Hey, I was looking at buying a bike when I get to aussie, I love my bike here in Canada and would really like to be able to travel the same way in Oz...anyone know of a good place to buy a used but reliable bike in WA? I'm starting my trip in Perth since I have a friend there so I was hoping to find one somewhere in the general. Also, does my Canadian bike drivers license apply there?
G'day slinger. If you want a motor vehicle in Aus it's pretty hard to beat www.tradingpost.com.au. Could also try carsguide.com.au or drive.com.au. Not sure about your other question but you can always try the Road Traffic Authority over here if you can't get the info from this forum.
Make sure you take the Great Ocean Road in Victoria while your here - one of the best bike rides in the world!
Buying a bike in Aus is easy, Prices aren't the cheapest but running costs are low. Check the web for sites and addresses, as long as you know what to check on a bike you should be ok.
If you unsure, here is a list of basics for you:
Frame - polished frames can hide dents, repairs etc...
Paper work - check it is correct and present.
Service record - is it complete.
VIN plate - check the vehicle id and number stamped onto the frame has not been altered.
Breaks - check the disks for warping and the hoses for condition, also the colour of the hydraulic fluid (should be clean and not a dirty dark brown)
Forks - check for pitting of the legs along with any oil leaking, and and dents, scratches also if the legs are straight.
Head bearings - sit on the bike and bounce the front suspension to check for any clunking from the headstock. Push the bars forward to see if there is any movement.
Rear shock - many people forget to check this out for damage, sagging, leakage.
Swing arm - look at where it connects to the frame, check that it moves freely and is aligned correctly.
Chains and Sprockets - again check the teeth condition (some people turn them around to get that little bit more life out of them). Check the chain for tight spots and that it is lubed and correctly adjusted.
Engine - Check the oil, make sure it is clean and the level window (as this will show any signes of water in the oil), if you can get a compression test - this shows up the first signes of dying motors. Any blue smoke on start-up is worn rings - walk away.
Gearbox - test the bike in all gears an make sure it slots into gear without too much fuss.
Exhaust - check for cracks and rot and noise.
Electrics - check there has been no bodge jobs done on the system.
Fuel tank - dents, patches, rust, leaks all need to be checked for.
Tyres & rims - condition, look for splits, cracks, dents, nails etc..
Fairing - is it complete, original or aftermarket, does it protect you (everyone is different).
Pegs and seating - is the bike comfy for you to ride...
Just make sure you buy something that's not too hi tech unless your spending lots of cash. What you buy depends on your budget and what your going to use it for.
Motorway munching - vfr800 or FJ
Trailling/dirt roads - WR450 or 1100GS
If you going to tour the country with it, look at tank range and storage as you don't want to be caught short in the middle of nowhere (mind you your from canada so you know this stuff).
Get AA or RAC cover in case it breaks down and you can't fix it yourself.
Your Canadian divers lisence is fine as long as it stipulates you are capable of riding a bike in your own country.
Have fun and enjoy your time - big country, big fun
I take it if you are considering buying a bike to ride, then you know the obvious pitfalls which come with buying second hand bikes... but good on yer, I say. I watched wistfully as bikes passed my by as I trundled around the world on the tour buses. I did look into hiring, but you need to be rich to do a hire tour!
wow thanks a lot everyone, very helpful