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Old 11-25-2014, 04:29 PM   #1
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Buying an American bike in Guatemala

I came to guatemala to study spanish for a few months and the other day I was making it known that I was jonesing for a bike and I came on an incredible deal. I met a group traveling from Washington state heading south, and because of time constraints one of the group is flying back. This was going to be a one way trip for his 2000 Katana 750 with 80000 that he owned since new, he planned to leave the keys in it on the street when he was done because selling it here is almost impossible due to import red tape. So now now I (a Colorado resident) have the chance to buy it for song and ride it around guate and possibly home. What are the paperwork hassles going to be with me not being able to register in my name in CO without being there in person to get the VIN inspection? Can I get across Central American borders with a bill of sale and his license plates? Would it work best to just write a rental or permission to use contract? What are my options? Thanks for the help -Aaron
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Old 11-26-2014, 04:17 PM   #2
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I have no idea, and although I'm sure someone here does I would suggest that you ask over at Horizons Unlimited. They have a section dedicated to this kind of stuff
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Old 12-29-2014, 09:17 PM   #3
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I know this is a bit late, but if you can register the bike in Colorado, overnight the title to a family member with a copy your ID, get it registered, have them overnight it back to you, problem solved.
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Old 12-30-2014, 01:21 AM   #4
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I have not done this personally but here is something to look for on the ADV site I read. Take the guy to a notary to sign affidavit that heven gives you authority to drive his bike. Copies of everything, registration , insurance, ect. Drive the bike around and back home as if he loaned it to you. With the bill of sale and title back home register it. I think your main concern is crossing borders and being stopped. Jump on the deal and make it happen. Search querying should be using some else's bike in other countries
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Old 01-04-2015, 10:00 PM   #5
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I have not done this personally but here is something to look for on the ADV site I read. Take the guy to a notary to sign affidavit that heven gives you authority to drive his bike. Copies of everything, registration , insurance, ect. Drive the bike around and back home as if he loaned it to you. With the bill of sale and title back home register it. I think your main concern is crossing borders and being stopped. Jump on the deal and make it happen. Search querying should be using some else's bike in other countries
Everything in this post is wrong.

It would be easier and cheaper to ride it two-up to Texas and do the sale there, than to try to do the paperwork in Guatemala.
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