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Thanks for bringing us back to the topic!


You could try to investigate renting in Hong Kong for week, there's more hidden away in Hong Kong than people think, and it would be safer and more legal.

If however you still have your heart set on China. I think you should buy 2nd hand on the edge of Shenzhen or Zhuhai. Try to just pick up a regular 125cc bike. I don't know about Guangdong province, but where I am 2nd hand prices from 3-4 years old hover at around 1500-2000 (US$250-300) Yuan as long as the bike is in reasonable condition, so you'd lose very little money in resale.

Make sure the bike comes with a big green registration book with up to date insurance, and a small blue motorcycle photo ID card book, with an up to date insurance card in it.

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Where are you going to ride out of Hong Kong in one week? Seems like a massively expensife hassle to me. Sorry to say it but i'd just soak up Hong Kong...
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Thanks ZMC, for the advice on the paperwork that needs to come with the bike. Will obviously help when I get pulled over. I will visit Shenzhen to get the bike.
1000 yuan is not too much to lose on resale. Plus someone will get lucky and get a really cheap bike.
I will have the first week to soak up Hong Kong - work related. The second week I want to see as much as possible , real world - not the normal tourist traps. Seven days should be good for 1000 miles round trip.
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I put some pictures of what the documents actually look like up here:
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JHMM,

I would forget Shenzhen and Guangzhou, the streets are pretty much swept clean of motorcycles these days, hardly any shops left. Try some of the smaller cities a little to the north, where bikes have not been banned. It's a better place to start your trip from and much easier to avoid "hassles".

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