Strong Eagle wrote:
I've been riding a parallel import (Honda Valkyrie) for years. Screw the dealers that want to trash you for not having an 'official' import. I guarantee that you can find lots of local dealers for every brand and every need you may have.
I wouldn't go near a Honda stealer... I've got a great mechanic up in Ang Mo Kio.
Agree, there are tons of competent mechanics, able to service any kind of bike...mostly.
However, modern BMWs have so much electrickery that they need the diagnostic computer to read faults and reset gauges, service reminders etc. There isn't a mechanic with a BMW diagnostic machine in Singapore, other than the Main Dealer. I've been to tons of dealers, all the specialist BMW mechanics and parallel importers and none of them are able to help.
This may not be an issue for HD bikes, they tend to be less electronic, I think?
The other issue is warranty. Even with a worldwide warranty, BMW for instance won't undertake warranty work or pay for the parts if not done through a Main Dealer. And given the number of service campaigns on a modern BMW this is pretty significant.
Parallel importers will offer their own warranty, sometimes referred to as an "agents warranty" with similar terms to the Manufacturer warranty...but these guys don't carry the same spares and won't help you out when the bikes goes kaput in KL or wherever. It boils down to the depth of your pockets and the confidence you have in the machine, the importer and your favourite mechanic.