I´m Uwe from Germany and, after long time reading only, I registered new to advrider. Since 8 years I´m riding Motorbikes, in summer vacations I took several trips around Europe.
I´m 45 years old and work as a teacher here in Germany. I have a year free from my job starting July 2014. I intend to come to the western USA to trip around for 3 or 4 month. Therefore I would like to have a Motorbike or even only a small scooter. The problem is, I´m german, I have no address and no bank-account in the US. I don´t know if I can register a Motorbike under these circumstances, I guess it´s not.
My idea is, to find a partner living in the western USA who has the same ideas of tripping in Europe, and to help each other. This should be much less expensive than bringing an own bike over the ocean or renting a bike officially (eaglerider or so).
The arrangement should be: the host helps the guest with searching and buying a Motorbike, registers it one his name/address and pays insurance and taxes/ fees from his bank-account.
The guest gives the host all the money for the costs he has, cash or however. He than can use the Bike as long as he needs it, and at the end the host helps with selling the bike, maybe even if the guest is back home again.
To give you some ideas what is possible here in Germany: I live in central of Germany, it is 550km to Baltic see or the same distance to the alps. A trip by train from Germany biggest international airport in Fankfurt to my home takes 3-4 hours. Couch surfing stay in my apartment is possible for a while. I know the most Motorbike dealers around my home. I have time to drive there with you or before your arrive. There are also dealers who store a bike for some month for a small fee if you want to come back once.
Best weather for trips you will find from April to November, but you can get to south Europe with a bike on a train the rest of the year.
Insurances covers all European countries, normally also Morocco and Tunisia in north Africa.
If you want to see what pre-owned or new Motorbikes are offered, go to www.mobile.de
, click on the Motorbike-icon, type in my postal code (PLZ = 32839) an choose a bike by brand or type. Other costs: for example a 600cc Motorbike with 50-70 HP: insurance is about 10€/month, Tax 50€/year (get back the rest after leaving earlier), registration and number plate once 50€. For double cc and HP (up to 98HP) double the prices for insurance and tax. So this is less than renting a Motorbike for 1 or 2 days.
Hope to find a partner and friend this way. Please contact me.