Radioman Rides the World.......

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Radioman, May 19, 2011.

  1. advNZer?

    advNZer? Long timer

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    he is not at libert to say :D
    Welcome to NZ radioman.Our (lack of) driving courtesy may surprise you.Take care.
  2. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    The process was easy picking my bike up from the importer. Just had to pay the fees. $750 NZD and put my front wheel on, and then my hard bags. The total cost to ship my bike was just under $2,100 USd from Buenos Aires. Since I will be in NZ awhile, it will be worth having my own bike instead of renting one, but it is still alot of money!

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    After getting my bike New Zealand requires a road worthiness testing at VTNZ.

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    The crew at the counter were really helpful and friendly! Welcome to New Zealand :clap

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    Then they took my bike over to start checking it over.

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    It was amazing to watch them check every little bit of the moto. My headlights were out of Alignment, of course the shock was bad, and my wheel bearing in the rear was bad as well. In Oregon we only check for emission, here is it total road worthiness. Tires, shocks, bearings, lights etc. My bike failed :evil but was taking it in for service, so will get all these items addressed and then have to retest! It cost $87 NZD.

    Dropped my bike off at Experience Motorcycle who is the BMW dealer in town. Sebastian is the service manager and got me right in! Henry is the salesman, and asked if he could add a sticker to my bike :D not the placement :)

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    The bike will need a few days to get the shock rebuilt and then all the other work done. So off for a bit of Sightseeing. Dick and Diana have been amazing hosts. Having me stay with them, Feeding me wonderful meals (no photos--- can you believe it), then taking me around the city, as well as connecting me with some people in the Alzheimer's Community here in Auckland. Getting the royal New Zealand hospitality!! :wave Dick and Diana Thank You so much!

    While up on Mount Eden near the city

    Had to see where I am in relation to other places.

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    Home would be about here.

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    All around Auckland are volcanic domes. Great views of the area and to orient. Still a bit hard to remember which way is north as the sun is in a different position that I am used to ...

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    Up to One tree Hill (but the tree was cut down back in 2000 or so in a protest and not been replaced yet). Drove up once to get overview then hiked up it with Diana the next day.

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    Auckland is a city of about 1.5 million (about like Portland), with hills and water. It all feels like home to me!

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    Then a visit to the Aquarium in the city. They have an entire Antarctic exhibit as well. They had Gentoo and King Penguins too!

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    Really well done ! But sure glad that I have been to the real place!

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    and the plastic tunnel with Sharks all around!

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    And now I am enjoying my cup of coffee on the deck overlooking Auckland and the harbor. Been great to watch the cruise ships, freighters, and old America's cup boats sailing by!! Hope to have my bike back on Friday and start riding!!

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  3. CloneBoy

    CloneBoy Future Adventurer

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    You guys ever seen one of these? Forgive me if its old news, or if you already know all bout it , but BikerGeek just sent it to me today ( fellow inmate from A-Hi-A ) and I thought it was just the ticket


    http://www.farklebar.com/
  4. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    A few more bits of information on getting set up to ride.

    I purchased Liability insurance for my motorcycle through NAC insurance
    800 501-508 Other insurance companies did not want to cover international driver or for only the full year. 3 months was $110USD Liability only with $500/ Deductible in case of accident.
    http://www.nac.co.nz/vehicle-insurance-products/motorcycle-insurance

    Bike is still being worked on..... Hoping it will be ready tomorrow!

    In the mean time, I am enjoying some time in Auckland. Have a great place to stay with amazing hosts. Really is amazing how great this is to meet people on the road, connect and become friends, then have them provide amazing hospitality!! Very lucky I am.:deal

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    Had the day to see a bit of downtown Auckland on this beautiful Summer day.

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    Auckland is know for it's sailing . Near the Maritime Museum is the NZ1 from the 1988 America's Cup. Having sailed and raced long ago this is cool to see!

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    and a few retired boats that now take tourists out for a sail.

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    and a current catamaran raceboat which I have watched sailing the harbor. Impressive indeed....

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    Some of you might remember Alex Shustrick from Russia who was the third International Rider that the ADV community helped to come to the USA and ride. That was 5 years ago, and I have stayed in touch with Alex. He now is a resident of New Zealand working here!

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    Here is the thread for those that missed it.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=370791

    His English was not very good when he came on the ride to the US, so his communication and understanding was difficult. He had an amazing ride, but was limited on his english language which made it very difficult, and harder for the community to engage in the ride.*** But he told me the ride changed his life. He never would have been able to make the changes and end up in NZ without the help of ADV! :freaky :clap So glad I was apart of this. He seems very happy with this new life and has dreams of riding and traveling!

    We had the chance to walk around Auckland, and he treated me to lunch!! We caught up on our lives and plan to ride together before I leave NZ!!

    Here we are next to his dream bike Tenere 750 that he purchased here in NZ.

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    What a great way to spend the day!! The ADV community and connection has been so great for me. It has allowed me to meet people from all over the word, share in the love of motorcycle riding and experience travel in many foreign countries. Participating in helping bring deserving foreign riders has been one of the very best things that I have done on this site! And I plan on getting it restarted once I return to the US after my journey!!:deal
  5. Shustrik

    Shustrik Been here awhile

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    Here we are, September 2008 in Wet Fest ))

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    I had a change to take photo of our Rock star while he was looking at the guys working on the yacht )))

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    It's so awesome to see Mark here, it's just like I'm in that trip again.. :ricky
  6. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    :thumb for me as well!
  7. AceRph

    AceRph Affluenza Free! Administrator

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    This is great!
  8. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    Radioman,

    Apart from the costs and the road worthy inspection, was there anything else special you had to do to the bike to import it into NZ?

    Like many others, envious of your adventure. Keep it up!!
  9. SgtMike

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    That's just made my week and it's only Wednesday! :clap

    If you're still near Alex, tell him I said hello again!

    Alex at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

    "These seats are all aluminum? In Russia all these would be gone."

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  10. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    Hello Tim,

    The bike needed to be well cleaned prior to shipping into NZ, as they are very serious about "non Native species" coming into the country. If it has evidence of extra dirt and such, then can have it specially cleaned a billed to you.:deal

    Otherwise nothing else to be done. Just keep it on the left side of the road :huh That will be interesting ..... will need full attention for sure. I think week two will be the biggest challenge now!
  11. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    I just realized I have seen two of the three International Friendship riders while on my ride...... Just one more to go :D



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  12. Shustrik

    Shustrik Been here awhile

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    And in same sequence :D ))))
  13. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    Hi Alex :wave
    I'm glad the two of you were able to spend a little time together and that you are doing well in NZ.

    Mark,
    Being able to see the International Riders again must be very special for you. Thank you for sharing with us those times.
  14. Ron from BC

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    Was that the year when the Spiral Fractures were in fashion? :evil
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  16. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    Indeed it was!
  17. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    And there were three total.

    Meet CJ from Dehli India

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=267233

    or his version

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=271671

    Meet Lu Fei from China!

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=495330

    Was such a great opportunity for so many to join in the fun !! I will say it again. I am going to get this started again when I return!
  18. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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  19. GRinCR

    GRinCR Oppressed Nomad

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    Late into the game, but have enjoyed the first 15 pages immensely.

    Two years of fantastic reading/riding ahead of me. Thanks for sharing Radioman. I hope the trip was everything you wanted it to be. I will soon find out...

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  20. InTheMuck

    InTheMuck So it goes...

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    Nooooo! :becca I've killed too much time (at work) reading the first 46 pages :eek1 of "The Russians are Coming" already!! Now two others like it???

    But seriously, Alex has just landed in SF (at the point I have reached) and it is amazing to see how it all came together. The generosity of all the ADV inmates, and you in particular Mark, is fantastic :clap

    I'm looking forward to reading his trip report and then starting in on the others. Like squiffynimrod said, thanks for posting these old links that I wouldn't normally find being new to the whole ADV thing.