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Old 01-13-2007, 01:03 AM   #1
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Buying a US-spec Royal Enfield in India

I will be travelling in India for a few months starting mid to late February this year and I would like to buy a Royal Enfield in India to travel with and import it back home after the trip (Canada in my case). After researching this topic, I have found many people that have thought of doing this, but this appears to be legally impossible due to Federal laws (both in Canada and US), unless the bikes are of a certain age, which means they can be imported as vintage bikes (15 years in Canada).

Hence, I was wondering if it would be possible to buy a US-spec RE in India, which would then (hopefully) be eligible for import back home. Has anyone tried this before? Does anyone know if it is possible? I have sent an email to the US Enfield distributor (http://www.enfieldmotorcycles.com/) to see if they have any knowledge of this.

Also, does anyone know of any other possible loopholes?

Any leads would be helpful.

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Old 01-13-2007, 01:58 AM   #2
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I guess I found the answer on the Indian Royal Enfield Website:

http://www.royalenfield.com/app/IN/private_imports.asp

"Export models are not sold in India. The Indian model motorcycles cannot be registered in any other country other than India as it does meet the statutory norms prevailing there."

There goes that idea!
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Old 01-13-2007, 05:43 PM   #3
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Old 01-15-2007, 03:14 PM   #4
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If you're going to be there two months and you want to ride a bike just buy a decent used unit and flog it before you leave. I'm sure talking to a few independent repair/used bike type shops would produce a suitable mount. The right shop could probably be encouraged to buy it back from you, too. There's a few guys from Delhi who post amazing travel reports in the Ride Report section. Contact some of them and see if they'll put you in touch with some locals who could help you out.

That's what I'd do.

Buy a Canadian market bike when you return home. (I didn't know they still sold them in Canada?)
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Old 01-15-2007, 04:52 PM   #5
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If'n I was to have one of those Bullets, I guess I'd have to go for this version:



I'm planning to get to the Himalayas in the next year or so, and I planned to just buy one there and then sell it when I left. It's a fairly common thing to do, unless you really want one back in Canada.
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Old 01-15-2007, 05:18 PM   #6
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...and I planned to just buy one there and then sell it when I left.
Golly Gassy!

Got too many bikes?
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Old 01-15-2007, 05:55 PM   #7
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If you're going to be there two months and you want to ride a bike just buy a decent used unit and flog it before you leave. I'm sure talking to a few independent repair/used bike type shops would produce a suitable mount. The right shop could probably be encouraged to buy it back from you, too. There's a few guys from Delhi who post amazing travel reports in the Ride Report section. Contact some of them and see if they'll put you in touch with some locals who could help you out.

That's what I'd do.

Buy a Canadian market bike when you return home. (I didn't know they still sold them in Canada?)
This seems the best advice to me, especially if you can make a connection with someone who can protect your interests in the deal.
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Old 01-16-2007, 10:37 AM   #8
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Golly Gassy!

Got too many bikes?
As shocking as it sounds - es la verdad!

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