Importing an old Beemer

Discussion in 'Australia' started by PeterWebtrax, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. PeterWebtrax

    PeterWebtrax Been here awhile

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    Well, 12 months after buying it, and almost 4 months since delivering it to the docks in San Francisco, I now have my pristine little baby Bertie Beemer R100GS in the back yard.

    From Oregon:

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    To Canberra:

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    Proof.

    And it runs, battery is not flat, took a few attempts but eventually got fuel in the carbs and it burbled happily away.

    But it's been a saga, so I thought I'd start this thread up to describe what I did and what happened so any of you contemplating something similar can hopefully avoid the pitfalls.

    And I'll do that once I get back off cloud nine later tonight.

    Cheers
    Peter
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  2. _cy_

    _cy_ Long timer

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    congrats!!!
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  3. lentil

    lentil All round nice guy Super Moderator

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    Wohoo Pete!!!!


    Breathe a sigh of relief :D

    Err ill call you later this week and let you know where I am upto re the other stuff :D
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  4. davorallyfan

    davorallyfan Commonist

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    Baby Bertie in BBQ land

    Go Pete.:clap

    Are you riding it to Karuah this weekend? It is a touring bike.

    He will have to meet Paris soon.
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  5. farcall

    farcall Bike-a-holic

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    :lurk Keen to hear all details.

    Very nice bike BTW. :clap
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  6. fayeslane

    fayeslane Rankest of amateurs

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    Tidy looking bike :thumb Welcome to the slow lane :lol3
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  7. Russ

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    Nice one Pete I hope you have many happy riding miles on the bike.:clap
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  8. dirtsurfer

    dirtsurfer Challenged Adventurer

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  9. nevgriff64

    nevgriff64 Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    Very nice mate, congratulations. :clap

    I'm also interested in hearing the story in getting here. :wink:
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  10. Ockrocket

    Ockrocket Long timer

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    Now THAT is a Beemer that is worth the effort.

    Congrats Peter.

    Will read all about it when you write it up. :deal
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  11. james928

    james928 oohh sidestand!!

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    Nice rig, been thinking of one of these for some time:lurk
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  12. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    Nice, hasn't got the standard tank though.
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  13. tinbum

    tinbum Been here awhile

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    I'll take a seat in the gallery:lurkand enjoy the education, well done and looking forward to further installments.
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  14. GelandeRoadie

    GelandeRoadie Adventurer

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    That is a very nice bike :clap {but of course you know that}

    I am interested to hear the story, my experience in bringing a K1 (owned from new and over 7 years old when imported) back with me from UK is pretty boring. The only "interesting" part is that I sold an old GS and chose to bring back the fancy wrapped up brick :rofl what was I thinking :eek1
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  15. =SUTTO=

    =SUTTO= Adventurer

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    Nice work, I'm sure the wait to get it home would off been a nightmare.
    Now all you have to do is get it nice and muddy. :D
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  16. PeterWebtrax

    PeterWebtrax Been here awhile

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    Early last year I saw the Beemer for sale by one of the Advrider inmates in Oregon. I had been toying with the idea of getting a pre-89 bike from overseas for several reasons:

    High Aussie dollar - means bikes much cheaper, cheaper than they normally are. On average about 2/3rds the cost here.

    Wife and I were planning a trip to Canada later in year, and I had a friend there who wanted to go for a ride together after I got rid of the wife.

    Pre 89, meant much less cost and hassle bringing the bike back into Aus. The legislation changed in Jan 89, which means any bike newer than Jan 89 needs to meet full ADR compliance. Which you wouldn't think would be too difficult for a motorbike, but from what I've heard about Harleys coming in it is still about $2-4000 for lots of minor fixes.

    If the bike is pre-89 it just needs to meet basic roadworthy test in your state, which in gods-own Capital Territory costs a measly $50.

    So, I saw this pristine R100GS for sale in Oregon. One owner from new, only done 50,000k's, love at first sight. Agreed a price, found a friend of a friend in Seattle who kindly agreed to check it out, agreed to buy it, sent over a deposit.

    I got the seller to agree that the sale would only complete when I got the import approval done here, as 'no import approval, no import', so not much point buying it.

    That's when the first problem arose. The bike is an 89 model, presumably built in late 88, but you have to be able to prove that to DIISR. Owner didn't have the original sale document, and the VIN plate which has the VIN number and manufacture date stamped on it, was barely legible.

    There was some corroborating evidence to suggest it was 9/88, but nothing definitive. There are various BMW VIN decoders on the net that will tell you the manuf date.

    The owner said that with the naked eye you couldn't read the manufacture date, but he sent over several photos of the VIN plate, and by sheer luck managed to get one where, with a little enhancement, you could just make out the pin pricks of the second 8 in the year. Or I thought you could.

    So I sent off all the evidence with my application to DIISR, and waited. It took about 4 weeks from memory, but I'm told it can take longer. Eventually it was approved, so first hurdle jumped.

    Paid the rest of the money, and arranged for the bike to go to the friend of friend in Seattle for storage until I came over. Great guy, didn't know me from a bar of soap, but picked up the bike, and stored it in his garage for about 3 months.

    I had a few issues that arose before the delivery of the bike when the owner found the clutch slipped under heavy load. Long story, which I won't bore you with, but made me realise the problems that can arise if you are planning on using the bike over there. It was the sort of work I could do if I had the bike here and in my shed, but didn't, so we had to pay expensive BMW mechanics to do some stuff. The owner was very good about it (he didn't need to tell me about the problem) so I was lucky.

    If you're not planning on riding the bike over there, not an issue, but if you are, you need to be confident the bike is ok, so a good test rider is essential.

    So that's the end of Step 1. I now own a motorbike in the US. Next problem, how do I register and insure it so I can ride it for 3 weeks over there. Stay tuned for the next exciting episode.

    Cheers
    Pete
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  17. Shakey!

    Shakey! Pants....That is all

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  18. PeterWebtrax

    PeterWebtrax Been here awhile

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    It is the standard tank, but the owner (a product designer) couldn't stand the look of the standard stickers so he took them off a few days after he bought it.

    I'll try to put them back on just so it looks more original.

    He also replaced the rear guard so it looks a lot more modern than the original. Might need to put the original back on to pass the vehicle inspection if it is not below 45 degrees from the centre of the wheel.
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  19. DazRSV

    DazRSV Danadise member

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    This is a good read already:ear
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  20. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    Don't want to get into an arguement and am happy to be proven wrong, but to my knowledge the paralever GS fuel tank had a raised cap and was 26 litre capacity (see below), whereas the flush fuel cap, 24 litre capacity Mystic tank, which looked the same, also fitted.

    I'd be trying my luck with that guard for rego, good chance it would pass.


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