying/selling vehicles but if you want to keep it simple get something with a current warrant of fitness (WOF) & a current vehicle license (registration or rego) plus make sure you & the seller complete the required change of ownership forms. There are no emissions testing requirements in NZ.

IMHO there's no big advantage buying off a dealer but if you are mechanically clueless & buying privately, getting the bike checked over by a pro could be a good plan.

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Old 03-18-2013, 05:00 PM   #4
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Thanks a bunch, this helps a lot!
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