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Using a Singapore or Thai bike long term in Malaysia

Discussion in 'Asia' started by rickypanecatyl, Jun 9, 2018.

  1. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    I'm an American expat living in Malaysia with a long term work visa and I'm thinking of getting a bike from either Singapore or Thailand. (Yamaha WR250R which they don't sell here.)

    I'm thinking if I flew to Singapore, bought the bike and rode back they might just check my personal passport at the bridge and not the bike's paperwork? But that of course is a big chance... Anyone know:
    1. Can I legally buy a bike in Singapore and put it in my name as an American?
    2. What's the procedure at the Malaysia/Sing border for a foreigner with a Sing bike?
    3. Is it possible to transfer a Sing bike to Malaysia?
    Then I've got the same questions for Thailand as well...
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  2. Pukaii (kyle)

    Pukaii (kyle) n00b

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    W 250 r also dont sell here in Thailand. Singapore would be the only chance I guess.
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  3. foo

    foo Adventurer

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    I cross into Malaysia a lot with no problems, but I'm on a Sg EP so that probably makes the difference. If you try it on a Malaysian pass then they might take more of an interest. Have you looked at importing via a dealer? I did that in Sg for a bike which the main dealer didn't bring in. Parts can be a issue though.
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