Bike trip starting in Guyana
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Oct 23, 2012 6:32 PM Last Post By: hareinthewoods
Oct 22, 2012 10:25 PM
Bike trip starting in GuyanaHi, A friend and I are planning on doing a motorbike trip around South America starting in Guyana. We want to fly into Guyana, buy bikes there and go. However, I would assume we would need some kind of registration, I was wondering if it would be possible for a foreigner (we're Canadian) to register a bike in Guyana. Any help anyone could give me would be greatly appreciated.
Oct 23, 2012 10:30 AM
Oct 23, 2012 11:35 AM
2I seldom disagree with anything anillos_de_saturno says.....but in point of fact there are no motorbike experts here. You might try an overland motorcycling site like horizonsunlimited.com.
I rode a motorbike through the three Guianas. FWIW, I found the bureaucracy in Guyana somewhat frustrating--akin to other ex-British colonies like India, if you've ever tried to accomplish something there. Colombia is much simpler, and there are established channels by which foreigners purchase, register and insure motorbikes there. Foreign riders rarely go to Guyana--a couple per year, perhaps. There's not much of a motorbike culture locally either.
I heard rumors that shipping bikes into Georgetown is relatively cheap. I have no direct experience, but you might think carefully about whether you could purchase a bike in the States and ship it more cheaply than you could make a purchase in Guyana. Certain states (e.g., Florida, California) make it easy to do such things.
Hope that's helpful.
Oct 23, 2012 1:37 PM
3That is somewhat helpful Mark, thanks. We chose Guyana to start because it is English which seemed like a good place to get the paperwork out of the way, but I may look into Columbia then. Do you know how easy it is for someone who doesn't speak Spanish to buy and register a bike?
Edited by: tpgarner
Oct 23, 2012 1:46 PM
4I seldom disagree with anything anillos_de_saturno says.....but in point of fact there are no motorbike experts here. You might try an overland motorcycling site like horizonsunlimited.com.
I agree horizonsunlimited can be a good place for the OP to find the info s/he is looking for if s/he is traveling by motorbike as, after reading his/her original post once again, it seems.
When I made my comment in #1 I was thinking about bikes (not motorbikes). There are some good experts in bike (not motorbike) trips in the On Your Bike branch that could probably have been able to provide good advise if the trip were by bike (not motorbike).
In other words, I didn't read properly the original post when I made my post #1 and I thought the OP was traveling with a bike (a word quoted 3 times in the original post); not with a motorbike (a word quoted only once and that I overlooked). Sorry, for the misunderstanding.
Oct 23, 2012 2:10 PM
5I didn't mean to criticize you, and I hope I didn't come across that way--in fact, you're one of the steadiest, most reliable posters on this forum.
Yes, tpgarner will want to avoid confusion by specifying more clearly in the future. Motorbikes/motorcycles are not called "bikes" in most areas of the world. It's a common source of confusion.
Anyway, English-speaking does not equate to "easy" in this case. Colombia's got a strong (motor)bike culture, some factories producing, for example, V-strom 650's, a vibrant economy, wonderful riding, hugely-varied terrain and scenery, and friendly people. Guyana has only the last of these. For buying support, try Googling "Casablanca Hostel, Cali" and get in touch with Mike.
But really OP: there are few motorcyclists on the Thorntree compared to vast numbers on horizonsunlimited.com. What you're thinking about doing has been done hundreds of times, and all your questions have been repeatedly answered. Go there.
Oct 23, 2012 6:32 PM
6I agree with mark, English speaking does not mean easier! I would hate to discourage people from travelling to Guyana as it is a fantastic country (especially the interior!) and it needs the support of tourism. However 'getting paper work done' is not something that happens quickly or easily in Georgetown.
I can imagine however that the Georgetown/Lethem (and border with brazil) road would be a great adventure on the bikes, if rainy seasons are avoided....
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