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  1. #1 Importing a Motorcycle into China 
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    Hello mychinamoto community! I was wondering if anyone had any information on importing a motorcycle into China (and if it is even legally possible at all). I'm helping someone to sell a custom chopper from the U.S. in China and need to look up this relevant information. So if anyone has any related experiences for this that they could share, it would be greatly appreciated!
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  2. #2 Re: Importing a Motorcycle into China 
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    Bikerdoc and TB-Racing have both imported bikes and posted about it, if memory serves. Theirs were new stock bikes, not customs, importation of which will difficult or impossible. ChinaV has posted on the process, too.

    Not easy.

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    Great, thanks. Any idea what those posts were called? I did some searches for "import motorcycles" and "import motorcycles into China" as well as tried with those usernames but was unable to pull up anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bucko View Post
    Great, thanks. Any idea what those posts were called? I did some searches for "import motorcycles" and "import motorcycles into China" as well as tried with those usernames but was unable to pull up anything.
    the main search window is close to useless. try using advanced search, which includes a field for their username and another for keywords. for TB and bikerdoc try multistrada as a keyword; for ChinaV use import and v-strom or vstrom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by euphonius View Post
    Bikerdoc and TB-Racing have both imported bikes and posted about it, if memory serves
    G'Day,

    Imported a few brand-new crated bikes (HD / BMW) in the 90's and the last one was a HD Dyna Superglide in May 1998, vehicle import (cars/bikes) was way easier back in the old days.....

    My current import motorcycle was imported through the official importer and dealership (Ducati China in Shanghai) and they provide full-on ride away service including plate and registration.
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    As to my experience, the rules changed, what could be done in 2007 is no longer possible, thus the upswing in Chinese motos that have filled my garage. I think your best bet would be to contact the other guys via PM or go to the big moto shops in Beijing to seek better advice. I don't think anybody is going to give you a black and white answer as to how this is done. In most cases the import of large motorcycles requires guanxi, but TIC, there's always a loophole somewhere.

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    I'm seriously considering a new bike for 2013, and I'm willing to go to around 40,000-45,000 for a good bike.

    I like legal multiple cylinder bikes above 15KW, the list so far....

    -Haojue Suzuki GW250 (the safe choice)
    -CFMoto 600
    -Benelli/QJ 600

    However if I could import something else like a CBF500, CBF600, Bandit 650 etc I would be pretty interested, but the price would need to be right. Legal import from Hong Kong not possible? I'm looking for something good to keep for 10 years + or export if I decide to leave.
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    Hmmm, yeah this is sort of what I was thinking it was going to be like. Like pretty much everything in China, there's probably a way but it's not really clear what it is since everything is always in flux, though Guanxi is always your best route. I think I might go and check out the Jiuxianqiao H-D dealership and talk to them, otherwise go with my original plan which is to assume that the person interested in buying a bike of this type will already have the requisite connections in place to make this happen.

    Thanks for the comments everyone, and I'll be sure to post updates as I get more information. In the meantime, if anyone knows of someone interested in getting a one of a kind chopper originally built for James Caan (of the Godfather and Elf), let me know!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChinaV View Post
    In most cases the import of large motorcycles requires guanxi, but TIC, there's always a loophole somewhere.

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    Plus lots of cash and expensive dinners or even a paid trip back to your homeland for the powers that be.Giving them a LV wallet no longer cuts it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdamo View Post
    Plus lots of cash and expensive dinners or even a paid trip back to your homeland for the powers that be.Giving them a LV wallet no longer cuts it.
    Calculating all expenses for dinners/gifts/cash and time (you could have been working) spend on guanxi, would you still save money compared to buying a legal bike with 100% import tax?
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