Any ADVriders in Hong Kong?

Discussion in 'Asia' started by hk_rider, May 20, 2004.

  1. TBR

    TBR One Life ~ Live It...

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    Vented mesh gear as HK is hot and humid and can get very sticky without any wind movements between the highrise buildings. Rain gear on standby for them "wet" days and the typhoon season (typhoons add more adventure to biking...).

    Larger sizing might be challenge as everywhere in Asia, only in Chinese but still by far the best available HK info for motorbikes, parts and gear: http://www.ibike.com.hk

    HK = supermoto bike... nothing else for HK in my personal opinion....
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  2. CapCal1000

    CapCal1000 Uhhh....

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    Welcome to HK (eventually). There are a few bikes but almost everything is grey market imported. I was going to import my Aprilia SXV from the US but really, you'll spend up to triple the price of the bike all over again to import it. Just not worth it and there are bikes available here.

    For gear, it depends on if you can fit asian sizes or not. Personally, I just brought some simple gear here. Keep in mind that you will be living someplace where space is a real premium. No garage and very little personal storage in your apartment. You may not even have a place to park your bike, most end up on the street or sidewalk packed into the few available spaces.
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  3. VSK

    VSK Adventurer

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    Thanks TBR and CapCal. Feel better about my decision to sell my bike. Now just need to find a good home for it. Feel bad about having to get rid of all the gear I have accumulated over the years......some serious dollars invested in it and is the fruit of a lot of missteps and detours. But doesnt look like my leathers and heated gear is going to be of much use in HK or in the kind of riding I may be doing in Asia. But such is the nature of new beginnings. Out with the old, in with the new......

    TBR - been lusting for a KTM 690 for while here in the US. Any thoughts on KTM local service support in HK?
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  4. TBR

    TBR One Life ~ Live It...

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    Been countless times to HK as Shanghai up North is my home base since 1989, have never owned a bike in HK but ridden mates bikes quite often. HK has a healthy active motorbike and car scene, my personal choice would be a Ducati Hypermotard SP (aircooled) but reckon can't go wrong with a KTM 690SM. HK bike shops usually very efficient from my personal experience and dealings with them for decades....

    Ducati HK = http://www.ducati.com.hk
    KTM HK = http://www.ibike.com.hk/02_market/ktm/web/index.html

    Try to get over to nearby Zhuhai Circuit (China) for some track days (track bike rental) and the Pan Delta Racing Festivals = http://www.zic.com.cn and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhuhai_International_Circuit as by far the most active race-track in Mainland China with track bikes / track cars brought over by HK owners for fun days out. They import and store the race vehicles for up to 6 month in bonded areas (Zhuhai Circuit) and not allowed to take them out of the Zhuhai track area ~ track use only...

    HD, Ducati, KTM, BMW, Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, etc..etc..doing fully legal business (bike importation / distribution) in HK to my limited knowledge.... 'nuff said...
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  5. CapCal1000

    CapCal1000 Uhhh....

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    Yes, it's true, there are some new bikes imported. However, there is quite a difference between "fully legal business/distributor" and a full-on showroom dealer we are used to in the US. I've literally been to every single motorcycle shop in HK and they are a far cry from what the OP would be used to. My advice to the OP is to get here and start looking around. It will also matter where in HK you intend to live. With that in mind you may choose a 100cc scooter, a 1200 GSA or an SS1000.
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  6. VSK

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    The Hypermotard SP would be perfect and of the same pedigree as my Hyperstrada. Those links were really helpful.

    Was reading about insurance in HK and looks like there is no theft insurance. Is that right?

    Looking forward to the move and new bike!!
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  7. TBR

    TBR One Life ~ Live It...

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    Ducati Hypermotard SP (air-cooled) would make great high performance hooligan style bike (stress reliever), perfect for cities like HK / Singapore in my personal opinion....

    HK Ducati is the official importer and distributor and the group behind is the official Pirelli importer as well. They moved out to a new premise in Shatin a few years ago (easy access via MTR / 5 min. walks from MTR station, liked the old Ducati showroom more but rents can really go through the roof in HK. Had quite a few dealings with HK Ducati regarding parts for myself and mates up here in the Mainland and always customer service has been spot on ~ nuff said'....

    HK Ducati dealer and Ducati Owners Group very active and a few past events listed here = http://www.ibike.com.hk/02_market/ducati/d01.htm and https://www.facebook.com/DucatiHK/

    Hong Kong Ducati pricing = http://www.ibike.com.hk/02_market/ducati/d02.htm?
    Quite sure the HK Ducati dealership is able to answer any questions concerning insurance / registration and the actual process. Cant' be any worse compared to the red tape we have to deal with up here in the lovely motherland....

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  8. TVtommy

    TVtommy Been here awhile

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    During the time I lived there (9 years) there was NO theft insurance on bikes. They get stolen and are across the border into Guangzhou by the end of the day. I owned a Vtwin cruiser, and parked it someplace where I couldn't see it. Someone came along and cut the ignition wires to disable it, then they return later to take it. I called a truck and had it towed to my house immediately.

    Buy carefully, and lock it like a fortress to slow them down.
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