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Buying motorcycles in Kazakhstan and riding to Spain

My friend and I are planning on buying motorcycles in Kazakhstan or Russia, depending on feasibility and then riding them through Europe to Spain. We were wondering if anyone knows about buying motorcycle there and how to deal with importing and exporting them through all those countries. We will be travelling in China by train and then head to Kazakhstan where we will start our motorcycle journey. I know about carnets, but purchasing the motorcycle while not having a residence in Kazakhstan (can we have a local buy them and get power of attorney to sell the motorcycles), and possibly selling them in Spain, shipping them to the U.S. or taking them with us on the freight ship. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Iran, Pakistan & India require the carnet (though Iran just might somehow be do-able without, or so I´ve read here). But I believe countries north side of them do not require the carnet.

Paperwork aside, I think one of your biggest problems could be the selection of bikes available on that part of the world, and their suitability to long-distance travel.
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carnet?

No carnet is required in Kazakstan, Russia or the Ukraine. You can buy a bike in Kaz' but getting it out will require greasing a few palms. Do able I would think.
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I'm planning to do the same...buy a bike in Almaty

Gave up on getting an Enfield classic 500 here in India as the 8 month waiting list is too long. So heading for Almaty - this probably has the best chance to find something to make it to Europe. I plan to be there early to mid June 2012 so if anyone is heading the other way and would like to sell their bike, please get in touch.


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My friend and I are planning on buying motorcycles in Kazakhstan or Russia, depending on feasibility and then riding them through Europe to Spain. We were wondering if anyone knows about buying motorcycle there and how to deal with importing and exporting them through all those countries. We will be travelling in China by train and then head to Kazakhstan where we will start our motorcycle journey. I know about carnets, but purchasing the motorcycle while not having a residence in Kazakhstan (can we have a local buy them and get power of attorney to sell the motorcycles), and possibly selling them in Spain, shipping them to the U.S. or taking them with us on the freight ship. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Pete
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I have just entered Kazakstan on my UK registered BMW F650GS (2003). My plan was to ride on into China but cost means it's no longer an option. I am therefore looking to sell it in either Kazakstan or Kyrgystan.

The bike must leave Kazakstan by 2/10/14 to avoid customs charges.

I know it's a long shot but shipping it back seems very complicated!
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