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I'm trying to find a dealer with a new LT, preferably in Europe although US dealers also. There seems to be a shortage in the UK. Please PM with details if you know of any.

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post #2 of 14 Old Aug 4th, 2008, 7:27 pm
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BMW Louisville has them on the floor.

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Sills in Cleve. has em on the floor.


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post #4 of 14 Old Aug 5th, 2008, 7:17 am Thread Starter
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Thanks for those. Any more?
Does anyone know any good shippers (air freight)?


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There was a black 2008 or a 2009 (not sure which year) at Gengras BMW, Hartford, CT a couple days ago.

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Thanks I'll check that out. Louisville BMW wouldn't sell for export


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Thanks I'll check that out. Louisville BMW wouldn't sell for export
It would not surprise me at all if US BMW dealers have a stipulation in their franchise that does not allow them to export.

I exported an absolutely cherry 74 Honda CB 350 Four to a chap in the UK a couple of years ago. He won it on my Ebay auction.

He got absolutely SLAMMED with shipping charges and especially duty - and this was on a 32 year old bike! It was ugly, although he wanted that bike sooo bad... and was willing to pay for it. With the current dollar pound (1:2) relationship it must look really cheap to see a new LT quoted in US dollars!

I think the only way you might pull this off is to have someone in the US buy it on your behalf, then sell it to you "used". I would shop around for shipping, the rates vary dramatically. Maybe if you flew here, picked up the bike and then took a cruise ship back you could take it with you as freight - and ride it around on the deck to entertain the old folks!


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post #8 of 14 Old Aug 5th, 2008, 11:40 am Thread Starter
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Yeah thanks Ron, I was looking at flying out anyway, maybe buy a "demonstrator".
The only I've found sop far for shipping was $1400 air freight. Then I have to add that cost to the cost of the bike. To that add 9% import duty, to that add 17.5% VAT. Then I have to register it 125 I think.
But it still works out cheaper than a UK bike, despite having started life this side of the pond.

I've had a few offers and I'm trying to decide between them.


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The sad thing is that you may not get registration plates on it and if you do then you will have to rebuild it to EU specs and that might be quite expencive.

There is a new law in effect thru the EU system, dated 17 june 2003 (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/...03L0077:EN:NOT) where any bike imported from an non EU member country you must have all kind of tests done at a certified research facility. Even a confirmation from BMW will not do.
And after that time the US specs changed to the individual States (USA) requirements.

The tests and paperworks etc will run you maybe up to 3000 sterling + all the hazzle...so why bother?

Before you buy any MC from the US I would ask your custom and MOT if there is any restrictions and I would get it in writing.

You may also have a look at this site

http://www.mcia.co.uk/content/

http://www.vca.gov.uk/other/faqs-vehicle-importi.asp

For motorcycles being imported from outside of the EC, the Single Vehicle Approval Scheme is run by the Vehicle & Operator Services Agency (VOSA). More information about the scheme can be found on the DirectGov website: http://www.direct.gov.uk/Motoring/ (links to another site)

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Thanks. I'd rather not go through too much red tape. I just picked up a message from my dealer in the UK saying he can order a bike, but I'll have to wait nearly two months. I'll phone HMCE later in the week and try to find out the facts. We've got a VOSA station a few hundred yards away as well.


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Try Miller BMW in Tallahassee Florida, 850-504-2390, ask for Dusty........

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You may want to check Canadian dealers. As far as I know teh BMW's that we get here in Canada are the same as the European ones. May be easier to get it imported into the UK as well being we are still a member of the commonwealth.



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BMWOR has '09s on the floor too. Portland is both a high volume sea and air POE.

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post #14 of 14 Old Aug 7th, 2008, 10:01 am Thread Starter
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Thanks Guys. I've got a few leads now. I've just got to make the decision.


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