Motorbike rentals in Australia and New Zealand

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Motorbike rentals in Australia and New Zealand

Motorbike rentals in Australia and New Zealand
Biking down under

Where better to escape the European winter than in the southern hemisphere? Motorcycle rental companies in Australia and New Zealand are great escape workers.

Kai Schmid

01/14/1997

When winter sets in in the northern half of the hemisphere, summer prevails in the southern hemisphere – the best time to travel to Australia or New Zealand on a motorcycle.

And who has not dreamed of experiencing the vast outback of the fifth continent or the diverse landscapes of New Zealand? However, because of the horrendous costs, it is hardly worth shipping your own motorcycle for a four to six week trip or taking it with you in the belly of a jumbo. A number of companies have therefore specialized in renting motorcycles down under. In Australia or New Zealand there is also the possibility of a so-called “buy-back” (hire purchase): You buy a motorcycle with the guarantee that the dealer will buy it back after the trip for a previously negotiated price. But about that later, back to rental machines for now. Almost all rental companies in Australia and New Zealand work with German agencies. Bypassing the local travel agencies and booking directly is possible in principle, but usually does not bring any significant savings. Because the landlords grant the agencies high discounts for brokerage that private customers do not get. The customer pays almost the same price when booking directly, but forego the German-speaking advice and also has to take care of all the paperwork himself. The price for the motorcycles depends on the type class and the duration of the rental. Weekly price graduations are common with all landlords. In addition, some rental companies offer discounts of up to 20 percent during the winter season in Australia and New Zealand (May 1 to September 30). The prices given in the table should be taken into account that these are to be understood as reference values, as they depend on the current exchange rate. If you want to spend more than two months in Australia or New Zealand, you should take a close look at the buy-back offers or consider whether it is then even more profitable to ship your own motorcycle Insurance comparable to German partial and fully comprehensive insurance included. For this reason, many landlords do not even offer additional insurance, as is common in the USA, for example. Nevertheless, one should make sure beforehand which insurance protection is actually provided. A deductible between 500 and 2000 marks is required for fully comprehensive insurance without exception. It makes sense to deposit this amount by credit card. In addition to the rental fee, there are some additional costs on site. The tariffs of some rental companies only include a limited number of free kilometers per day. Every additional kilometer costs extra. Usually, however, the free kilometers are within the scope of the usual driving performance (250 free kilometers per day allow an impressive 7500 kilometers in four weeks). In addition, some landlords have to pay preparation and cleaning fees. The AMA company in Brisbane, for example, charges 60 Australian dollars (around 80 marks). Other additional services provided by the landlord, such as hotel and airport transfers or breakdown assistance, only put a slight strain on the budget, but the bottom line is that there can be a good amount of additional costs. Anyone planning to return the motorcycle to a location other than the rental station at the end of the trip must take into account when calculating the additional costs that one-way rental usually incurs high fees for the return transport. In New Zealand, around 350 marks are to be expected for repatriation between the North and South Islands; in Australia with up to 500 marks, depending on the distance to the takeover location. Occasionally, it is also possible to return the motorcycles in locations other than those listed in the table. The landlord can provide more detailed information. The prerequisite for renting the motorcycles is an (international) driving license class 1 and a certain minimum age for almost all companies. In New Zealand this is 25 years for the driver at almost all rental companies, in Australia the machines are occasionally entrusted to younger people. The agencies in Germany provide information about the relevant formalities. Almost all motorcycles are equipped with sturdy luggage racks and suitcases or saddlebags. However, if you go on tour as a couple, you should inquire about the available storage options beforehand. In addition, some companies also rent out camping equipment. An alternative to renting a motorcycle is “buy-back”. The principle is simple: you arrange to buy a motorcycle from home. This has the immense advantage that you don’t have to worry about any formalities at the travel destination. Arrive, get on, jet off. At the end of the trip, the agent buys the vehicle back at a previously agreed fixed price. However, only if the vehicle is undamaged. The company MHS in Munich even goes a step further and pays more than originally agreed if the buyback condition is very good. The costs for liability insurance must also be taken into account. Sometimes it is already included in the purchase price. Rewriting fees and the like are borne by the buyer. And mostly a brokerage fee of around 100 marks is required from the agent in Germany.In the case of a buy-back machine, in addition to the amounts mentioned above, the inspection intervals prescribed by the manufacturer must be included in the total bill. However, whether you have the service carried out yourself or settle it with a flat rate has to be clarified on a case-by-case basis. The buyer must of course pay for any damage that is independent of wear. As indicated above, the hire-purchase method is worthwhile if you travel for around two months or more. The companies that specialize in this are listed in the table, but no matter whether renting or buy-back, hopefully nobody can cut the escape route to the southern hemisphere with this information.

Info – rental motorcycles in Australia and New Zealand

Motorbike type Prices per week (high season) Prices depend. from the exchange rate; Average prices if there are several agents called Extension Day Deposit (to be deposited on site in Australian or New Zealand dollars, usually with a credit card) Free kilometers per week Extra kilometers (payable on site) Additional insurance Hire purchase One-way hire Australia to statesNew South WalesSydney: A & J Sullivan’s Offroad Trailbike HireGS-Sportreisen, PF 400 511, 80705 Munich, Tel. 089-2781 8484, Fax 089-2781 8481 Honda XR 250, Yamaha TW 200 613 DM 98 DM 500 DM unlimited not available not available k. A. no Suzuki GSX 400 R, Yamaha XT 600 E 657 DM 82 DM 500 DM unlimited not applicable Harley-Davidson Sportster 883, Yamaha XJ 900 S 896 DM 114 DM 1,230 DM unlimited not applicable Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 967 DM 127 DM 1,230 DM unlimited not applicable Harley-Davidson Super Glide 1,073 DM 139 DM 1,230 DM unlimited not applicable Various Japanese models from 125 to 1100 cubic meters from 860 DM from 123 DM k. A. 300 to 400 km depending on from rental period not available yes 490-620 DMSydney: CMM GS-Sportreisen, PF 400 511, 80705 Munich, Tel. 089-2781 8484, Fax 089-2781 8481, Yamaha XV 250, Yamaha XT 250 589 DM 98 DM 1,230 DM 300 km 0, 13 DM not available k. A. on- Yamaha SRV 250 624 DM 104 DM 1,230 DM 300 km 0.13 DM ask Yamaha TT 250/350, Yamaha XT 600 E, Yamaha XJ 600 762 DM 127 DM 1,230 DM 300 km 0.13 DM Yamaha XV 750, Yamaha TT 600 832 DM 139 DM 1,230 DM 300 km 0.13 DM Yamaha XJ 900 S 866 DM 144 DM 1,230 DM 300 km 0.13 DM Yamaha FJ 1200 901 DM 150 DM 1,230 DM 300 km 0.13 DM BMW R 100 GS 970 DM 162 DM 1,230 DM 300 km 0.13 DM Harley-Davidson Dyna Glide 1,247 DM 208 DM 1,230 DM 300 km 0.13 DM Harley-Davidson Wide Glide 1,386 DM 231 DM 1,230 DM 300 km 0.13 DM Punchbowl: All Bike Hire All Bike Hire, 21 Moxon Road, Punchbowl 2196, NSW, Australia, Tel. 0061-2-707 1691, Fax 0061-2-708 5917 Various Japanese models from 125 to 1100 cubic meters from 860 DM from 123 DM k. A. 300 to 400 km depending on from rental period not available yes 490-620 DMNorthern Territory Yulara (Ayers Rock): Uluru Motorcycle Tours Uluru Motorcycle Tours, Patrick Oldfield, P.O. Box 75, Yulara, N.T. 0872, Tel. 0061-89-562 019, Fax 0061-89-562 196 Harley-Davidson Heritage models 2,600 DM 370 DM 2,460 DM unlimited not applicable incl. No yesQueenslandBrisbane and Cairns: Australian Motorcycle Adventures AC Travel, Burggartenstr. 110, 73240 Wendlingen, Tel./Fax 07024-51431 Boomerang Reisen, Bruckenstrabe 11, 54290 Trier, Tel. 0651-994 0640, Fax 0651-994 0642 GS-Sportreisen, PF 400 511, 80705 Munich, Tel. 089-2781 8484 , Fax 089-2781 8481Reif «Motorradtouren, Boschstrabe 49, 88250 Weingarten, Tel./Fax 0751-52359 Yamaha XT 600 E, Yamaha XT 250 E, Yamaha XJ 600 or Yamaha SRV 250 710 DM 120 DM 1,230 DM 300 km 0.25 DM fully comprehensive with 1,230 DM self-service, see below 500 DM Yamaha XJ 900 or Yamaha TTR 250 820 DM 140 DM 1,230 DM 300 km 0.25 DM or 2,460 DM Harley-Davidson Dyna Glide 1,320 DM 225 DM 2,460 DM 300km 0.25 DM self-service incl Lease purchase: Yamaha XT 600 E Price: 7,360 DM, buyback: 4,290 DM, effective price: 3,070 DM, insurance included Victoria Melbourne: Car Connection Travel Action Adventure Travel, Einsiedeleiweg 16, 57399 Kirchhundem, Tel. 02764-7824, Fax 02764-7938 only hire purchase: Yamaha XT 600 E Price: 4,860 DM; Repurchase: 2,460 DM; Effective price: 2,400 DM, insurance: 43 DM / week with 1,230 DM deductible, 75 DM / week excluding SB New Zealand North and South Island New Zealand Auckland (North Island) and Christchurch (South Island): Enduro Team New Zealand ADAC Reise GmbH, 81361 Munich, Tel. 089 -7676-2146, Fax 089-7676-2147Bike and Adventure, Schutzenweg 2, 71034 Boblingen, Tel./Fax 07031-672 833 GS-Sportreisen, PF 400 511, 80705 Munich, Tel. 089-2781 8484, Fax 089-2781 8481 Yamaha XR 250 330 DM 45 DM 1,400 DM 250 km 0.29 DM full yes, 350 Yamaha XT 225 445 DM 60 DM 1,400 DM 250 km 0.29 DM comprehensive insurance on DM Yamaha XJ 600 780 DM 110 DM 1,400 DM 250 km 0, 29 DM 8 DM to BMW F 650, Kawasaki KLX 650, Yamaha XT 600 E 900 DM 125 DM 1,400 DM 250 km 0.29 DM per day (SB ask BMW R 80 GS, Yamaha XJ 900 975 DM 135 DM 1,400 DM 250 km 0.29 DM 1,400 DM) BMW R 100 GS 1,020 DM 145 DM 1,400 DM 250 km 0.29 DM BMW R 100 GS Paris-Dakar 1,070 DM 150 DM 1,400 DM 250 km 0.29 DM BMW R 1100 GS 1,200 DM 170 DM 1,400 DM 250 km 0.29 DM Auckland (North Island) and Christchurch (South Island): Te Waipounamu Motorcycle Tours GS-Sportreisen, PF 400 511, 80705 Munich, Tel. 089-2781 8484, Fax 089-2781 8481MHS, Donnersbergerstr. 32, 80634 Munich, Tel. 089-168 4888, Fax 089-166 5549 Honda or Suzuki under 500 cubic meters 580 DM 83 DM 1,170 DM unlimited no fully comprehensive yes, on yes, 235 Yamaha XJ 650 / XJ 750 675 DM 96 DM 1,170 DM unlimited not applicable with DM Honda NTV 650 770 DM 110 DM 1.170 DM unlimited not applicable 1.170 ask Yamaha XT 600 / XJ 900, Suzuki VX 800 790 DM 113 DM 1.170 DM unlimited not applicable DM SB incl.Suzuki GSX 1100 G 925 DM 132 DM 1.170 DM unlimited not applicable BMW F 650 DM 1,015 DM 145 DM 1,170 DM unlimited BMW R 80 GS, R 100 GS, K 100, K 75 1,060 DM 151 DM 1,170 DM unlimited not applicable Triumph Trident 900 1,150 DM 165 DM 1,170 DM unlimited not applicable Auckland (North Island) and Christchurch (South Island): Bike Adventure New Zealand Traumzeit, Karin Langer, Schweppermannstr. 84, 90408 Nuremberg, Tel. 0911-353615, Fax 0911-353608 Yamaha XT 600 E 770 DM (minimum rent 7 days) 110 DM 1,170 DM unlimited no see below yes yes, 300 DM Hire purchase: Yamaha XT 600 Price: 7,900 DM, Buyback: DM 5,100, effective price: DM 2,800, fully comprehensive insurance: DM 65 per week with DM 1,170 deductible Auckland (North Island): Car Link Bike Tours ?? Travel Action Adventure Travel, Einsiedeleiweg 16, 57399 Kirchhundem, Tel. 02764-7824, Fax 02764-7938 Honda NX 650 Dominator and Yamaha XT 600 770 DM (minimum rent 7 days) 110 DM 1,170 DM unlimited omitted see below yes no BMW R 100 GS or GS-PD 1,085 DM (as above) 155 DM 1,170 DM unlimited n / a see yes no Rent purchase: Honda NX 650 Dominator, Yamaha XT 600 Price: 7,630 DM, buyback: 4,600 DM, effective price: 3,030 DM, insurance: 58 DM per week with DM 1,170 excess, DM 76 per week without excess, BMW R 80 GS / R 100 GS Price: DM 17,770, repurchase: DM 13,300, effective price: DM 4,470, insurance: DM 58 per week with DM 1,170 excess, DM 76 per week without excess, Auckland (North Island): NZ Motorcycle Hire GS-Sportreisen, PF 400 511, 80705 Munich, Tel. 089-2781 8484, Fax 089-2781 8481MHS, Donnersbergerstr. 32, 80634 Munich, Tel. 089-168 4888, Fax 089-166 5549Yamaha SR 250 365 DM 45 DM 1,170 DM unlimited not applicable full k. A. 290Yamaha XT 225 463 DM 59 DM 1,170 DM unlimited not applicable comprehensive insurance up to Yamaha XT 600 795 DM 105 DM 1,170 DM unlimited not applicable with 400 Yamaha XJ 600 865 DM 115 DM 1,170 DM unlimited not applicable 1,170 DMYamaha XJ 900 1,023 DM 139 DM 1,170 DM unlimited not applicable DM Self-service including Christchurch (South Island): Motorcycling Downunder (Eric Wood Motorcycles) Explorer Fernreisen, Huttenstr. 17, 40215 Dusseldorf, Tel. 0211-994 9168, Fax 0211-375 921GS-Sportreisen, PF 400 511, 80705 Munich, Tel. 089-2781 8484, Fax 089-2781 8481MHS, Donnersbergerstr. 32, 80634 Munich, Tel. 089-168 4888, Fax 089-166 5549 Suzuki GN 250 620 DM 89 DM 1,170 DM unlimited not applicable yes, yes Suzuki DR 650, Moto Guzzi Nevada, Suzuki VX 800 750 DM 107 DM 1,170 DM unlimited available to An- BMW F 650, BMW R 100 GS, BMW K 100, Triumph T-Bird 1,100 DM 157 DM 1,750 DM unlimited not applicable ask Honda GL 1200, Kawasaki Voyager 1,265 DM 180 DM 2,340 DM unlimited not applicable Honda GL 1500 Gold Wing 1,495 DM 213 DM 2,925 DM unlimited not applicable. Graduated prices for longer rental periods and discounts in the “winter season” (May 1st to September 30th) are common. If several intermediaries are named, the prices are average values. In addition, all prices are dependent on the respective exchange rate and are therefore not binding. Abbreviations: SB = deductible, k. A. = no information. The table does not claim to be complete.

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