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Non walking partner wants to buy a motorbike - any suggestions?

Kanga

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Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese.
I think this falls into the category of equipment! Even if not exactly for the camino. I try to walk a camino every year, but husband hates to walk. He loves to ride motorbikes. We also like to do thing together. So we have come to a kind of compromise this year - I will go walk a camino by myself, and afterwards he will meet me and we will do a bit of touring on a motorbike. With me riding pillion, and also doing some walking.

It is hideously expensive to hire a motorbike, and also quite difficult, but we do have friends with whom we can leave a bike if we buy one. So that is what we would like to do. We are currently looking in Germany, but I suspect we would do much better in Spain.

So here is my question. Can anyone help with links to websites for second hand motor bikes for sale in Spain? - not just ebay, but perhaps reliable dealers. Personal knowledge would be a real bonus.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
I have asked a friend for her cousin's contact details. He deals in cars, in Pamplona, but he could have contacts for motorbikes... if anything comes of it, I will pass on the details to you. if you get something sooner, no pasa nada...
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" Camino
but 2019?
Assuming he does have a motorcycle licence that's valid in the EU my first question would be what do you do about insurance? Will your Australian insurance company cover you for a bike that you own but is kept in Spain. Will a Spanish company insure you when you don't have a residence in Spain.

I'd guess hiring a bike would cover both these situations.

Biking in Europe is great fun and you get a lot more respect as a biker in mainland Europe than you do in say the UK but what happens if you end up high-siding it? Taking a spill off a bike can be traumatising at the best of times - in a foreign country . . . ? Check your travel insurance covers bikes too.

For those who dream of throwing a leg over a bike and escaping Chris Scott's Adventure Motorcycling Handbook is a blast (ISBN 978-1-873756-80-5)

Funnily enough I was cleaning my bike over the weekend and debating one last fling or getting rid of it ;)

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Kitsambler

Jakobsweg Junkie
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy 2010-11, Prague 2012, Nuremberg 2013, Einsiedeln 2015, Geneva 2017-18
And does your medical insurance cover such optional, high-risk activities? This is akin to parachuting and bungee jumping, to my mind.
 

Kanga

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Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese.
We would have specific motor bike insurance to cover ourselves. We ride at home - this is nothing new for us, although we have not ridden in Europe. We haven’t looked at the complications of buying a bike in Spain, but my husband has researched insurance and registration in Germany and it is quite feasible to buy a bike there - and we have friends who will assist and can house it when we go home. But it would be more convenient, and possibly cheaper, to buy it in Spain. I think he’d travel pretty much to anywhere in Spain for the right bike! It has to be a tourer (comfortable for a couple of old codgers to ride). @Jeff Crawley I’ll show him your photo in the morning! (1am here).
And i’m looking forward to seeing a few “off-camino” sights that have been on my radar for a while!
 

tominrm

Hiking to Celebrate the End of Working Life.
Camino(s) past & future
CF(2014)
del Norte ( 2015)
Portuguese ( 2016)
Primitivo ( 2017)
VdlP (2018)
I second to Geodoc. "Stand your ground", even under family pressure. Once it's gone, you can't get it back.
 

KerrieG

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Part CF (2016), Camino Frances (2019)
I think this falls into the category of equipment! Even if not exactly for the camino. I try to walk a camino every year, but husband hates to walk. He loves to ride motorbikes. We also like to do thing together. So we have come to a kind of compromise this year - I will go walk a camino by myself, and afterwards he will meet me and we will do a bit of touring on a motorbike. With me riding pillion, and also doing some walking.

It is hideously expensive to hire a motorbike, and also quite difficult, but we do have friends with whom we can leave a bike if we buy one. So that is what we would like to do. We are currently looking in Germany, but I suspect we would do much better in Spain.

So here is my question. Can anyone help with links to websites for second hand motor bikes for sale in Spain? - not just ebay, but perhaps reliable dealers. Personal knowledge would be a real bonus.
A brilliant compromise Kanga! I have actually posed a similar proposition to my husband, but he didn't go for it! :confused:
 

Kiwi-family

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)-Frances, Baztan, San Salvador, Primitivo, Fisterra,VdlP, Madrid
Kanga we bought motorhomes in Germany in 2009 and had a right royal runaround with insurance. We were fortunate hubby had a British passport so he could get registered to the address we were couchsurfing at. I don’t know if regulations have changed in ten years but offer our experience as a warning!
Also, motorcycles were excluded on our travel insurance but it sounds like you have that sorted.
I guess it doesn’t matter to a motorcyclist that hiring a car is easy and inexpensive;-)
 

Roland49

Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2019 June/July/August
I advice the website
https://www.motorcycle-rental-europe.com/

Back in 2016 in Barcelona I rent a scooter to drive in the city via this website.
Really convinient and not very expensive. The total cost was 38€ per day as special offer in mid-season.

Hope you'll find what you are looking for.

Buen Camino!
Roland
 

Meggie

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2016, Norte April-May 2019
I think this falls into the category of equipment! Even if not exactly for the camino. I try to walk a camino every year, but husband hates to walk. He loves to ride motorbikes. We also like to do thing together. So we have come to a kind of compromise this year - I will go walk a camino by myself, and afterwards he will meet me and we will do a bit of touring on a motorbike. With me riding pillion, and also doing some walking.

It is hideously expensive to hire a motorbike, and also quite difficult, but we do have friends with whom we can leave a bike if we buy one. So that is what we would like to do. We are currently looking in Germany, but I suspect we would do much better in Spain.

So here is my question. Can anyone help with links to websites for second hand motor bikes for sale in Spain? - not just ebay, but perhaps reliable dealers. Personal knowledge would be a real bonus.
What you wrote could have been written by me! My husband & I are in the same boat as you and your husband. I'm following
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" Camino
but 2019?
NEVER get rid of the bike! You'll regret it. Got rid of mine 25+ years ago and regret it, still (trying to convince la esposa that I need another one).
Trouble is it's a hefty 750cc bike weighing 250+kgs and should a 67yo who has had a (mild) stroke be tooling around on a 120mph bike anyway 🏍 ?
 

Geodoc

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (crossed Pyrenees then Sarria to SdC) 2018, Frances & Ingles Summer, 2019.
Trouble is it's a hefty 750cc bike weighing 250+kgs and should a 67yo who has had a (mild) stroke be tooling around on a 120mph bike anyway 🏍 ?
Valid point. Buy a smaller bike when you trade the big one in. The new Honda's are sweet looking (my preference is the Honda Rebel 500cc ABS).
 

Kanga

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese.
Trouble is it's a hefty 750cc bike weighing 250+kgs and should a 67yo who has had a (mild) stroke be tooling around on a 120mph bike anyway 🏍 ?
I don't think the size and speed capacity is the issue. It is more about balance and judgment. I doubt a smaller bike would be any less dangerous, provided you ride the big bike conservatively.
 

WayWalker

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2013, 2016
I think this falls into the category of equipment! Even if not exactly for the camino. I try to walk a camino every year, but husband hates to walk. He loves to ride motorbikes. We also like to do thing together. So we have come to a kind of compromise this year - I will go walk a camino by myself, and afterwards he will meet me and we will do a bit of touring on a motorbike. With me riding pillion, and also doing some walking.

It is hideously expensive to hire a motorbike, and also quite difficult, but we do have friends with whom we can leave a bike if we buy one. So that is what we would like to do. We are currently looking in Germany, but I suspect we would do much better in Spain.

So here is my question. Can anyone help with links to websites for second hand motor bikes for sale in Spain? - not just ebay, but perhaps reliable dealers. Personal knowledge would be a real bonus.
We met a young dutch man on the Portugese who walked his camino and bought a second hand motorbike and was doing it in reverse back to Holland!
 

Juanma

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Primitivo (2015 and 2016)
You get the award for the most unusual post of the day! Where in Spain would you want to buy it? I have friends I could ask in different parts of the country. And one is a motorcycle rider himself, now living in between Logrono and Pamplona.
I think I am the motorcycle riding friend peregrina2000 mentions :)

Don't think this is what you are actually asking for, but the most popular site for motorbikes for sale in Spain is http://www.motos.net (go straight to https://motos.coches.net/ocasion/ for second hand ones). You will find ads there from both professional and private sellers.

It is always a bit risky to buy a second hand bike, but doing it in a different country, in a different language, can make it even worse. I'd recommend going for a seminew one (1 to 2 years maximum) sold by the original brand's professional dealer, with a guarantee (if possible still the original one from the brand).

If you do find one that suits you in the Pamplona - Logroño area, I can probably go have a first look at it for you; then, if the impression is positive, you can come down and look at it yourself.

Here's my bike in a place you might know, last year :) :


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(might consider selling it soon, by the way) :-(
 

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