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Biking in Australia?

SO, I need to take a client trip to Australia in September. Going to be there for two weeks. Anyone have experience riding the Sydney area? The client is a good friend of ours and has four bikes (a man after my own heart ).

If anyone has any experience/suggestions, I would appreciate them! Thanks much.

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1. If you are going to be downtown Sydney do NOT even get a rental car
2. If you are going to be riding outside of Sydney, just keep an extra eye out becuase their driving is "different" then ours

It's not really hard to get used to driving on the other side of the road, but it is different in that we tend to drive more on the right side of the road and they tend to drive more on the left. Plus my friend that lives out there said that highway driving is pretty nuts. I think he meant that people really don't pay attention and look out for bikers, so if you decide to do this, just please be extra careful!

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Riding in Australia is great, and we get to do it all year round. The biggest thing to note is that you can't turn on red, but otherwise cops don't really care how fast you go. We have speed cameras that do the cops work for them.

The big difference between Australian drivers and Chicago drivers is that us Aussies know what an indicator is, and we use it. You will get your ass creamed by the boys in blue if you ignore this fact. Aussies also pay plenty of attention to bikers, our highways are however pretty damn slow with a max speed of 110kph no matter where you go. Also, the roads are of far higher quality, you have far less chance of hitting potholes or sliding out from hitting someones garbage.

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I have had a lot of experience riding in the Sydney area, but if your friend has 4 bikes, then I'd recommend talking to him some as he should have all the answers you are after.

Routes I would suggest you do:

- Ride to Blue Mountains
- Putty Road

Pacific Highway is good if you can find a good stretch of road.

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Cool, thanks gang. Since it's a client, I want to impress him a little with some knowledge of stuff. I have an International driver's license and have driven there before, but never on a motorcycle. I was looking for where to go to have a little fun You gave me a few ideas - perfect. What I needed. I'll be driving an R1 it seems so I am sure I'll find a way to open her up

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The big difference between Australian drivers and Chicago drivers is that us Aussies know what an indicator is, and we use it. You will get your ass creamed by the boys in blue if you ignore this fact. Aussies also pay plenty of attention to bikers, our highways are however pretty damn slow with a max speed of 110kph no matter where you go. Also, the roads are of far higher quality, you have far less chance of hitting potholes or sliding out from hitting someones garbage.

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I guess it all depends on who you talk to. My friend who said driving there is crazy is originally from Sweden so he's comparing it to both America and Sweden.

I only drove downtown Sydney and being a foreigner, it is NOT laid out well at all. Street signs are almost impossible to see (if there even is one), traffic is heavy, it can be a bit crazy especially when you are not used to driving on the other side of the car and other side of the road

Also, you don't need an international driver's license, a US license works just fine

I would definitely talk to your client as Aussie Grover suggested but the one great thing about Australia is that you could be there a month and never get bored, even if you were to do something different every day. Every region is so unique and beautiful and fun to explore.

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I only drove downtown Sydney and being a foreigner, it is NOT laid out well at all. Street signs are almost impossible to see (if there even is one), traffic is heavy, it can be a bit crazy especially when you are not used to driving on the other side of the car and other side of the road.


You're just used to having NSEW and the grid system. Give it some time and it's easy to get used to. I would however recommend any other city than Sydney. Brisbane is superb!
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You're just used to having NSEW and the grid system. Give it some time and it's easy to get used to. I would however recommend any other city than Sydney. Brisbane is superb!
yup that's why I made sure to put in as a foreigner!

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Sydney sucks. Melbourne rocks.

BTW my cousin informed me the new speed cameras work very well. Long story involving him, his XB/GT and his wallet being lightened up after getting a photo of the GT doing 145km/ph .
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Sydney sucks. Melbourne rocks.
you know how much I heard this while in Sydney ... it's almost as bad as the city vs. suburbs war here in chi-town area

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Sydney sucks. Melbourne rocks.

BTW my cousin informed me the new speed cameras work very well. Long story involving him, his XB/GT and his wallet being lightened up after getting a photo of the GT doing 145km/ph .
If you're willing to spend around $400 you can get some pretty sweet devices which make the new multinova's obsolete again. I plan on sending some stuff back to Australia for my bro.
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you know how much I heard this while in Sydney ... it's almost as bad as the city vs. suburbs war here in chi-town area
Nah It's true, although Brisbane is still better than Melbourne.
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Nah It's true, although Brisbane is still better than Melbourne.
Hey now, bite your tongue.

Dont make me come down to Chicago area.
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Dont make me come down to Chicago area.

Thats okay, you can come down to Chicago, I'll just hide in the burbs
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