Buying used bike in Vladivostok
Hey, I am planning to buy a motorcycle in Vladivostok beginning of August 2008 and ride it to Europe. My plan is to buy a used Russian motorcycle in good condition, bring some light camping gear and a credit card. I realise that the Ural/Dnepr bikes dont have the best reputation, but must be easier to get spareparts and find able mechanics if/when the bike brakes down. And the feeling inside must be real good, riding a Ural across Russia.
My two questions about buying a motorcycle:
1) Can anyone recommend a used-mc dealer in Vladivostok?
2) How to get the license plates without a permanent address in Russia?
Here they write about "letter of attorney":
I dont speak any Russian, so I thought about paying a Russian lawyer to translate and approve the letter from the dealer. Does not sound very cheap, but getting cheated could be even more expensive. Is this the way to go?
Any other tips for the trip is of course very welcome. If you want to meet in Vladivostok or elsewhere for sharing stories or km's on the road, let me know.