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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Aug 17th, 2006, 10:18 am Thread Starter
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European delivery-purchase?

I am , interested in purchasing a new BMW in Germany and riding it in europe for awhile and then being able to bring it back to the states! I know the BMW website says they have no other markets that have "US" spec bikes!!
Anyway, just looking for some advice from people who have done this, I know I could probably buy a used bike and re-sell it for a loss!
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Aug 17th, 2006, 1:33 pm
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i've known people who were in the military and purchased cars/bikes overseas and then had them shipped to the US. It's possible but I don't know what hoops you have to go through to get it done.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Aug 17th, 2006, 5:45 pm
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seems like that program was killed!


The BMW corporate-administered program offering European delivery of new USA or CDN-specification BMW motorcycles to civilian customers ended in 1993; its continuation by BMW dealer BMWNY ended in 1998. US citizens are also not allowed to order US-spec BMW motorcycles directly from European BMW dealers for European delivery. The only exception is that US armed forces personnel in Europe may be able to purchase US-spec BMWs for European delivery by special order through the BMW subsidiary of the country where they're stationed, or through specialty agents in Europe such as


Motorcycles are originally manufactured to safety & emissions specifications that differ between Europe, USA, Canada, and other world markets. BMWs built for original sale in Europe can be legally imported into, & re-titled/registered in the USA, but only if first 'conformed', that is changed to meet US DOT & EPA requirements. To conform a Euro-spec BMW to US-spec is complicated, expensive & time-consuming enough that (together with transatlantic shipping cost) it is not cost-effective or recommended under most circumstances. NOTE: these rules apply only to Euro-spec bikes imported to the US with the purpose of 'permanent' re-registration in the US; personally-owned bikes brought to the US by non-resident Europeans for 'temporary' touring up to 12 months are NOT subject to these rules.

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