I just moved from NYC 5 months ago and imported my 2007 G650X Challenge (BMW)...reason being is that I trust the bike, have gotten used to it, and have put so much money into it (basically the only thing OEM is the engine!) that selling it and getting a 450-530-690 range bike here (i.e. similar) wouldn't have made sense. Since shipping was covered by the company (house stuff), I threw in the bike and the only cost was ±250$ extra...
Another thought to consider is that the terrain here is VASTLY different from East Coast riding...so maybe getting a used 450 here (saw at the dealership a 2009 with low hours for 22,000AED) and using that for some time, then selling it will result in only a marginal loss, not a significant one if buying new and then selling, or shipping round trip rather than 1 way as I have done...
Adventurer transitioning from 4x4 to 2x1
'07 G650Xch - Under Mod-struction