beat this dead horse... ship or buy in Europe?

Discussion in 'EMEA' started by Ridercam, Jan 5, 2018.

  1. GiorgioXT

    GiorgioXT Long timer

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    I seriously doubt it. Pollution norms wreak havoc ...

    Mike, Single for single , I would rather take the low-cost way and look for an XT600E [​IMG]
    Cheap, light, easy to ride but still a pleasure in mountains.

    Back IT : In most EU countries IS possible to buy and register a vehicle as a foreigner not-resident , but for limited time ; in Italy is possible to ask for "EE" (escursionisti esteri) plate
    that could stand up to twelve months . In Germany and France should be something similar.
    EU regulamentation ask the owner of a foreign plated vehicle to convert to a local plate after 12 months of permanence , but since nobody could verify that the vehicle never went outside EU during
    this period is a norm really never enforced ; happens e.g. for Albanian, Bosnia-Hercegnovi- Moldavia or FYROM plated-vehicles , we have lot of people living and working in Italy that keeps the vehicle plated for dozens year, Just keep it insured with green card. Actually is not possible to check vehicle revisions between EU states, so long for foreign ones ...
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  2. glitch_oz

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    Not sure if the XT6 (or 660R) was ever sold in the US as it sounds like MIchael wants to register the bike in the US, then ship across like the earlier VStrom, keeping it on US plates.
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  3. MichaelJ

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    There are a few - unfortunately the saddle heights are at armpit level for me - and, while I'm heavy enough to pack the suspension down a bit, I'm not that heavy.

    The G310GS looks interesting. I've looked at the F/G560GSes, but the new ones are more than I want to spend, and the good used ones are more than a new G310. A local dealer has a 2009 (low mileage, low suspension) and is asking about $6,400. For a 9 year old bike.

    And yes - I'd be looking to keep US registry on it. Simpler and cheaper for me in the long run. Plus there's the the fact that US plates are an instant conversation starter. :D
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  4. hansen

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    That's a crucial point IMHO, and one of the reasons why I took my bike with the German plate over the pond to Canada in 1991.
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  5. glitch_oz

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    Looks like they've finished the G650GS in the US as well (the last sold in 2015 here in Aus IIRC) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_G650GS
    KBB is listing 2013 models (retail ) at ~$5500
    Maybe a serious offer at a more realistic price would bring that 650 back to duty?
    I sure liked the 310 but found it lacking in grunt, partially caused by the tall gearing of 1.+2. cog.

    A DR650 would be lighter than the 310 and can be made lower than the 310 as well with cheap dogbones....just another idea and a bike common to the US+EU markets.


    The conversation starter :-) ...reminds me of the "Germanic Corner", the nightly congregation of Germans/Austrians/Swiss at those camp sites in New Zealand, where one Euro-plated bike attracts the next, like moths to light.
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  6. hansen

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    I'm travelling to experience a country and its people, not to find home away from home. Therefore I try to avoid said congregrations. ;)
    Back in '91 my plate was the only European plate I have seen in six weeks, but things have changed since then. In 2015 on the Faroe Islands there was one Hungarian plate apart from my German plate, but I have seen three American plates on the Islands in just ten days.
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  7. MichaelJ

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    Thanks for that - hadn't thought of lowering one. Just looked on Craigslist and there's one not too far from me that the owner is asking $4K for a 2003 - which sounds absurdly high.

    The 310's gearing is just a sprocket swap - so not an issue. I'd look for a storage place closer to/in the Alps, though. Heidelberg would be a schlep on the 310.
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  8. nickguzzi

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    Add a few days on to your tour, use the back roads and have even more riding pleasure. There is a choice available.

    My BiL rides from Frankfurt to Heidelberg on his push bike. And he doesn't consider himself a cyclist.
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  9. Frgich

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    BiL deserved a beer in the end ;)
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  10. nickguzzi

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    He is fond of his beer.
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