Motorcycling in Europe

Discussion in 'EMEA' started by wheatwhacker, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. aquamax

    aquamax n00b

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    Hello Wheatwhacker,
    bad for me, that you´re back in Ireland now, because I ´m looking for a service you´re offered in SF for next year...
    I sent you an email a few days ago because you told me, you have a friend in SF, which probably can help me.
    It would be great, when this works.
    Best regards to Cork from Innsbruck
    Christian

    PS: When someone here in this forum needs help in all cases of biking in Austria (buy, rent, places to ride and see, accomondation, etc.) don´t hesitate to contact me
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  2. Ken Fritz

    Ken Fritz Long timer

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    I'll save your contact info for Austria next year on my Irish Vara en route Bulgaria and Romania.

    I'm in Scaramento, about 100 miles from San Francisco. What do you need in CA?
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  3. wheatwhacker

    wheatwhacker It's raining here

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    Update.
    It's almost November here, my first in Ireland in a long time.
    Weather there is in the 40's and dips below freezing at night. Still possible to ride but, only for a few hours in the middle of the day. It's actually safer this time of year to ride in the rain, as the roads seem to grip better in pouring rain than the coastal drizzle we get sometimes and also the danger of black ice on "crisp mornings". We also have a lot of leaf cover roads when you get into the small roads.

    I have built my first shed for storing bikes and presently have my own three and a friends inside.
    I am now in the planning stages of building a 40x80 barn for a workshop and also will be able to store even more bikes :)

    For those of you in the planning stages of a Euro trip here is my advice.
    Buy your bike here. There are great deals to be got and the asking prices are usually well above the "bottom line" price.
    Importing a bike to store here can be done but the bike has to be shipped back to the home country to sell it, thus making it worthless here unless you pay a lot of taxes or sell it to another US resident who can register it back in the US. Buying an Irish bike give you the option of selling/trading it locally.

    So far, the people I have dealt with from the US had no problem buying or insuring the bikes. They used my address and as soon as proof of ownership was established, green card insurance was easily obtained.

    Here is how I'm operating this for now.
    A. You find a bike here http://www.donedeal.ie/find/motorbikes/for-sale/Ireland/

    B. You contact me and tell me what you want to buy. I am in Cork so please keep it local, ie Munster region.

    C. As soon as you spot something you like, you can wire me a deposit. I will then purchase the bike for you with my own cash. Should you fail to turn up, I will sell the bike and return your deposit minus my gas money and bank charges.

    D. I will register the bike in your name, send you on a copy of the reg and then you can get insurance. Some insurers require the original reg for cover, so I can mail it direct if necessary.

    If you want to resell the bike, I can buy or help sell it, depending on my situation at the time.
    If you want to store it, I have plenty of storage available.

    I an not a "for profit" business. I am tied up here with a farm so helping you guys is my escape and planning your trip keeps me in travel mode till my own trip time comes around again.
    I am building a small campground with waterproof shelters, so camping is available and hopefully soon I'll have my house built. Right now I have a single wide on the farm while the plans are being laid out for my new home. The single wide will then be available for travelers or people who want to experience farm life for a few weeks as well as seeing the sights around Ireland.
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  4. Forde

    Forde Been here awhile

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    hey anyone whos looking to get a bike off wheatwhacker, donedeal aint bad but check ebay.ie, biketrader.ie and gumtree as well!

    anyone who needs help with anything in northern ireland feel free to hit me up for some advice, it would be nice to be a useful member of the adv community. im not about to go buying bikes for people but i could store one, help procure stuff up north, or give advice about anything you may want to know regarding northern ireland in general and any UK laws re- bikes. (ni is part of the uk and has the same laws unlike the republic where wheatwhacker lives.)


    Wheatwhacker hows it going just stumbled randomly on this thread, cool service you offer. If you need a northern connection for any help with anything give me a shout! It would be cool to meet someone off ADVRider as everyone seems to be in far off countries lol, if you are heading to any road races or anything next year feel free to gimme a shout for a ride!
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  5. wheatwhacker

    wheatwhacker It's raining here

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    I am looking for seed potatoes and your in the right place to locate some :)
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  6. Forde

    Forde Been here awhile

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    interesting request lol i was thinking more bike stuff!
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  7. Ken Fritz

    Ken Fritz Long timer

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    He says puh tay toes, you say puh tah toes. :lol3 If I were in N Ireland, I'd drive them to Kinsale myself for a great weekend.:wink:
    If a Hepco & Becker 35 liter Alu Standard case holds 30 potatoes, how many can you carry witih that 35 L, a 41L and a 35L topcase? :huh

    Hi Wheatwhacker.
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  8. recharge

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    This is a great thing you are doing. Hope it all works out for everyone.
    I'm trying to decide to rent or buy for spain next summer.

    As plans firm up I'll PM you.

    Thanks Richard
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  9. white_bear

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    Hi there-
    I am looking for an inexpensive, used DR650 or KLR650. If a DR, electric start, hopefully it would have racks on the back and a windshield. If a KLR, maybe the doohicky thingy. These are inexpensive bikes, so they wouldn't break a bank. The bike would not be for off-road, although that definition may fit some "Russian roads". Good tires are a must for a 14-15K kilometer trip.

    I want to ride across Russia. Cork is a long way from my start point, but sometimes things just work that way. The bike may or may not get back to Cork, hopefully yes.

    These bikes are smaller and lighter than some mentioned here - even a DR400 would do. What do you think of this idea? Please PM me and I will reply email. (PM sent)
    wb
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  10. white_bear

    white_bear Adventurer

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    I am in SE Idaho - Famous Potatoes on the license plate:

    Boy, there are plenty here, but the commute is a killer...
    wb
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  11. Hollyr

    Hollyr Vesterislendingur

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    I might be interested in buying a Yamaha V-Star 250. I could store it with relatives in Cork, but would need to have it prepped before I use it in July each year.
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  12. wheatwhacker

    wheatwhacker It's raining here

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    If you have relatives in Cork you can use their address to register the bike.
    It takes 2-3 weeks for the paperwork to come back once someone has submitted the old title with the change of ownership section filled in. You do not need to be present in the country for this to happen. There is NO sales tax in a used vehicle transaction, so don't worry about the cost there.
    As soon as the bike is in your name, green card insurance is easily obtainable for approx US$100/month. They will insist on the bike being "in your name" before they issue insurance.
    If you find a bike that you like, let me know and I will arrange payment, pick up and getting the paperwork sorted. I am urging people to buy Suzuki Vstrom 650's as they are very reliable, cheap to buy, easy to ride and I can usually buy them back for resale again pretty easily.
    If you plan on keeping the bike here and storing it, well, I guess any bike will do.
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  13. wheatwhacker

    wheatwhacker It's raining here

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    I found some, thanks anyway :) I have to drive 6 hours to get them though.
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  14. Hollyr

    Hollyr Vesterislendingur

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    Thanks, but I need a ladder to get on a V-Strom. I ride a 650 V-Star in N. America and don't want to pay too much for something I would only ride once a year, so the 250 would work for riding in Europe. Hate going back to a chain, but could probably live with it for a short time.
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  15. Riceburner63

    Riceburner63 Starting Over

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    This is amazing Wheat! Do you know if it's the same in England? All you need is a local address to register the bike to and you can get it in your own name? ...and then insurance.
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  16. wheatwhacker

    wheatwhacker It's raining here

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    I'm not sure about England to be honest. Ireland is not far away from England anyway. From what I gather, you have to put the bike through a vehicle inspection, or an "MOT" every year, where in Ireland, you can let the bike sit unregistered for years, get a stamp from the cops to say it was not being used and re register it when you need to.
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  17. Mike1234

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    Hi

    have you already set up the renting aspect of your business? If so, what models and prices do you have?
    I am very keen on renting and touring for a few weeks in summer next year; whether I start in Germany and ride Germany and another or travel Ireland and maybe ferry to Scotland and then down to Dover - either will work as long as the weather's good.

    I would be coming with an international license.

    Thanks

    Mike
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  18. wheatwhacker

    wheatwhacker It's raining here

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    Hey Mike.
    I'm not in the renting business.
    What I am offering is a way for you to buy a bike here, ride it and either store it here or sell it when your done. Rental costs here are in excess of 100 euro/day, a very expensive but, convenient option.
    So for example, you want to potter around Europe for a month, I can get you on a nice 2-3K euro bike and, after your trip you have the option of selling it for what you paid or a little less. If your lucky, you may even have a free rental.
    Rental companies have big overheads and I'm sure stocking new bikes, renting a store/yard, paying staff, etc is an expensive affair. You are paying for the convenience and the reliability of a new bike, essential if you only have a week to tour.
    My idea of touring is potter around, maybe stay somewhere nice for a few days and park the bike. Not very relaxing if bike rental is costing 100 euro/day.
    If you want to go my route, you have to be prepared to trust me with your money, your bike and my judgement. You pick the bike you want, I will check it out, pick it up, store it and prep it.

    Here is an example of 2 nice older Jap bikes.

    http://www.donedeal.ie/for-sale/motorbikes/4068018
    http://www.donedeal.ie/for-sale/motorbikes/3266826
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  19. Mike1234

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    WW, Thank you for elaborating; unfortunately I won't be able to get more than a week, max 10 days away from life to do this but your service does make the entire purchasing etc, more appealing. I can't access the links you posted, perhaps they're only accessible form Ireland.

    Is it a mission to take an IE registered bike across the pond and onto the rest of EU?

    Thanks

    Mike
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  20. wheatwhacker

    wheatwhacker It's raining here

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    Taking an IE reg bike anywhere in Europe is not a problem. You will also get a lot friendlier reaction from people as they feel we like to party more. It is clear where the bike is from on the license plate.
    www.donedeal.ie should be available from anywhere in the world
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