I’m going to be arriving in Taipei on June 10th, and I’m looking to buy a motorcycle within the first week or two after my arrival.
I was hoping I could get some help from one or two of you folks in doing that. As much research as I’ve done, it would help a lot to have someone who knows where the decent shops (new and used) are, which bikes are better buys (parts availability, condition, reliability), and maybe with a bit more experience with haggling.
I’ve only been riding for a couple of years, so my mechanical knowledge is limited. My Mandarin isn’t so hot these days, either.
Of course, I’d be more than willing to compensate you for your time. It’s up to you whether that means helping you work on your bike or clean your garage, buying lunch a couple of times, or actually paying you for the time spent. It’d be well worth it to me to know I’ve got a bike that won’t let me down.
If you’re interested at all, please drop me a line via e-mail or pm!
Are you going to have legal residence (an ARC) or just arriving on a tourist visa? Without an ARC, you won’t be able to get a Taiwanese driver’s license, nor can you register your bike in your name. As a tourist, you can still drive on an international driver’s license and rent a vehicle. However, a lot of places won’t rent to foreigners who don’t have an ARC, because of the traffic cameras.
Buying a local motorcyle - there are SYM and Kymco bike shops on practically every street corner. If you’ve got the cash and an ARC, they’ll be happy to sell you a bike (either new or used). Check out these two web sites to see what models are available in Taiwan:
There is also Hartford, but their web site is completely worthless:
I can’t personally help you buy a bike, because I live in the boondocks and I rather doubt you’ll be anywhere near me. Anyway, it’s not so difficult (if you’ve got the requisite ARC).