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crispy
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Another new member

Postby crispy » Fri Jul 25, 2014 1:08 am



Hi all well i dont see a intro section on here so ill put my intro in this section ,my name is chris and i am from australia adelaide to be precise which is right down south ,i have been riding bikes since i was around 16 on and off and have owned a couple of hondas in that time 550 super sport 75 vintage and 750 /4 rebuild from a wreck .other bikes include yamaha 2 strokes rd and rz series ,kawasaki 900 ninja , vulcan 1500 and a couple of road trial bikes which i never trusted on the road. Last bike was one of these an xr 250 with a big bore kit inside which i rode for a year or so and sat for 3 until i sold it to a work mate who likes em . Currently i am 54 years old and still have the urge to get back onto a bike and have so since a mate took me home on his k2 750 from work one afternoon in 1976 .
I have always looked at the goldwing as a oversized bulky lumbering pile of nuts and bolts ,but i know that if i were to get onto a superbike now then my friends would be coming to my funeral in around a year or so ,anyway i thought i would take a closer look as i am to old for the boy racer scene nowadays and what i have found is truly good , now the goldwing scene is no where near as big as there in the states or in europe but then again you have the roads not like our goat tracks they call highways ,nowadays a lot of people are buying harlys but not for me thanks ,when i had the vulcan i used to call it my poor mans harley but one day at a cycle shop the owner told me i had made a good choice,how do you mean i said ? well at least youll spend more time riding the vulcan rather than repairing it so i didnt feel to bad after that .
This sight is great for info on just about any aspect of goldwing riding and servicing ,unfortuntely the price of a second hand goldwing of any sort here is about double what you are asking there in the u.s. i dont know why but for example a 2006 gl 1800 there might fetch say 13000 here there are some for 23,000 and new i think there about 35+ so they are not cheap considering you can pick up a new fjr 1300 yamaha for around 14,000 new ,anyway i just thought i would introduce myself to everyone and one day hopefully own one .



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Postby bustedwing » Fri Jul 25, 2014 4:30 pm

Hello Chris and welcome to the website from the U.P. of Michigan. You are not the first person from down under to say that about the prices. In the last week I have seen two Gold Wings for sale that were in the$6500 area, mid 90s and about 40k for milage. That would even be worth riding home. Is there a brand that is more popular over there that isn't Gold Wing? I know that is hard to find, but I don't know the area, maybe BMW or something would be easier to get and cheaper.
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Re: Another new member

Postby crispy » Fri Jul 25, 2014 8:16 pm

Hi most of the bikes like bmw are still pretty expensive ,harley davidsons are fairly common place now seems like every man and his dog has one ,used to be the outlaws used to ride them but now anyone can afford one and there are a lot of wanna bees flying around on them .The idea had crossed my mind about getting one from there shipped here but have to look into duty and shipping cost see if it is worth it but as i said you wont get a goldwing in the 2000 era for under 23,000 sorry i will say 22000 as i saw one out north for 22900 ,even the older ones of the 80 to 00 vintage are costing twice what there going for in the U.S .I dont know how harley davidsons there compare in the price range but they are not a tourer more a quick hop bike well most anyway apart from the larger ones and i think there fairing is ugly anyway .

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Re: Another new member

Postby redial » Fri Jul 25, 2014 10:03 pm

Welcome, Crispy.

If you were to purchase an 88 or earlier GW (or any other brand from overseas), then there is less strict requirements for DOTARS, and importing them. There are a number of specialist organisations that will import them for you, and do the Customs clearances, the quarantine cleaning, and the DOTARS permits to import. There is only the 2% import duty, plus the GST on the landed price that you would have to pay. The freighting is about $500 from USA to Oz for a 2-wheeler, but you have to shop around. A number of these companies have containers coming from USA to Oz, all the time. Unfortunately, none direct to South Australia. But that might mean an easy ride from Melbourne, or Sydney, or Brisbane!

So do not limit your thinking, as I assure you, they are not a heavy bucket of bolts - they are the comfortable touring machine that even our roads like.
Len in Kapunda

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Re: Another new member

Postby crispy » Fri Jul 25, 2014 10:30 pm

Hi redial i thought it would be heaps more than that to get a bike from the USA to oz ,i have looked at some of the dealer bikes as well from around texas seem to be quite a few in that area and i was going to ask about some of the dealer reps because they say that they ship world wide , i just cant get over how expensive they are here someone is making some good money on them even the ones in the 90 era .i dont know if anyone will say anything in regards to some of the dealers as it may comprimise the forums rules ,just a side note my ex wife comes from your town and i was married there in 1991 and my son lives there as well.

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Re: Another new member

Postby redial » Fri Jul 25, 2014 11:01 pm

I have sent you a PM (Private Mail). Let me know if you cannot retrieve it.
Len in Kapunda

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Re: Another new member

Postby bstig60 » Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:18 pm

Welcome aboard, Chris.
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Re: Another new member

Postby crispy » Fri Aug 01, 2014 12:10 am

Hi all well len i thought about your option and started to do some research ,also have looked on the american ebay sight at some 88 goldwings with everything there are some good ones or they seem to be and some were the owners are in gaga land ,one that i did look at even said that he had sold to australian buyers before cant remember his name but the wing looked very tidy .As with all things bought over the net there are the pitfalls ,one of which is that i would be a zillion miles away from the seller who could dissapear without a trace and i dont know if ebay U.S would cover an international transfer with there motor insurance cover (buyer protection) . I suppose it is a chance you take as even if i was to buy one here it could be a lemon in disguise ,i will do some more research into this idea as were they are going for between 9000 and 12000 for a 1500 here they seem to be around the 3500 -5000 mark in the states i suppose it is because of the number of riders there .Anyway ill keep digging il find gold one day :D

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Re: Another new member

Postby redial » Fri Aug 01, 2014 2:45 am

If you find one close to a member on this forum, then you might ask them if they could go and look it over for you - at least as a non-technical inspection so that it appears to be what it claims to be.

Remember, it has to be pre1Jan1989 beofre it can avoid the ADR later requirements - of course it has to have the usual lights, brakes, and steering facilities, but it does not prohibit you from importing. You might also start looking for a Kilometer speedo to go with it, and then do the swapout. Some of these instruments come up on fleabay from time to time, or else consider a Canadian GW with it already with those facilities.
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Re: Another new member

Postby bobbybiscuit » Tue Nov 04, 2014 6:47 am

Hi Crispy - I think that importing sounds a good option for you. I have a 1982 GL1100a Aspencade made in the USA which has subsequently been imported in to the UK quite a few years back. Most come with low mileage. My 1982 bike has 40000 miles on it and has stacks of life in the engine yet just needs proper TLC.They are very robust engines and high mileage can be achieved or should I say have been achieved. I can get 42.5 miles per gallon of fuel at a steady 70 miles per hour (max speed limit in UK) and parts are relatively easy to buy but sometimes are overpriced. Most of my bits I buy through various outlets from the States and quite often the shipping is more than the parts. Delivery is normally 8-10 days from the States but you really do need to shop around not only for the price of the parts but also for a good postage and packing deal. Some charge premium rates for P and P. You might also get caught for import duty on parts depending on the cost.

My goldwing is very comfortable and can easily ride a couple of hours before having a break to stretch out the legs. You can enhance the bike with chrome at a very reasonable price but more often or not they are used parts.

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Re: Another new member

Postby RoadRogue » Wed Nov 05, 2014 1:21 am

Welcome to the madhouse, there are a lot of really good helpful people here 8-)


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