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Shipping a motorcycle overseas

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1. Posted by Steve Lear (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

I'm thinking of taking a trip to Canada from Sydney Australia and buying a new motorcycle while I'm there.
Does anyone know weather it's possible to buy a new bike, ride it around for a month or so and have it freighted back to Aus.
Things come to mind like registration and insurance of the bike, any export or import duties applied in Canada or Aus. and how I would go about getting it back, wether air or sea. Any information about these or other issues that I haven't thought of yet would be greatly appreciated.


2. Posted by outdooren (Full Member 86 posts) 9y

In Canada, in Ontario (licensing is different in each province), you need a special license to drive a motorcycle. First you should try to contact the provinces (the one you're going to) about licensing. Also, I'm not sure about motorcycles, but with cars, you can't by a car from one province to the next so not sure how it works for non-citizens. Very strict laws between Canada and the US with cars. Can't buy new, and must meet Canada's safety standards as they differ. I'm assuming there are similar laws between other countries as well. You'd have to check with Canada Exporting, Border Service Agency. And also Aussie authorities. Then you'd want to look into private shipping companies. Google overseas shipping.

3. Posted by outdooren (Full Member 86 posts) 9y

Also, in most parts of Canada, motorcycling is a very short season, May-September.

4. Posted by Steve Lear (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Hi Outdooren,

Thanks for that info.
I will look at the things you have mentioned but if it all gets too hard I might just hire a bike for a few weeks. I have done that previously out of Vancouver and it was surprisingly easy.

Thanks again for your help.

5. Posted by outdooren (Full Member 86 posts) 9y

Hope it all works out for you. Once you get all the info required it may not be all that difficult.

6. Posted by ChubbDub (Full Member 132 posts) 9y

Let me know if you want some good routes on the west coast ;)