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Old 08-05-2013, 10:13 AM   #1
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Buy or Rent in Europe?

This is a loooooooonnnnnng way out, but I am taking my wife to Europe for a month for our tenth anniversary. I was wondering, would it be better to buy a bike over there to motorcycle through Europe or rent. We are starting in England for the first week and a half, then going to the continent through France, Germany, Holland, and Switzerland and back to england for the remaining week. Thoughts of transport? Never been to Europe.
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Old 08-05-2013, 12:25 PM   #2
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I would say buy

Check out this - http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=868979

I am doing it next year...
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Old 08-05-2013, 12:39 PM   #3
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Buy if you are staying for several weeks , but for 2/3 weeks rent a bike that you know will be prepared for you and will be replaced if anything goes wrong, after all peace of mind is what its all about. How much of your precious time will be spent buying,preparing for the trip and sorting paperwork, when you could fly in and ride off on the same day.
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I heard from a friend of a friend that you cannot take some rentals through some countries? Any truth to that? I am now reading through RRVT's thread
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Old 08-05-2013, 01:43 PM   #5
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I heard from a friend of a friend that you cannot take some rentals through some countries? Any truth to that? I am now reading through RRVT's thread
I think it depends on the rental companies, rather than any prohibition in the countries, assuming we are talking western Europe/EU.
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Check out this - http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=868979

I am doing it next year...

I think I'm going to use him when we do go in 2020. Great tip man, thank you
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Renting for a month will be VERY expensive.

Shipping your bike over for a single ride is also very expensive.

Buying a bike THAT YOU CAN GET REGISTERED OVER THERE (emphasis mine) and selling it when you leave can be quite reasonable, but you DO have your capital tied up in the bike between the purchase and selling.

Wheatwhacker (links above) pretty much acts as your agent in both sides of this deal.

Another possible source would be Stefan Knopf, who occasionally lists bikes that his storage customers are selling (Stefan takes no active part in the process). In Stefan's case, you'd register the bike in the US and bring your plates with you.
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:47 PM   #8
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I think I'm going to use him when we do go in 2020. Great tip man, thank you
And you might want to check back in ~5 years.
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Yep, sent him a pm giving him a 7 year heads up!
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:36 AM   #10
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Yep, sent him a pm giving him a 7 year heads up!
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This is a loooooooonnnnnng way out, but I am taking my wife to Europe for a month for our tenth anniversary. I was wondering, would it be better to buy a bike over there to motorcycle through Europe or rent. We are starting in England for the first week and a half, then going to the continent through France, Germany, Holland, and Switzerland and back to england for the remaining week. Thoughts of transport? Never been to Europe.

Have run the options in the past:
Buy bikes in the US (through a friend, and sell after 2 years/ 2 long rides.
Shipped own bikes for a 6-week ride.
Rented around the globe short and longterm ( 5 days to 6 weeks in different countries/ continents))


4 weeks?
Rent, don't buy, don't byo.
Fly to the location you want to start/ finish from, no hassle, no waiting times, no transfers, ferries, commuting, autoroute fees, wasted days to get to the Alps, accomodation enroute etc etc or whatever else costs time and $$....just ENJOY!
A 4-week rental rate works out quite neatly compared to other options if you actually want to ride the "good stuff" and maximize your time!!
Long term hire and the rates drop, talk a deal, get luggage and extra insurance / drop of excess etc for zilch.


6 weeks + ? Different thing, for sure.

We're hiring for 3 weeks from/ to Zurich/ Switzerland with EVERYTHING possible included and won't waste an hour commuting to/ from the the good stuff, will be riding the twisties within 20 minutes.

4 week car hire option:
http://www.renaulteurodrive.com.au/

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I heard from a friend of a friend that you cannot take some rentals through some countries? Any truth to that? I am now reading through RRVT's thread
Depends on the country you're renting in and the countries you want to visit.
Lots of insurers have issues with southern and eastern EU countries.
Usually it's a small extra charge to cover the extra risk.
Again, it's all part of our 3-week long term hire deal we stitched with the Swiss rental company.
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I think it depends on the rental companies, rather than any prohibition in the countries, assuming we are talking western Europe/EU.
That's more of an insurance issue rather than the rental agency. Unless you're heading well into eastern Europe (or western Asia), this shouldn't be a problem.
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Old 08-09-2013, 10:10 PM   #14
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Nah, we are probably not going past Germany, MAYBE the Czech Republic.
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Nah, we are probably not going past Germany, MAYBE the Czech Republic.
Sample "Green Card" below:

Just be sure that the countries you want to visit aren't "X"ed out.

From the "Horizons Unlimited" site (redacted):



As you can see, most western European countries are permitted, and the form has your name, bike license plate number and VIN ("Telaio" is Italian for "Frame")

Oddly enough, Andorra seems to be excluded

If it's not on your Green Card, you can usually but it at the border.
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