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Old 03-04-2011, 06:25 AM   #1
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Dual sportin in Tanzania

In January my wife and I picked up and moved from the U.S. to Dar es Salaam. Everybody told me that it would be suicide to bring my KLR650 so I left it in storage... BIG mistake. It would be PERFECT here except for the fact that parts are hard to come by.

I quickly got over moping and decided that the only solution would be to buy another bike for the few years that I'm here. I don't really want to spend a ton of money because bikes here are WAY overpriced. I could probably buy a new Honda XR250R but I'm a pretty big guy (6'5" 245lbs) and I've never ridden anything as small as a 250 before.

I could buy a KTM (there is a KTM dealership in Kenya so parts are available locally) but they are VERY expensive ($7500 for a 12 year old bike with 25,000 km on it and a lot of cosmetic damage).

The other alternative is a 2003 Yamaha XT600 with 26,000km on it that has electric start. The guy is selling it for $3,000. I wouldn't pay that for it in the U.S. but out here, it might be the best option I find. I was wondering if anybody with experience riding in Tanzania could weigh in on this bike? How well suited is it for a tall rider? Can anybody compare/contrast this bike with my beloved KLR?

I appreciate any advice you guys could provide.
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:37 AM   #2
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Im looking to do the same as above... Any one with any advice?
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:47 AM   #3
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Go with the XT. That will feel fast after a KLR and it is a better bike anyway. There is also a KTM dealer in Dar as well. The XR is good for around town but would be too small for travel. There is an American guy selling an xr400 in Dar at the moment.
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Old 12-03-2013, 11:08 PM   #4
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Oldish thread but...

I moved last week to Tanzania and I'm also looking for a bike.
Prices are crazy: The Enduro 2013 R 690 goes for $17,400 at the KTM dealer in Dar.
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Old 12-04-2013, 10:55 AM   #5
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Greetings,
Welcome to DAR. Having a dual sport is like heaven in DAR, considering all the traffic jams. The KTM dealership here in DAR is like my second home lol. Anyways, there is a KTM bike for sale. 2008 690 SM , actually i have parked it at the KTM dealership. If you interested, let me know. Cheers.
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:11 PM   #6
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Greetings,
Welcome to DAR. Having a dual sport is like heaven in DAR, considering all the traffic jams. The KTM dealership here in DAR is like my second home lol. Anyways, there is a KTM bike for sale. 2008 690 SM , actually i have parked it at the KTM dealership. If you interested, let me know. Cheers.
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Old 09-11-2014, 06:17 AM   #7
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Hi guys,

I pm'ed you all as I am moving to TZ and need your advice on riding there. I would greatly appreciate any advice!
Thanks!
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Old 12-15-2014, 10:00 AM   #8
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Importing from SA

Hi guys,
also moving to TZ in January. Anyone explored importing a bike from SA?
Anyone have info on how to do that? thanks
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