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Old 01-21-2014, 05:15 PM   #1
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Moving to Auckland for 2 years

Hey everyone,

So long story short I am getting transferred for work and as apart of that I get a moving allowance. Naturally like any responsible adult I will be using that allowance to ship my motorcycle (2005 Suzuki GSXR-600), purchased and ridden in Canada.

I am not too concerned about the process of the move (there is a moving company that handles all of that). However, I am more concerned with passing inspection once it lands on the island. The bike is completely stock except for flush mounted lights (turn signals). Unfortunately the moving company is completely useless when it comes to information about passing inspection on the island, and I just had a few questions. Also I have owned the bike for years so taxes are a non-issue.

1. Should I have any concerns about passing emission tests? Or sound tests?
2. Different moving companies have told me different things 1 has said I need to ship the bike completely dry (except for a bit of guess so I can ride it home)... not sure how I do that with no fluids. Another has said I can ship it with all the fluids and ideally a small amount of gas in the tank.
3. Will the flush mount lights pass inspection? I know here they would fail inspection, should I purchase some stock lights to put on in order to get past inspection?
4. Is there anything else that I should be concerned about? I would hate to have my baby arrive only for her not to be allowed.

Thanks for any pointers you all can give me much appreciated.

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Old 01-21-2014, 06:30 PM   #2
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Hi Mate, check out the govt LTNZ website for the rules. IIRC you will have to get it vinned which requires an inspection that is a bit stricter than the normal yearly WOF. I would work out exactly where this inspection will be done - A VTNZ place somewhere in Auckland I would guess, then get in touch with them & ask about the specific requirements as I don't think the LTNZ site is too detailed. You will probably need to get a headlight that dips left at minimum.

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Old 01-23-2014, 02:17 AM   #3
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I hope the company is also paying your accommodation. It's getting pretty pricey here these days...

There are some useful links on importing in here: Adventure Riding NZ.
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Old 01-23-2014, 12:50 PM   #4
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Hi, you may need to have some ownership history as they are always keen here to clip the tax ticket of 15%.
Make sure its spotlessly clean, under the guards etc as they will no doubt charge you to steam clean it again if not.
I see US spec bikes for sale here with MPH speedos so can't be too hard to get on the road.
Obvious one is headlight needs to dip left.
I bought a used Ducati light from Italy as the dip was done by the reflector not the lens.
Indicators I would not worry about until you get pinged on them.
Question I'd ask is is really worth the effort?
Bikes are pretty cheap here, registration is not, $500+
Maybe buy an adventure type bike and go touring, its pretty small compared to Canada.
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Old 01-23-2014, 05:06 PM   #5
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Hi, you may need to have some ownership history as they are always keen here to clip the tax ticket of 15%.
Make sure its spotlessly clean, under the guards etc as they will no doubt charge you to steam clean it again if not.
I see US spec bikes for sale here with MPH speedos so can't be too hard to get on the road.
Obvious one is headlight needs to dip left.
I bought a used Ducati light from Italy as the dip was done by the reflector not the lens.
Indicators I would not worry about until you get pinged on them.
Question I'd ask is is really worth the effort?
Bikes are pretty cheap here, registration is not, $500+
Maybe buy an adventure type bike and go touring, its pretty small compared to Canada.
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I am not too familiar with the NZ economy yet or avenues of buying or selling.
My train of thought is it will be very hard to sell the bike here right now as it is winter, so no one can ride. I am not going to be able to use all of my moving allowance regardless, and I want to have a bike while over there. Seems to be the easiest to ship the bike and then sell it before I come back. Unless trademe is completely out of whack I should be able to turn a nice profit, as long as the costs to get it on the road are not to bad.
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Old 01-23-2014, 11:40 PM   #6
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Sounds like a plan. Here you can ride all year round.
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Old 01-28-2014, 10:35 AM   #7
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I guess I should also ask are there any parts I should consider importing when I come over? I plan on bringing all my tools to do the regular work on the bike, how hard/expensive is it to get your hands on hardware on the island?
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Old 01-28-2014, 11:40 AM   #8
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I guess I should also ask are there any parts I should consider importing when I come over? I plan on bringing all my tools to do the regular work on the bike, how hard/expensive is it to get your hands on hardware on the island?
It's not too hard to get parts in NZ, but often there's a 3-5 week wait while stuff comes ex Japan, Europe etc. Like pretty much everything parts are expensive compared to USA prices (not sure on Canada) . Since you have a shipping allowance I would load up a couple of sets of tyres, chains, sprockets etc. http://www.partsmonster.co.nz/ is a good site to compare the retail price of OEM parts in NZ with what you're paying at home. http://www.cycletreads.co.nz/default.aspx is a good one to look up tyres, accessories etc.

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Old 01-28-2014, 11:53 AM   #9
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I guess I should also ask are there any parts I should consider importing when I come over? I plan on bringing all my tools to do the regular work on the bike, how hard/expensive is it to get your hands on hardware on the island?
Mate...

I know it's just a couple remote islands, but we don't live in the dark ages. Any typical tools you would want you can buy here. However, if you want a whole toolkit and/or quality stuff it will of course get very expensive very quickly. Soo.. If you already have tools you like, and your work is paying for your relocation expenses... then I'd suggest you bring your own.

FYI if you want to know about tools and hardware stores we have 2 common automotive chains. (www.supercheapauto.co.nz and www.repco.co.nz) and we have several Building/DIY/hardware store chains ( Bunnings, Mitre10, Placemakers, Carters and the Tool shed.) and there are dozens of more specialised shops if you're wanting top spec tools.

As for bringing thngs, the stuff thats hard to find in NZ and Aus is Bike specific parts. We often resort to buying things off the net from the US because they're fatsre than ordering thm in NZ or in many cases significnatly cheaper. I've even heard of groups buying in a pallet of tyres from the US because they were out of stock in Aussie. (ie, Dunlop 908 RR's). If you've got a container and are feeling generous or want to bake a few bucks you could post on here if anyone wants tanks/fairings etc bought in. (freight on large individual items can be a killer).

Back to the bike. As part of the import process you will need to show when you purchased it and evidence of ownership. If you've owned it for more than 12 months there won't be any import duty/tax on it.

I've bought in a couple of bikes. In my experience the process to get the bike on the road will cost you about $600-$1000. Assuming your bike meets the requirements. (i.e you've swapped the headlight.).

After market exhausts shouldn't be a problem provided they're not obnoxiously noisy. But if you've got the originals it will just make life easier. The closer the bike is to standard the less hassles you will have.

What else.. Oh yeah.. Insurance. Insurance in NZ is not a legal requirement. Thats right. You don't have to get it. However it's a smart idea. Assuming you have a clean license (they'll have no way of knowing otherwise) you should be able to insure ~10K bike for about $500-$700 a year for comprehensive insurance and $100-200 if you only want 3rd party. However as you don't have any history in NZ you'll probably be looking at a bit more... and.. Insurance companies love sports bikes. Anyways my advice to you is get a letter or statement from your current insurer if it shows that you have a long claim free history or a "no claims bonus". You might not need it, but in the past in other countries, that has meant i've started my insurance on the maximum no-claims bonus which has saved me 60% on my insurance.

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Old 01-29-2014, 10:14 AM   #10
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Real noob question what exactly is required for the headlight? I want to get this swapped out before I leave. From reading the Registries website all they say is a good headlight that can be dipped. I believe this is the only thing I will need to swap out and would prefer to do that now while I still have a garage and full access to tools.

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Old 01-29-2014, 11:56 AM   #11
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Real noob question what exactly is required for the headlight? I want to get this swapped out before I leave. From reading the Registries website all they say is a good headlight that can be dipped. I believe this is the only thing I will need to swap out and would prefer to do that now while I still have a garage and full access to tools.

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Many cars & bikes have headlights dip off to one side to suit which side of the road you ride on. (often they'll have an 'L' or 'R' on them) Checking the part numbers online for your GSXR headlight it looks like they are the same here & in the USA, so that shouldn't actually be a problem for you, point it at a wall & check though.

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Old 01-29-2014, 07:13 PM   #12
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The headlight dip thing is pretty subjective, I have had 'discussions' with the Testing Station guys on my side of the Island and they made me change the lens. However I have two other bikes that have Euro lens's and no one has ever picked up on it.
Personally I would not bother until they tell you to. I don't know about the latest headlights but my 99 Ducati had the dipping bit in the reflector.
With Insurance documentation from your current insurer would be helpful.
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Old 01-29-2014, 11:21 PM   #13
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A motorcycle headlamp should dip straight down, cars dip to the side, or have a asymmetrical beam on dip. I have a 7'' sealed beam in the shed that has ''motorcycle'' on it - dips straight down. My bike has an H4 bulb with a horizontal cutoff for dip - real stupid thing to have on a bike. It's legal to have these car lamps, but not really what you need on a bike.
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Old 01-30-2014, 05:34 PM   #14
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Thanks for all the feedback, much appreciated.

One more question for all you fine gentlemen. The old lady is going to want to get a cage while we are there as well, approximately how much would we be looking at for monthly payments on a 2 year lease? We would be looking for pretty much the cheapest new car possible.

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Old 01-30-2014, 06:00 PM   #15
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Could start here.

http://driveline.co.nz/category/smart-deals/suzuki/

My wife has an 07 Suzuki Swift, one of the cheapest cars, and lots of fun too.
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