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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-30-2012, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
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Help an old member out.....UK bike question

You guys probably don't remember me, so I'll give brief summary

Bought an FZR
Sold FZR, Bought R6
Crashed R6, bought 996
Crashed 996, bought Ducati Monster 900
Sold Monster, bought Ducati 748


I live in the States, in Wisconsin. I've been riding for years now, and no, those crashes weren't my fault. Wear your gear, btw... the last crash was a head on impact with an elderly driver at freeway speeds, we were both doing at least 80 and I spent 7 months recovering from those injuries.

I'm now transferring to London for school, and probably the UK permanently. I'm desperately in love with my bike, and I'll be probably selling it here and picking one up over there.

Here's the problem, and the question. It's a multiparter

1: Whats with the bike prices i see? My '01 748 runs around 4,000 USD over here, and I'm seeing something like 3,500 pounds for the same cost over there, which would be about 5,600 dollars. If I went for something newer, or a dream bike ( 998, the last line of the 916 frame bikes, and Ducati's best bike ever ) I'm spending the equivalent of 13,000 US dollars for a bike I can get here in the states for 7,000.... nearly a twofold increase in price.

Sooooo, am I just not seeing the true prices? Or are the Ducati's, or bikes in general, just insanely more expensive in the UK?

2: Anyone know a method of shipping bikes over to the UK from the USA? Because if it is cheap enough, I'd just ship my girl over here, or buy that Sport Classic 1000 I want that my shop has up for about 5,500 USD, since they're about 10k over in the UK.

That's about it. Just trying to figure out if I'm seeing proper prices here. I've been looking on MCN and biketrader uk mostly, and googling a bit.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-25-2012, 09:44 AM
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thanks for share the information, i have not been London, & have no idea about it
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You would think that bikes would be cheaper in the UK . . .

If not ~ maybe try Greece or Spain ?

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Importing a bike from the US is gonna hit you with customs fee's and they'll most likely take the UK value of the bike and tax you on that. You could purchase a bike at a deal in the US and have someone gift send it to you with their info but average rates I think are like 500-800$ for freight.
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