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Old 05-17-2015, 11:29 PM   #1
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Eek North America Round Trip

Hi All
A friend and I have been talking about a trans America motorcycle trip for quite a while now. We are both experienced motorcyclists who have done many kms in South Africa, our home country, Namibia, Botswana & Lesotho on BMW GSs and now lately Honda XRs.

After about three years of saving and accumulating enough leave from work, we are set to fly over mid July. We are planning on starting on the east coast and going right around anti-clockwise. The starting city and specific route is not set in stone yet.

I've done a bit a reading here on your forum, on Horizons Unlimited and elsewhere on the net and it seems that it is possible for a tourist to buy and register a bike, but each state has its own requirements.

My question to you well informed okes over there is - which east coast state should we select as our starting point where we will buy (secondhand from craigslist) and register our bikes, keeping in mind that we do not have:
- a social security number
- a state specific drivers license (we do have South African motorbike licenses and also got the AA International drivers license, but some states do not seem to recognize these).
- a residential address in the USA

Secondly, will anybody be willing to let us use there residential address to register the bikes?

Any advice or info will be highly appreciated! Thanks okes!
Regards, Jacques
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Old 05-18-2015, 12:06 AM   #2
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Welcome to ADVrider.

I currently have 2 bikes in storage for foreign owners.
One from England just arrived to upgrade his bike for a RTW trip after riding crosscountry.
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1014108

Both were purchased on east coast, ridden to California and registered here using my address with no issues.

Need signed over Certificate of Title (ownership), proof of motorcycle endorsement on your home country drivers license or letter from your motor vehicle department stating you are authorized to operate a motorcycle and proof of insurance (Progressive easy to work with online).

I'm aware there are states with cheaper registration fees and no sales tax which you will pay in Calif on the purchase value.
Still small $$$amount considering overall trip expenses.

The Tuckers in southern California are set up to help you purchase and outfit your bike(s) even before you arrive.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/member.php?u=20709


Stop and say hello when you pass thru Nor-California.
Plenty of other inmates willing to help.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=869519

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Old 05-18-2015, 11:31 PM   #3
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Thanks bud I will follow up on the links you provided above. I like the Google Earth map with people offering accommodation or camping site - great initiative! Will definitely pop in when we pass through. Regards, Jacques
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Old 05-19-2015, 05:27 AM   #4
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You can also register bikes in Vermont without being a resident. Might be a bit more convenient for you than California, given your East Coast start. And there have been a fair number of bikes for sale on the Vermont section of Craigslist, so it should be easy to arrange a purchase.

What kind of bikes are you looking for, and what price range? I'll keep an eye out.

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Old 05-19-2015, 06:02 AM   #5
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Old 05-20-2015, 10:38 PM   #6
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Thanks Mark that will be great! We are currently riding 650 singles which are great off-road, but not too great on the open road.
Think if we can get Kawasaki KLRs and wack road tires on them that would be fine...or something similar. Or else something in the 700cc twin family. Budget is up to the $2000 range. Can maybe reach to $2200 but not any further. Regards, Jacques
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Old 05-21-2015, 07:10 AM   #7
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Thanks Mark that will be great! We are currently riding 650 singles which are great off-road, but not too great on the open road.
Think if we can get Kawasaki KLRs and wack road tires on them that would be fine...or something similar. Or else something in the 700cc twin family. Budget is up to the $2000 range. Can maybe reach to $2200 but not any further. Regards, Jacques

I'll keep an eye out, but that's going to be tough. It's hard to find anything in good shape and trustworthy for $2000.

Here are a couple of KLRs currently for sale, but they're both $3000:
http://burlington.craigslist.org/mcy/5013911401.html
http://burlington.craigslist.org/mcy/4999856432.html

In the $2000 price range, your options are going to be very limited, mostly along the lines of a potentially dodgy '80s UJM.

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Old 06-03-2015, 07:56 PM   #8
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I'll second the Vermont recommendation. If things haven't changed, you can use Vermont to register your bikes no matter where you start. It's been a long time but I once registered my dirt bike as a dual sport in VT while living in CA. They mailed me my plates and it wasn't expensive.
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Old 06-03-2015, 08:46 PM   #9
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I don't know if you will be riding through Canada.
As a rule, US insurance is good in Canada, but double check when you buy it.
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Old 06-03-2015, 10:15 PM   #10
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Tuckers can register a bike in the USA for you. He may even have a suitable bike available.
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Old 06-05-2015, 06:58 PM   #11
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Thanks everyone for the recommendations. I have several bikes right now.

2 Suzuki DR650's
A couple of BMW's a 1200GS and an older R1100RSL.

Also still offering my bike buying service/prep and room rental to help travelers get started in Los Angeles area.

Address use and help with DMV/Insurance .
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Old 06-06-2015, 06:40 AM   #12
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I'm in the DC/Baltimore area, which has easy SAA flights (other than the 20 hour tin can time) to either BWI or IAD, two major cities of Craigslist ads, and I have no problem with your using the address.

The downside is that I will not be available from July 3-19.

Some example CL ads within 2 hours and at your price:

http://baltimore.craigslist.org/mcy/5038691382.html
http://baltimore.craigslist.org/mcy/5055706054.html
http://delaware.craigslist.org/mcy/5010026245.html
http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/n...058425915.html
http://baltimore.craigslist.org/mcy/5056364348.html
http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/m...037322463.html
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Old 06-29-2015, 06:51 AM   #13
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Haven't checked back here for quite a while...thanks for all the advice! We are flying into Charlotte and staying at a friend till we get the wheels sorted. Tuckers are those DR's to rent or for sale?
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Old 06-29-2015, 09:52 AM   #14
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Haven't checked back here for quite a while...thanks for all the advice! We are flying into Charlotte and staying at a friend till we get the wheels sorted. Tuckers are those DR's to rent or for sale?
You can buy them and then I'll buy them back. Rental is difficult what with insurance and liability. I wouldn't want anyone riding around in my name. I would register them in your name from my address and then get you insurance.
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Old 06-29-2015, 10:05 AM   #15
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There is no Craigslist in North Carolina, but in nearby Columbia SC there is. Plenty of bikes in that area within your price limit:

http://columbia.craigslist.org/searc...55&maxAsk=2200
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