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    Okay, so I've been thinking a fairwhile now about getting a motorcycle (Still need to actually get my L's and stuff and all). However I'm quite specific when it comes to the kind of motorcycle that I want. It so happens however that the motorcycle that I want cannot be bought here in Australia. I'm wondering how difficult would it be, to import a motorcycle here to Australia. Are there much guidelines when it comes to importing them? Has anyone tried it before? What are your opinions?

    The bike that I'm specifically after is a honda XRM. It's a fairly small bike with only a 110cc engine. I like it because IMO it's like the "tuner" of the motorcycle world. It start's out like this:



    And you can turn it into something like this (which is what I'd personally do) or any other style you want:



    But that's just me.
    Originally posted by jmacman12
    RLD_evoIX you have good taste
    Rodney is the name, Evo IX is the Dream

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    Hmm, not sure on the importing process..

    Bikes don't fall under SEVS, as far as I can tell. From the Govt site,

    The intent is to make motor vehicles available in Australia which cater for specialist and enthusiast interests. The requirements, set out in Regulation 24 of the Motor Vehicle Standards Regulations 1989, apply to both new and used motor vehicles but do not apply to trailers (T Group), full volume new vehicles of all categories or full volume used two-wheeled and three-wheeled vehicles (L Group).
    One thing in your favour is that bikes are relatively deregulated - no silly emissions requirements, no LHD/RHD to worry about, and so on. So as long as they meet ADRs - and I'm not sure how it wouldn't if it's got lights etc - maybe minor modifications at most, I couldn't see it being too tricky.

    Have a read of this:

    http://www.cargosupport.gov.au/site/...ov09_Final.pdf

    Basically:

    1. Apply for a Vehicle Import Approval with Customs
    2. Pay whatever fees/taxes/etc they want.
    3. Import it.

    At this stage you can go pick it up, put it on a trailer and bring it home. From there, pull it apart, take it to a racetrack, whatever, it's yours. But to take it on the road..

    4. From there it's probably just a matter of establishing a new vehicle registration with your local govt authority
    5. Get any inspections it may require as part of establishing new rego.

    So I would be making phone calls to:

    - Your QLD Road rego people to find out the process for registering a new imported vehicle
    - Customs, to find out how to get VIA
    - Find an insurer who will insure you - both compulsory personal damage as well as your third party property / comprehensive property damage.
    Last edited by Rake; 04-08-2012, 07:20 PM.

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    • #3
      ^^^

      Thanks a lot for the info Rake =) ... I've already read, the link before hand though... Was doing a fair amount of research before I asked on here.... I was hoping to find some kind of guidelines on whether or not the "design" and stuff of the bike that I want is considered compliant with Australian Standards. And since the bike is small, I was hoping for this to be a road bike city run-about instead of a dedicated track warrior...
      Originally posted by jmacman12
      RLD_evoIX you have good taste
      Rodney is the name, Evo IX is the Dream

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      • #4
        Sure looks interesting enough.

        IMO if your dead keen on getting a bike, go and get your licence first. One reason because you have to book it a few weeks in advance, and the second being if you get your bike and aren't licenced you could be tempted to ride it on the road unlicenced and unregistered.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by RLD_evoIX View Post
          ^^^

          Thanks a lot for the info Rake =) ... I've already read, the link before hand though... Was doing a fair amount of research before I asked on here.... I was hoping to find some kind of guidelines on whether or not the "design" and stuff of the bike that I want is considered compliant with Australian Standards. And since the bike is small, I was hoping for this to be a road bike city run-about instead of a dedicated track warrior...
          Yep all good.

          Do you know of anyone who imported one before (forums etc).

          Not suggesting it as a track bike, I'm saying that's all it would be good for if it was imported, but not road registrable

          Also following on from what brentos said .. Getting L's first etc is smart - but have you seen/sat on/ridden one of these bikes before? It's not really smart to say it's the bike you want if you're going off forums and photographs. I know bike shopping is hard, but there'd surely be something available locally that may suit your needs.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Rake View Post
            but have you seen/sat on/ridden one of these bikes before?
            I have actually... One of my friends from over-seas has this bike... And when I went over for a visit last year, I was able to ride it... And I must say for such a small bike, it goes really hard it's almost scary... the bike easily does 120 and we were able to go 120... Now I know that's not such big of a deal for bikes... But for something as small as that one, it was pretty impressive and to be honest really quite scary...

            And since you guys suggest getting my L's first, then I might just do that... It'll have to wait until my next uni break though... >=[
            Originally posted by jmacman12
            RLD_evoIX you have good taste
            Rodney is the name, Evo IX is the Dream

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Rake View Post
              Not suggesting it as a track bike, I'm saying that's all it would be good for if it was imported, but not road registrable
              Wait... So you're saying that even if I can get the bike in the country I won't be able to register it for road use!?!? [email protected]
              Originally posted by jmacman12
              RLD_evoIX you have good taste
              Rodney is the name, Evo IX is the Dream

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Rake View Post
                One thing in your favour is that bikes are relatively deregulated - no silly emissions requirements, no LHD/RHD to worry about, and so on. So as long as they meet ADRs - and I'm not sure how it wouldn't if it's got lights etc - maybe minor modifications at most, I couldn't see it being too tricky.
                i've known someone to import an yamaha R6 from USA to AUS; it is unable to be registered for road use only track due allegedly due to emissions

                the way many get around this for professionally built imported engines on the road is not to dissimilar from cars and say import the motorbike in two pieces with a locally complied donor frame, although in this instance shall not help with this model not being locally delivered

                Originally posted by RLD_evoIX View Post
                Wait... So you're saying that even if I can get the bike in the country I won't be able to register it for road use!?!? [email protected]
                i would try this resource for further information http://qldimports.com/motorcycles

                for the money it would cost you to bring the bike in there are plenty of other local bikes available such as sachs badass or just buy an old honda postie and import and change the forks etc with ones from your foreign desired bike

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by 4th View Post


                  i would try this resource for further information http://qldimports.com/motorcycles
                  Thanks for the help, but I've actually already read this link as well... =)
                  Originally posted by jmacman12
                  RLD_evoIX you have good taste
                  Rodney is the name, Evo IX is the Dream

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by RLD_evoIX View Post
                    Wait... So you're saying that even if I can get the bike in the country I won't be able to register it for road use!?!? [email protected]
                    Importing and Registration are two different things.

                    If you get the approval, and pay the taxes/fees, you can import anything you want. That gets it on Australian soil - but not on Australian roads.

                    QLD = Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR). Given they're the ones who you go to to register the bike ... ... why not ring them and ask instead of a forum?

                    If they tell you the bike has to be inspected or something first, then find an authorised workshop or somesuch who would be able to perform those inspections and speak to them about the process in detail, whether or not they'd be able to do it, what the likelihood of passing it would be, and so on.


                    Originally posted by 4th View Post
                    i've known someone to import an yamaha R6 from USA to AUS; it is unable to be registered for road use only track due allegedly due to emissions
                    Isn't the R6 sold here though?
                    Last edited by Rake; 05-08-2012, 10:27 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Rake View Post
                      Importing and Registration are two different things.

                      If you get the approval, and pay the taxes/fees, you can import anything you want. That gets it on Australian soil - but not on Australian roads.

                      QLD = Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR). Given they're the ones who you go to to register the bike ... ... why not ring them and ask instead of a forum?

                      If they tell you the bike has to be inspected or something first, then find an authorised workshop or somesuch who would be able to perform those inspections and speak to them about the process in detail, whether or not they'd be able to do it, what the likelihood of passing it would be, and so on.
                      Hmmm... Good point... I'll do that then... But if it turns out that I won't be able to register the bike for road use I'll be quite disappointed...
                      Originally posted by jmacman12
                      RLD_evoIX you have good taste
                      Rodney is the name, Evo IX is the Dream

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by RLD_evoIX View Post
                        Hmmm... Good point... I'll do that then... But if it turns out that I won't be able to register the bike for road use I'll be quite disappointed...
                        Better to find that out before importing it rather than after.

                        The simple fact is this:

                        1. Research
                        2. If you have questions about importing or registration, why not ask the people/organisations that handle importing or registration. Sure, sometimes they can he of little help and the internet can be of a great help, but atleast try there first.
                        Last edited by Rake; 07-08-2012, 11:15 AM.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Rake View Post
                          Better to find that out before importing it rather than after.
                          Agreed... that's why I'm doing my research and asking around now....
                          Originally posted by jmacman12
                          RLD_evoIX you have good taste
                          Rodney is the name, Evo IX is the Dream

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                          • #14
                            Why not just buy a new CB125E. 2400 on road new!

                            http://motorcycles.honda.com.au/Naked/CB125E

                            Then you don't have to go through the ridiculousness of importing.
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                            Originally posted by Crazy2287
                            Stephen, Are you stalking me?

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                            • #15
                              Well, the thing is... To save myself from wasting time trying to decide, and choose and pick a motorcycle, I made up my mind that either I import the bike that I want and road register it or I don't ride at all... Unreasonable I know, but it saves me wasting time by avoiding being indecisive and fickle...
                              Originally posted by jmacman12
                              RLD_evoIX you have good taste
                              Rodney is the name, Evo IX is the Dream

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