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TOPIC: Buying bikes in the US

Buying bikes in the US 12 Oct 2019 01:30 #1

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Which US state is it best to buy Yamaha trail bikes ?
Where's the worst (due to the bikes condition) ?
How do you get to know about swamp meets?
What other organised events can you buy trail bikes and parts from in the US?

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Buying bikes in the US 12 Oct 2019 04:54 #2

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From my experience you can expect more than normal rust with bikes that come from the east coast area. Especially with bikes from the southeast coast.
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Buying bikes in the US 12 Oct 2019 05:39 #3

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shyted wrote: Which US state is it best to buy Yamaha trail bikes ?
Where's the worst (due to the bikes condition) ?
How do you get to know about swamp meets?
What other organised events can you buy trail bikes and parts from in the US?


Swamp meets Dave, or swap meets perhaps?! I do love a good typo!

Are you thinking about going over and bringing a container load back?

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Buying bikes in the US 12 Oct 2019 08:43 #4

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California is great for low rust but prices go up as one goes from North to South in the state. Nevada tends to have some deals. Overall it seems the west coast is higher priced, yet the typical lack of rust is a big deal.
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Buying bikes in the US 12 Oct 2019 11:02 #5

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Gr8uncleal wrote:

shyted wrote: Which US state is it best to buy Yamaha trail bikes ?
Where's the worst (due to the bikes condition) ?
How do you get to know about swamp meets?
What other organised events can you buy trail bikes and parts from in the US?


Swamp meets Dave, or swap meets perhaps?! I do love a good typo!
Are you thinking about going over and bringing a container load back?


No it wasn't a typo i thought that's what they were called.
Yes i.m thinking of going to a state with a U haul trailer for two weeks and buying several,some for stripping and selling,others just for sale and a couple for David. Err, err did i say that ?
Spoke with the long haired chief of staff about it several times and she's all for it as long as i don't get the " well err i like that one and that one" hang up as i have bikes and no space at the moment.
She's a lot better since i got the two out of the front bedroom up stairs and i've only got a 175 crank and barrel in the house now so she don't nag me.
I wanted to buy several bikes off one of the site members back end of last year ,start of this one . Because of his location,port and internal shipping,it made it a no go unfortunately.
Shipping ain't that bad as long as you get your ducks in a row.
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Buying bikes in the US 12 Oct 2019 11:47 #6

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Is that what 'The Donald' was referring to when he said he wanted to "clear the swamp!!":lol: :lol: :lol:

Nothing wrong with bikes in the house Dave. Many moons ago I built a Honda 400/4 in our lounge for Gr8auntiepat. I did have a panic attack when I thought that it might not fit through the front door once it was finished :Ugh ,but it was all ok in the end.Yay2

Once you've finished your research, let me know how your prices are likely to stack up - it would be interesting to know.

Whilst your over there, it might be worth contacting DEET to see if you can make a bulk purchase of his grey wire sleeving.

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Buying bikes in the US 12 Oct 2019 12:07 #7

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You have a doc fee,your NOVA Fees ( all bikes must have a title) unless they are off road bikes, and your container. It's the same price to move 20 as 10. Bikes that are broken and title less don't attract VAT as they can't be sold as bikes for the road as you can't register them
You pay 5% VAT on all bikes over 30 years old .
It makes sense to buy 20 if you can stretch to it as the container price dictates it
So twenty bikes is what i would aim for but not all on the road and with the title.
I just have to find out what you have to have legally to export as you would need proof of purchase.
DEETs going to be getting an order from me quite soon for more.
I have quite a bit left but it's handy to have.
Will be getting in touch with Motodad 24 soon too
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Buying bikes in the US 12 Oct 2019 14:53 #8

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I'm in Northern Virginia near Washington DC. I have some I'm interested in selling plus some parts. I'm reducing the collection to buy the new Triumph 1200 Scrambler (do I need to ask the forum for permission to do this?).

1971 CT1C 175, original, unrestored, excellent condition.
1973 LT3 100, original, unrestored, excellent condition.
1973 DT3 250, mostly original, needs to be finished, have all the parts for it.
1971 DT1 250, original, unrestored, excellent condition.
1973 RT3 360, restored, regular rider, very good condition.
Many NOS and early take off parts in excellent condition.

All have clear Virginia titles in my name.

Send me a pm for further details.
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Buying bikes in the US 12 Oct 2019 19:23 #9

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Georgia seems to be rough condition and overpriced.
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Buying bikes in the US 13 Oct 2019 01:09 #10

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Yes thanks for that.

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