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There are quite a few older 250 / 400 / 600 Japanese dirt bike imports around East Africa. Your best bet would be Nairobi, but there are definately some available in Kampala & Dar es Salaam as well.
There is a KTM dealer in Nairobi who has a small range of KTMs. Search under KTM garages on the KTM forum for the address details. There are also a few expats in town with some 600s, mainly XRs etc, so you might be able to buy second hand from them.
In Kampala, you could ask John at Backpackers Hostel for some info & directions. There is at least one store near Backpackers with a few old 250s you could buy. Prices would be around US$1,500 or so.
In Dar, try Tuk Tuk motorcycles for some contacts. Details have previously been posted in the sub-saharan section.
In all three cases I would suggest that your best bet to find a resaonable second hand bike would be from the ex-pat community.
Prices are definately steep, but you need to remember that many African countries do not have a significant "employed" labour force upon which they can levy income taxation, so they have to get it in other ways. Hence vehicle taxation is always steep.
The other reason is that if you have to transport a vehicle to central Africa (ie Uganda etc), there is only one way in - ship to Mombasa / Dar etc and then lorry across to Uganda. Once you see the condition of the main road you will see why!
Once you get into town, contact me on 0736-725796. I'll try to show you a few places you might buy something in that price range. In the new catagory, your probably looking at a 200CC Chinese, but some of these don't look to bad.
If you here for three months, don't even bother with trying to get a license. It will likely come through once you've already left. Do you have a mc license from your home country. If so, that will work
I have a contact who can easily sort out the ownership. You will have to get a PIN from the Kenya Revenue Authority, but it's no big deal and free.
Insurance will cost you about $75-100 USD for a years 3rd party coverage. You do need it.
Have fun riding to Homa Bay. It's a long way on a 200, but you'll have a good time non the less.
Ive been Kitiu District before, and what I remember we're LOADS of old japenese bikes. (125/175/185/235/250 CC - all two strokes) Most of 'm we're all but dead, but the Kenyans kept 'm running anyways.
Now, these bikes can''t be expensive right? And, since, there so many of 'em, there should be parts available everywhere right? So I was hoping to find such an old veteran. Coz, for me, all the bike should do is get me from A to B. (Cars simply won 't fit on the bush trails south of Mutha, right? )
In Holland I not a licensed rider however. I've got a car license and a moped licence, but not a motorcycle licence......
So, If I get a International Licence from the Dutch autoritie, will it be sufficient enough to pass the 1-million-in-a-row-police-check on the way from Nairobi to Machakos?
On this International Licence will be the remark it is specificly for CARS, not bikes.
And is it possible to get the bike insured with this licence? (only the insurance for 'doing-damage-to-others' )
LAST question: What is a PIN?
Ok, Once again THNX to anyone taking the time to provide information!!
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