All Singapore Adventure Riders, Please Fall-In

Discussion in 'Asia' started by stealthpilot313, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. stealthpilot313

    stealthpilot313 Stealthpilot

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    Little Red Dot
    Congrats on your new ride and welcome to our little community. :clap Besides PML, you may check out:

    The M-Technik Team

    51 Ubi Ave 1, #05-08
    Paya Ubi Industrial Park
    Singapore 408933

    Tel: +65 6844-8973
    Fax: +65 6234-2773
    E-mail: info@m-technik.com.sg
  2. NMS24

    NMS24 Adventurer

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    Heard abt M-Technik too.. will check it out..
    Thanks Stealth!!
  3. motolocopat

    motolocopat When in doubt gas it!

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    Hello Everyone!
    I hope to be joining you in Singapore if I get past the final hurdles with a company there.
    It would be a longer term position and would involve travel in the surrounding contries.
    I own several motorcycles in the US from a lean Ducati to a bulky Harley and a versatile KTM 950. but with the prices in Singapore that does not look to be very practical so I'm in search of a good all around motorcycle that would do well commuting and getting around in Singapore and do well for trips up into Malaysia/Thailand and beyond occassionally.
    The bike that has caught my attention the most at this point is a Triumph 800XC. It is similar to my KTM 950 Adventure, little less power and suspension is not as adjustable but it certainly seems that it would do the job around Singapore and be well suited for bad roads in Malaysia/Thailand while being able to carry enough of a load and make good time on the highways on the return trip when hurrying back to work.


    Thoughts are to pick up a slightly used one here and go through the importation process there with expenses estimated at around..
    • Motorcycle purchase $10,000-12,000
    • Shipping $1500
    • Import fees $2500-3000
    • License registration $2500
    • TOTAL $$16,500-19,000 USD
    Questions and advice I'm hoping you guys can give are...
    1. I've done some research on the Import Process to come up with my figures but am hoping for some local insight as it of they are reasonable and pitfalls that might be encountered while going down that road?
    2. Is there anyone there that would be able to service a Triumph be it a dealer or a good independent? I am comfortable doing a all of the basic work myselfI up to replacing fork seals etc. and with the reliabilty of todays bikes I wouldn't expect to have to do A LOT but will still need some parts.
    3. Alternative Bikes that would meet my riding needs and have good local support? Also considering another KTM that is new enough to be imported. Entrance price goes up about $5K BMW's are a possiblity but by the time their Adventure bikes make enough power to thrill my soul they are approaching the weight of my Harley plus the entrance price will be closer to $30K than 20K
    4. Anything else about Motoing in Singapore in general... insurance, parking,
  4. kampungboy

    kampungboy n00b

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    Hi - best of luck in your relocation. You will definitely save some $ bringing in your new bike and as long as you have the right documentation its not that bad a process... but its a process. You must have the original documentation that the bike *(by vin #) has passed US road testing, including any after market exhaust system. Original docs only including export documents, all bills ... check out www.onemotoring.com.sg. Thats run by the LTA in Singapore which is the governing body and they have a downloadable checklist. Best to get in touch with Engineering Services at LTA - thats the dept that handles these imports and you can ask them to advise on your documentation before you by the bike - get some examples from the dealer in the US. If you miss any documents, and i mean ANY, then its a no go. I've brought a couple of BMWs in from the UK which is easier. As as US bike, speedo must have KMH on it, and if theres a right hand drive bias to the headlight you have to get it set to left hand drive bias. Local dealers wont honor the warranty unless you pay them an adoption fee (at least for BMW which is a $5k non refundable deposit, 20% loading and last priority for bookings!!!), yeah its crazy. but loads of independent mechs that can work on all sorts of bikes. it may be easier to pick up a used ride check out www.singaporebikes.com forum for sale adverts. prices are generally reasonable for used rides.

    Insurance about $750 depending on the bike and safe rider discount, traffic is crazy in Singapore bikes are treated like flies but bigger bikes do get more visibility and lane space. Parking is not readily available unless your building provides it but loads of public parking outside the central business areas.

    i ride a F800GS for touring and light off road, mainly fire roads, logging trails, very occasionally something rougher, which you should consider unless your looking for heavy duty offroad. most of the stuff in malaysia and thailand is good for the on/off road riding that class bike handles, much like the triumph i would imagine. you dont get 100miles of ridable offroad at a stretch so you would want something that will be fun on tarmac as well - nice "mountain" road riding north malaysia and southern thailand. lots of rain and mud so the bigger bikes are tougher off road for me.

    bring proof of bike ownership and insurance coverage when you come to do the license conversation as we have a three bike class license here. i think you only have to take the highway code.
    hope this helps and good luck.