buy motorcycle with tourist Visa? be legal to cross borders

Discussion in 'Canada' started by StartAdventures, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. StartAdventures

    StartAdventures riders on the storm

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    Hello everyone,

    here is Teo and I have a simple question.
    Can I buy a motorcycle in Canada with a Tourist visa ?
    If so I will be allow to cross the borders ?
    Used or new does make any differents other then price?

    The documents I will have will be my passport and the international driving license and my italian license. :deal

    I was no able to see any other questions similar to this one anywhere. :ear

    I know everyone buy it in the Usa but for other reasons Im cosidering to buy it in Canada.

    Thanks everyone and if u are interested U can see my (then became our)last "little" trip video, nothing proffessional of course :)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAQYPGtjKSo

    ps
    Im in the camplist in Italy , the one close to Milan :) U are welcome till May , after we will hit the road again

    Cheers :rofl
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  2. Cal

    Cal Long timer

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    Yes you can buy a motorcycle in Canada being a tourist. It helps to have some one here to help you with it. Alberta seems to be the easiest province to buy and insure a bike.
    I helped a biker from Belgium buy a bike last spring he rode for 3 months and then sold just before going home.

    I would offer to help you but I will be riding in Europe starting the end of April on an Irish bike I bought and stored in Spain.
    Hopefully some one will help you with the purchase.

    Where will you fly to? Canada is a big place and each province has different regulations.
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  3. StartAdventures

    StartAdventures riders on the storm

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    Hello thanks a lot for your answer and your offer.
    Well the cheapest tickets are for toronto and montreal, but for 100 usd more I can fly to Vancouver then in case move to Alberta from there.

    Do U have any idea how long it takes to do all the paperwork ?
    and this Belgium biker did cross the borders ?

    Thanks a lot

    Teo
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  4. Cal

    Cal Long timer

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    Yes he crossed into the US in Alaska. The bike was a used 2003 KLR. It was registered into his name and the Insurance was purchased here in Calgary. the registration( plates) took only 20 minutes and the insurance took 30 minutes, this of course was with my help. Once you have all the paper work you are perfectly legal.
    check for used bikes on Kijiji.
    Cal
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  5. StartAdventures

    StartAdventures riders on the storm

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    Amazing news thanks a lot.

    Do u think is that easy even with brand new bikes from the shop ?

    Pitty we will not cross each other this time
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  6. ciedema

    ciedema мотоциклист

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    I did it in BC (a bit harder than Alberta as they only allow 3 months reg at a time). I then rode into the US with BC plates, when the the registration expired I re-registered it in the US.
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  7. damurph

    damurph Cold Adventurer

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    Two Kiwis called a dealer here and had two Yamahas plated and ready to roll across the country on the TCAT. Flew in on a Sunday and rolled out on Monday headed west with Newfoundland plates.
    Which borders are you looking to cross?.
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  8. Slowphil

    Slowphil REALLY Gnarly Adventurer

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    All you need in Nova Scotia is an address and I'm sure inmates would be more than glad to help you with that. Good luck
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  9. Commuter Boy

    Commuter Boy Long timer

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    Buying the bike is easy. Insurance will be the harder part, and what you will need more assistance with. Each province has their own insurance providers and rules, so you will need local knowledge for that, in advance. Some provinces like Alberta are "easier" to obtain it in for foreigners.
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  10. Steve G.

    Steve G. Long timer

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    Yes.

    No.


    No.

    Cheers.
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  11. ciedema

    ciedema мотоциклист

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    The answer to question 2 is not "No" it is "Yes" - I have done it.
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  12. CAT992

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    I am trying to buy a bike and register in Alberta - Edmonton. Unfortunately the more I get closer to it I realize how difficult it is and its impossible.

    Every insurance company is asking for alberta class 6 licence, every other insurance says NO without knowing what the are asked about.

    You can register if you buy from a dealer and you have the following documents

    [FONT=&quot]Yes. You can get registration if you bring the following to Registry:

    1. Original Bill of Sale[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]2. Insurance for that vehicle[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]3. Valid Passport [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]4. Valid Foreign License from your home country
    5. Valid International driver License[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]6. Proof of address or an address in AB[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] But the insurance guys are the drama queens now....
    [/FONT]
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  13. CAT992

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    You can buy a motorcycle as a visitor and register it in the registry as the below information sent my the registry

    [FONT=&quot]You can get registration if you bring the following to Registry:

    1. Original Bill of Sale[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]2. Insurance for that vehicle[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]3. Valid Passport [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]4. Valid Foreign License from your home country
    5. Valid International driver License[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]6. Proof of address or an address in AB[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Feel free to contact one of our clerk at 780-435-7800 if you have any question.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    Edmonton Registry Services (South) Inc.
    Unit #1, 9109 - 39 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 5Y2
    Phone 780-435-7800 | Fax 780-435-2700


    But Insurance is a big no..strange, will come back with more updates on this shortly.
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  14. CAT992

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    Thank you for visiting the Alberta Government feedback web site. Following is the response to your question prepared by Service Alberta :

    Thank you for your inquiry.

    You would be able to register the motorcycle at an
    Alberta Registry Office. We would be assuming that
    the motorcycle is either new or was last registered in Alberta.
    You would need to provide the Registry Agent with the
    bill of sale, proof of your valid Alberta motorcycle insurance
    and provide the Alberta address that you are going to be
    staying at during your visit. If the motorcycle is new, then
    you would also need to provide the New Vehicle Information
    Statement (NVIS) document.

    Product Catalogue:
    Information on product fees is available in our Product Catalogue at:
    http://www.servicealberta.ca/pdf/registries/Product_Catalogue.pdf
    The list of Registry Agents is available on our website at:
    www.servicealberta.ca/1641.cfm
    If you have further questions please contact:
    Ministry of Service Alberta
    Box 3140
    Edmonton AB T5J 2G7
    Phone: 780-427-7013
    For toll-free access within Alberta first dial 310-0000
    Email: mv@gov.ab.ca
    Visit our website at www.servicealberta.ca for comprehensive
    registries and consumer information and services.
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  15. CAT992

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    So far 20 of the insurance companies have said "one has to be a resident to get insurance" however am still in pursuit and will update if I get any insurance provider - am looking for a one year cover.
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  16. Parts

    Parts n00b

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    Where are you staying in Alberta? Couldn't you use that address and say you are a resident?
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  17. rob1313

    rob1313 Still learning

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    Hell PM me, use my address if it makes it easier
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  18. statsman

    statsman Weekend Warrior

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    I can tell you that here in Ontario motorcycle insurance is becoming one huge pain in the riding muscles.
    I bought my current motorcycle three years ago and my insurer told me they no longer sell motorcycle insurance and once I sold the old bike they would not insure a new one. Becky, the woman I dealt with over the phone was really obnoxious about it too.
    This is an insurance company I had been dealing with for over 30 years.
    A new insurance group coverage specialist was just starting up and I moved my car, motorcycle and home insurance to them. No problem.
    Get a call a few weeks later from the owner of the insurance agency I used to deal with asking why I had moved. I explained the problem to him, and complained about Becky while I was it.
    Turns out Becky is his daughter.
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  19. crunchiespg

    crunchiespg Long timer

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    If you want insurance in alberta. Call Cindy at builders group insurance Calgary.
    403 251 1700.

    She's helped another inmate here who is temporarily in the country. And she was great for me when I first moved to canada. I found her by accident and she's been so good lots of my friends and all my family have switched to dealing with her.
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  20. bigbadandugly

    bigbadandugly Been here awhile

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    :clap

    Classic. What was his reaction?
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