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Where do Aussie Ducs get their tasty bits?

Bloody Dealers only sell *official* Ducati Perfoirmance gear.

I've ordered a few things from Moto-wheels and they have been really helpful, but if a part isn't quite right its not easy to return it from here.

If you know a good source of localy made or distributed parts please give it up!
 

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Moto-Wheels (Hi Stephano) are great.

I have a contact that will be making custom CF pieces for me in about 1 month's time (when the bike goes in for it's 15000km service).

Other than that, watch ebay for any bits you want, e.g. bought CF mirrors from NZ, rear shock from US and steering damper from the UK.

If you can help it, don't buy and Ducati performance stuff from your local dealer, they are not the one making the money on the bits, its NFI (yes I know what it stands for and that's kind of funny but it is Norm Fraser Imports - the one and only importer for Australia and NZ. :mad:).
 
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I've had great experiences with buying my parts online (Motowheels, EbayUS, soon to try ca-cycleworks). Also bought off EbayUK and from Spareshack with good results but the pound/dollar exchange rate is a killer.

As an example, my local dealer quoted AU$2200 for a set of low carbon termi's and AU$1800 for the DP branded carbon pipes. Days later I found a set of the carbon termi's (brand new in the box) on Ebay in the US and bought them. Even after shipping cost and customs/GST the landed total was AU$915.

Let your fingers do the walking. ;D
 

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I got stung recently by Fed-Ex claiming 10% GST on any items over $250. In this case a set of Cyclecat clipons that came to $AU350 + $AU35 GST + $AU40 Fed-Ex "other charges" for figuring out the GST. The actual shipping cost was $AU25 so the clip-ons cost me $AU450 in the end.

I thought there was a $400 "Duty Free" limit on imports and no GST but how wrong I was.

With CNC machining so common these I know there are plenty of workshops out there with the right tools. They are probably all making bits for SS Commodores. If one outfit setup to support Ducatis they would make a killing.

I know Vee-Two in WA make a few things, but mostly for race track use only.
 
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We've recently started shipping product overseas by US Postal Service and have found that the duties are a lot less - if not zero.
 
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I got stung recently by Fed-Ex claiming 10% GST on any items over $250. In this case a set of Cyclecat clipons that came to $AU350 + $AU35 GST + $AU40 Fed-Ex "other charges" for figuring out the GST. The actual shipping cost was $AU25 so the clip-ons cost me $AU450 in the end.
Lucky bugger getting the Cyclecats, I'm itching for a set of those. Even for AU$450 I dare say you'd get at least half that back if you ever wanted to sell 'em on Ebay or whatever. If it makes ya feel better I paid something like $180 in import taxes on my pipes. :-/

So far haven't had anything sent FedEx only USPS and Royal mail. USPS Global 'EMS' is excellent. Tracking number, cheap-ish and pretty quick, 5-7 business days from US to Oz. I've also sent items EMS to friends in the US and had them delivered in 3-4 days. Brilliant.

I'm not sure that even if there was a specialist outlet over here selling bodywork and stuff that they could match prices with places like Motowheels. Theres a manufacturer in QLD that makes Monster carbon fenders, huggers, side panels etc and as much as I'd like to have supported 'em, if the price isn't competitive its kinda hard.
 

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Yeah Moto-wheels range kicks R's and there website is one of the best I've seen; pictures, descriptions, options and links to manufacturers all there on the same page.

I still don't see why some local outfit can't make small billet items at competitive prices. I mean look at CRG. $US65 for a small bar end mirror + postage. Ouch!

If anyone sees any local gear that looks the biz please post us about it.
 

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Same deal as you guys. I've bought stuff from Spareshack, Moto Wheels, Motostrano and Scotts. I've had good service from all. There is a guy at Brookvale in Sydney (Extreme Creations) who makes stuff for bikes.
His number is (02) 9939 4878 and I think he'll fabricate pretty much anything you want.

By the way have you guys heard or seen anything to do with the EPA checking bikes for exhaust labelling or noise? If so where has it been occurring (this would be mainly in NSW but I would be interested to hear about any other state).
 

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Thanks for the tip Bing.

The local roads and traffic authority in ACT regularly has random roadside inspections but nothing specifically targetting noise as far as I know.

Don't know about the EPA or what authority they have on the road. I thought they were more lands management. Normally Motorcycle News or Two Wheels will have stories on stuff like that if it is occuring. You could give them a call to check if you like.

Cheers, Dean.
 
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Yep, thats a NSW thing. From what I understand the EPA and Police are joining up to conduct motorcycle noise checks. All new aftermarket exhaust systems sold will be required to carry a label showing compliance with the Db limit (94Db?). If your current aftermarket system doesn't have a label (and I imagine 90% wouldn't) its up to the individual to obtain one from the manufacturer or by being tested. ::)

In SA, we don't have any type of inspections or anything. Just pay your rego fee and go. The laws here are a long way behind the eastern states.

Even more absurd is the Victorian Police plans to use 3 *unmarked* motorcycles carrying on-board video cameras to specifically target other riders. They've gone mad down there.
 

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Those Mexican bandits (Victorian Police) are filth and always have been. No wonder Ned Kelly shot so many of the wankers!
 

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I'm stuck up here in port Moresby, but consider myself an Aussy Duc. Australia is the closest port of call for me.

I recently got a set of 41mm FCR's from Chris at CA Cycles for US$900, the dealer in Brisbane quoted me A$3,250.00 for the exact same set up, how does US$900.00 turn into US$2,000 odd for the same thing? Shipping must be bloody expensive!!

I paid all the minimum charges out of the US & had them imported by TNT which cost a further A$400 & i'm still laughing all the way to the bank.

Even the dealer said, a lot of his customers import from the US.

I had mentioned to another Aussy Duc about banding together & getting a consolidated A/F shipment, that way the freight charges are minimised.

I think Fed EX is the way to go out of the US, TNT/DHL have too many minimum charges. Only thing is that Fed EX takes longer (I Believe)

The more weight & Value of the goods, the cheaper the A/F becomes.

I still get Oil, Filters, Belts, Lubricants out of the Aussy Dealers, but reckon mods from the US is the way to go.
 

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i've bought from the usual suspects and they've all been good. big props to ca cycleworks though, they make an effort to minimise freight costs and don't bill you until your order is complete, top effort!
if the $ value is 200 or more AUD, you are liable for import duty which i think is 10% as well as a $48 customs inspection fee. from my experience, fedex easily top the list for the most customs fees, closely followed by ups. using good old air mail seems to work better if only for the sheer volume coming in daily, your odds are greatly improved of getting through without being checked, it's a shame more companys don't offer this option. it is true though, that even with all the extra charges often it still works out cheaper, go figure. 8)
 

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Yep, thats a NSW thing. From what I understand the EPA and Police are joining up to conduct motorcycle noise checks. All new aftermarket exhaust systems sold will be required to carry a label showing compliance with the Db limit (94Db?). If your current aftermarket system doesn't have a label (and I imagine 90% wouldn't) its up to the individual to obtain one from the manufacturer or by being tested
There was a notice in the weekend papers saying that this particular piece of victimisation had been disallowed.  That means that the law does not apply any more and people who had been booked but not payed will not be liable.

Also, try http://www.kc-international.com/ for accessories you see on these pages
 
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