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Is the RUNT a card? Perhaps they could post me their card and I could have someone pose as them for the transfer process with the card?
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Hi Newbie, the RUNT (National Registry of Traffic) is a big online database with the information of the cars, motorcycles, drivers and persons registered in it, so if you want to transfer or buy a motorcycle you must be registered in it, can do it with your passport and 5 USD aprox in a Transit Office (Organism of Transit); now if you want to transfer that Honda to your name you need a Mandate (Power), F.U.N, contract of sale signed by both.
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Hi, thanks for the reply. I actually quick replied to my own question (which is a more complicated one) which is now on the first page. If you've got time to check out that question aswel though, I'd be much obliged! Thanks
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Buying a 125cc

Hey thanks for the info provided here!
We are Going to Colombia in January as a couple for a month and we'd like to buy a couple of 125cc's to tour around the country.
I was wondering if there was actually taxes on this type of bike. I found out Technico is about 30$, RUNT is 4$, but what about SOAT and the taxes? It would be nice to know that kind of info because we have a budget of about 500 euros per bike, but if the paperwork is 200 then it would be a game changer.
Also do you think 125cc is enough for the mountains? We went to Vietnam and Laos last year, did offroad and lots of mountains and it was fine.
And doing all the paperwork seems kind of complicated, we're staying 5 days in Bogota, should we just get the bikes from a dealer so that we don't have to work with two separate owners and registration doesnt take weeks?
Would it be cheaper/faster to get the bikes in Cali?
Thanks!
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Hi adventure , motorcycles from 0 to 125 CC do not pay taxes except for motorcycles registered in Bogotá DC (signaling pay).

New motorcycles do not pay Tecnomecanica Revision during the first two years. Then its cost is 41 USD Approx.


Soat cost (Motorcycles) :
100 to 200 CC: 145 USD, 452.850 COP
200 CC > : 163 USD, 510.750 COP

Taxes (Bogota DC, Capital City)

- 16 USD, 52.000 COP (City Signaling)

- 1.5 % of the Motorcycle cost (exc. IVA)

Example Yamaha FZ 2.0 149 CC, Cost 6.340.000 COP, 1.5 % : 95.100 COP + 52.000 COP, so Tax: 147.100 COP, 47 USD

Other cities and provinces are cheaper than Bogotá.

The cost of the enrollment (Matricula) goes from 120 to 200 USD depending the dealer

So in general, total cost of the papers of a new motorcycle will be around 245-300 USD

Generally most of dealers in cities takes 3 to 4 days to deliver the motorcycle with papers to the new owner.

Maybe a little power will help, a Honda XR 150 or Yamaha Fz will be better.

Greetings friends!
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Lightbulb buy at least 150cc

hey guys I agree with Jvlianja on the motor displacement choice,

because here in Colombia its usual to ride steep roads, I used to have a honda eco (100cc) and with the luggage fixed on the pillion seat it was a struggle to get to the top of the mountains I used to ride at 30 Km/h only with clothes on my bag no camping gear or anything really heavy.

Also small displacement bikes have hard seats as they are not meant to be touring bikes so you will get tired sooner and it`s a must to make stops for resting more often than in bigger comfier bikes.
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125cc

Hey guys thanks for the reply! We'll be looking at the XR150 then.

"So in general, total cost of the papers of a new motorcycle will be around 245-300 USD "

What about a used one?
Is there any difference with the cost of registration?
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Hi Adv

Transfer cost of a used one will be around 40-50 USD for a 150 cc motorcycle, of course if the vehicle has Soat and Tecno active (paid taxes). Cheaper indeed and we can check it on line.

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Very nice article. Motorcycles are expensive here in Colombia but the resale value is great. (they hold their prices well)
If anyone is interested I am planning to sell my BMW S1000XR (2016) here in Medellin within the next couple of weeks. (please delete if this isn't allowed). It has 8,700 kilometers on it (5,400 miles) and is in great condition. Panniers, top case, tank bag, Nav 5 GPS, everything you need to tour. PM me for photos and more details if interested.
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Mak, Very informative. Thanks for being so thorough. Am heading for Colombia in Sept/Oct 2019 for a multi-month SA tour. Plan on buying a bike there and your info is very helpful.
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Mak, Very informative. Thanks for being so thorough. Am heading for Colombia in Sept/Oct 2019 for a multi-month SA tour. Plan on buying a bike there and your info is very helpful.
Absolutely my pleasure Paul.

I have just sold my bike to another traveller and I did all the paperwork for the sale myself.

Will work on compiling all that information into another post soon.
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Very nice article. Motorcycles are expensive here in Colombia but the resale value is great. (they hold their prices well)
If anyone is interested I am planning to sell my BMW S1000XR (2016) here in Medellin within the next couple of weeks. (please delete if this isn't allowed). It has 8,700 kilometers on it (5,400 miles) and is in great condition. Panniers, top case, tank bag, Nav 5 GPS, everything you need to tour. PM me for photos and more details if interested.
Hola John1Walter!!!

My name is Keith and i am in Medellin now. I am interested in your BMW. I just signed up for this website so it is not letting me send you a pm until i post at least 3 times. I have been here in Medellin for one month now, I live in the US. Please reply to this post or send me a pm. I am in Laureles now.

Thank you...I can send you my whatsapp so we can talk offline..

Gracias!!!
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Thanks for this detailed guide, it is very helpful. I am planning a trip to South America later this year and I would like to explore Colombia, Ecuador and Peru and I wasn't sure whether I should start in Peru or Colombia, but after reading this guide and several other topics here on the Hubb, I think Colombia will be much easier to buy a motorcycle.

I've got couple of questions and I'm hoping some more knowledgeable people here would have the answers I'm looking for and help me out a bit . I have two buddies who would like to tag along on this trip, so I don't think we can find 3 motorcycles in a reasonable timespan from the second hand market. We were thinking about buying a brand new ATK TTR 200 in Bogota, it seems there are plenty of dealerships in Bogota - I hope it's not a problem to buy a 3 motorbikes like that, but maybe I should write them an email first and ask about it? Which reminds me that I don't speak a word of spanish, so that's also gonna be interesting. What kind of paperwork do I need with a brand new motorcycle? SOAT, RUNT, registration papers,... what about license plates? Will the dealer help me with any of those? How long does the process take? Couple of days? We would like to get on road asap.

Now, if we manage all that and get the bikes ready, we would like to go south and eventually arrive to Peru (Lima) and well... I don't think we will have time to go back to Colombia to sell the bikes before we leave SA. Is there any legal way to sell the motorcycles in Peru? My friend has a niece living in Lima, maybe she can help us sell the motorcycles (we are not really looking to gain profit or anything, just get rid of the motorcycles legally before we have to leave the continent) - does anyone know what are the import taxes in Peru? Would anybody even be interested in these motorcycles with a good price tag? Or is there any other way, perhaps unfortunately less legal?

Thanks in advance guys!
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Thanks a lot for this detailed guide.
Do you have any knowledge where there are dealers for motorbikes or are you back yet and want to sell your bike?
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Hi Joho

Motorcycle dealers are located in the south, center and north of Bogotá (if you are in this city).

AKT, Auteco, Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki close to the 45 and 34 Street over the Caracas Avenue or just check google maps.

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