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Old 3 Nov 2003
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Purchasing a motorcycle in Spain

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This summer I will be studying abroad in spain for 5 weeks. I would like to buy a morocycle, preferable a honda xr, and ride it through Spain and morocco. Being from the US and having never been to Spain before, I have no idea how to go about doing this. Is it even possible for me to buy a motorcycle? What sort of paperwork would I need? What about insurance? Do I need a special licence to drive a motorcycle or will my IDP work? Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks,
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Hi Casey

There are Horizons Unlimited Communities in Barcelona, Costa del Sol, Madrid and Valencia. Suggest you try writing to them and describe what you want to do. http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/com...tEnglish.shtml

Unless you're a fluent Spanish speaker, you might find it easier to buy the bike in the UK and take it via ferry directly to Spain or through France.

I can answer a couple of your questions. The IDP doesn't actually stand on its own, you still have to show a valid drivers license from your home country.

As for insurance, Europe is all covered by 'Green Card' liability insurance. If you buy the bike in the UK, you can arrange insurance (liability and collision, etc.) that will cover you throughout the EU.

One final note - you should plan to sell the bike in the same country that you buy it. Personally importing a European vehicle back to the US is a MAJOR hassle.

Good luck with your trip!

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Hi !!!!
Buying a bike in Spain should be easy . There are lots on offer , and at a reasonable price .

The paperwork, is mostly straightforward , and ASSUMING THAT THE BIKE 'got ITV valid(Spanish's roadworthyness test) , you can do all the paperwork in one morning .

You need : Carte Grise (gray card , which is the spanish doccument's for vehicle )
YOU NEED TO HAVE THIS DOCCUMENT SIGNED BY THE SELLER , aND THAT SIGN CONFIRMED IN A BANK . (that is , go with the seller to a bank , and have his sign checked there , should be free of charge) .

"Certificado Caracteristicas Tecnicas " , a greenish paper stating the weight , power , etc.. and the inspection log . MAKE SURE ITS GOT A ITV valid . OTherwise you can not transfeer the vehicle

With these 2 papers and A PHOTOCOPY OF THE SELLERS ' ID CARD ... you can register your bike in 2 -3 hours. The whole opperation costs 60 EUR + 4% of the agreed price (traditional to cheat on this and put a lesser ammount of money to dodge taxes , but dont go too far !!!!! ) .

If you need exact instructions , adress , assistance etc.. etc.. etc.. pls mail me .


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Hi Casey,

Just a general thought: how long do you think it will take you to find, buy and register a suitable bike and how long to sell it? If you deduct these two times from the 5 weeks you intend to stay how much time does that leave you to use it? What happens to your bike if you can't sell it by the time you are leaving?

5 weeks seems a little short for a buy/sell action. Perhaps renting would be safer or even cheaper?

Salut from Southern France, the bikers' paradise,


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I also plan a trip to Marocco, Ageria and Tunis. Can you recommend some places in Madrid where I can buy a decent bike at 2000-3000 E to last for this trip? I was thinking at Honda Transalp or BMW 650 GS (2002-2008).
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George, if you don't get a response you might try again in a new thread. THis one is ten years old.
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