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Old 2 Dec 2012
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Buying used bikes, imported from USA to Canada


I'm new here, and to riding, and I'm currently looking for my first bike. I'm fairly firmly decided on a KLR650, so now it's just a matter of finding a good deal.

So I found what appears to be a good deal, but it's a used bike that the seller has purchased in the USA and imported to Canada to re-sell here. They seem like a reputable business, and they obviously do a lot of this importing reselling stuff,.. but I wonder are there any "red-tape" pitfalls or hazards that I need to wary of when purchasing a bike imported from USA to Canada?

I wouldn't want to buy it and find out later there are goofy obscure rules that apply to bikes like these that I don't know about. For instance (and I'm just making these up as hypothetical goofy stuff) "Oh, you can't insure that here", or "Oh, you can't cross the border with that."

Any advice would be appreciated.
Thank from Lorne, the newbie,..
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Buying an imported bike

It seems to becoming more and more common here in Alberta, I have a couple of aquantences that have bought American motorcycles with no issues beyond insurance inspections and bringing them up to Canadian standards like daytime running lights. I'd call your insurance broker and see what they need to have and the costs associated with that. Best of luck!
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Make sure the bike has been inspected and registered in Canada, then it is no problem; suggest you make the vendor do that as it is quite a lot of hassle. Presumably if the bike is already in Canada, that has been done.

Resale value of imported bikes is less than for Canadian bikes, so you may not be getting the bargain it looks like.

Just sayin'......
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