This is a great post. I think in future more and more travelers will be buying or renting per continent or country. Border hassles, shipping, costs and corruption all are forcing riders this direction. Anb it ain't so bad really. I've only done it in a few places. In Thailand and Cambodia I rented 125's and did just great. Just to cheap worry about buying. I also kept a bike stored in Europe for a few years, and made a couple long trips. I know lots of bikes are for sale in Chile and Argentina, but getting the paper work straight can still be tricky but is possible. Buying new, no problem. Brazil is good for this.