buying a bike in South America - pls advise
Could you please advise a little on buying a bike in South America. I am currently in Ecuador (on my round the world trip for some 1,5 years now) and just got this idea (better to say I just become crazy about it, oh how crazy !) to buy a small on-off bike like Honda 200 xl here, ride some 5 months on the continent and then send it home.
Would be very grateful for any hints:
(1) where is this magic best place to buy a decent bike (preferably 1-2 years old)? - paperwork and all
(2) I learnt that I can register it in my name (at least in Ecuador) do not need any carnet or similar pain and would be free to ride it no problem - tru?
(3) how often there are police controls and are they really crazy about international driving licence - i have my stolen somewhere in India and have to work out some solution?
Many thanks for any ideas.