Buy a motorcycle in South Africa

Discussion in 'EMEA' started by It'smyround, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. It'smyround

    It'smyround n00b

    Dec 7, 2015
    Hello world,
    I would like to buy a motorcycle in South Africa and travel all the way up to Europe than maybe all the way to Asia. The questions are:

    1- Can I register a South African motorcycle to my name with a Canadian passeport?
    2- Can I have problems travelling around with a South African license plate?
    3- Will I have problems to sell the bike in Europe?
    4- Any other pertinent information about travelling in Africa with a motorcycle is very well appreciated.

    Thank You!
  2. Bell driver

    Bell driver Long timer

    Apr 21, 2010
    Germany, Nordish By Nature.
    1- yes
    2- no
    3- depends. Selling it to a EU citizen will require a permanent import. You're looking at about 32% of tax and duty. The bike cannot be registered in the EU if it doesn't meet the Euro4 emission spec., or Euro3 if first plated between 2007 and 2016. KLR650 and XR650L spring to mind.
    4- Get a brown insurance card for the ECOWAS nations. Cheaper than individual policies.

    Here's a 'how to' for getting the bike on the road in ZA.
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  3. Tanxane

    Tanxane n00b

    Nov 12, 2016
    Thank you for this topic, I'm planning on travelling in South Africa this winter.
  4. Segunda

    Segunda Adventurer

    Jun 22, 2016
    yep... i confirm Bell driver.
    Sell it in Europe?! way legaly i think.
    i went in 2012, bought a hp2 enduro. i register it to my name, not easy but posible. Some agency does it for u (weQ4U)
    i took a Carnet de Passage to travel until Kenya. u will need it. insurance at the border for each country. Can take insurance for all southern africa.
    In South Africa They don't ask it, if u don't have , not a problem. You can buy the Yellow card, insurance for Southern Africa at the border. (COMESA)

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