Welcome to our website, the first thing I want to say is get a tourist VISA, 30 days, 60 days or 90 days, at the Thai embassy. As you need a valid visa to buy any motorcycle in Thailand. Visa on arrival is not suitable for this.
Second I will not recommend a secondhand motorcycle if you going to do cross border exploring, paperwork can be ridicules and Thailand has a lot of illegal imported bikes. Illegal imported bikes normally in daily Thai traffic have no problem, but if customs look at them they fail and are confiscated.
If you are thinking of 85,000Bht for a motorcycle, buy a brand new, Honda Phantom it cost somewhere around 70k and if you sell it secondhand in Thailand you loss not that much. The Honda Phantom is really good values for money, the new price is less then 70k, second spare parts for the Honda Phantom are available in all corners of Southeast Asia, from busy Singapore to remote places in Laos.
Buying a new motorcycle, means you have all paperwork up-to-current standard, buying a secondhand can keep you for weeks trying to trance the right papers to leave the country on the motorcycle.
And remember you also need a valid VISA to sell the bike if you go back to Thailand.
By: Anonymous: frisco () Sunday, 06 January 2008 @ 11:00 AM ICT
Hey Franck, yes you can buy any bike you want in thailand...visa is of little bearing...just have your french international drivers license, and yes, like our other friend said, buy new if you intend to invest that much...85K is a lot a dough here...or buy a 14Kbath wave or dream just to get the feel of the road, driving manners so to speak, and tricks of the country...i do not encourage the phantom for my part, its heavy, plastikky...lol, looks like a big supermarket toy and has little power and torque...look to kawa or yam for more power, lighter, more efficient biking....thais and some horny farangs buy phantoms to look good with the chicks....thats about it...but if you want one come to bang pa in, i know 6 for sale in perfect condition at around 50K.
By the way, my name is franck and i am too a frenchman...coincidence?
Amuse toi bien!
By: Anonymous: Befree_ride () Wednesday, 09 January 2008 @ 11:28 AM ICT
Hi Guys, sorry out of subject but I just dicovered your website and quite please to discover there are other french riders as well in Thailand.
I'm leaving in Thailand for quite some time , I'm riding an Hayabusa and used to go for up-country ride with N.Z., Aussie, and Japs fellows, I'm the only french.....so Franck if interested by those sporty ride (sorry) you are most welcome to join....if not still can meet to talk over about bike and exchange bike experience in Thailand.
By: Anonymous: Paul () Tuesday, 29 January 2008 @ 01:17 PM ICT
As has been stated by other members you have to have a green book and sales receipt,plus an international transport permit for the bike.Go to your nearest land transport Office to apply,lots of paper work......and 1000 Baht
and you can legally take your car or bike to Laos