Originally Posted by pazzorosso
I am trying to basically do a reverse European delivery. I am in the US only for 6-12 months but want a K bike for that time and I want to bring it to France after that, permanently. The dealer I am talking to says that the EU/US bikes are the same and that he can provide a "letter of compliance" for France so that I can register the bike there.
From what I understand the bike would need it's HP reduced to 100 hp and the lenses and windscreen changed, among other things. I am concerned that if he is wrong, after I ship it over, I have a very expensive lawn ornament.
Is the dealer right? Or does he just want my cash...
Thanks for any info and great board! I hope I can add more in the future!
Not sure if this would work for you, or if it's even logistically possible for you, but I think your best bet is to buy the bike from a dealership in France, or Canada (Canadian bikes, from what I've read, are the same as the Euro bikes). Though getting from France would be the best way, of course you would have to pay to have it shipped to the US, then back to Europe. If you buy the bike in the US then you are stuck with a speedo that's in MPH. Not a big deal for most, but it is something to consider. Yes, the bike will cost more in France, but is it worth the hassle to get it from the US and risk not being able to ride it in France as it MAY or may not meet requirements?
You could also just get a different (used) bike for while you are in the US, then sell it when you are getting ready to leave. Again, that may not work for you, just a thought.
As for getting a EU spec bike, ummmm that doesn't sound right. When I was looking to order a K12S from the US as the price discrepancy between Canadian and US pricing was a lot at that time [early 2007] (no longer the case
). I had asked a BMW dealership that was close the Canadian border, can't remember which one, and had asked for a Canadian spec bike to be shipped to the US, that I could then import into Canada on my own. The dealership had no problem preparing the paperwork for this, and the dealership advised me they sold a few bikes to Canadians, BUT.....BUT any bike imported to the U.S. MUST BE BUILT FOR USE IN THE U.S. According to this dealership, getting a bikes spec'd for any other country other then the U.S. is NOT POSSIBLE. Now, this dealership could have been feeding me a line, or maybe its true.