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Old 19 May 2008
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Search of supplier 2nd hand bikes Mexico


Anybody has a tip/ contact/ link that can help me buy a bike in Mexico. I want to do a tour of 6-12 months in Latin America, starting in Mexico. As I am from The Netherlands, I don't see a point of transporting a bike. Hence, the concept of buying one local.

Any idea is most welcome! Also, other tips I need to take into consideration (paperwork tips, warnings relating registration issues, getting it cross borders?)

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Old 1 Jun 2008
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Buy Bike in Mexico

Hi Remco, maby i help you . I´m french but i live in Mexico ( cancun)

Cada viaje crea un cambio de emociones/ Chaque voyage crée un changement d´emotions

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It will probably be easier and cheaper to buy in the States. How much do you want to spend and where will you arrive in Mexico? You can check MercadoLibre México - Donde comprar y vender de todo. to se some bikes. If you are coming into Mex City I can help you out.
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Thanks both for offering your help! Usefull link to give me a flavor of possibilities in Mexico. I have not finalized the route yet, as I am not sure if I should indeed buy a bike in texas instead.

That is depending a bit on how easy it is to buy a bike in Mexico as a non-residence and take it out of the country. I hear that some countries in Latin America this could be in issue. Does these kind of issues also apply on a Mexican bike?

However, my original plan is two stay at least 2 weeks in Mexico as my starting point, follow a 2 week intensive spanish course, so I get a bit by in communicating with the locals. I would not stay this long in Texas.
As I expect that I would need to modify some bits and pieces on the bike - to make it "Amazone-proof", if would make best sence in that perspective to get in from Mexico. So I expect to spend appr USD $3-5K, for 250CC offroad. Ideally I have built up a contact with a local dealer who can prepare/adjust a bike a bit in advance of my arriving in Mexico.

Alternatively I buy a bike in netherlands and shipping it over from Holland, which is costly.

Thanks for your help
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Finding the right bike here in Mex will be a little difficult. Small dual purpose bikes are not common. Larger DP bikes can be expensive. There are really not a lot of options here and you will probably have to pay more. I think you are much better off in Texas or probably better still California. Check craigslist classifieds: jobs, housing, personals, for sale, services, community, events, forums for prices and bikes in the US. Preparing a bike for long distance travel in Mex is almost unknown. There are no makers of panniers and racks here so everything would have to come from te States and will be expensive to ship and import. A usded KLR650 from the States soundsd like the way to go.
If you are interested in Spanish classes my wife can teach you for a couple of weeks. I would need to check out how much she charges but we can give you a place to stay and show you around.
When is your trip?
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try alberto cave almeida at the bike dealer called motos y mas
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he is an english speaking guy who seemed decent
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Old 29 Jun 2008
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Hi Dan, thanks for your tip, I will for sure get into that one.

Garry, thanks for the offering, I am keen to discuss the spanish lesson option further. Perhaps we can do this offline, my email: remcoinuk@hotmail.com.
For your reference, it is not something for the short notice: my plan is to kick the journey of next year, around May. So there is some preparation time!

Kind regards,
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I live in Austin, TX, about 4 hours from the border. I lived in Mexico in 2000. I think it will be easier to buy the bike in the US, and then leave from here. What kind of bike are you looking for? Let me know if I can help. Craigslist will give you a good idea of what's available and how much.


Feel free to email me: sreichler at hotmail . com
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Old 26 Jul 2008
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Hi I live in Monterrey, which is in the north of Mexico about 2 hours from Texas. First off bikes in Mexico are expensive! Almost twice the price they are in the USA, not only because of high import duties, but also because of the dealers making larger profits. For example in the USA a new 2008 KLR 650 is $5550 and here it's about $9000. On top of that we have a less options especially if you are looking for a DP. So my first recommendation is that you buy in the US and ride the bike into Mexico. You only need to do a temporary import so that it no problem. If you insist on buying a bike in Mexico then be careful with second hand machines. There are many people bringing in insurance write offs from the US as they pay zero import duties on bikes with salvage titles. These bikes are then bodged up and sold here in Mexico. So my first advice is if you buy second hand try and buy a Mexican bike not a US import, but if you do buy an import make sure it is has a clean title. If you want new take a look at the Suzuki TS185 see this thread:
Which is available here for only $2500 New
or the Suzuki Dr200 about $3000 new and 4 stroke.
Also a little bigger at 400cc is the Honda NX4 Falcon about $5000 new. FALCON NX4, Honda Motor de Argentina
(ignore the price on the site that is Argentina)
All prices in Dollars btw
Other D.Ps available here are:
BMW range (expensive)
KTM rangee (expensive)
Suzuki Vstrom (expensive about 9,000 compared to US 7000 for the 650)
Hope this helps!
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Hi gents, thanks for the info, very usefull! Seems buying in Texas may not be such a strange idea. If it is easy to temporary import, and the prices differ so much (good price for the KLR considering the current dollar-euro rate!).

Any idea how easy it is for somebody from The Netherlands to buy in Texas?

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