Purchasing motorbikes in Balkans
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Sep 5, 2012 1:08 PM Last Post By: rtt0921
Sep 3, 2012 10:00 AM
Purchasing motorbikes in BalkansMy friend and I are travelling from Slovenia to Ukraine this fall and got the idea to buy mopeds or small engine motorbikes to take between cities and campsites rather than using buses and trains. We'll be spending at least a few days in: Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Albania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Romania, Moldova, and Ukraine. Google has not given us any helpful tips, and I have to assume the experience is different than what I saw in SE Asia.
A few questions:
1. Is this at all feasible or worth it?
2. Would selling them at the end (or near the end, Bulgaria-Romania-etc.) be too difficult? If it came to dumping them in Ukraine it wouldn't be terrible, as I have family there.
3. Are there cheap services that offer weeklong rentals in Slovenia or Croatia, where we can see what it would be like and maybe get it out of our system?
4. Is there a minimum CC for some roads in these countries?
5. and finally Where to buy?
Thanks, any information about things we haven't even considered is also welcome!
Sep 3, 2012 10:44 AM
1Hi - and welcome to Thorn Tree.
You have family in Ukraine.... 'I' have family in Ukraine ! !
Strooth.... 11 countries on a moped or 50-100cc'er.
There's no real hard and fast rule of riding a minimum cc bike in any of your destinations.
I mean it's usual to see horse and cart and converted lawnmowers on the public highways.
I'm not sure about minimum cc requirements on motorways though.
You might want to check, or wait for other T.T. members advice on that one.
The easiest way to sell and buy in Eastern Europe, is to do it in the same country.
For instance, buying a moped in Bulgaria and selling it Ukraine isn't going to be straightforward ! !
Eastern Europe paperwork for buying a vehicle, even if you're a native, it isn't a quick process.
I've bought and sold vehicles out there and it can be a real headache sometimes.
Then again if you're OK with just ditching it in Ukraine, for sure it'll make a lovely gift for someone local.
It's feasible, but is it worth it?.... I really don't know.
As an example.... Sofia to Ljubljana is over 600 miles. On a moped, that's a long trip.
Again feasible, or rather possible, but worth it.... I don't know.
Won't your budget let you stretch to a S/H 250-350 bike?
I wouldn't be too confident doing all those miles on such a small engine, to be honest.
I really wish you well with it all. Please let us know if you go ahead - and how it all went.
Best of luck with everything.
Sep 5, 2012 1:08 PM
2Not feasible at all, I'm afraid, at least in Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia, haven't been to the others, but apart from different levels of wealth and some religious differences I can't imagine it being much different in the other countries either. The distances you have to cover make it very slow and uncomfortable, with mopeds or smaller motorbikes you would not be allowed on any motorway (min 125cc) and you would also be hindering traffic on regular roads, since you most probably won't be able to do 80 km/h (mopeds are limited to 50 km/h).
Eastern Europe is very different from SE Asia. It's much more similar to Western Europe. Also, I recommend a more efficient itinerary, the list of countries you plan on visiting is a bit erratic, unless you plan on simply driving through some countries (for example how do you plan on getting from Serbia to Albania and from Albania to Bulgaria).
How much time do you plan to spend on this trip? Just driving on the motorways and main roads between the capitals of all these countries is nearly 5000 km (http://nok.it/GGuWY), a mammoth of a roadtrip to do in a proper car, let alone on a moped, not to mention you would need to take regular roads and would probably want to visit a bit more than just the capitals.
Edited by: rtt0921
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