Best SA country to buy/sell
I vote for flying into Buenos Aires, buying new bikes, touring Argentina, selling bikes back to dealer, while still under factory warrenty.......if you want more info look up posts by xfiltrate in index, I have written up an accurate account of how to buy a new bike in Buenos Aires.
Also, HUBB's javkap of Dakar Motos web site is an excellent resource here in BA....he has many posts.
I purchased a Honda NX400 Falcon "duel purpose" in Buenos Aires and am quite happy after more than 12,000 K, four months and 5 South American countries (including Central Andes)..... Zero mechanical problems....works very well on cheap gas....parts available....
Elisa bought a Honda XR 250 Tornado, for same trip..... Zero mechanical problems..... parts very available and enough power to carry gear and still stay with traffic...both bikes light enough to pick up with full gear on board and the seat on the Falcon is excellent.
Elisa is very pleased with her 250 she bought NEW for $3,000.00 US dollars. Prices have gone up a little, but not much. The Falcon new, sells for around $4,000.00 US dollars. You can resell these bikes and walk with most of your investment.... Insurance, liability only is very inexpensive.
Deep sand, with full gear on board, was less problem for the NX400 and XR250 than with all heavier bikes I have ridden....knee deep rivers did not stop us, and the police, looking for tourist to bribe, generally don't hassle bikes with Argentine plates.... We live in BA and are willing to help. xfiltrate