Sep 26, 2011, 6:48 AM
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Re: [barbaroja] Buying US Registered Motorcycle in MX
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Your proposed situation raises the classic "reality & real world" vs the theoretical & legal.
Theoretically and legally, the US owner is prohibited from selling their Temporarily Imported vehicle here (motor bike, car, pick-up truck, etc). And legally, you are not allowed to ride/drive the bike, unless you are a direct family member. In theory, the police could stop you at any point while driving in Mexico, and permanently confiscate your "new" bike.
In practice, you might be able to ride the bike around town, and then up to the border, and never get stopped. Or if stopped, the police might not call Aduana to have the bike confiscated.
There are reports around the internet from both sides of the fence: some people break Mexico's laws but are never stopped or caught, while other people get caught and pay the price.
You could also buy the bike, and then use the Safe Return program to ride it to the border to make it legit. See: Safely Returning Autos section at http://yucalandia.wordpress.com/...ing-a-car-in-mexico/.
The foreign vehicle illegal sale & illegal driving issue is common enough here that such vehicles even have a common name: "Chocolates"
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(This post was edited by YucaLandia on Sep 26, 2011, 6:57 AM)