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Hello everyone, I'm a Florida guy that's living in Iasi, Romania near the border with Moldova these days.

I recently decided that I need to get a bike and the V-Strom looks like it might be the right one.

I made a short list of places I'd like to check out from looking at Google Earth the other night.

60 mi (100km) to Chisinau , Moldova
160 mi (250km) to Odessa, Ukraine
190 mi (310km) to Cluj, Romania
200mi (330km) to Bucharest
215mi (345km) to Constanta, Black Sea Romania
260 mi (415km) to Kiev, Ukraine
400mi (650km) to Budapest, Hungary
450 mi (730km) to Warsaw, Poland
525mi (850km) to Vienna, Austria

These are distances as the bird flies so actual is maybe 30% more. Maybe someone knows a good a mapping program to help with this.

I see that there are no Suzuki dealers in Romania so I'm trying to figure out how best to get a bike. They are quite a bit less expensive in the US so I'm thinking about shipping a couple over for me and bud.

Balazs seems to be the closest to me and it looks like you have a lot of buds there in Hungary. I don't see too many bikes here in Iasi but maybe I'm hanging at the wrong places.

Anyhow, my name is Curt and I'm glad I stumbled across this site.
 

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Hello everyone, I'm a Florida guy that's living in Iasi, Romania near the border with Moldova these days.

I recently decided that I need to get a bike and the V-Strom looks like it might be the right one.

I made a short list of places I'd like to check out from looking at Google Earth the other night.

60 mi (100km) to Chisinau , Moldova
160 mi (250km) to Odessa, Ukraine
190 mi (310km) to Cluj, Romania
200mi (330km) to Bucharest
215mi (345km) to Constanta, Black Sea Romania
260 mi (415km) to Kiev, Ukraine
400mi (650km) to Budapest, Hungary
450 mi (730km) to Warsaw, Poland
525mi (850km) to Vienna, Austria

These are distances as the bird flies so actual is maybe 30% more. Maybe someone knows a good a mapping program to help with this.

I see that there are no Suzuki dealers in Romania so I'm trying to figure out how best to get a bike. They are quite a bit less expensive in the US so I'm thinking about shipping a couple over for me and bud.

Balazs seems to be the closest to me and it looks like you have a lot of buds there in Hungary. I don't see too many bikes here in Iasi but maybe I'm hanging at the wrong places.

Anyhow, my name is Curt and I'm glad I stumbled across this site.
Hi Curt,

I hope you're still following this topic.

Well, there are several Suzuki dealers in Romania - at least 3 or 4 in Bucharest and one in Timisoara. I don't know about Iasi.

Try these:
http://www.suzukimoto.ro/ - they list the V-Strom under "Street Enduro" :bom_rolleyes:
http://www.motorteam.ro/
http://www.suzuki.ro/ - the site is down, but the phone number is 0731-suzuki. I've just ordered a DL650 with ABS from them.

Try http://bikeshop.ro/ for SH bikes.

You can use http://maps.live.com (Microsoft Maps) as a route planner, they have good coverage of Romania.

BTW, there's a Iasi Moto Community forum on motociclism.ro (if you can read Romanian): http://www.motociclism.ro/forum/index.php?showforum=101
Unfortunately, the site is down until April 20th, they're moving the server.
 

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Hi Curt,

I hope you're still following this topic.

Well, there are several Suzuki dealers in Romania - at least 3 or 4 in Bucharest and one in Timisoara. I don't know about Iasi.

Try these:
http://www.suzukimoto.ro/ - they list the V-Strom under "Street Enduro" :bom_rolleyes:
http://www.motorteam.ro/
http://www.suzuki.ro/ - the site is down, but the phone number is 0731-suzuki. I've just ordered a DL650 with ABS from them.

Try http://bikeshop.ro/ for SH bikes.

You can use http://maps.live.com (Microsoft Maps) as a route planner, they have good coverage of Romania.

BTW, there's a Iasi Moto Community forum on motociclism.ro (if you can read Romanian): http://www.motociclism.ro/forum/index.php?showforum=101
Unfortunately, the site is down until April 20th, they're moving the server.

Thanks for the good info. I'm actually in Florida right now and will be back in Romania in about 6 to 8 weeks. I had put the bike idea on the back burner for a little while but just moved it up to the front again. I'll probably purchase a DL650 this week and am planning a ride across the US and then to ship it to Constanta.

I've gotten the local dealers down to $6200 plus 7% tax so I think it will work out better purchasing it here and paying the customs tax and shipping as they are advertising 6660 with TVA or $10,350 in Buc.

Maybe I'll see you in Buc one day!
 

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I've gotten the local dealers down to $6200 plus 7% tax so I think it will work out better purchasing it here and paying the customs tax and shipping as they are advertising 6660 with TVA or $10,350 in Buc.

Maybe I'll see you in Buc one day!
Yeah, prices in Europe are a real joy. :rolleyes: Gas in Bucharest is almost US$7/gal. Still better than the US$9/gal or so in Western Europe. And you guys in the US thought you were having it bad. :p

I paid EUR7140 for a 2008 650 ABS, but I got about EUR1400 of accessories included in the deal. Well, EUR1400 of grossly overpriced OEM accessories, but still.
I got a center stand, skid plate, crash bars, top case + rack + EUR43 color-matched panel :rolleyes:, heated grips, knuckle covers, V-Strom tank pad and a 12V socket. Yep, that's 1400 euro if you order from Suzuki Romania.

Hope to see you and your stealth Wee in Romania soon. ;)
 

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Yeah, prices in Europe are a real joy. :rolleyes: Gas in Bucharest is almost US$7/gal. Still better than the US$9/gal or so in Western Europe. And you guys in the US thought you were having it bad. :p

I paid EUR7140 for a 2008 650 ABS, but I got about EUR1400 of accessories included in the deal. Well, EUR1400 of grossly overpriced OEM accessories, but still.
I got a center stand, skid plate, crash bars, top case + rack + EUR43 color-matched panel :rolleyes:, heated grips, knuckle covers, V-Strom tank pad and a 12V socket. Yep, that's 1400 euro if you order from Suzuki Romania.

Hope to see you and your stealth Wee in Romania soon. ;)
That sounds like a decent deal. In the future if you need more accessories you might want to check with me. I spent yesterday morning at my buddy's motorcycle shop ordering a boat load of stuff. Everything from GIVI cases (E52 and V35), SW-Motech crash bars, throttle lock, fork brace, 12V outlets, power panel, locks, tire repair kits, gloves, helmet, tank bag, LED tail/brake lights, etc. He's a good friend so he sells it to me at his cost. He rountinely ships to europe and he puts "gift" on the package so you don't have to pay customs tax. With the dollar being so weak you may be able to save some money.

I ended up having three Suzuki dealers competing for my business for the motorcycle and ultimately got it for $6100. Its really a lot of bike for that kind of money. Last night I had a guy say, be careful on that BMW. :)

Hope to see you in Romania!
 

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$6100? That's about EUR3900. Almost half the price you would've paid in Europe! :eek:
You can buy a good 125cc scooter with that kind of money here. Oh well.

The next thing on my list is a Madstad bracket. Did you get one? I'm 1.87m (that's about 6'1", I think), and I found the buffeting to be as bad as other people said.
With the shield all the way up, I can't ride safely over 90-100km/h, my head is shaking too much.
With the shield in the middle position it's a little better, but still pretty bad, and I get a lot of wind noise too. My POS helmet (Caberg V2 407) doesn't help either.

BTW, the V-Strom (esp. the 650) is becoming more popular every day in Romania. All the dealers told me they sell like hot cakes (for the Romanian market, that's probably around 5-10/year :p), and I'm seeing more of them on the streets.
 

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Madstad bracket

Yeah, I ordered it on a Saturday and it was at my house on Tuesday. I put it in the reccomended middle position with the stock windshield and didn't notice too much of a difference. I'm 6'4" which is about 194cm, I think, so maybe I'm too tall and need to move it up to the next position. I'll try it next week when I get back in town.

I heard that the mirror extensions help with the wind as well.
 

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Hi marauder, i hope you are still following this topic. I understand that you are trying to ship a bike from US to Romania, perhaps you can help me with a hint, or a piece of advice; I want to make a trip next year, into the States, but I want to go with my own bike. Do you now a shipping company that can ferry me, along wtih my bike, from the european west coast to US? Thank you
 

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Well, I would think that it should be easier for you to get a bike shipped from western europe to the US. I was having some difficulty finding someone to ship to Constanta, Romania. They do indeed ship to Constanta but the trick for me was to find a consolidator for that port. The ones that went to Constanta wanted to ship from New Jersey which was more of a hastle for me as I have the bike in Florida and wanted to go from Miami or Ft. Lauderdale.

Some shippers require you to crate the bike, or will offer to have their agent crate it for a charge. The other option is a roll on, roll off type of situation.

I ultimately decided to fly my bike from Miami to Munich and then to do a road trip back to Romania. It will cost me a bit ($2000) but it just seemed easier dealing with a company that specialized in this and I'm really looking forward to the journey.

Warren Motorcycle Transport is who I am using. They use Atanta and Miami in the US and Munich and maybe Frankfort in Germany as destination/drop off points.

http://www.gate.net/~bikeship/

Good Luck
 

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Yep, I'm back

It was a great experience to ride from Germany to RO. The biggest hasstle was Lufthansa totally screwing up the shipment of the bike. It's a long story and I'm still trying to get some compensation from them. I totally missed the biker event in Radauti that I had wanted to attend.

I did a lot of riding in RO this last month from the trip back through Oradea to Cluj to Sigisoara (sp?) through the pass to Iasi. Then a couple weeks ago to Brasov to Bucharest to Pitesti through the Transfagarasan to Sibiu.

Somehow I got lucky and timed Sibiu just right as when I entered the center of the city it was fenced off.....some guy moves the fence and waves me through. I say what's up? He tells me that they are setting up for the Romantiacs and says to ride in and check out the obstacle course. I ended up drinking with some of the competitors in the hotel bar. Those dudes have big balls to compete in that event!

I even went to the Republic of Moldova and Chisinau one weekend. The border took a little time, I don't think they see too many bikes with Florida plates!

Today I checked out some trails around Iasi. Somehow I broke my shift peg off. Did the temporary fix with the vice grips.

Next time in Buc we should hookup. At first I was a little apprehensive about riding in that city, but I seemed to get used to it.

regards,
Curt
 
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