Tiny in Turkey

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by leftfield123, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. leftfield123

    leftfield123 leftfield123

    Oct 6, 2007
    Beylikduzu, Istanbul, Turkey
    I've recently retired and relocated to Istanbul from Northern California. Since I was unable to bring my bike with me, I've been looking locally and have found the following. By far the most common size of bike here is a 125cc and there are hundreds of them on the road. Maybe once a day I'll see something bigger, usually in the richer areas of town. The other odd thing is who makes the bikes. While there are a few Japanese makes and BMW's most are ones I've never heard of. Here's a partial list: Jawa, Lifan, SYM, Kanuni, Celik, Jinlun, Arora, Asya, Dorado, Sherco, Motoran, Mobylette, Mondial, and Kuki. Does anyone know anything about these bikes? I can't find much online about them. One thing that is not small in Turkey is the price for a well known bike. I saw an 08 Goldwing (there are only 64 in the whole country) listed for $34000 US, an 06 Wee for $12000, and an 08 GS1200 for a little over $20000. It is possible to import here, but the government makes the cost outlandish. The assess the bikes value based on the domestic market and charge a 90% tariff. If anyone knows how to get around these restrictions I'm all ears.:cry:eek1