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Discussion in 'Asia' started by Just_P_Dirty, Sep 1, 2011.
You must be Jason. :) Only one guy with an HP2 that I know of...
I'm about to PCS to Yongsan this summer, and plan (hope?) to bring my r1200gs with me to go touring the country as much as I can.
How much of a pain will it be to import the bike? Does TMO handle most of it, and I'll just have to do the insurance and registration dance? Presume we're not driving around on US plates, or if so not for long?
What's the deal with the whole US license + apostille = no test? http://seoul.usembassy.gov/acs_drive.html
Is that the way to go, or will an international driving permit work just as well? I think I'd rather not have to take their "road" test on a beat-up cruiser! (think Claudio Von Planta right before the long way round!)
Any tips and suggestions welcome.
I can't answer all of your questions as I am not associated with the military but I do have quite a few friends at Yongsan but I won't try to answer your question about bringing your bike into the country. However, I heard today that due to parking concerns on the base, you will be allowed to register only one vehicle, so if you're bringing a car, you won't be able to register your bike.
I can give you a pretty clear answer for the license. If you are going to be here for more than one year, then I suggest getting the Korean license with the test, apostille and all. If possible, get the apostille prior to coming because it will be difficult to get here. The riding test isn't too bad...yes, the bikes suck, but the idle settings on the bikes are such that you can leave it in first gear and barely use the throttle and you can make it around the course. I failed the first time and then easily passed the second.
If you will only be in Korea for a year, just get the international license because it won't be worth your trouble.
I work on Yongsan and when I came here I shipped a motorcycle in my Household Goods. If you are military or government civilian it's easy. You will get a driver's license issued by the military...no need to deal with the Korean government. If you have a motorcycle endorsement on your US license, you can get it on your USFK issued license.
Registration...no problem. If the govt. ships your bike over for you, you will get an import document from transportation. Take this to the base registration office along with proof of insurance and you will get Korean plates issued by the PMO. No need to deal with the Korean government.
As mentioned above, they just came out with some new thing about only being able to register one vehicle. At Yongsan, you have always only been able to register one POV unless you have an exception to policy approved though garrision HQ. However, you could have one cage and one motorcycle with no exception required. I don't know if this has changed.
You are making this sound way too easy. Trust the Marine Corps to throw a curve or two....
Taking a car AND the bike would be awesome, but I'm coming over unaccompanied so the bike would take out a lot of my HHG allowance.
I'm being told that housing does not require unaccompanied officers to live on base. I like the idea of staying out in town, to be able to soak in as much as I can and maximize language learning (full immersion, yeah!) I'm a FAO, would love to add another language to my toolkit.
Recently (last weekend in May) did a Seoul to East Coast to West Coast ride.
Ride report here:
I'd be gutted to be followed by H-Ds on a trail ride after gettting the GS!
Most of those guys were fine, though a couple of them were crapping their pants. A few spots were tough due to the lack of ground clearance. Picking a good line was critical.
Who's the Marine that was on the R1200GS at the Yongsan food court today around 1730? Had an amber ADV sticker on one of the panniers.
Hi All. Now the thread is a bit more active I thought I'd throw this up.
Does anyone know what the market is like for small road reg'd dirt bikes in Korea? Moving to Seoul is on the cards and a little tourer would be great to get around and potentially some longer trips. Had a look on Passo, but there doesn't seem to be much action recently. Hopefully some local knowledge can help.
If you do Facebook, these would be the guys to ask:
That would be me.
Man this thread has been stagnant for quite a while. Anyone still in Korea, give a shout out.
I am still here Les! I hadn't checked this thread in.. oh... a year, but I'm stilll here!
Just talking to Billy today about you guys going on a pre-run soon.
I'm gimped up due to a collarbone but I plan to ride once summer rolls around.
I moved back to NM a few years ago, but still consider the ROK the best place I've ever ridden. Ride safe!
Rode down to Teagu to spend some quality time...
Well the good weather will be here shortly...lookin' forward to some longer trips. Got a lot of upcoming rides planned. I've been keeping them short (half a day at most) over the winter.
Les, once I get past this collarbone thing I'll be back on it. We'll go for a ride.
Also, do you know Keller? He's coming back. Will be in Seoul.