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Re: IMPORTANT POINT

Postby Strong Eagle » Thu, 27 Sep 2007 6:35 am

Patrick777 wrote:I've just passed my basic theory to convert my UK bike license ...

Because of smart Expats they now ONLY CONVERT LICENSES where the rider or car has HELD the license AT LEAST 6 MONTHS PRIOR to landing in Singapore ...

So you can no longer hop back and pass you license and then convert ...

Sorry it was pretty important for me as my wife only passed it about 12 months prior


And whether going back for the license would work would depend upon the record keeping of your paricular state/country. Some only record the date your license was issued, not the dates of any additions such as MC endorsement. In these places, getting your MC license at home would work.

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Postby Jens » Sat, 06 Oct 2007 3:32 pm

I also recommend to get the license here, because then you learn some of the local riding style, not close to the real situation outside though. One huge advantage is usually the cheap prize for the license. In my case, I'm saving more than 2K!!

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Postby Strong Eagle » Sun, 07 Oct 2007 7:08 am

Jens wrote:I also recommend to get the license here, because then you learn some of the local riding style, not close to the real situation outside though. One huge advantage is usually the cheap prize for the license. In my case, I'm saving more than 2K!!


The 'local riding style' is a horror show. Lane splitting fast moving traffic. Splitting groups of bikes. Too much speed in corners. Riding with one foot one inch off the pavement. Failure to use eyewear or a w/s.

Getting your licenese here will get you some valuable bike control experience but no road experience and it is evidenced by clueless newbies who cannot understand why they should ride with their headlight on during the day.

Get a book called 'Proficient Motorcycling - The Ultimate Guide To Riding Well' by David Hough if you really want to ride a bike a long time without accident or injury.

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Postby Superglide » Sun, 07 Oct 2007 2:07 pm

Jens wrote:I also recommend to get the license here, because then you learn some of the local riding style, not close to the real situation outside though. One huge advantage is usually the cheap prize for the license. In my case, I'm saving more than 2K!!


In theory I'd agree, learning it in the relevant country where one will ride, is the best.

Not in this case though, sorry to say, but a license here is just a plastic card, no further value.

When watching the locals drive and ride, you really wonder how they ever ever ever ever got a license.
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Postby mrpaddlepop » Mon, 22 Oct 2007 11:33 pm

Hi all, i've been in Singapore for the past 6 months and i miss owning a motorbike.

Im going back to the UK next month and have booked myself in for a Quick/Easy access course which will allow me to ride a bike of any engine size, so i can upgrade the bike (125cc) back in the UK to a 600cc too.

Just reading the post and found it really helpful but i'm in a slight dilemma, i really I want to purchase a 600cc bike right now in Singapore too, and just wandered if anyone could help clarify converting the license would be possible?

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Postby cAndyman » Tue, 03 Feb 2009 9:35 pm

Strong Eagle wrote:
itpaystosurf wrote:
d) Buy a large bike as soon as you get here. Ride it for 10 months, then covert your license. You can argue that you have been riding safely for 10 months and ask for an upgrade.



2 Strong Eagle:

Can you confirm they allow you to buy any bike upon arrival just with an international bike DL? I've read you can only be sold a bike in ur name if you posess a valid local license.

Thanks!

PS. Have just sold out my R6 at home and gettin' myself mentally prepared for a massive downgrade. Thank God they at least make R125's and RS125's now ;)

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Postby Strong Eagle » Tue, 03 Feb 2009 11:17 pm

cAndyman wrote:
Strong Eagle wrote:
itpaystosurf wrote:
d) Buy a large bike as soon as you get here. Ride it for 10 months, then covert your license. You can argue that you have been riding safely for 10 months and ask for an upgrade.



2 Strong Eagle:

Can you confirm they allow you to buy any bike upon arrival just with an international bike DL? I've read you can only be sold a bike in ur name if you posess a valid local license.

Thanks!

PS. Have just sold out my R6 at home and gettin' myself mentally prepared for a massive downgrade. Thank God they at least make R125's and RS125's now ;)


I know of three that have bought a bike on an international license, insured it and ridden it. Anyone can sell you a bike with no license at all... putting it on the street requires proof of a license and insurance.

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Postby cAndyman » Wed, 04 Feb 2009 1:27 am

Strong Eagle,

Thanks, I'm feeling so much better now :D


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