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Old 08-07-2014, 10:17 PM   #1
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Buying bikes in Europe and touring please help!

Hello. So this just came up and now I'm scrambling. I'm headed to Europe for three months with a home base in Spain. My plan is to try and buy a bike in Germany because I have family there and they could help me do it. Once I have the bike I need to figure out registration and insurance. Ride to to Spain hang out for a while then go ride around and see the sights. This is all going down January to march. Any ideas on buying bikes in Europe registering them and insuring them? Is that an easy task as an American. I Also have two friends who are thinking of coming to ride from Spain
To maybe Italy. I need to find them two cheap bikes that are up for the task is Spain. What is the deal with buying registering and insuring bikes in Spain. What are options for selling bikes registered in Spain in Italy when their ride is over? Thanks for the help. Dustin
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Old 08-08-2014, 06:10 AM   #2
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Typically, in order to register, and then insure, a bike in Europe you need a residential address in Europe. In most EU countries, including Germany as far as I know, it's the bike that's insured, not the rider, so, providing your family are willing to register it in their name, at their address, then that should be that.

FWIW the UK insures the rider which complicates things a tad. Not sure about Spain.

The good news is that Germany is one of Europe's biggest bike market so prices are good.

As for selling them, if you sell them in a different country from which they're registered, you're gonna lose a fair chunk of money as the buyer will need to re-register them to their country and that can be expensive. Might mean you end up selling 'em for parts. You'll lose less if you take the bike back to Germany.
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Old 08-09-2014, 02:31 PM   #3
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We have 2 bikes for sale right now that are located in Bulgaria with Irish plates.
I can put your name on the title from here and you just fly there and pick it up, fully insured and titled in your name.
European bike sales and storage.
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Old 08-10-2014, 08:21 AM   #4
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I think I'm gonna deal with a bike in Germany with my family. The problem I'm having is that two of my good friends want to come for like a month and ride from Spain where I'm staying to Italy. It would be so much fun. The thing is what to do about bikes. I was thinking when I'm in Spain try to hunt down two of the cheapest bikes i can find that I think would be capipable of making the trip. I'm talking 500 dollar rat bikes. Then what do to about insurance and registration for them. Lastly when they get to Italy what to do with the bikes then. Is selling an option or are they going to have to take them to the scrap yard. Please give me some ideas how this plan could work. I'm going but I want to figure out how to get my boys with me.
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Old 08-10-2014, 08:25 AM   #5
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How much are the bikes in Bulgaria?
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:12 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by Dusredel View Post
Is selling an option or are they going to have to take them to the scrap yard..
sorry, selling is not an option here in Italy, there is a lot of paperwork involved in importing a bike even from another EU country, most people wouldn't touch a foreign bike. if it's an appealing enough bike then selling , or giving it away for spare parts is your best bet.

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