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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 16th, 2009, 3:44 pm Thread Starter
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Ship it to Singapore or long term storage?

Hello folks, need a little help here. I just found out I'm moving to Singapore in October. I have a 2002 K1200RS with less than 7K miles on it. I'm the second owner, and know the previous owner well. The bike was dealer maintained, but barely ridden. I love the bike, but I have to decide whether to ship the bike to Singapore or store it here--I really don't want to sell it. I'll be over there for at least 3 years, perhaps as long as 7. Any advice from people who have ridden in Singapore would be appreciated, as well as advice on long term storage of the bike. Thanks, MS-K1200RS
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 16th, 2009, 5:46 pm
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In storage for 3-7 years? Sell it. I'm not sure you will find a BMW certified mechanic in Singapore, but who knows? By the time you get back, you can buy a 2013 or 2017 bike.

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 16th, 2009, 6:12 pm
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i can take care of it for you and I will exercise it too, just leave me money for gas.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 16th, 2009, 8:53 pm
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Either ship it or sell it. Storing it for 3 plus years isn't a great thing for the bike, all the fluids will need changing and rubber starts to decay from non use.. I'm sure there are places to ride there if not sell it there.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 21st, 2009, 5:01 pm
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No worries, mate- I'll come pick it up, store it and ride it for you- you come back and get her back. 7 years, she have about 16K added to the clock.
hey- I have to ride mine too!

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 21st, 2009, 8:02 pm
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I lived in Asia for 12 years, and spent a lot of time in Singapore....

Two words.....import duties.

Sell the one there...the cost of the shipping, inpsections and import duties on your bike will make this more expensive then it needs to be.

A new K13GT costs about US$31k there....go figure.

Besides...Singapore is probably the most ANAL country on the prepared.

I did enjoy my visits there though.

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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 21st, 2009, 8:15 pm
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Forgot a couple of things....

You'll need to purchase a COE...thats a certificate of entitlement....for private cars they are very expensive. Bikes are not that bad, but duties and taxes are going to sting.

Pm me if you like...

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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 22nd, 2009, 2:59 am
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+1 to tvtommy - Sell it. SIN is not the place to do the whole import thing, and then the running costs from the Gov't. Our company has an office there with about 25 people. We used to have a number of cars for the senior employees, and we have canned that. It is cheaper to give an allowance for taxi, bus bike whatever, but having your own transport is waaay to expensive. Don't forget you have the whole ETC thing there as well.

I know the feeling when you have a goodin', and you don't want to get rid of it. Why not make a deal with the previous owner? Since he put so little km on it while it was in his ownership, perhaps he can sort of be a 'caretaker'?

However, I do not agree it is the most ANAL place on earth...that would be Japan...with SIN a very close second.

Oh yes, be prepared to get bored quite quickly. If you like to party each weekend, and during the week, then you will be happy (and broke). If you like to chill out and see will find yourself flying out to Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines etc, because after a while there is FA to do. And when you are there, be prepared to have all your emails read by some dude in the gov't...they ARE that anal...

I hope this helps

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 29th, 2009, 9:35 pm
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Sell it now while it's still worth a few bucks. By the time you return, these bikes will have depreciated to next to nothing. You can easily replace it down the road.

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