High Dry and Routed

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by theKite, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. theKite

    theKite Ulyssean

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    Hi Riders:
    Or shipper has let us down, and we are no longer able to transport our bikes over Christmas from Brisbane to Christchurch.
    So we are looking at the chances of buying a couple of bikes, any kind, say larger than 400cc, and under $7000.
    Can anybody help?
    Rob Hall
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  2. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    If you're talking $7Kea you'll have no problems, get on trademe & grab a couple of DR650s, you should get something set up & low k's for less than that.

    Cheers
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  3. Russ

    Russ Let's ride Super Moderator

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    Who let you down??

    Have you tried calling Qantas cargo they we about the same price as shipping about a year ago.
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  4. theKite

    theKite Ulyssean

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    Who let me down? Check the title of my post.
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  5. Russ

    Russ Let's ride Super Moderator

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    Yep you are not the first to get routed, I also had trouble with him a couple of years ago.

    I bet he gave some crap excuse, implying that it was not his fault?
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  6. theKite

    theKite Ulyssean

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    All true. But I may just use QANTAS as per your suggestion. HUBB also has some good info on this option. OR, simply buy a couple of bikes in CH as Clintnz suggested. I did try Tradme, and found a few good bikes. Thanks Guys!
    Rob
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  7. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    Qantas told me to piss off & go through a freight forwarder when we visited Oz with the bikes in 09, I think it depends who you get.

    We used Go Logistics to airfreight over, sea back, Auckland-Sydney. Crated the bikes but it was a good bit cheaper than Get Routed. The final cost was a pretty good match to their quote (unlike most shipping outfits it seems)

    Cheers
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  8. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    I'd be interested in how much it'd cost. While you're there ask if there's any difference in charges doing it in reverse.:ear
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  9. theKite

    theKite Ulyssean

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    Change of situation: Now, I will take only my own bike, and buy a bike for my wife in Christchurch.
    This will leave her Sportster in Aus, where she needs it for work transport.
    As for me, I will have my bike in NZ for 6 weeks or so for the tour, but will be without it in Aus for a further 12 weeks in total.
    Am I happy? Not really, but at least I'll get to ride in NZ.
    And when I get back to Aus, perhaps I'll spend more time with the helicopter that I built a few years ago, instead of riding.
    Rob
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  10. kiwipeet

    kiwipeet Uber Cyber Loafer

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    For the amount of money involved, and sheer convenience, i'd be having a serious look at renting.

    Considering the number of times I hear about Aussies with this problem, i wonder about buying a couple of communal ADVRider bikes.
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  11. theKite

    theKite Ulyssean

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    No. Rentals are 'way too expensive in NZ. One VT 750 I looked at was nearly $5000 for 6 weeks, plus whatever insurance was due. For that we could buy a perfectly servicable bike and dump it at the airport when we left!
    But I have a friend in Gore who will sell it for us. Even if we lost a couple of thousand, we would still be better off.

    We have been forced to take my bike only, and it arrives 19th-ish Nov in CH. So I can look for a bike for my wif - whose own bike will now stay in Qld. I should be able to shop in CH for week, and get something suitable.
    Rob
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  12. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    If you'd let me do a trip on one of yours up to the top of the cape we could do a bikeswap :evil- klx400 - pretty tall tho.
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  13. theKite

    theKite Ulyssean

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    HMMMMMmmmmm --tempting.

    Go from a Harley to a KLX???
    Can Man live at that altitude? More; can Woman live at that altitude? My wife does not really like tall bikes - not even my Sporty which is a little taller than original.

    I put longer YSS shocks on mine for better ground clearance, but shorter shocks on hers for a lower seat height.

    Rob
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