hi there !! Hi Kevin !
well , I got a Spanish Motorcycle (Honda600XL) .. but when in Gambia I registered the motorcycle in Gambia . For all practical purporses is like I bought it in Gambia .
ok ... They don't give you any formal doccument of ownership . Belive or not is just a photocopy of some doccument .. and the -original ?- of some sort of tax/duty
anyway .. I have almost crossed africa with that very same bike -still registered in Gambia- and WITH NO TITLE/ REGISTRATION -nothing - .. and made it to the Congo(s). with no problem.
as long as you ask for a PAssavant ... you can cross from one border to the next one .. stamping the in/out as if It were a carnet . No problems . Indeed , they take the Insurance policy as if it were the actual and only proof of ownership.
as ussual , It requires a bit of "face value" (can't translate this better , sorry ). Driving a Gambia registered (i.e = unregistered and undoccumented ) motorcycle in Africa can land you in some troubles ,. So far .. nothing that a couple ciggies and a smile can't sort out .
also , remember than in Africa they don't have big motorcycles .They have either mopeds , or one of those horrific chinesse bikes . So most countries don't consider those a vehicle (for legal purposes , tax , insurance , registration , etc) ... at all .
Anyway ..my advice is DONT buy a bike in Africa , and if you do .. buy it only from a European . Try Camping Sukuta's car park , or Heinzt campsite.
and , please , don't buy that black XT500 you will see for sale in Senegambia's road . It has been sitting there for sale for at least 6 years ... !!!! ITs probbably destroyed by now .
have a nice day
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