Overseas Motorcycling via Ebay

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World Touring via Ebay
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World Touring via Ebay

Two Up Touring.   Ash here and G'day to you all.    Ebay is a great way to purchase a motorcycle overseas and tour the world.    In 2006 my wife and I purchased a BMW R1200Rs in the USA, toured across the Americas, by storing it locally and doing annual pilgrimages for three years before selling it off.   We became hooked.    We subsequently purchased the bike pictured in this article, Aprilia Caponord ETV1000, from  Wales in 2009 and completed 4 annual trips across the UK, Europe and Scandinavia.   Bonza !!.   

The advantages of purchase over rental for anything longer then a few weeks is massive.    No waiting on expensive shipping and all the paperwork, no big rental bills with nothing to show for it and the freedom to go anywhere and do anything. 

The advantage of Ebay?    Well, internet scamming scares off many people before they know how to trust you.  This problem is magnified tenfold when you are contacting someone on the other side of the world from the island state of Australia - Tasmania - many people even think I am from Africa (Tanzania) or related to Dracula (Transylvania) but most scratch their heads and ponder the sincerity of my requests.   Ebay is the great leveller.   Instantly people can see your profile and realise that you are genuine and an honest snoozer.   That icebreaker normally means a follow up phone call - integrity confirmed and people revert to the good old human nature of being helpful.   In fact, most Ebay sellers then go out of their way to help you on your adventurous quest.  Fantastic, before you know it you are Cobbers !!    The guy I bought the Aprilia off in Wales for instance, even picked us up at the train station, offered bed & breakfast, sorted all the legals and we were on our way in a effortless blink of simplicity.   The best bloke sorted some long term storage for me.  At first it must have sounded like a dream or a con.   Me= "I will buy it off you, ride it for three months, you can store and keep it for the next 9 months, use it as your own again and I will be back to collect it next year"... "Streuth mate fair dinkum?"... but once he knew I was serious we both WON.    He wins = no one ever wants to part with their old favourite, so he gets to ride it again with the cash in the bank to boot.    We win = cause I have nice safe free storage and a bike ready to go on my return, no one looks after a bike better then the previous owner who wants to keep it good for you.   The added bonus here is keeping the Registration Authorities happy and it quite often helps nail down a good insurance price.    Insurance can be tricky.   Progressive Insurance in America were absolutely fantastic - fully understanding and overwhelmingly helpful and affordable.  The yanks are the best.   Even crossing the border into Canada, an Aussie on a Yanky bike with a cardboard number plate whilst awaiting the new one in the post - and they didn't even blink.    The  UK are a mixed bag.  Their on-line insurance is a lot more automated to having a local licence and address .. .but if you go direct to a reasonable dealer or a broker and it can be done.  I bought privately and hooked it up ok but  If you buy from a reputable dealer in the UK they can work their magic and are connected to companies who will do it.   The best sellers may offer to take out the Insurance in their name and use their address listing you as the second owner and rider - thereby endorsing you for that country.   Either way - good communication and ensuring that successful Insurance is part of the deal before you hand over your hard earned coinage is a safe way to go.    I am writing this short story as right now I am on Ebay buying a BMW.    We are off again on the 1st of August 2016 for three months.     Two Up Touring ? - well Two Up is an Iconic Australian game and we are on an epic and iconic adventure.    Might blog it one day but for now too busy just doing it.   "Do it before you can't" is our motto.

Ebay opens the way to the world.   Ash
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