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Old 03-10-2013, 08:51 AM   #10
_lee OP
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Location: Minneapolis
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Originally Posted by usgser View Post
Yup #2 is gonna bite you big time trying to get a new bike through Customs/DOT and released to you. If it doesn't meet current EPA/DOT specs (it won't) there's a time limit I think 90 days(?) to have it brought up to US specs. Must be done correctly and with proper paperwork and relating stickers "from the manufacturer". By the time you have that done(even if possible) you'll have burnt up at least any savings or more money than buying one in the US. Again there's a time limit on this. If it expires they crush the bike. Yup the process is insanely complicated and expensive and risky on purpose to discourage people from what you're trying to do.
Unless you're a rich masochist that just loves banging heads with gov bureaucracy forget the plan and buy a bike here or import a 25 year old one.

So after many emails to many European manufacturers, European companies that produce US bikes don't have them available at their respective countries. BMW was at least kind enough to cordially tell me to beat it. Moto Guzzi flat out told me to stop trying to put money in their pocket.

My current plans have shifted to either shipping my triumph scrambler over the pond or to rent a bike.

Ancillary to this, I am thinking I might sell the KLR and look at a R1200GS ADV.
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