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bajajoaquin



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I travel to India for work every year, and have mentioned to my colleagues that I'd like to buy a scooter while I'm there this time. After looking around, it seems that I can buy a Chetak for somewhere between $200 and $1000. My original intent was to just buy one as cheap as I could, because it only needed to work for two weeks or so. However, someone pointed out that I could ship it home for a couple hundred more.

Since very nice late Chetaks can be had here for very little money, it doesn't make sense to try to find something late and nice there. So I'm thinking of finding an earlier one to ship back. My question is if I buy well in India, can I expect it to be a reliable daily scooter? Any known issues I should be aware of? I'm going in October, so lots of time to prep for this.

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donarntz
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I don't know how all that stuff works with getting a US title, so that is what you need to figure out or it will be grey market. Honestly, it doesn't make a lot of sense to do this. Bajaj scooters (2 or later 4t) aren't really worth anything in the states. Just buy what you like and resell it before you leave. Or buy a beater and give it away on your way out.

Then buy yourself a nice vespa p series when you get back, because you'll either be hooked or hate the whole experience.

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I totally get what you're saying, and that's good advice. I will say, however, that this isn't my first motorcycle. It would be my first scooter, but about my 8th or 9th bike overall. If I don't like it, I can, as you said, just give it away after my trip. However, if I do like it, I'd like to know what I'm looking at.

Looking at the regulations, importing something over 25 years old isn't an issue. So that means '92 or older. A '92 Chetak is pretty much the same as I can buy here for not much money, but without some of the improvements and having spent 25 hard years on Indian roads. I can get a nice one for $250 or so. I've seen runners for under $100. That's $500 or 750 for a good runner shipped. Not worth the savings to me.

However, for about the same money, I can get an early Chetak. Cooler looking, in my opinion. If I can buy a mechanically sound one and ship it for under $700, that's more interesting to me. Not for resale, but because it would be relatively inexpensive fun. (I once found a bike I'd lusted after for a decade 600 mil s from home. I bought a one way airplane ticket, bought it and rode it home.)

If I don't like it, I can still give it away and not be out any more money than I would be if I'd bought a later one. But if I do like me it, I could ship home an Indian market Chetak with 35+ years of genuine Indian patina.

So that leads me to my question: are the early two strokes solid durable bikes and good daily riders? 'Cause I'm going to buy a Chetak this fall. The question is do I buy one with an eye to bringing it home or leaving it there?
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Well this is mainly a 4t site. I would check the "not so modern" forum on the modern vespa site. Without sounding prejudiced, a lot of enthusiast are a little frowny on indian vespa parts (even more so vietnam parts). Sometimes that is all you can get though. I have a bajaj flywheel on my 1964 vnb5.

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