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Old 07-07-2014, 05:39 PM   #16
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Folks who live here and want good gear generally have to order it from the States, and pay shipping and customs duty! Bring what you can with you! Chinese helmets are available, the better ones are in the 100-150 bracket.

P.S. I bought a new Yamaha XT250 for $4100 OTD in Panama.
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:12 PM   #17
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i live in Santa Teresa

which is near the southern tip onf the Nicoya Peninsula. I do not remember needing a lawyer for the purchase....just the cash and my passport.
I looked online at several used Tornados but felt it was better buying new. Also with a new purchase, you are only required to get the RTV (inspection certification) every 2 years instead of annually.
The Honda dealership where I made the purchase was in a nearby town called COBANO, I think they also have a sister dealership in San Jose.
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Old 07-08-2014, 08:44 AM   #18
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good info, I'll bring all my gear and buy the wife a helmet there unless we have extra space. I like the RTV every 2 years! I've heard of Cobano, on Nicoya peninsula as well I think, I'll google it. San Jose would work. Did they speak English in the dealership? Working on Spanish but I'm not ready for that!
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Old 07-18-2014, 02:01 PM   #19
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Old 07-25-2014, 09:14 AM   #20
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that's not happening Pedro, sorry
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Old 07-25-2014, 06:11 PM   #21
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that's not happening Pedro, sorry
Okay. Well PM when you get settled down there.
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Old 07-28-2014, 08:18 AM   #22
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My wife and I just returned from a two week stay on the Osa Penninsula. We weren't on bikes (had a little Daihatsu Terios rental) but Tornados were a very common mode of transport and looked very capable.

There's a lot to see, and roads on the Osa were rough, but definitely bike-doable. My understanding is that October is the rainiest month in that region, and rivers can run high, so be careful in water crossings.

You should have a blast!
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Old 07-28-2014, 10:11 AM   #23
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Thanks DeFens, we'll be close to the Osa. The Tornado should be just the ticket for those shitty roads!
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Old 07-28-2014, 01:10 PM   #24
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New, and not-so-old bikes must have RTV (inspection) done every 2 years, then each year.

When you buy any vehicle for public roads you must do the documentation, register to your own name and so, traffic laws here in CR now make the person wich appears in the vehicle´s documentation responsible for every damage or accidents the vehicle could be involved in.

And we welcome anyone from any coutry to come to CR!

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Old 07-29-2014, 08:19 AM   #25
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Thank you Alejandro, we will respect beautiful Costa Rica and it's people.
Do you have an idea of the cost of marchamo for my Tornado?
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:58 AM   #26
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Marchamo is dependent on value, I pay about 80k C
Here is a useful link; http://shippingcostarica.net/links-resources/

Good surf on the Osa, sometimes....good trails too.


Alejandro, you were going to ride with me last time, que pasado mae?

CR, mi vecino, I hope to make it down in Nov but it might not be 'til Feb, this day job is still in the way
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Old 07-31-2014, 04:23 PM   #27
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I can handle those rates. Nice ride 'cept for getting stuck in the mud.
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Old 08-05-2014, 08:28 AM   #28
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Marchamo is dependent on value, I pay about 80k C
Here is a useful link; http://shippingcostarica.net/links-resources/

Good surf on the Osa, sometime.....


Alejandro, you were going to ride with me last time, que pasado mae?

CR, mi vecino, I hope to make it down in Nov but it might not be 'til Feb, this day job is still in the way

Well I dont know "que ha pasado"!! hahaha

I ride every day from my house to work anda back... and anywhere I want on weekends!

You tell me! Ill PM you with my phone number
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Old 08-08-2014, 08:41 PM   #29
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Thank you Alejandro, we will respect beautiful Costa Rica and it's people.
Do you have an idea of the cost of marchamo for my Tornado?
For 2014, I paid marchamo around $140 U.S. for a 2013 Honda CGL125.
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Old 08-13-2014, 04:00 PM   #30
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For 2014, I paid marchamo around $140 U.S. for a 2013 Honda CGL125.
Its probably about $180!

My Gs1200 pays around $200.

All bikes pay similar here in CR
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