How to ship ur motorcycle to India.

Discussion in 'Asia Pacific' started by sandiego, May 1, 2009.

  1. sandiego

    sandiego Been here awhile

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    Could anyone please tell me where can i get information on how to ship my motorcycle to india(mumbai) from the US. I have a bmw r1100s 2004 and i would like to take mine there and not rent one. And once im done riding for a month i would ship it back home to the US.
    I cant get any information on the indian embassy or customs website.
    Someone please guide me in the right direction for the easiest way to ship the motorcycle.

    thanks.
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  2. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    I have the same question.

    How about shipping and leaving it there?
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  3. wheatwhacker

    wheatwhacker It's raining here

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    http://bangalore.craigslist.co.in/mcy/1134950968.html

    Call this guy, buy the bike and dump it when done.
    May be cheaper than shipping
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  4. Missile

    Missile n00b

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    Did anyone ever figure this out? Sorry to bring such an old thread back from the dead but I'm working on planning a trip to India this December/January & I need intel.
    I'm looking more to buy a bike in India then ship it back to the States.
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  5. Haroon

    Haroon RIDE for PASSION

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    I have shipped my bike on Carnet to india to do a trip there and can advise on tempoprary import procedures, but I cant be of much help on buying/shipping a bike out of India. But be aware if you are planning on buying/shipping a Royal Enfield out of India, the specs of the bikes exported to international markets are different. So it would be worthwhile to check before buying. Also, when buying in India you will pay some local taxes etc, since you will be registering there to ride it there before sending it out. Pls check if you can get it registered on your name as a visitor. As for other big bore bikes like Hyabusas, R1, VFR1200, R1200GS, 1198 etc etc officially available in India, they cost 2-3 times the price in Europe & US (due to high custom duties) and wont be worth buying from india and taking out.

    For those wanting to rent, No Enfields are not the only options! There is an outfit in bangalore that also rents Suzuki DR650s. Check out: http://www.indimotard.com/


    Editing the Post in May 2017
    Since past couple of years the following rental outfit is operating out of the southern Indian city of Bangalore and a few other select cities. You can see their bike line up and other details here (I have no commercial interests, just putting the info here in case anybody is looking for it).
    https://www.wickedride.com/
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  6. Witold

    Witold Been here awhile

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    I'm pretty sure I contacted indiMotard and while they do have DR650s, they will not rent them out to you. These bikes are for their own organized trips/tours.

    I'm actually in India right now, riding a purchased Honda Karizma 220cc bike. IMO, there are 3 good bikes available here that don't cost an arm and a leg. My Karizma, Bajaj Pulsar 220cc and - recently introduced at nearly 3x the price of the other two - Ninja 250cc. Enfield is just an outdated heap of metal that sounds and looks good, but it's just an antique design that very few people aside from nostalgic tourists use for long travel.

    If you are on a tourist visa, you can't buy new bikes here to ride here. You have to buy used.

    If you want something for export, there are shops that deal with that sort of arrangement but I never looked into it as I'm not itching to import inferior bikes to the US.
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  7. Haroon

    Haroon RIDE for PASSION

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    Fully agree with Witold- Karizma 225 & Pulsar 220 and probably the best bikes to tour india on a budget and without the constant headaches of turning your wrench on the 'nostalgic' royal enfield.....! Here is an advrider (praveenkm) who did a 25,000km trip on his Karizma with least of troubles.

    http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/7016-destination-unknown.html
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  8. chazbird

    chazbird Long timer

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    When I lived in India in 2008 and 2009 all my friends had bikes, several wanted to ship them to the USA when they were going move back. None of them did. Basically it is impossible to get any bike newer than 7 years old into the USA, (DOT/EPA + Customs and state regulations) Older than than 7 years isn't any fun either. The costs, not to mention the hassle, of importing 7+ year old bike, make it completely not worthwhile.
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  9. arn

    arn Been here awhile

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    Another one now, the CBR250R, slower than the Ninja in a straight line, much better agility and low end torque, costing half as much as the Ninja.

    Problem: 3 month waiting periods, unavailability of spares (just launched)
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  10. Enprize

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    I'm coming off active duty on Jan 15 2012 and plan on arriving in India by the 20th. I have to be back in the US by April 10th. Right now my paln is to ship a WR250R. Ping me a PM if you want to coordinate with me on this trip. James
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  11. discoganya

    discoganya Engineer, Rider, Dad

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    Any update on the shipping? Which company did you use? How did it work out? How much $ did they charge?

    Thanks!
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  12. Andrew.Antoneypillai

    Andrew.Antoneypillai n00b

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    Sorry to bring this post back to life. but I am also looking for detail on taking my HD V-rod on tour to India for 3 months. Did anyone successfully transported their bike to India via air cargo. What type of Documents do I need to have in order to ride in India?
    Thank you...
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  13. Mark Manley

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    It is possible to take your bike to India, I have been there with my BMW although I rode it there from Europe but the fly in the ointment is the carnet de passage you will need, it is like a passport for the vehicle and requires a substantial deposit, it would be helpful if you said where you are from as this will affect where you get your carnet if you went ahead with this.
    Although a few people in India ride Harleys, they build the new 750 there, it is not the most suitable bike for the trip and I would suggest renting an Enfield instead, a lot less hassle and money.
    It is possible to get insurance for foreign registered bikes and an international driving licence is helpful if stopped the police will accept a foreign licence.
    Information about carnets here http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/trip-paperwork/carnet-everything-you-need-know-39204
    Shipping here http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/get-ready/shipping-the-bike
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  14. Koonzee

    Koonzee Been here awhile

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    Forum Members,

    Hello. I am looking at high-level itinerary options and have been unable to learn of recent shipments from Australia to India or Bangladesh. Any information about approximate costs (shipping by crate or RORO, air), duration, POCs or associated ride reports would be appreciated. I assume shipping out of Perth or Darwin would be more affordable. Thanks in advance!
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  15. Mark Manley

    Mark Manley Long timer

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    If you have not done so check out the shipping your bike link on the post above yours, there might be little to be saved shipping from Perth or Darwin as much of the cost is paperwork and handling not the shipping and any saving might be more than taken up with getting the bike there rather than shipping from your nearest port.
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  16. Koonzee

    Koonzee Been here awhile

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    Mark,

    Hello and thank you for your reply. Prior to posting my previous inquiry, I did search on the 'actual shipments by travelers' DB at HU. Unfortunately, there were no entries for shipments from Australia to India or Bangladesh. I will attempt to reach out to the Australian community on HU or AdvRider for additional shipping information. Hopefully, someone will share their experience shipping into India. Thanks again for your reply.
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  17. Oscar Giudici

    Oscar Giudici Osc

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    Hi Konzee or any one else,
    Picking up this thread again, has anyone heard of successful freight AUS to India?
    We are looking into it at the moment.
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  18. Pecha72

    Pecha72 Long timer

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    It seems to me Bangladesh requires an absolutely ridiculous amount of value % for the carnet bond. Haven't taken my MC there though. This info was fro. 2015 I think, no idea if there are changes but it's worth checking out.

    India is possible on carnet, but sending in as freight, and clearing the customs, I can practically quarantee, will be a test of your nerves and patience!
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