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Hi, Corrado.

I faced the same question with my '99 LT when our 4-year stay in Wales was coming to an end.

Basically, you can do it either way, but the easiest and cheapest solution would be to sell your bike and buy another one over here. I figured out that after selling my '99 in the UK and buying a new '02 LT in the US with all the current discounts and promotions, it came out just about even. Except that I ended up with a 3-year newer bike that was already legalized for the US.

There are places that can ship your bike over (we had a K100LT shipped from the US to the UK), and you know your own bike well. But the customs importation process was difficult and expensive, and you're really only allowed a temporary 6-month permit so they would frown on a stay of several years.

Another advantage to selling yours there and then buying here is that you could pick up a GTL, or just find a lightly used LT and save even more cash. For that, you just need to do some test rides, which you can do easily enough over there before you move. That alone may seal the deal, if you decide that you really like the GTL.
 

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The only time I've been without a bike in the last 30 years is when we moved back to the States from the UK.

We were too busy getting moved, looking at houses, buying furniture, and generally getting settled to worry about bikes. After three months I said screw it, walked into dealer, handed them my driver's license and a credit card, and rode out.

I won't ever let it go that long again . . .
 
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