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Posted: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 5:29 pm
by Nathan Explosion
[quote="BillyB"]
Noun
bike (plural bikes)
A short form of bicycle.
A short form of motorcycle.
(slang) A promiscuous woman; from “the town bike (everybody rides her)”

Posted: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 5:33 pm
by sundaymorningstaple
Go to OT. Lots of bikes (town) of all sizes there. :lol:

Geylang not too far away either. Time now for richie to recommend the Paramount! :cool:

Posted: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 5:34 pm
by BillyB
[quote="Nathan Explosion"][quote="BillyB"]
Noun
bike (plural bikes)
A short form of bicycle.
A short form of motorcycle.
(slang) A promiscuous woman; from “the town bike (everybody rides her)”

Posted: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 5:38 pm
by sundaymorningstaple
Also, I have a valid Australian riders license (since 2003). Would my best bet to go for a conversion straight away, or is it possible to purchase and register a bike on a foreign license, then take my time getting the conversion?
Yes, but you may or may not be able to convert to an unlimited license, see links supplied (if you have the photos, documents to show 8 years of riding big bikes you might pull it off if your not just 25 years old.

Posted: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 5:42 pm
by x9200
Nathan Explosion wrote:What is not clear, and is not mentioned in those threads, or in any other places that I have been able to find, is whether or not one can purchase and register a motorcycle without a local license.
I don't know the answer for sure but I would expect it is allowed. Afterall owning a car may have nothing to do with using it.

Posted: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 5:47 pm
by ecureilx
x9200 wrote:
Nathan Explosion wrote:What is not clear, and is not mentioned in those threads, or in any other places that I have been able to find, is whether or not one can purchase and register a motorcycle without a local license.
I don't know the answer for sure but I would expect it is allowed. Afterall owning the car may have nothing to do with using it.
I know two guys, as I mentioned before, who are legal owners of the cars, but have no valid Singapore license ..

To the OP: as SMS says, there are different bike categories, and a 250 cc would do fine, as my friend are using .. 90 KG on a 50 cc ? well, I was thinking of 90 KG on a 250 CC :)

One thing that Malaysia managed to fix is "BIKE LANES" though it is cars which mostly are in the bike lanes ..

Posted: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 7:11 pm
by Strong Eagle
Nathan Explosion wrote:Thanks sundaymorningstaple, I did read up on the conversion process so am reasonably familiar with what is involved, what is not clear is if one can legally purchase and register a motorcycle prior to conversion of one's license (waiting 3 months to take the test doesn't sound like much fun in the mean time). That was a bit of a secondary question anyway.

I wasn't able to locate the motorcycle specific forum you refer to. Hopefully someone here will be able to point me to it.
You can legally purchase and insure a motorcycle on your current license. You may have a problem getting financing.

Take a look a Singapore Bike Forums classifieds. I think you will need to sign up to see the ads. Best place, by far, for finding big bikes. Quite a few big bike riders already inhabit the forum.

http://www.singaporebikes.com/index.php ... ission_id=

Also, if you already have an AU unlimited, and you are not 25, you can probably get in converted to class 2. Otherwise, I would ride a big bike (assuming you are licensed to do so) for almost a year, then do the conversion, noting that you have safely run a big bike in Singapore for a year.

Posted: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 7:24 pm
by Nathan Explosion
Thanks Strong Eagle, I'll check out the forum. I'm 34, and I can probably dig up my GS500 registration from somewhere assuming I didn't leave it in Sydney, so I should be able to get the class 2 license without too much hassle.

I'm not even going to bother trying for financing, I've had enough problems trying to get a local credit card having just arrived on an Entrepass ( ie, no Singapore employment history, no employer tax history since it's just started, etc)

Thanks again.

Posted: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 8:18 pm
by curiousgeorge
Best to ride for a year on your Oz licence before converting, that way you have another year (on Singapore roads too!) to assist in the conversion to Class 2.

You will be required to provide all your information at point of sale, so the vendor can register the bike for you. It will need valid road tax, insurance and STA Inspection cert (if over 3 yrs old) to register it. If the road tax is due to run out in a few months, get them to extend it for a full year +, but make sure the tax renewal date is the same as your insurance commencement date coz doing one without the other is impossible.

Another good place for big bikes is Loois Motors.

Looi’s Motor
55 Kaki Bukit Place,
Singapore 416230
Tel: (65) 6743 1072
Fax: (65) 6742 2204
E-mail: loois@sIngnet.com.sg

Take lift to 3rd floor for used bike selection. Their new bikes are almost all parallel imports, but then they are also the cheapest new bikes in Singapore.

Mah motors as previously mentioned is also good. Especially if you want a Triumph :D A nice Rocket III will piss all over those showy Valkyrie style chromy monstrosities. ;)

These are the two best for selection of big bikes. If you have a specific model in mind, head straight to the dealer?



And before you ask:

Liberty Insurnace specialise in big bike insurance:
E.TAY TRADING COMPANY
101 Kitchener Road, #02-01,
Jalan Besar Plaza, Singapore 208511
Tel: 6294 6996 Fax : 6 296 9377
Email : enquiry@etay.net
Off hrs: 8.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday.
http://www.etay.net/specia_ins.php

They will arrange the tax renewal too at the same time as your insurance renewal if you ask them.

Other than that, the usual offenders like NUTC Income, AXA, Aviva etc might insure your bike, but it depends on how exotic it is considered. Your average CB400 or Honda Wave, no problem, but a big Harley and you will be SOL.

Posted: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 9:56 pm
by x9200
curiousgeorge wrote:make sure the tax renewal date is the same as your insurance commencement date coz doing one without the other is impossible.
Better have the insurance expire date few good days ahead the tax renewal date. Insurance typically gets cut down by one day every year so if the date is the same you will need to request each year to extend for 1 year and one day - can be sometimes troublesome to explain.

Posted: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 10:04 pm
by JR8
sundaymorningstaple wrote: Time now for richie to recommend the Paramount! :cool:
What is this Paramount place you keep mentioning, it must be new, I mean, er, cough, I've never heard of it?

Posted: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 10:36 pm
by sundaymorningstaple
The Paramount is probably better known as O/T of the East!

Here's one serviceman's account (about half way down the page):

http://www.stickmanbangkok.com/Reader/reader1948.htm

Posted: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 11:24 pm
by JR8
sundaymorningstaple wrote:The Paramount is probably better known as O/T of the East!

Here's one serviceman's account (about half way down the page):

http://www.stickmanbangkok.com/Reader/reader1948.htm
Singapore 'The Saudi Arabia of Asia' - genuine repeated LOL at that! :lol:

Otherwise, I'm never heard of this Paramount Hotel place.... I'm obviously far too innocent 8-)

Posted: Wed, 23 Nov 2011 9:52 am
by ecureilx
JR8 wrote: Otherwise, I'm never heard of this Paramount Hotel place.... I'm obviously far too innocent 8-)
I am deeply offended here .. just like Orchard tower is a shopping center and place to get good deals, a lot of offices above the block, and 24 hour suits, and more and more .... Paramount too is a SHOPPING CENTER .. and have wonderful deals for this and that and more ..


Ah, that's what the place is, during day time: Of course, when the sun goes down, the vampires come out .. baring their fangs .. or wares ..

Posted: Wed, 23 Nov 2011 1:19 pm
by Asian_Geekette
ecureilx wrote:
JR8 wrote: Otherwise, I'm never heard of this Paramount Hotel place.... I'm obviously far too innocent 8-)
I am deeply offended here .. just like Orchard tower is a shopping center and place to get good deals, a lot of offices above the block, and 24 hour suits, and more and more .... Paramount too is a SHOPPING CENTER .. and have wonderful deals for this and that and more ..


Ah, that's what the place is, during day time: Of course, when the sun goes down, the vampires come out .. baring their fangs .. or wares ..
@ecureilx:

Your fine print is true! I live near Geylang and when it's middle of the night, I hear all those loud bikes roaring off somewhere in the vicinity. :) Probably Harley's. So all types of bikes in Geylang lah. :P