Price Madness in Madagascar!
Here are some prices I got yesterday1
The thing is that bikes are very many much extremely more expensive here than in South Africa!
These are new bikes! (I hope the formatting works!)
Bike SA Price Mkar Price
BMW 650 GS Dakar (2003 Model) $10 400; $18 300
BMW G650 Xcountry (2007 Model) $10 100; $17 700
BMW G650 Xchallenge (2007 Model) $10 450; $17700
Yamaha XT660R (2007) $9400 Out of stock, maybe early 2008?
KTM 400 EX Not in SA $13 800
KTM 640 ADV $11 400 $14600
KTM 690 SM Not in Sa $14 400
Honda Falcon NX4 (2005) Not in Sa $7400
Unavailable in many countries, looks to fancy! ie Roady!
HONDA CRF450X7 $8900 Not in Mcar!
I do not understand why the bikes are so much more expensive. Vehicles are cheaper here. A Toyota RAV is apparently $5700 cheaper in Madagascar!
Obviously secondhand bikes are myuch more expensive as well.
A second hand 650 GS is $14 300 I havent seen it just heard
A XT 600, without a model $5100
Somebody please tell me more about this Pan African warranty!
Lambda sensor: I will probably be looking at a 2007 XT660!
Local riders. I know of two Frenchies who use XT660, 2006? 2005?. And the one guy has gone offroad. That was the Saturday he pushed the bike onto the lawn to wash it! SO they know nothing about its performance wrt leaded fuel.
WRT carrying a passenger. It will probably be relatively short distance, less than 200/300km BUT on BADD roads!
Advice on GPSs?
Thanks once again for your support, advice etc!