Hi, I'm Chris a newbie who lives in North-Eastern Thailand.
Thanks for a fantastic site, I have spent the last two days reading everything about Phantoms; there are so many members who know so much about Phantoms and bikes in general. I have wanted a Phantom since first time I saw one in Thailand; this site is the best place I have found to learn all about them.
I would love to buy a Phantom, but they are rarely for sale here in Korat (Nakhon Ratchasima) where I live.
My adventurous idea is to visit Singapore to pick up the bike and then ride it back to Thailand, about 2,000 km.
Less adventurous would be to have it shipped from Singapore to Thailand.
I have read so much about registration and COE costs in Singapore; I think I remember that the COE is a licence to own a vehicle in Singapore, and that without one the vehicle is illegal and must be scrapped, or maybe exported??
I have seen number plates for sale, does that include the COE?
What I am thinking is that if I bought a Phantom and took it out of Singapore, I would not need the registration or the COE, and the owner could get a refund for the unwanted period, or sell the remaining period if that was a better option.
Are there exit/transit registration plates? France had these a decade or two ago and I drove a new Renault to England without paying French Tax.
I think that I would have it serviced and have any repairs done before I and/or the Phantom left Singapore. I know that the Phantom comes from Thailand, but I live 260 km from Bangkok, and things seem less available here. If I rode it home that would also make road-worthiness essential.
Does anyone have other advice for me on this idea? Any ideas would be welcome.
Thanks in advance for any help you can give me, and for your time.