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Phuket to Kuala Lumpur on motorcycle
11th December, 2009
I am considering purchasing a motorcycle to ride from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur, along the coast. Can anyone give me a rough idea of how much a used 150cc (2stroke?) motorcycle costs in Phuket? Are there any issues with my motorcycle licence only being a provisional licence from Australia? Also, does anyone know if I'll come across any issues bringing the bike across the border into Malaysia?
#1 Posted: 11/12/2009 - 14:56
why a 2 stroke, may I ask? Its a dying breed here, smoky, irratating sound and consume more gasoline. Though a bit more powerful.
A 4-stroke is a better option, less prone to piston seizures on a lengthy higher speed cruise, takes in less petrol and have better torque going uphills.
Anyway if 2 stroke you wanted, then there are 2 models,at 1000bh you probably get one, the honda nsr150 and kawasaki ninja, but they are mostly 10years of age. No more new ones on the shelf.
If you opened your options to 4 strokes, then there are plenty of models to chose, also newer used ones. The honda CBR150 is a twin cam, 4 valves and watercooled sportsbike, ideal for cruising at high speed along the motorways of Malysia. The naked boney suzuki Raider 150 has twin cam too, an oil cooled but a mean machine. Both, you may get at 3,000bh for a 3 year old. Then there are honda phantoms.,, an easy ride, I think they are 200cc.
No issues to get these bikes into Malaysia. Probably you will need a temporary import permit at Malaysian border and bike insurance coverage for the period of tme you will be in Malaysia. The temporary permit is free and you are the gurantor (self-gurantee) and you need to return the form once you get back into thailand with the bike. Insurance is cheap too, app 300 bh for a month.
As for your australian valid licence, they are good in Malaysia, as commonwelth country.
#2 Posted: 16/1/2010 - 20:33
15th January, 2010
I currently have a 125cc 2stroke for sale in phuket. i rode it here from vietnam. i made it through two land border crossings. ie into laos from vietnam and then into thailand. its easy and costs very little. around $10 and there was no need for bribes or anything.
the 2stroke is a great bike and this 125 carried myself a pillion passenger and about 35kg of luggage. it was fine and with less on would simply use less fuel.
not sure of your itenary but if you in phuket now email me and id be glad to share a few border crossing stories and potentially sell you the bike.
+61 408 466 292
#3 Posted: 16/1/2010 - 23:59
11th December, 2009
I currently ride a NSR150 in Australia, and I don't mind the smell or the noise! 1000 baht is very cheap for a NSR150! I paid the equivalent of 84,000 baht to buy one in Sydney.
Thanks for the info AA. Do you know if there are any problems if I do not bring the bike back to Thailand? Once I get to KL, I'm planning to either sell it, donate it to charity or if I get a NSR, pull it to pieces and send it back home.
#4 Posted: 17/1/2010 - 03:29
OMG, blunder me. I made a big mistake there, and thank you Mux for making me see the bahts wrongly stated. Actually the 10 year old nsr should be around 10,000 bh. But the price may come up to 20,000 if its in good condition.
And the average 3 year old 4 strokes should be around 30,000 to 40,000 bh.
The temporary import permit is issued by the custom division at the border. You need all a tittle deed under your name to acquire this, and also the malaysian insurance (on sale at booth near the border)
You may slip back into thailand, without returning the copy of the TIP and be on your way. But the problem is that the next time you come into Malaysia a flag will stand out as it now computerised. You may need alot of explanantion to do, and probably be fined and also the import tax imposed on the bike.
#5 Posted: 17/1/2010 - 10:48
Add a bit of thai bikes. Not all thai bikes has proper papers. Some dont have the green book, they dont have number plates, only tittle deeds I think. Without green book, the bike cannot be registered for insurance coverage.
Maybe others can explain these in a a clearer manner? Thank you
#6 Posted: 17/1/2010 - 11:14
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