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Old 6 Mar 2012
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Hi Martin,
I may be the person who needs your help.
I aiming to ride round the USA from June to December this year. Just starting out on world bike travel, although done lots in UK and Europe, so taking baby steps for now and looking to fly over, buy a Harley bagger and go where the road takes me. I have friends coming over in July to do all round the Grand Canyon and such which i'll be joining them for but other than that I don't have a route or destination set yet.
I had hoped my friends could fix me up with a HOG friend of theirs over there as they have HD through them like a stick of seaside rock, but their friends States side aren't bikers.
I have found a bike trader website over there and am starting to weed through to find a suitable bike but any help you could give would be most appreciated. I'm looking for something like a Streetglide or Tourer with hard panniers but no topbox, with a windshield and preferably a rear rack. Budget is about $7000 max. Not looking for the prettiest bike but want a reliable one (well as reliable as a HD can be). I'd dearly love one of the new Triumph Explorers which will be fresh on the streets by the time i come over but i just can't justify tying up that much cash in a bike for 6 months so i'll wait till next year for that.

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Hello,

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This is the best resource to find a used bike

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Thumbs up Buying a KLR.

Thanks for the offer Wheatwacker. Name's Joe, from New`Zealand and ride a Yamaha XT660Z Tenere here. I'm coming to USA in early July to ride the TransAm Trail and then go on up to Canada to visit my sister. I am looking for a KLR 650 and have been looking on craigslist. My budget is up to US$4000 for preferably the 2008 onwards facelift model, but no objections to low mileage older model. Hard luggage and suspension upgrade would be ideal but not essential - I could bring soft luggage. Augie from ACE in Concord has one for $4500, 2009 29500m. Is my budget realistic? Can you help me locate a good 'un? Much appreciated.
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Hi,

Im planing a USA trip as well in 2013. Before my africa trip i got a Honda Transalp 1992 50tkm in Germany for US$1000 and in Southamerica i bought a Honda CGL 125 2010 for US$800, so there must be a way to get a bike cheaper then US$4000 in the States as well.

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I've often thought it would be fun to fly to San Diego, buy a cheap used bike for $2500 or so, take a couple of weeks to ride down the Baja to Cabo and back, and then sell the bike.

The trouble is that when I look on the internet, I don't see too many places that are eager to do a buy/sell deal, and buying privately can be a hassle to get paperwork done.
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Perfectly doable!

We did something similar last year.

Have since sold one bike and have an F650GS still for sale south of San Francisco. (San Francisco Motorcycle if you're interested)

Some comments:
  • The paperwork in California is pretty easy
  • Although expect delays in getting 'official' govt papers and numberplates due to the state only having part time workers
  • Crossing the Canadian border without a numberplate wasn't an issue as Customs have a big database including your VIN numbers etc.
  • Insurance is cheap (we used Progressive and highly recommend)
  • There is sales tax if you buy from a dealer
  • There a lot of friendly ex-pats (like Martin) who lend you their addresses and garages (thanks guys)
  • Craigslist is OK but as their filtering system is so complex many bikes never make it onto their lists (can't use normal words, must have local cell phone, need to repeatedly reconfirm via SMS etc. etc. )
  • Ebay is not bad but as its expensive few bikes are there
  • Strangely there is no main bike sales website in the US like there is here in OZ so some searching is required
  • Personally I've been disappointed with the bike sales sites and have tried my hand at self promotion. (Did I mention I have a bike for sale at http://sanfranciscomotorcycle.com )
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florida, poss bike buying

Interesting, great of you to offer help like that....I am going over to Florida next month for about 3 weeks and was thinking about buying something cheap for running around and doing some camping, then prob leave the bike there...This is fairly easy to do in the UK and I always thought it would be straighforward in the US, but perhaps not.....putting aside the finding of a bike, as a brit, what do I need to do paperworkwise.....?
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Interesting, great of you to offer help like that....I am going over to Florida next month for about 3 weeks and was thinking about buying something cheap for running around and doing some camping, then prob leave the bike there...This is fairly easy to do in the UK and I always thought it would be straighforward in the US, but perhaps not.....putting aside the finding of a bike, as a brit, what do I need to do paperworkwise.....?
Easy. Find a bike, go to the DMV, get it in your name, get insurance and go ride.
If your willing to come to California, I can have a bike waiting for you.

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In Arizona, I recently renewed the registration for my car, at a privately owned Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (AZ MVD) office. Arizona allows private individuals to offer most of the services of the state-run (remember all 50 states have their own motor vehicle division bureacracy!) for a set fee above what the state charges; $10 to $15 USD depending on what it is.

I asked the guy how easy it would be for a foreigner to register their own vehicle in Arizona, and he said there is no problem. Arizona does issue titles and license plates on the spot.

Of course, Arizona is not as direct for most foreigners to come to, and used bikes are, or seem to be, slightly more $ than the usual bargain hubs such as Los Angeles, as evidenced by researching Craigslist for Los Angeles and Phoenix. So the convenience of instant titling, and being located close to easier-to-cross Mexico border crossings (for those traveling that direction) have to be balanced with getting here. I know that opinions are subjective, but I do find the people of California much more genuinely nicer than in Arizona, ie Martin in San Francisco, and more willing to help people out, out of kindness.

Plus, California has some great, out of the way riding places (yes, so do other states), but buying a bike in California, such as with Martin's help, and riding around the state (it is quite long in length) could be a great way to wait for your paperwork to be prepared and mailed to a 'local' address.
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I need some advice and opinions

this is my first post and I like to get some opinions regarding my plan which is buying a used bike in the US or new and tour all around in 30 days then keeping the bike in a storage by paying a full year in advance ( for storage ) then next year starting from another point for another 30 days and so on , I went across europe but I want to try the stretched roads in the US , Europe is so compressed to me everything is next the other no stretched kind of roads that I like , so can I keep the bike in any local storage for a year , I asked one local storage in new York and they say that they do month to month , it is cheaper than shipping to me , two trips will cost me same as the brand new bike ( bike shipping + tickets + wife + expenses = forget about it) , so the cheaper option is to buy one and keep it there , plus I have future plans for Canada
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If I was in your position, I'd buy one and if I was happy with it, I'd store it. You'd have to prep it for winter and store it. Depending on where you're leaving it, you could probably find someone on HU or ADVRider to keep it.

I'm laughing at myself for saying prep it for winter. Something that I always *mean* to do, and then it bites me in the ass later.
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this is my first post and I like to get some opinions regarding my plan which is buying a used bike in the US or new and tour all around in 30 days then keeping the bike in a storage by paying a full year in advance ( for storage ) then next year starting from another point for another 30 days and so on , I went across europe but I want to try the stretched roads in the US , Europe is so compressed to me everything is next the other no stretched kind of roads that I like , so can I keep the bike in any local storage for a year , I asked one local storage in new York and they say that they do month to month , it is cheaper than shipping to me , two trips will cost me same as the brand new bike ( bike shipping + tickets + wife + expenses = forget about it) , so the cheaper option is to buy one and keep it there , plus I have future plans for Canada
Our agent has a Warehouse in NY , they might be able to store for the year if required, what kind of price would you be looking to pay for the year ?

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Hello,

I have spoken to our agent and they can arrange storage in their warehouse in NY for £ 850.00 for the year , let me know if that helps.

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