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The DR650 that I imported from Oz to UK after riding it back will be on display at the www.overlandevent.com later this month. My wifes XT250 should also be there. Maybe pop down for a squizzy at them?
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Just going through the process of getting my 2012 DR650 SVA approved for the UK. I've owned it from new in Australia and brought it back on my return earlier this year.

Plenty of mods (Acerbis tank, Cogent suspension, case armour etc.), but not sure all are going to be suitable for the UK. Give me a few months & I'll let you know what I had to change!

A couple of mods if you're likely to use the bike off-road: remove the top chain roller & invest in a set of engine case guards. You'll note that the gear lever is in line with the engine casing & it's easy to punch it through in an off.

Planning on entering the Lands End trial next spring - could be a bit of fun on the DR?
Hi Andy, how is the SVA process going? Curious to see what they find wrong with the bike. I'm looking into bringing one in myself and can unbolt offending bits but if the emissions are an issue then what??!!
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Would a low mileage, A1 condition 20 year old bike be of any interest ?

This one has just come up for sale near me for £1,995



It is in Jersey so 20% VAT will need to be added on import to UK and it will need to be re-registered. It's a genuine 2 owner from new bike and the mileage is accurate. Message me if you are interested and I can get more photos and info.
Sorry for late reply but too much money for such an old bike especially if I would have to lump tax on as well but thank you for the heads up.
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The DR650 that I imported from Oz to UK after riding it back will be on display at the www.overlandevent.com later this month. My wifes XT250 should also be there. Maybe pop down for a squizzy at them?
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Hi Will thanks for the offer but been travelling around for the last couple of months, just come back to feed the cat and do a few months work.
What problems did you have getting it through th SVA test if any??
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[QUOTE=Surely Bridge Moto can order in another one, or more?
They have advertised brand new DR650s and KLRs, both imported direct from the States, for many months - going way back into last year IIRC.[/QUOTE]

I obviously missed the golden age of importing DRs. Like I said the guy at Bridge said he had one of two and took my deposit, then a few weeks later emailed a sentence saying sorry i screwed up, the bike was sold to someone else. Brilliant.
Against all my instincts but in desperation I've called a couple of times but he said earlier today to look elsewhere. Fair enough!
I called DK and in contrast the guy there was very helpful and informative.
He said it's not the sort of thing we bring in however if you source a bike and get it to Denver we will ship it and register it on Nova or something taking care of the import duty and the vat as its less than ten years old.
The cost for this service would be £500, very helpful chap offering a way for me to possibly do it so we're back in the game.
Found another company that imports vehicles "Kingstown Shipping" (anyone..?)
So if anyone reading this in the 'States knows of a 2012 ish DR without a million miles on it pleas shout up.
DK fill their containers at Denver as I said so it would have to be near there but I will try and talk to someone at Kingstown tomorrow and post back here.
More future reading will be what hoops I have to jump through to pass the SVA test, anyone put a DR through one of these recently??
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Hey Allan,
If you navigate Craig's list you can search all US cities and states for a DR650.

denver motorcycles/scooters "DR650" - craigslist

Also try Cycle Trader:
Page 3 of 7 - Suzuki Dr Motorcycles - CycleTrader.com

Horrible to navigate but lots of bikes nationwide.

DR's for sale all over USA. Plenty low miles, new-ish ones, brand new ones as well. Shop around, be patient.

Try to find one with useful add ons:
(Acerbis Tank, better seat, bash guards, case guards, Bark Busters, racks, panniers, suspension work, pipe, et al)

The DR650 is EPA approved, has smog EVAP canister in stock form (most owners remove it). Stock tank is part of EPA smog system. I'm sure
EURO regs and clean air equipment are similar. The stock DR passes EPA mostly by using VERY lean jetting.

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Seems (from looking at their website) that Kingston Shipping are the go to guys for shipping, not only in terms of logistics but they also offer paperwork advice too. I will call them monday.
They have a stack of shipping departure points all around the U.S. coastline and also offer a pick up from seller' service too
So, the hunt is on for a good used DR650, problem is I'll be buying a second hand bike with little chance of any come back if it's a donkey.
Next question, could anyone help me source a newish DR?? The newer the better as there is less time for it to be fkt about with. I really can't see an alternative bike to the DR so this is the route I'm pursuing. I would be happy to pay or offer some sort of return favour in return for a bit of trans atlantic assistance
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Alan, DR's are so cheap in the US and Canada, id just buy a brand new one or a very lightly used 2014/2015.

Id also consider riding the bike to Procycle/Keintech who are both in Oregon and modifying it - so you save any shipping fees, then flying it to the UK.

DR's are quite a bit cheaper in the US than Canada, BUT the USD is quite strong at the moment, so you could maybe pick up a Canadian bike for peanuts and ship it back to the UK.

Here are a couple of local dealers in Calgary:

Blackfoot Motosports

Suzuki DR650SE GW Cycle World Calgary, AB (403) 569-9555

You can buy a brand new 2015 DR650 for $5,899 CAD or 2,914 GBP (+ PDI and GST @ 5%) total about ~ 3,400 GBP out the door, not sure if you could claim the GST (goods and services tax in Alberta) back after its exported to UK.

List price for a new bike in the USA is currently $6,499 USD or 4,188 GBP (you may get a better deal though)

Or if you want to buy a used DR650, join the DR Riders Forum:

www.DRRiders.com

and look for a nearly new bike in the USA.....

2014 DR650 Raleigh, NC area : Buy, Sell, Trade and Wanted

You could also ask a HUBB community in Colorado to help you out or if you decide to buy in Canada give me a shout, I live 1 1/2 hours outside of Calgary and would gladly help you if you decide to buy a DR in Canada no problem (accommodation etc)

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Cheers Gipper
I'll know more once I've had a chance to speak with the guys at Kingston, plan to call James Cargo too. I know the bike needs to have a title (?) Does that mean it needs to be registered to a person i.e.. second hand?
Hopefully know more tomorrow and yes I was looking for as new a bike as possible
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Hi Alan,

any bike you export/import must have a title registered in your name I would guess, or you would get a lot of problems about ownership and entitlement to export/import the bike.


* Just to clarify, title = registration, you could be the original owner of the bike and that would be fine, but what I would do is make sure it has a few miles/kms on the clock before you import it into the UK, so that it is used.


forgot to mention that in Canada we work in KMH, a US bike will be easier to get through and MOT/inspection as the speedo is in MPH.
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Alan, DR's are so cheap in the US and Canada, id just buy a brand new one or a very lightly used 2014/2015.

Id also consider riding the bike to Procycle/Keintech who are both in Oregon and modifying it - so you save any shipping fees, then flying it to the UK.

I agree 100% - go new or very near new, and get the bike outfitted in North America before importing it. Most of the support for DR's is in NA or in Aus. I'm guessing you will save quite a bit on shipping and import fees if you do it all at once. At a minimum get a large tank installed before shipping the bike - unless you can source it in Europe directly.

All depends on how much time you have I guess, but buying in Oregon and getting Procycle to outfit the bike before it goes into a crate sounds like a headache free solution that will probably save you $ and time in the long run.
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Cheers guys, keep that info coming it all sounds just about spot on!I think second hand but 2013/4 with only a few Ks on the clock is what I want. New could cause problems with paperwork so virtually new will do nicely. I just need someone to help me find one now!!!
Kingstown importers were really helpful and the ship for the same money (£600) from all over the US. They even offer transport to the port.
Yes I would love to let ProCycle waive their magic spanner over the bike, save me a load of long distance shopping and guesswork but a look at the map shows ProCycle who I believe are based in Oregon are 350 miles or eight hours from Kingston's nearest port i.e. Seattle.So I might as well just locate a newish DR near the coast anywhere in the US then send for the parts from ProCycle on a separate order.
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food for thought!

I'll email PC tomorrow and see if they could be of any help in sourcing a bike and arranging transporting it to Seattle as I'm sure they truck a lot of bikes around as well as sell bits to bolt on?

Or...
Do I organise a trip for next year across the width of America, fly out to the north west, buy a bike and head for New York via Oregon. Thats worth cashing in a chunk of pension for surely
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Pro Cycle don't really run a typical retail dealer operation, don't sell new or used bikes, far as I know.

They do projects, Big Bore Kits, custom stuff and lots of R & D work for new products ... from what I can tell. It's a BIG TIME mail order business, not retail.

I doubt Jeff trucks bikes around much and usually doesn't shop for bikes ... but who knows? If there is one near him, perhaps he could help you out?

FAR MORE used DR650's in California than Oregon. (30 mil people in California vs maybe 3 mil in Oregon) But you know this cause you've shopped around on Craig's list ... right?

Buying New vs. Used. By Winter, prices for left over NEW DR650's will drop sharply, good discounts off MSRP. One great advantage of buying in Oregon is that there is NO sales tax. California tax varies between 8.5% and 10%.

Used bike prices will also moderate a bit by Fall. October/November a good time to buy in my experience.

Buying a new-ish used bike or NEW bike is a wise move if planning a major trip. Buying sight unseen is a bit scary but with proper vetting will usually turn out well.

A cross country trip sounds good! ... but note: all the good stuff is in the West!
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