I really don’t see myself as a scooter kind of guy…
I like 4 strokes and nothing smaller than a 250 if possible…
Any info regarding registration, insurance, etc would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, all
Hi and welcome.
You’ll need quite a lot of money if you want to ride anything above a 150 here. Bigger bikes than that were only legalised last year so the only ones sold are basically new, and are taxed quite heavily.
You should bring your riders’ licence and an International Driver’s Permit (IDP) with your bike qualifications on it anyway, but even so I’m not certain that you’ll be able to use it for anything above a 250. For more info, check this thread out, and the threads which it links to:
Most of us think we are not scooter kinds of guys when we come here. A surprising number of us go native and get scooters. They are just so practical for the crowded cities here. By the way, do you think you practise pretty good defensive riding skills? Be prepared to learn them all over again here! A friend of mine who rode for many, many years in the States has been knocked off his bike 3 times in the last year.
Unless you buy a new bike, insurance is third-party only. To have the bike registered in your name, you need an ARC (Alien Resident Certificate) which you get through work or being a full-time student.
One great thing about biking here is the low cost of maintenance - at least for small bikes. Often, mechanics only charge for parts and not labour.
For a second-hand small bike and the cost of getting some decent tyres and aftermarket parts, you’re looking at 40-60,000NT. A lot of people here would recommend you get a 2-stroke such as a Yamaha RZR or RXZ (not made anymore and the ones I see are usually in pretty bad condition, although I think all parts are sitll available), or a Honda NSR (pricier secondhand, uncomfortable race-style saddle and seating position, but still made AFAIK and the fastest small bike around). I too like the idea of four-strokes, but sometimes I get a bit frustrated with my heavy, none-too-fast Yamaha FZ150. Still, you CAN tour on just about any bike, even a scooter. I see young people up in the mountains, 2-up on scooters, every weekend.
I haven’t heard of any second-hand 250s around yet; for a new one (Kymco Venox) you’d be looking at 180,000NT, but I’ve heard rumours of some reliability issues with those bikes at the moment. For something a bit more upscale such as a Honda Hornet 250 you’re looking at around 300,000NT. Plus you’d have to find somewhere safe to park it.
For bigger bikes, the sky’s the limit and you’d probably also have to take a 5-day ‘heavy bike’ course and test.
Sorry if this dampens your hopes. You can have a lot of fun and see some great places whatever you ride here. Just make sure to bring your protective apparel and helmet.