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Old 24 Nov 2005
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Arlen Aas,

Ive tried to send you an email, but your address no longer works.

I am looking for contacts in South America (bike shops) who I can talk to about buying a couple of bikes (most likely BMW Adventures) next year for our trip.
Im coming from Australia and so will need a dealer that can not only sell me a decent bike, but also help me with any necessary paperwork as well as sell the bike for me after our journey.

If anyone has details (website, email address, etc) of any dealers that may be able to help us can you please let me know.

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I don't know of a BMW dealer specifically but I know for a fact there is a good one in Santiago. I have seen numerous BMW 1200 GS's near there. I guess try to reach the dealer via a BMW search for Santiago or contact BMW directly. There is a KTM dealer in Santiago too. He's good. Do a seach for KTM Chile.

Hope this works.
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Originally posted by Arlen Aas:
Juannean:
Used bike in Chile will run $2000 US to $5000US. New KLR650 is about $8000US. I prefer the lighter(cheaper) dual sports in 650 size for South Am travel.
My bikes are now in southern Chile (Punta Arenas). Will be riding to far north Chile(Arica??) in Feb 06. Then in March of '07 ride round trip to Equador/Columbia. I can give you a report on columbia at that time but you are going sooner I think.

arlem..send me your e or a phone where i can contact you..im in chile now on a klr looking for some info..thanks cummings3949 at yahoo.com
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hello
what would be the price to buy a small bike (honda cg 125 style or honda xr250 style) in chile and where to get one (except internet) ? i land on 1st feb 2006 in santiago chile, travel to lima peru and fly back to europe on 1st march (i will try to sell it in lima).
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Hi I have just tried to buy a KLR650 in Santaigo, Chile from a private seller and was told by the notoria that its impossible without the permanent RUT number, we have a temporary one, but the permanent one takes 1 month to come through!!!! Also is it possible {safe} to just go to a civil register office and not deal with the notoria? The bikes are going to be sold at the end of the trip, so everything should be legal.
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also zade's recent experience on :
http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/ubb...ML/000081.html
http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/ubb...ML/000839.html

and a question, if you have answers :-)

ps : in february, i ll have one month to spend in chile bolivia peru : i decided to buy a small local bike rather than shipping my g/s.
- i looked for a bike, took some contacts in advance but will search and buy it on arrival;
- paperwork : according to some experiences i read/heard, i know it s illegal but what do you think about this : if i bring a french numberplate + french ownership naked papers. when i buy the bike, i put the french numberplate on ; on internet, i do myself the ownership papers.
it would be easier than the official standard local way, no ? what are the risks (inside the country with the police and at the borders with the customs ?). cpd (carnet de passages en douane) is not needed apparently in chile, bolivia and peru (?).
then i try to sell it in lima.

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I was able to purchase vehicle the day after I got my temporary RUT. I know of a friend who did the same. That was about 4 years ago. Things may have changed.... You can go right to goverment agency to transfer papers but at some point the Notaria will have to place a stamp somewhere, then there is insurance and vehicle inspection....All steps can be done without problem as long as you have proper papers. As far as bringin g in a bike with phoney papers.....I would not suggest it if you don't have extra time. Chile is Chile....its not Bolivia or Mexico. Thier(Chile) system seems to be pretty tight. Border guys are Federal and local guys and are very professional. There are signs on the wall that clearly states that you should not try to bribe anyone... I had been at a crossing(Chile/Arg) in 2004.. In 2005, I crossed the same border going in the same direction. The border person said "welcome back!" My where-abouts was tracked in their computor system...... I suggest that you keep it legal. If you need a good English speaking contact, let me know and I can forward his cell and home phone. Enjoy your trip(s).
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Hey Lombre - That sounds like bad news! I'm heading out in March to do the same - buy a bike and ride it up to Bolivia/Peru etc... The replies on this board made it look pretty possible, have you had much more luck?

Also is it still holding true that there is no need for a Carnet for S.A.

Thanks,

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Arlen Aas,
thanx for your post.
i have to forget the idea of the french papers because of the computerised records that they keep. + when i leave chile, they will require the temporary import document of the bike (which i will not be able to show, therefore big problems i guess).
otherwise, i received this info by bikerjon :
"Chile keeps records of bike in and out of country, so enter country with bike, must leave with bike. Will contact embassy if possible for tourists. Peru and Bolivia is possible to sell in. Think it can be done legally. Border crossings no problem if papers are in order.
My bike is dr650, 2001 with about 38,000 miles. No poblems...great running bike, for $2500."
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Hi
the latest info we have found out is that some notorias will accept the temporary RUT but a lot of them won't! We have now found one in the center of Santiago that is happy to go ahead with the sale, but the guy we are buying the bike from is on holiday for a week or so!
Hope our luck changes soon!
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lombere, hello, what s the role of a notaria (first time i hear of this for a bike - see other posts - ; in france, they are compulsory when you buy a flat/house) ? is his signature or whatever stamp compulsory in the buying act, can you skip/avoid him ? if you can resume all the paperwork and contacts you had already ? and if you have time to see for a small bike for me (125-250 cc, honda cg or xr style, 500-1000 usd budget), i arrive on 31st jan (in 6 days) in santiago and want to buy a smalll bike. if you have a cheap place to stay/guesthouse to recommend also ?
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Lombre - let us know how you get on with the new notaria - if he's any good then please let me know so we dont have to go through the same process of finding one who will accept the Temporary RUT.

Anyone had any experience in buying a foreign owned bike (e.g. canadian / us) and then crossing borders etc.. Guess you'd need some sort of official letter explaining the transfer of ownership as you would not be able to have the original Ownership Doc in your name.... Advice appreciated!

I'm thinking to buy a machine (if possible kitted out with panniers) and then ride up to peru to sell there... Any one had any experience of selling in Peru? I'll have a hunt round and share my findings here...
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All..... I suggest buying a bike in Chile and return it to the same dealer in Chile. I know not allpeople have unlimited time, however making firm plans to sell in a different country may ruin your trip as you'll be worrying about the selling part all along. Its may be a big head ache. There is so much to see in South AMerica that a loop trip from Chile is done very easy and will not have to back-track. No worries about bike that way...
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Hi all, have you got any info about buying a bike in guatemala?
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I have purchased two KLR650's in Chile. Need to get a Chilean "ID" that will enable you to pay sales tax. Have contact there who will get it for you. Its free. Bikes are a little higher than US prices as our dollar is weak and thiers is not. Friend of Oz shipped his and did well. Contact me at my email if desire more specifics.
I am interested in one of ur KLR650s. ALL info price miles condition exta upgrades etc. on both would be good. I am in Medellin now and can fly down to buy. Email lgcpres@yahoo.com cell 3108910696 Columbia Thanks
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