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Burt Munro - Indian Rally - The Sound of Thunder


Aussie Bike Tours are heading to New Zealand again in February 4th-26th 2018 on an exciting Tour that will encompass the Burt Munro Challenge in Invercargill, the National Indian Rally in Blenheim and The Sound Of Thunder race meeting in Christchurch, whilst enjoying the awesome West Coast as well! Also, this will include the International Hand-Shift Challenge, over the two meetings, for all the Indian and Harley-Davidson hand-shift bikes, competing for the International Team Trophy!
Classic B.E.A.R.S bikes are also invited for this one-off opportunity to combine two iconic events with an Indian rally on the weekend between. Road bikes are invited also.

Our base package for race bike return freight, twin-share Van transportation and accommodations with RETURN flights included, for the Burt Munro Challenge ONLY, start at $3900.

This is a 10 day/9-night package.
Bring a partner/friend for $2400, twin-share.
This entails Christchurch-Invercargill-Christchurch.
I have contacted Motorcycling New Zealand, they have advised the best option for competitors is to apply for Start Permission from MA and pay MA's FIM one-month Insurance of approximately $195. Mathew Falvo from MA has confirmed this option is best for us, MNZ and MA. This cost is NOT included in the Tour price and WILL be required to compete in NZ. Contact M.A direct please.

For our full package of the three events, after Invercargill we travel to; Milford Sound for a cruise out to the Tasman Sea, staying at Te Anau, travel the Devil’s Staircase to Queenstown and Glenorchy, visit the awesome Franz Joseph Glacier, checkout a bike collection in Ross, Jade in Hokitika and on to Greymouth, home of street racing,
head north up the spectacular West Coast to Westport, then on to Blenheim and the Indian Rally!

There will be a group ride to Havelock and across the amazing Queen Charlotte Drive to Picton and the Owaka Airfield on Saturday from the Indian Rally site.
Then we head to Nelson and over the fabulous Takaka Hills to the Abel Tasman National Park. Over the next four days we travel to the Bulla Gorge, Karamea, Puakaiki, Cape Foulwind, Reefton, Kumara and then over Arthurs Pass to Christchurch and the Sound Of Thunder weekend!

Packages for the comprehensive Tour start from $5700, twin-share. (Race bike in Van).
For two people in one van for three weeks with one bike, add $4200(same as above less freight).
All packages include Entry Fees and passes to all race events, souvenir shirts, and also a welcome dinner. Also included, all twin-share accommodations and return flights from Melbourne. For the road bike participants, packages start at $5400 twin-share, bring a pillion for $3200= $8600. 

A limited amount of rentals, being BMW F650g/s, Honda VT750, Suzuki DL650 are available. $7000 includes a bike with carrying capacity, Flights, twin-share accommodations and all the usual extras.

This will be a fabulous opportunity to visit E.Hayes and Sons Hardware Store with Burt Munro's original bikes among many others, the amazing Motorcycle Mecca 300+ motorcycle Museum and the Richardson family's incredible 300+ trucks and cars at Transport World. We also get to ride on the famous Oreti Beach and experience Southlands amazing friendliness and hospitality.

The Southland Motorcycle Club has allowed us all FREE ENTRIES!
At usually $150 per event, this can be $600-$750 - each!! A huge saving for us all.
Road riders are also welcome, with options of shipping your own motorcycle(s) or there will be a limited amount of rentals available. Please note ALL motorcycles shipped will require a Vehicle Import Approval from Canberra. These are available at a nominal cost online, contact

Apply early, as they take long weeks to come through, your motorcycle will not be shipped without it!!

Instead of a GST Bond, there will be a $200 charge, per bike, for a GST Guarantee Fund.
This will be immensely easier than all bikes needing a 15% GST deposit!
- Our motorcycles will be shipped in Melbourne on January 2nd,2018 at a depot TBA.
- H-D factory bases will be supplied, please bring two tiedowns for each bike.
- Motorcycles will be picked up at the Depot(tba) in Christchurch on Monday, February 5th.

We will have an overnight stop in Dunedin on Tuesday, arriving early afternoon at the Monarch Motel in Tay Street Invercargill. This is on your left as you arrive in the City Limits. I suggest a trip to Bluff (25k) to inspect the Bluff Hill where the Hill Climb is held the next morning. The events are;
- Bluff Hill Climb Thursday morning.
- Beach Racing at Oreti Friday afternoon/evening.
- Teretonga Road racing Saturday (practice available Friday).
- Speedway Saturday night- we hope to do a couple of laps with the hand-shifters before the main racing starts, street racing Sunday morning/afternoon at Bill Richardson Drive/ old Showgrounds area in Invercargill. 

This is a busy program of back to back events, ensure your bike is in great shape.

For those coming to ride the "Burt" only, a Monday morning departure will be required to return to Christchurch (550k-7 hours) to clean the bikes and drop them at the depot.
Please strap all your riding kit/bag to the seat of your bike after strapping your bike onto the same base from Australia. Vans can be returned at the Airport depot before flying out.
Everybody else will do the same, just two weeks later.

Please contact me directly for exact quotes for flying sooner or later, from Sydney or wherever. Also for Road bike + race bike freight rates etc. and any special requests. 


A $2000 deposit, per person, will be required to confirm your placement on this very popular and limited Tour! Please deposit funds in to the Aussie Bike Tours account by June 30th 2017. Balance will be payable by September 30th 2017. Again feel free to contact us with any questions. Get in touch with us using the details on the Contact page for our banking details.

This will be a very memorable tour and a bunch of fun!

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