The thing is that Thailand has the toughest exhaust emission rules in the region which makes it very difficult for motorcycle manufacturers from China, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia to make any money.
The free trade agreement with India includes a exception for vehicles (which includes motorcycles). Motorcycles imported from India are still 60% import duty, it would be possible to reduce this by importing the motorcycles as parts and assemble them in Thailand.
By: Anonymous: Robert () Tuesday, 20 October 2015 @ 09:56 PM ICT
As far as I know, importing a motorbike is so dear, one better buys what is available in Thailand.
Was in Trad at the registration office with my Cambodian registrated Honda FTR(2nd hand import from Japan) 2 month ago to ask if I could get Thai papers for it; the answer cannot, cars is possible.
But I did not ask customs how much duty i'd have pay, as I read their website. Import duty will be at least 100% of the original new value.