Used Bikes in Senegal

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  1. Fireball

    Fireball Ancient Astronaut Theorist

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    Starting in 2017, I will be spending considerable time in the Dakar area so naturally I am interested in aquiring 2 wheeled transportation. Anyone have any experience in this area? Also, can anyone advise me on what I would require in terms of licensing?
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  2. webnetxpress

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    Seeing how i just moved to dakar 3 months ago i might be able to help! 99% of all 2 wheel transport in senegal are scooters/mopeds. there are tons of shops for them. motorcycles are a different story. very limited. no parts supply. when i go out riding, i might see another motorcycle but usually not.

    Fyi- in 2 weeks the end of the africa ecorace is happening at lac rose (formerly the paris to dakar rally). 30 mins north of dakar. a must see in my book and a group of us are headed there to camp/watch...

    What type of bike? dirt or street or adventure?
    Used bikes on the market are tough. over priced and a lot are stolen. in dakar we have two stores that sell bikes that i know of. one is a place called Mad Bikes and is basically a repair shop with a small selection of used bikes. they usually have 3 or 4 used dirt bikes (Ktm, yamaha, etc). the other i have never been to but was told they sell larger adventure type bikes, like bmw gs style/size. they may be a dealership of sorts. might be new bikes even, not sure.

    Licensing is simple enough but includes plenty of typical 'africa' normal delays in getting paperwork stamped and processed. local required insurance is about $75/yr. no sort of comp/collision insurance available though that i know of.

    Shoot me a pm with your email and we i can pass you some website links.
    I ride with 4 other guys. 80% of all our riding is in deep sand, you can ride anywhere you want. up the beach, through the bush, etc.
    Currently my wife and i have a klr650, honda cb500x, and a ktm 450exc in the garage in dakar. the other guys ride a 250 yamaha, ktm 640, and a suzuki 400...the ktm is the weapon of choice for most of my rides.
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    Fireball Ancient Astronaut Theorist

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    Thanks for your reply. It looks like my first trip over will be around July to Sandiara but eventually I will be working all over Senegal. I will most likely live in Saly. I would prefer an Adventure type bike but will take just about anything i can get a good deal on. What's the exchange rate like on US dollars?
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  4. webnetxpress

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    Exchange rate. not sure. just google it. should be between 500 and 600 i think.
    No idea what you want, no idea if this is still available or not-
    https://clodakar.wordpress.com/category/ads/motorcycles/

    Fyi- major roadways in senegal are paved. but 90% of all city/town roads are unpaved.
    Drop me an email if you'd like more info. when you arrive, definitely let me know and we can hook up for a ride.
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    Fireball Ancient Astronaut Theorist

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    Thanks....I'll definitely give you a holler when the time comes
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    SoFarKingSlow Live to ride, fly to live

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    Webnet, that is some good advice. I wish I had met up with you when I was living in Dakar. I just got back in December though. While I was there I had a 50cc Aprilia scooter. Fastest thing I have ever owned...because of the way it could slice through traffic. I paid less than $500 for bike, helmet, insurance.
    When buying, watch out for bikes without papers. That being said, for anything less than about 200ccs, you do not need a title, just a bill of sale.
    And like webnet said, real motorcycles get stolen. I used to always just pay someone where i parked the equivalent of like 30 cents to watch my scooter.
    ~Pete
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    To give you an idea of the riding, this past weekend three of us went out. The bikes were KTM 450 (mine), Honda 250, KTM 640. We did approx 140kms riding over about 5 hours. 80% of all dirt paths (single track bush paths, donkey paths, goat paths, cattle paths, you get the idea), deep sand batches, and some basically fire roads. The 640 was the heaviest bike and ended up getting dropped maybe 6 times in the deep sand stuff. It was only me and my buddy's second time in the deep sand. I faired much better on the 450 (lighter). If that is the kind of riding you are looking to do, I would stick to lighter bikes...Here is the track and a couple of pics. IMG_20170107_152209973.jpg IMG_20170107_151157790.jpg . map_2017-01-07_20-19-39.jpeg
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  8. drjdvm

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    So I am going to Senegal for 2 weeks in April to visit my daughter. I would love to do this type of riding while I am there for a day or so. Did you rent the bikes from somewhere in Dakar? Do you recall where you got them from? Did you need a guide or did you just wing it? GPS routes? Thanks ahead of time.
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    No rentals in Dakar that I know of. Sorry. You can rent quads at a lot of the hotels on the beach. Occasionally there are dirt bikes available for sale locally, but probably wouldn't work ffor your situation.

    Ride video from a few days ago.

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  10. Todd34

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    Hey webnetxpress,
    That 450 looks familiar! We rode with Alan a lot when I was in Dakar. I posted some of our tracks in the thread Finally Made It To Dakar
    Todd
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  11. webnetxpress

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    Todd,
    Yep that is the bike. It has moved on to another rider in the embassy. I'm now on a 500EXC from Madou (his bike)...
    last week's ride-


    And I am registering for the Intercontinental Rally 2019! Woohoo, here i come!
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  12. Todd34

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    Very cool. That 500 should be perfect for Dakar.
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    Yes it is.
    I just registered for the Intercontinental Rally January 2019...
    But for that I will be using a KTM 450 Rally Replica. Woohoo!
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    Nice. I'd love to have one of those Rally Replicas some day!
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