California - Venezuela March - June 2013

Discussion in 'Americas' started by aadal, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. aadal

    aadal Adventurer

    Sep 22, 2012
    Hi all
    I'm planning a trip from California to Venezuela. Starting in California 20'ish of March ending in Venezuela late May.
    here's a map with sparse information on some dates.
    The trip was planned/thought of, with a friend of mine, but life got in the way, so he cannot join me. And now I'm all alone :eek1
    I speak Spanish. But it would also be nice to share a trip like this with others like minded :freaky so if interested in the trip or just to joining a bit please send me a message.

    For my ride I would need a motorcycle, and I have narrowed it down to 2 choices in preferred order :
    1. Suzuki V-strom 650
    2. KLR 650 2008+
    The suzuki is my preferred because I don't think i'll be doing Dakar style trip, and i had a GSX750F which served me well, but not at all uninterested in the KLR :ear
    My budget is about 4000$ without bags and 5000$ with bags, for the KLR and about 1000$ more for the Suzuki, mileage I would prefer around 10k or less, as i'm no mechanical genius. :cry
    So what i'm saying is "i'm looking for a bike!" hehe. links to honest dealership and so on is also welcome :-)
    But here comes the tricky part. i'm no US citizen but Danish.
    So what is best practice?
    Export plates? titles and all in my name? I really have a lot of questions in this area, I read a thread about one that helped people like me but he went back to europe :-(
    So information link etc. would be very very nice :D

    The forum is overwhelming with info and I have enjoyed looking trough it the past month. Thank you all!

  2. GastonUSAChile

    GastonUSAChile Been here awhile

    May 28, 2008
    Hi there,

    First of all, find the bike on this forum (flea market section) and get the most suitable for you. Vstrom are good bikes, I had a 1000cc but i know the 650 is excellent without too much weight (2 up) but even that, it is possible. Kawa are good but a lot less comfortable . Think about taking spares ofr any of these bikes because are not easy to find. Perhaps for the 650 Vstrom yes in Colombia, because the import them there.
    I think you'll get a lot more bike on the VStrom for around the same amount of money.

    Upon agreement with the previous owner, buy it and he must sign the title in the back . Now you are the new owner. He can help you out to get the new title using the same address as his. Also registering the bike for a new tag (under your name). I think California does everything on the title (including the plate #). He also must provide to you with a Bill of sale in order to get the new title. Be advised, you must provide the previous owner with a POA (power of attorney) to do the paperwork for you (titling and registration)
    After all of this is done , you are free to export the bike as a tourist.

    It is possible to use the same title and a bill of sale , signed in the back but , the problem is the plate and you could have eventual problems for not having the title with your name.
    It is possible also to cross the border only with a registration but, you never know if would be ok to other countries. It has been done but may be he was lucky.
    Actually I brought his bike from Chile (ocean shipped) and we use a copy of the registration because the original was lost. Even U.S. Customs accepted when got in, but I think it was luck.
  3. aadal

    aadal Adventurer

    Sep 22, 2012
    Hi thanks for the information
    (thought I ticked the instant subscription on this thread but no... therefor the late reply :shog)

    so in order:
    1. me - buy the bike
    2. previous owner - sign title in the back
    3. previous owner - provide bill of sale :deal
    4. me - power of attorney
    5. Paperwork can begin! :clap
    can it be partly paid? as previous owner will have PA as safety?

    Hope i got it right :-)
  4. acejones

    acejones Long timer

    May 14, 2005
    MS. Gulf Coast and Puerto Vallarta, MX
    I really think you need to be the sole owner; for a lot of obvious reasons.
  5. holckster

    holckster dougholck

    Jun 29, 2006
    Lodi, Ca
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