My roommate told me about this other foreigner he met who was importing 2nd hand big bikes for selling. I met the guy myself this weekend at a club.
The guy tells me how he already has a few bikes being shipped he’s just finishing up on the paper work. He then tells me that he’ll have a 1995 GSXR 600 for sale for ONLY 450,000. And that’s cheap…because a bike like that would cost over 650,000 here. :loco:
Let me clear something up. A NEW 2005 GSXR would run you around 450-480k. I believe that he was serious, and that he had already put some effort into this. But it was amazing that he had done so little market research.
My roommate who was with me as I was talking to the guy. Volunteered the information that I already have a “big bike” (good friends are supposed to brag for you…allowing you to seem humble). I wish he hadn’t told the guy because I knew he would then ask me how much I paid for it. I added about 70k on to the actual price I paid and told him that…and he still seemed shocked that I got it for so cheap. A few sentence later the guy says “No offence intended, but I think anyone that rides a “big bike” here is crazy. It’s a waste.”
Kind of reminds me of when I first moved here. I saw groups of “big bikes” in the mountains. Which unbeknownst to me were all illegal. I asked a foreigner who had been here over 10 years how they were able to ride big bikes when others weren’t. He told me that big bikes were only legal if you were in a “club”, but to join a “club” the membership fees were very high. This was all complete bullshit…and I don’t know if he was making it up on the spot or what. But you’d be amazed at how many times foreigners have told me stuff as if it were fact…only for me to find out on my own that it was complete garbage.