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Hi there,

I've ridden my ttr from the UK to Nepal and will be shipping it to Brisbane for the 16th October.

 

I do have some plans eg scubba diving and meeting friends but it'd be nice too meet up with some people for a ride 😁  I'm also very tempted to go to Tasmania!

Nothing too hairy mind, mines loaded and only k60 scouts!



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Sounds great. Looks like an amazing trip.

I live in Tasmania and I’d say don’t skip Tassie if you have time. Many consider it to be the best on and off road riding in Aus. Be happy to show you round take you on a few adventures. Or I can provide gps files for whatever to might feel like.

Easy to do stuff suited to your bike setup and have room if you needed to stay. Plenty of tools and bull**** stories too.

Cheers Leigh.

My thread on Tassie stuff

ttr250.activeboard.com/t60605100/riding-in-tasmania-australia-4-day-adv-ride/

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Sounds like a trip of a lifetime.
How long are you staying in Australia.

I'm down in Victoria plenty of trails and stuff to see down here. :) And about an hour away from the ferry to Tasmania.

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Sorry for the late response Leigh! That sounds great, I'd happily take you up on that offer!

Also lets make it bull**** stories with a few beers?

Thanks Kaos, i guess ill be there for 3/4weeks and if im heading down the Tasmania it makes perfect sense to swing by!

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haha bull**** stories are far better with beers.

Keep in touch, or PM me when you get to Aus and we can chat.

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3 to 4 weeks doesn't sound long to get from Brisvegas to Taswegia and still get to see some stuff. Especially if you're looking for back roads.

On a 250 you could do Brisbane to Melbourne in 4 days, or 3 really long ones, if you stuck to the highways. Imagine wind buffeting every half minute or so from an on-coming semi; constantly watching the mirrors for others catching you up; deciding if you've really got enough go to overtake yet another caravan in the space available.
Sorry, but 250s on our highways just suck. Actually, highways just suck, doesn't really matter where they are.


Questions, what are your priorities for the trip? Traveling alone? Is riding the priority? Sealed roads all the way? As much unsealed road as possible? Nothing harder than a formed, graded road?

I can't help with Tassie but can offer some advice for a few routes from the NSW/Qld boarder down into Victoria. None of it too hard either, if I can do them....

Have you jumped onto AdvRider?

Reckon there'd be a room in Wagga Wagga if you needed one.





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Thanks for the message, sadly i wont get to see how the old girl would hold up on the Australian stints, that said she did well covering long days on motorways across Kazakhstan though!

Sadly i didn't plan my timings well in oz, now im here ive been told brisbane are especially bad at customs so im diverting the bike back to the uk otherwise i'd spend close to 3000 pounds getting it there and home.

I am after another bike though, im in Cairns at the moment, ideally id get a larger duel sport, but im open to a road bike if the right ones available. I'd still like to meet up if people they are interested :)

I dont neccesary need to buy the bike in cairns, i may get one in Brisbane buy if anyone knows of something suitabel on a low budget (which i could sell later) your help would be appreciated!



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A guy at work  in port macquarie has a 2015 BMW 1200 but wants way to much for it as its like new .

Will keep an eye out I'm driving up-to Byron bay for a meeting tomorrow  close to brizzy 



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Thanks alot :)



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Sorry for your troubles Dan. Crazy that developed world customs procedures are more troublesome than in the developing world. I hope something turns up for you soon, and I'm glad you're still on the move more or less. What a long strange trip it's been!
Best of luck for the next leg,
Simon.

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In hindsight, I expect you had difficulty with the agricultural side of our importing rules? Or maybe it was the asbestos side of it all.

I support the requirements designed to protect our agriculture. There are lots of pests and diseases that we don't have and don't want. 'Free trade' mantra reckons that's a lot of bull**** and, I am led to believe, the big corporations have taken our government to the World Court arguing that our laws to protect our primary industries are contrary to free trade. No, just protecting out little bit of the world for as long as possible.

Asbestos? Well, since we were the ones exporting that ****, it's a bit rich to say we wont take it back! Some shiny arse pencil pusher, about 4 or 5 years ago, realised that there is asbestos in vehicle parts, especially older vehicles. So, they decided that the HUGE number of privately imported vehicles was such a MASSIVE problem that, well "Something has to be done!" another nanny state action. So, you'd now need to certify that any vehicle you're wishing to import has no asbestos component at all. Who provides the certification - that has to be the importer via an authorised inspector. Result $$$$$$$$$$$. Of course, if you certify it yourself, it can be seized at the dock and sent for inspection - at your over inflated expense, and then you're liable to a further, very large, fine if any asbestos is found - brakes, clutch, insulation materials. Despite the fact that the factory may not use asbestos oem, non-genuine parts manufacturers, especially the cheaper ones I'm told, do.



Anyway. Jump on to ADVRIDER Australian Flea Market . You may find something there already set up.

advrider.com/f/threads/oz-flea-market-please-read-the-rules-in-first-post-before-submitting-ad.938499/

otherwise, Bikesales.com.au would be a good start point.

www.bikesales.com.au/

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Just noticed that any expletives are automatically over written.

**** bugger bum bitch piss **** fart!
How's an Aussie supposed to express himself?

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Haha poor suppressed Aussie!

well I'm pretty gutted whichever rule has made it difficult. I think i learnt to do more homework from this so i can't really blame anyone other than myself! Not the end of the world though, least im here and have had a good trip:)

Awesome advice though, ill take a look shortly!:D

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Drove most of the day didn't see any cheap bike's for sale maybe try gum tree  local dealers have good bikes but the price tends to be a bit high 

 



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