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grey import question

Discussion in 'General Motorcycling Discussion' started by shmee, Nov 4, 2006.

  1. Hi there,
    ive heard that grey imports can possibly have more kms on them than their odometer indicates. is there any truth to this? ive found a yamaha fzr 250 from 1990, that has only 22,000km on it, seems very low considering its a 16 year old bike..

  2. grey import

    Seems like Japan is not a very big place :grin:
    Seriously tho there is some rule that makes all veicles over a certain age in Japan to expensive to rego? / insure or summin so the low milage stuff gets sent all over the world.
    Seems about right for grey import they all seem to have 12 to 20k miles on em. Strange eh.
  3. Mileage of imports seems low by Australian standards but you need to consider that conditions in Japan aren't the best for riding (strict regulations, heavy traffic, snow for parts of the year, cheap effective public transport etc.). So 20,000 is not unusual for a 250 in Japan, however it is still possible that the odometer might be false since it would be quite easy for a dodgy importer to simply take the speedo from a low-km wreck and stick it on a high km bike. You need to check out the bike as a whole (or get someone to do it for you) rather than rely too much on the odometer reading.
  4. It's one of those myths (most likely started by Australian manufacturers like Toyota Australia) that started with grey car imports and has crossed over to motorbikes. They'd have you believe every car/bike out of Japan had it's clock wound back. It's highly illegal, both here and over there. I seriously doubt the Japanese would do it because it would ruin their export trade, cause they need to get rid of them! As sirprice said, rego does get very expensive over a certain age/mileage. It's mainly to try to control pollution cause by emmissions by not having an ageing car fleet (like Australia). Newer cars = less polltion, well that's the theory anyway!
  5. The 20,000 kms is probably correct but it is misleading by Australian standards as heaps of that will have been spent in low gears accelerating and decelerating and the motor will have done lots more revolutions than the odometer would lead one to think.
  6. True, but on the other hand an Australian delivered bike is more likely to have spent much of its life near redline and/or at speeds it wasn't really designed for (ie thrashed).