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11/28/2020 10:38 EST

Hi there. I intend to come down to Eucador in January. I'd like to buy a local motorcycle right away to make getting around easier. What are the steps to do so and how long do they take?

I'll be on a tourist visa since this is my 1st trip. I believe I can buy a local Chinese made moto with just a passport. I've been told the dealership will be able to register it for me, even though I don't have a cedula. Can anyone confirm this?

Also, how long will it take to get the plates and proper ownership papers/card? I know in Peru, it can take up to 4 weeks and you can't really travel until then. I'd like to explore Ecuador fairly quickly once I have the bike so I can discover which city is best for me to settle in.

thanks in advance!

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11/28/2020 12:49 EST

Owning and driving a motorcycle down here requires a motorcycle license ( which is different from a car/truck license ). Since you are only coming down on a "recon" ( reconnoitering trip ) why not look into renting a motorcycle for your time down here? I believe that you can then drive on your travel visa, current U.S. motorcycle license, or an international driver's license.

I know laws have changed since I used to travel around on a motorcycle, but this is the way that I was able to see much of South and Central America. Cheaper than buying a bike and waiting for all the paperwork to be processed. Go up online to check prices and availibility.

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3/27/2021 18:44 EST

I don't know what are the steps but... maybe, if you need to speak with locals you could consider learning some Spanish. I'm working on my listening with this site and it's good.

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3/28/2021 12:47 EST

Rent if you can.

If you think cars are out to kill you in the states when you ride a moto continue that thinking in Ecuador...they are trying to kill each other and you are in the way.

I remember what fun it was to be on my 250cc between two busses from competing companies. Or when the luggage compartment door on an approaching bus came open. It stuck three feet into my lane like a knife. I saw it in time and got over to let it pass.

Then there was the mudslide season. The roads great and small would have piles of rock and ash appear after the hill above absorbed enough rain and collapsed.

I never was totally legal tho I tried. Got bogged down in the paper work. But, a bit of bs and luck and back roads got me thru it all.

ciao, sinego

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