Air freight & storage in SE Asia

Discussion in 'Asia Pacific' started by slowriding, Oct 28, 2018.

  1. slowriding

    slowriding Dopeless Hope Fiend Supporter

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    I have a DR650 sitting in my garage for the last 2 years and need to do something with it. Has anyone recently air shipped from the west coast of the USA to SE Asia? I would like to station a bike there for return trips, is long term storage realistic?
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  2. mutanic

    mutanic Ride for peace of mind

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    Ship to which country? If it's to Malaysia, check out with this company :

    www.penfrt.com

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    How long do you plan to leave the bike?
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    Mutanic, thanks for the information. I am flexible with where I initially send the bike but I want to leave it for 2-3 years. Is it possible to leave a foreign registered bike or is it better to buy a local bike?
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  4. Mark Manley

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    In theory a foreign registered bike should only stay for up to 6 months, the other problem Thailand now requires foreign registered vehicles to have a guide and you cannot take one into Vietnam at all so it is probably easier to buy locally.
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    Mark, if I got this right, to avoid needing a guide I would need a Thai registered bike and that bike can mostly go anywhere but Vietnam? If I want to see Vietnam I would have to rent a local bike?
    Please excuse my being a bit thick, it's still morning coffee time for me.
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    mutanic Ride for peace of mind

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    So better rent a bike instead, why spend more just to pay the storage cost or even buy a used bike which intended for temporary use? If you need to rent a bike, I might be able to assist you over here. Plus, foreign vehicle is limited on how long it's allowed to stay in the country, so your plan to leave it up to 2,3 years might not suit you.
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    mutanic Ride for peace of mind

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    One of Malaysian rider recently ride his Benelli TRK up to Vietnam border, but for some reason he's not allowed to enter Vietnam & ordered to turn back. Better get a proper guide from Vietnamese authority to avoid such experience later.
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    Yes they introduced the need for a guide a couple of years ago, I am not sure if you need to be a resident to buy there but plenty of foreigners seem to have bikes there.
    Vietnam has never officially allowed foreign registered vehicles in but a few people have managed to get them in from time to time.
    Laos also has restrictions on foreign vehicles but I don't know if this applies to ones registered in SE Asia, the bottom line is it is easier to rent or buy locally.
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    Thanks to both of you. Looks like I will rent a bike in each country that I visit. Guess I'll put the DR up for sale.
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  10. PDD

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    I thought about taking a bike over to Vietnam but I just bought a scooter over there instead......foreigners can own bikes but you need to make sure you get the blue card with the bike otherwise you can't sell it again.....Over the last couple of years I have traveled back and forward to Australia and just leave the bike at back packer places as most staff speak reasonable English and at $500 for the bike it really doesn't matter if it isn't there when you get back.....we have done over 5000km in 2 years on a scooter 2 up.
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    Thanks to everyone for the input, looks like this is going to have to wait, heading to Africa instead.
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