Kiwi buying motorcycle in Canada

Discussion in 'Canada' started by hondav2, Sep 29, 2019.

  1. hondav2

    hondav2 Kiwi Fukengruver

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    Im thinking of going to Canada for motorcycle tour with my wife. What costs are I up for regarding change of ownership and registration . Or would it be easier to purchase in USA. Thanks Toddy
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  2. damurph

    damurph Cold Adventurer

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    Costs are dependant on which province you purchase in. It is done differently in each province.
    Newfoundland has no inspections but a sales tax is levied each time a machine is sold and registered to a new owner at 15% of the sale price. Yes, it is a bullshit money grab but the price is decided between the buyer and seller in private transactions. Buying from a dealer tax is paid (15%) and registration ($90) is transferred but proof of insurance is required.
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  3. matt.the.ogre

    matt.the.ogre Fair-minded Villian Supporter

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    Buying in the USA varies from state to state also. Likely you’ll pay state sales tax, which varies, and then a registration fee of around $100 for a year of ownership. Oregon has no state sales tax. Other states might be the same.
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  4. JimmieA

    JimmieA Long timer Supporter

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    Well it is basically winter in Canada now so next year.

    You can score better deals on bikes in the winter season, say this time of year. But there can be less selection. Come closer to spring the prices ease up again. Pick a start point. you could start at Halifax, Nova Scotia or West coast. Sorta natural starting points. What model of bike you want?
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  5. OceanMtnSea

    OceanMtnSea Pretty Dogged

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    Buying in the US or Canada is usually the easy part of the package if money is not an issue. Registration and insurance is usually a bigger issue if you DO NOT have a local drivers license and/or a local residential address where you plan to purchase, register & insure.

    I am not aware of the easiest state or province for a non-resident to register and insure, but maybe others who have done that can pipe up.

    Cheers
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  6. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    Aren't you Andi's buddy?

    What are your requirements for a motorcycle?Lots of cheap Hondas for sale in the east.Cheap....reliable and somewhat disposable.
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  7. hondav2

    hondav2 Kiwi Fukengruver

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    Yes Im Andi's buddy. Last time I heard he was in Tijackistan . Looking to either buy in BC or western or central USA. DL650 with Luggage is preferred ride .
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  8. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    DL 650? I am on the way back to BC,been away for 3 months.I can ask around.My friend may be ready for an upgrade.Big guy....kind of dwarfs the 650.
    In the $3-4000 range in BC for mid/2000s?
    More info into buying in Canada.And links to the usual websites:

    https://backcountrycanadatravel.com/car-buying-tips-tourists-canada/

    Yeah....been a while but I know Andi.:-)
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  9. ztaj

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    FWIW...
    I bought a bike through a dealer, it was just easier, as craigslist wouldn't let me contact any sellers. I paid the money, met the ICBC man in store,who lightened my wallet considerably, and rode away.
    I needed to have an address but that was about it. I also had an international driving permit and letters from my NZ insurance companies stating my insurance history.
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  10. rob1313

    rob1313 Still learning

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    I’ve helped a rider do this here in Alberta. He had his insurance sorted before he got here and I found him a bike ahead of time.

    All he needed was an address. I let him use mine. He rode the wheels off that bike for miles and miles, then sold it at a profit. There is no tax on purchase here EDIT( no tax on private deals, if you buy from a dealership it's 5% new or used machine) or inspection requirements. Insurance will depend on who you go with (private insurance in Alberta many to pick from and usually 1/4 the price of BC) and registration will run you $50 for the year.

    I’ve got a bike I’m pondering parting with that might fit your needs. I’ll PM you.
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  11. tbas3

    tbas3 Been here awhile

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    One thing to consider. If you buy a bike in Nova Scotia versus British Columbia. Insurance is way cheaper in the east. I have a 650 and my insurance recently went way up but its still about $250 a year. From what I have heard that is far less than out west. Now one negative is we have to have our vehicles inspected every 2 years. Not an issue if you are planning on being here for less than that. It could be an issue if you are on the other side of the country and the inspection is due.
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  12. phplemel

    phplemel Adventurer

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    Why not start your tour in the Yukon? A short 2 hr flight from Vancouver. Ride Yukon, Alaska in May/June then head south. I'm thinking selling my Super Tenere , these bikes are super reliable, extremely capable of off pavement touring and cover paved touring better than anything I've owned.
    Are you riding 2 up? camping? Depending on size's I could help with gear & equipment. My bike is FULLY equipped and ready to go in the spring
    email me if it's something of interest
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  13. manybike

    manybike Omnipresent

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    Insurance in Alberta is very inexpensive. Stay away from any province that has Government run insurance. In Saskatchewan typical insurance is apparently $2k to $3k a year. BC is expensive but not as bad as Sask.
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  14. hondav2

    hondav2 Kiwi Fukengruver

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    Am I seeing that right 2-3k a year for motorcycle insurance and you can only ride half the year ??
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  15. rob1313

    rob1313 Still learning

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    You have to remember that each province has different insurance set ups. In BC that’s likely about what you’d pay. For comparison in Alberta I pay less than $500 a year for full coverage on a Super Tenere. That border makes a huge difference
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    I pay alot less. 125 per bike for PL and 75 on the scooter for 12 months. Not full coverage but meets the legal requirements for this country.
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  17. manybike

    manybike Omnipresent

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    Yep..the key word here is "government" run insurance...not a good idea . I don't live in Sask or BC, my insurance for basic coverage is $180.00 per year.
    Makes a huge difference for someone buying a bike to tour N. America. He could also just buy one in the U.S., I think insurance in most of the states for basic coverage is pretty reasonable.
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  18. MikefromNL

    MikefromNL Long timer

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    I was excited that my premium this year dropped to $117/month($1400 for the year) for basic liability up to $2M.
    I live in BC. Moved here 2 years ago but I have been riding for a decade without ever getting a speeding ticket.
    Don't register in BC unless you have to. lol
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  19. Cal

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    In Alberta my 250 Super Sherpa just liability 114.00/year my 650 v strom full coverage 340.00/year
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  20. manybike

    manybike Omnipresent

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    Saskatchewan I think is the worst..out of control insurance has basically destroyed the street bike industry there.
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