I want to import a current 250 cc 2 stroke enduro race bike, add a dual sport lighting kit and register it in Japan.
It should be straight forward but want to make sure I don't run into unneeded fees.
I searched the forum but it seems that a lot of the concerns are for larger displacement bikes.
My biggest concern will be customs charges and what paper work is needed for a new bike registration and will I need to take the bike with me so they can see that the blinkers are all working.
I moved to Japan 2 years ago so will be importing a bike directly from a US retailer. It will be brand new and sold as a off road bike in the US. I will install a lighting kit (blinkers horn).
1. The fees to ship should be less than a $1000 according to a stateside shipper. But is there additional fees for customs clearance and taxes. How much? Should I hire an import agent as was mentioned in one blog. Or now coming to think of it try and hire an importer in Japan. Anyone know of a well priced shipper/importer. Is there much difference in air and sea. Since a dirt bike weighs only 100kg with the box less than 140kg. Might be close.
2. As this is 250 cc and less there is no emissions and brake test needed. So what will I need to get it registered. Just paperwork or paperwork and have the bike trucked (next expense especially as you cant ride it with out registration) to the Rinkunkyoku for inspection at the same time.
Do they even inspect 250cc bikes, maybe a simpler lighting kit will work as the model I want already has a headlight and back light.
Any other things I need to be aware of for registration.
Fortunately as this a 250 the process is a lot easier and may justify the import considering the yen appreciation and the price of new bikes in Japan. A typical new 250 2 stroke in Japan (GasGas, Husqvarna or Husaberg) ranges from MSRP 820,000-1,100,000 yen plus other registration fees. Limited second hand options and overpriced.
I can get brand new bikes or new used bikes in the US from say Y450,000 add the light kit ($400), import and registration and still save a couple of hundred thou. 450 + 100 (shipping) + 100 (customs/tax and registration) ? = max Y650,000 ? The unknown for me is customs and taxes and registration. And will be the deciding factor on whether the importing is justifiable. Appears to be so however.
The biggest benefit is I can have a bike of my choice ... ie a recent KTM model not sold in Japan. For less than a 1 mil.
Any help appreciated. Intro to well priced importers, correct forum link actual experiences. Thank you.