I'm a Canadian working in Saudi Arabia. Last year, I went to Italy & purchased a Moto Guzzi from a mom & pop shop in Parma. I explained to them that I wasn't an EU resident & would I be able to register the bike in Italy. After a lot of discussion and hand gestures between the shop owner & his son in Italian, they managed to get me the bike with Italian plates. I'm not sure what type of smoke & mirrors were involved since I don't speak Italian but, I think the owner's son had it registered in his name then, he turned around & sold it to me. I'm not sure if everything is above board but the bike has legal Italian liscence plates. They even offered to store the bike for me while I return to work in Saudi.
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