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Old 18 Sep 2010
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Buying a bike in Indonesia

Hello all,

I am about to head to South-east Asia for a few months. During part of my time there I have the plan to buy a small bike (step-thru sort of thing) in Sumatra and then riding it to Bali.

Anyone have any info that may be of use?

Cost of small bikes, ease of purchase, insurance, registration etc

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Hi Major,
Greeting from Indonesia. I live in Jakarta.
Have you bought your bike in Sumatra? We have several kind of bikes here, most of them are small thumper with sufficient power. We have Honda Tiger (IDR 23million-USD$ 2.700), or Yamaha Scorpio (IDR 22million-USD$ 2400), or Kawasaki KLX 250 (IDR 58 million-USD$6.300). There are lot of ways to purchase, you can buy on dealer by multiple installment or cash and carry. They usually offer you some insurance and also taking care of bike's registration. Hope it may help. What town in Sumatra do you live now?
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get it under the table, sell it the same way.

Officially it seems it's close to impossible. A friend I met in Malaysia and again in Souther Sumatra had a good mate of his visit and bought a bike for him. Simply rock up in Medan, go to one of the cheaper hotels, if you're not already there, and say you want to buy a bike and than relax. TravFella has a real nice owner and also did the tricke for them.

They bought the bike there within 1 day, a used 180cc Hondacopy, dual-cylinder for 11.000.000. They sold it in Maninjau close to that again. Would have even got more, but apparently it's an issue to get the plates changed from Medan to Maninjau.

As his was a big-ish bike you'll get the scooters for less.
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What I forgot

You could also try to get an Indonesian person to buy a bike for you from a dealer as they have loads of almost new bikes around as many Indonesians buy bikes on credit and after 3 moths can't afford it anymore. You can get them at great discounts cause the number of people doing this is insane, also cause the system is really dumb, and nobody wants to buy a used bike on credit or buy used bikes from dealers as they get them cheaper but crappier on the streets.

I personally really liked the Yamaha fuel injection ones. Vi-Xion made a good impression and you can get a round headlight for it^^. But it's a bike, not stepthrough.

Also I guess this might be too late for you as I just saw it's ages ago you posted this.

Hope you had a good ride anyways.
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Yamaha Vixion/Scorpio and Honda tiger are all good quality japanese bikes but keep in mind that for taller non-indonesians you will need to make some adjustments to bar and seat to ride comfortably.

You can service these bikes all over indonesia at original honda/yam outlets and wont cost you much, recommended over any roadside bengkel.

Im at Lombok, let me know if you need a bike.
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