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Old 22 Feb 2005
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Stashing a bike in south america

Ok ok I know its been asked before, but I am interested to know the latest info.
I would like to leave my bike here for up to a year.
Which countries is it possible in (legallyy or otherwise), and whats involved. Its a 2000 model 650 dakar

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Old 1 Mar 2005
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Yup, old subject, but I can't see why you can't just enter a country without temporary authorization and just leave it - no one's the wiser then are they? I could have entered both Brasil and Venezuela without the paperwork, although I had to show the permit a lot in the latter. I am currently without in Colombia, 'cos I couldn't be arsed finding the office. I'll keep you posted...

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Old 9 Mar 2005
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Without paperwork...does that mean I can sell a bike in Columbia also? And get out?
What do you show police at check points?
Heard bikes are worth more. Thanks.
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I think Columbia is the same as Panama, and if you gain entry to the country without having your passport stamped indicating you are with your bike, then you can leave it there or sell it or whatever.

If your passport is stamped then your options are more limited, but you can leave your bike in customs for I believe around $2 a day. Not good for a year then..

If you are willing to import the bike you can pay the due taxes then sell it or leave it tied to a tree if you so desire... CJ
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Old 10 Mar 2005
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hello out there,

we had a similar expirience in colombia in 1996, entering and leaving the country without custom procedures.
over the following years, we left the bikes several times - sometimes "legal" in custom-free border towns like curumba, sometimes illegal (with expired papers) - in argentina, bolivia, and right now peru.
we left argentina and bolivia without any problems, and this summer we're going to stay inside peru, so there should be no troubles as well.

i found that south american customs are "tranquilo" most of the time, honest and friedly. so the risk of getting in trouble seems to be not too big.

good luck to everyone
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I'm at the KTM Importer in Chillan, Chile.

There's a German 640 Adventure in the shop. The owners gone back to Germany and will return later. The shop has to sign forms saying they have the bike etc for Chile Customs.

I dont know what the time limits are if any.

You could try calling Nelson the shop manager who speaks english but give him a week as he's currently on holiday

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In Argentina you get 8 month for your bike, but make sure that they give it to you, thats the maximum you can get!
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You don’t need to ask. You know you have a place here in Argentina. Appie is right the most the custom will give you is 8 month, but any way if the time you need is more when you go to the custom to take away the bike give them any excuse and you will not have any trouble, everyone do the same.
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Has anybody left a bike in Brasil for 2 or 3 months?
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I'm curious to know if anyone has experienced the horror of buying a plane ticket (with plans of temporarily leaving the bike in some country), and actually been stopped from leaving the country at the airport because of a vehicle stamp in the passport that hasn't been cancelled. Wouldn't that suck!!! Curious because I plan to do this in some yet-unknown S.A. country.

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I entered Uruguay a few days ago. They gave me custom papers for one year and didn't make a note in my passport about the bike.

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to Rene:
Try Chui, UR (Xui in BR)in the border Uruguay-Brasil ( since the customs /inmigration posts are out of town and the city sits right in the middle, the main avenue actually marks the border line..) you can a leave any vehicle there for as long as you care, since it is "technically" out of both countries.
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I´ve no idea if you can leave or sell your bike in ColUmbia, but in ColOmbia (thousands of miles apart, different continent... haven´t you go to high school?) you have two options to sell it: 1. Import it legally, paying all the skyhigh taxes. 2. Sell it as pieces, at a ridiculous price.

I´m pretty sure you can leave the country without your bike, but I´m not sure if you can leave it here for a hole year. Anyway, if you get the permit, maybe I can help you on storing.
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We are in Brasil right now and we did not get anything for the bike in Barracao! No stamp in the passport and no papers for the bikes, seems to be very easy to let the bike in Brasil!

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