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Well, if it was a question of creative description, colour, size or anything misjudge, I agree that i took the risk. But it was an error of the vendor, and they admitted. They sent a totally different item.
What I expected from Aliexpress was some support to press on the vendor. Just because they claim they back their customers. It seem that is not true.

*Originally Posted by manray [+]
The AT is great bike although a bit too heavy.  Why not wait until the Yamaha T7 rolls out next year in Canada before buying a new bike.  From specs and reviews alone, it would seem the T7 checks all the boxes.

Good thought. I am waiting one or two years to let the Tenere to reach the used market and then sell my AT. I will never buy a new motorcicle agaiin.

On Two Wheels / Re: Sold my bike. And now?
« on: September 17, 2019, 08:39:49 AM »
*Originally Posted by baldeagle [+]
Yes,much cheaper here,of course there is always a but.
The re registration is quite complex and can be expensive.
You must have a Certificate of Conformity,I have imported a few for myself here from UK.
Then there are either agents fees,I don’t do it myself plus taxes.
However worth it as no MOT at present,insurance is cheap and just paid my road tax which was €19.53 for the year.
Residuals are really good hear and you never really see any bargains.

Bom dia, (good morning)
The import process is now quite simple indeed.
If you have the V5 document and the bike has a European homologation number, imt (our dvla) just confirm that. No cost.
Then you compete the customs form online, upload digitized copies of invoice, v5, cmr,etc, you pay the tax (isv) online, and the next day you have the licence plate.
Then you can insure it and fly over to collect the bike or hire a transport.

On Two Wheels / Re: Sold my bike. And now?
« on: September 17, 2019, 08:31:59 AM »
Thanks. It wasn't my first colour choice, but now it my favourite. (Its mine).
About the prices, yes, there is a lot more choice, specially low mileage examples. Our market is very scarse and low mileage one are advertised almost as new prices.
But it is true that there is also a price advantage in UK. The exceptionally weak £ was in favour too. Similar examples in germany are advertised around 1000€ higher. In Portugal around 1500 to 2000 higher. If you need to fly over, stay two nights, and pay the transport, finally the price difference fades.
After the Brexit it won't be any more an option because we will need to pay VAT to register.

*Originally Posted by jknad [+]
I have a beautiful red 2013 CB500X with a full RR3 build. Powder Coated Gold Wheels. Tractive Suspension. RR skid plate. Upper Heed Crash Bars. Rear SW-Motech Rack with aluminium cases. Fat Bar with RR Triple Tree. ABS Cancel button. The list goes on.

I made the mistake of riding an Africa Twin. I am not sure it is a better bike but that Engine is amazing!

I am torn. I love my bike. It is light. Great on gas. Fun. I can keep up with my friends on twisty and gravel roads. I can ride at speeds that will have my bike confiscated.

I still drool over the AT.

Has anyone made the switch? Is it that much (or any) better to live with. What are the downsides (other than price)?

Please let me know your thoughts.

Thank you.

Hi, jknad,  I just moved from a standard 18 model CB500x to a 16 Model AT.Can't tell much about the At because I have it just since 2 days ago.
When I bought my new 500x, I had the intention of gaining some experience and go the RR way.
But I am 6´2" and 100kg. Never felt comfortable with the small size of the CB500x, although I still miss its nimbleness and easy riding.
I did the same mistake of trying an AT and after adding the expected costs to go for RR, never went back. Sold my bike and sourced a low mileage used AT. Finally it is cheaper than a RR CB500X.
Yes, I miss the light feeling and for my riding needs the 48hp are more than enough. I believe that I am the problem. Just too big for a small bike.
If I won't be happy with the heavier bike, I will go for a Yamaha Tenere 700. Let's see.

On Two Wheels / Re: Sold my bike. And now?
« on: September 16, 2019, 11:34:40 PM »
Some photos.

at the drop point...

with my safety system

On Two Wheels / Re: Sold my bike. And now?
« on: September 16, 2019, 10:55:25 PM »
Hi folks,
Finally my "new" Africa Twin arrived after 3 long weeks of waiting to the truck return.
Last Saturday I picked it up and did a short trip (35 km) back home, in Highway, cruising cautiously and paying attention to every sound, every reaction. Tyre pressure on the low side. O visit to gas station to fill up and inflate tires. Then, after lunch did another, longer trip, 55 km of highway, plus 15 km of local roads, with sections of stone bricks, slippery, steep descent, sections of well paved winding road (all this two way) and just a short 200 meters of gravel, hard packed with loose sand, within family property. It was enough for the first drop. :027:! not a scratch. The front wheel slept sideways on a small groove and didn't even tried to grab it. too heavy.

My first impressions, in a short report are:
The motor is more powerful, more brutal, but pleasant. It was not a factor to change. The 48hp of the 500 twin are enough for my ridind needs (at least for now).
The suspensions are far better, more comfortable, mode compliant, but may be too soft. Not yet tuned for my weight (100 kg with gear on). May be will need a new set of higher rated springs. Let's see.
The ergonomics are perfect for my 6´2", long legs.

For worst, its weight. It is definitely more heavier, especially on low speed handling. But I expected that, so no surprise. It will take some time to get confidence. The average fuel consumption is also noticeably higher. 1,5 to 2 litres more per 100km.

The "new" bike is a 16 registered standard AT, crash bars, heated grips, aux led lights, Scott oiler, centre stand, top box+panniers, and almost new Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 set of tires. It had 5800 miles when arrived and not a single scratch. As new.
I bought it in UK, at CMCbikes Coleshill. All he buying process was dealt by phone and email. Their service was so professional and confidence inspiring that I didn't travel to see the bike. Just transferred the cash and hired a truck to transport the bike home.
A big thanks to Martin Swingewood and Russ Curwood. They were super. Highly recommend them.

Well, for now its all. Later I will return with some more impressions. Now will tune it for me and ride a lot before the winter arrives.

Cheers. :080:

On Two Wheels / Re: Sold my bike. And now?
« on: August 24, 2019, 07:15:17 PM »
For sure, I will be back with my first impressions.
Can't  wait until it arrives.

On Two Wheels / Re: Sold my bike. And now?
« on: August 23, 2019, 09:33:38 PM »
Hi guys,
Well, now that'done.
After selling my 500x to a new rider some weeks ago, i was looking around and trying to ride and test the options available, to avoid a wrong choice.
Tryed The Africa Twin, loved it, tried F800gs adventure, loved it, sat on a new T7, crazy about it, could't test anyR1200gs, but sat on, a bit intimidating but loved it. At each one I started to feel that the 500x is still a better option (if it was't a lousy suspension).
But, as I do not have any bike at my garage (except 2 scooters), i finally bought a second hand Africa Twin, low milage, that I bought today in UK.
Can't wait until it arrives. I will need some miles to get used to and improove my skills.
I will retur here. This a great forum with good interaction. I learned a lot.

Thanks mates.


On Two Wheels / Re: Sold my bike. And now?
« on: July 12, 2019, 09:32:21 PM »
*Originally Posted by Admin [+]
You won't find one because UK law says you must have a permanent UK address to obtain any form of motoring insurance.

This is why exported vehicles are mainly transported on trailers when they leave the country.

I've previously used a company called Shiply which transport items around the country. There are companies on there that ship motorcycles, so maybe worth a look. I used them you transport a classic car from London to Scotland on a big transporter and it cost me £150. There's probably other companies out there as well who specialise in this sort of thing.

Something like that might be an idea and would probably be the same sort of cost.

What a pity.
The return trip was half of the fun. 
Crossing biscay gulf on a ferry to Santander, then through Asturias and mountains "picos da Europa" (what a beautiful country) to north Portugal.

Well, still considering it, but must go before brexit.

Thanks for your help.

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