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Buying a Bike in Kyrgyzstan or Tajikistan

In June my friend and I are doing a 6 week trip from Bishkek, over to Issy Kol, cut cross country to Osh, down the Pamir Highway, into the Wakhan valley, then across to Dushnabe. We are thinking about buying a bike in Bishkek, how difficult is this? I was thinking about just getting a Ural. Also, I have an IDL, will this be enough? Thanks, Jack
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In June my friend and I are doing a 6 week trip from Bishkek, over to Issy Kol, cut cross country to Osh, down the Pamir Highway, into the Wakhan valley, then across to Dushnabe. We are thinking about buying a bike in Bishkek, how difficult is this? I was thinking about just getting a Ural. Also, I have an IDL, will this be enough? Thanks, Jack
Bike options in Bishkek are extremely limited. There are some Urals available, but they are generally 1960s through 1990s and are in dubious condition. There are some Jap bikes available but it's really hit and miss. There is very little infrastructure for bikes here. For instance there are about 3 KLRs, 2 NX650s, and maybe about 4 Africa twins in the whole country. There's a guy named Patrik down in Osh that rents out some bikes (his website is Muztoo.com...I think). He's on the forum here as well. He's probably your best resource for this.

I've been riding for about 8 or 9 months on an IDL in Kyrgyzstan, not sure about the other countries, but it works here. Some traffic cops will be puzzled, but show them the Russian page and it usually fixes the problem. Try and make sure that you get the Russian language page stamped and that the stamps stick to your picture...rubber stamps are really important here.
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bikes for sale

Here is a link that should open up to the bikes for sale here in Kyrgyzstan.
Diesel Forum -> Мотоциклы
If this don't work and you can read Russian just go to diesel.elcat.kg

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Hi Arindia. Still doing your trip? Did you find bikes? CHeers. Patrik
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