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#26 jbrain

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Posted 2013-05-05 00:58:57


 


 


There is a Yamaha big bike shop on Sukimvette in Pattaya. Right next to the true value store Soi Khao Talo. They have a bunch of little bikes outside & a  small amount of show bikes (imported) for order. I think its name is Yamaha watersports. they also sell jet ski's & such. I found the staff to be kinda rude & not to knowledgeable at all about their product. Kawasaki is much easier to deal with instead of duh I dunno can write them & find out in about 3 weeks. they walked me on a chance of a sale on a 600 or larger. I bought Kawasaki instead. They were able to answer basic questions. Good luck. If their service shop is as poor as the sales that will be one hella bike to get repairs done on. Pattaya is nor renound for big bike repairs. You have to beg them to adjust your valves & bring them the guages to check the clearances on the valves.

 

Agree with this, Yamaha Watersports in Pattaya is not the best place.  They can get you any Yamaha big bike you want but don't have any new ones sitting on the floor, at least when I last visited, they did have used ones of nice condition.  Staff know little about the bikes and even less about maintaining them.  Best Big Bikes to purchase in Pattaya area are Kawasaki, Honda, and Ducati - they actually have show rooms and a repair / maintenance center for them here locally.  You want to get a Yamaha R1 repaired as an example most likely you would have to take the bike to Bangkok for any competence.

 Keep in mind that warrantgy issues with Honda or Kawasaki will most likely also be dealt outside of Pattaya, as the Pattaya dealer is known not to honor warranty's.

 

There is a topic in the Pattaya forum regarding this issue, though it concerns small bikes, it is the same dealer.

Well now I know where to find the Yamaha Bikes in Pattaya, but the experiences of Beardog and Commande shine(at least to me)a new light on the issue:

normally you do a survey about the bike you want and then visit some dealers to bargain the best price;. From what I learn now is that your choice of bike(&brand) is limited to finding a local dealer who at least can give a minimum on maintenance. Bringing your own gauges to them to adjust the valves; that takes the cake!

Originally wanted to buy a cruiser/chopper like the Yamaha Midnight Star, which will not be in the official supply-list from Yamaha Thailand. Thinking of using

a grey-importer after other members' experience with regular dealers could only lead to nightmare I suppose....

 

 

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It seems you try to be the smart one once again, but fail miserably again.

 

First of all the topic about the warranty refusal isn't a topic started by me., I don't use that dealer EVER.

 

I own a Midnight Star 1900 like you are dreaming about  Attached File  003 (Medium).jpg   141.59KB   17 downloads  Attached File  002 (Medium).jpg   141.05KB   11 downloads, overhere called Roadliner, for 3 years already, legally imported brandnew with all legal documents including green book and no warranty issues so far.

 

I have all the export/import documents with all the contact details of every person involved from the point it was shipped in Japan to Singapore and then to Thailand, and all the people involved in Thailand to guide it through the government inspections. I even was present when the bike passed emission tests and watched the modifications they had to make to enable it to pass the test. There are only a few people in Thailand who do these tests, and they are not listed in the yellow papers.

 

Can you imagine that I could have been a usefull help to you, if you hadn't insulted me from the first response. smile.png

 

Oh, by the way, the total price of my bike including all legal documents was below the price it is sold in Europe.


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#27 bealus

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Posted 2013-05-05 21:42:41

Yamaha big bike dealer in at Suthisan MRT station on Ratchada road. If u coming from rama9 its on your left. Paddock shops arent too far either

Thx for the info; can combine a visit then to both Paddock and Yamaha in one day



#28 bealus

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Posted 2013-05-05 22:17:15

Thanks Beardog&Commande for this useful information; anyone else who has similar experiences or even(almost scared to ask)can recommend a shop/dealer

 

 

for sales or maintenance either BKK or P.)

 

Honestly for Kawasaki the best place in my opinion is the main dealer in BKK although they didn't have anything Super Sport in stock, it's by order only.  Honda Big Wing in Pattaya compared to Kawasaki Pattaya is night and day difference in customer service even though interestingly they are both owned by Miyton Group, Honda right now is spectacular.  Ducatti in Pattaya, also limited to no real supply of Super Sports although they have some nice bikes ready to purchase and I have heard that they are competent at basic maintenance, anything serious though and the bike has to go to BKK, probably true of all big bikes though.

Honda Big Wing in Pattaya has just about every model Super Sport bike from 600cc to 1000cc in stock sitting on the show room floor including a Gold Wing that many come in and drool over, especially the Thai's.  All this being said, lot of really nice bikes on the market even in Thailand although you have to order them, not many in stock because they cost so much and the sales are so small that they just don't keep them sitting around generally, (exception being the dealers that sell big bikes that are ordered in Grey Market from overseas and have no Green Book, advise you stay away from those) keep this in mind for maintenance to because they probably don't stock the parts for them either so you need anything major you will be waiting a month and or need to plan; took Kawasaki in BKK 40 days to get me a new oxygen sensor for my Versys last year but it was covered under warrantee, luckily the bike still ran even though the engine light stayed on all the time and fuel economy was almost cut in half.  Honda I think is different right now because they just opened big bike sales in Thailand so they have stock and want to show their bikes off, there is also a big push for mandatory training for all technicians that work on the bikes that they sell not to say that other dealers don't do the same thing I just think Honda right now is really watching things since this is the beginning for them.

 

Personally you have the cash and want to spend it get anything you want and enjoy.  I have come to realize being in Thailand for many years that it's best to get something that is supported in your area or close and people can work on without me being down and out for 2 months.  Kawasaki is great, they have been selling big bikes for a long time here, definitely nothing wrong with a Ninja ZX 10R or even a Ninja ZX 6R, Honda looks pretty good to at this point to and if you wanted something that day you could probably part with your cash and get it with no wait, Ducati excellent machine but damn expensive and limited support unless your in BKK also a HUGE potential for theft because it is THE BIKE Thai's want - it is a status symbol to them reserved for the elite and want to be elite.  I know your looking for Yamaha, that is strictly going to be BKK and you will most likely have to order what you want, be ready for sticker shock though and a 30-90 day wait on delivery, you can purchase a new car for what these super sport bikes sell for here in Thailand, they are not cheap by any imagination.

 

On that note, any Super Sport bike is a mark here, most can't afford them, they are easy to carry off and believe me unless you secure that bike INSIDE a house and chain it up it will be stolen one day; these bikes are not meant to be parked at your condo outside.  The guys that rent the big bikes here in Pattaya have a guard watching them 24 hours, they actually want tourist to rent them and they get stolen so they can charge them huge money because there is no theft insurance covering them, especially rental insurance.  Imagine you being a tourist and being hit with a 500k+ Baht charge for theft of a big bike.  It happens, I have seen it, it's not pretty, most can't pay it and then it gets real nasty.

 

Wish I could give you the shop names but I don't know them, I only know where the shops are by driving to them.  Good luck and let us know what you get.  Tried to stay on topic here just wanted to add a little more for your information.

 

 

Thanks Beardog&Commande for this useful information; anyone else who has similar experiences or even(almost scared to ask)can recommend a shop/dealer

 

 

for sales or maintenance either BKK or P.)

 

Honestly for Kawasaki the best place in my opinion is the main dealer in BKK although they didn't have anything Super Sport in stock, it's by order only.  Honda Big Wing in Pattaya compared to Kawasaki Pattaya is night and day difference in customer service even though interestingly they are both owned by Miyton Group, Honda right now is spectacular.  Ducatti in Pattaya, also limited to no real supply of Super Sports although they have some nice bikes ready to purchase and I have heard that they are competent at basic maintenance, anything serious though and the bike has to go to BKK, probably true of all big bikes though.

Honda Big Wing in Pattaya has just about every model Super Sport bike from 600cc to 1000cc in stock sitting on the show room floor including a Gold Wing that many come in and drool over, especially the Thai's.  All this being said, lot of really nice bikes on the market even in Thailand although you have to order them, not many in stock because they cost so much and the sales are so small that they just don't keep them sitting around generally, (exception being the dealers that sell big bikes that are ordered in Grey Market from overseas and have no Green Book, advise you stay away from those) keep this in mind for maintenance to because they probably don't stock the parts for them either so you need anything major you will be waiting a month and or need to plan; took Kawasaki in BKK 40 days to get me a new oxygen sensor for my Versys last year but it was covered under warrantee, luckily the bike still ran even though the engine light stayed on all the time and fuel economy was almost cut in half.  Honda I think is different right now because they just opened big bike sales in Thailand so they have stock and want to show their bikes off, there is also a big push for mandatory training for all technicians that work on the bikes that they sell not to say that other dealers don't do the same thing I just think Honda right now is really watching things since this is the beginning for them.

 

Personally you have the cash and want to spend it get anything you want and enjoy.  I have come to realize being in Thailand for many years that it's best to get something that is supported in your area or close and people can work on without me being down and out for 2 months.  Kawasaki is great, they have been selling big bikes for a long time here, definitely nothing wrong with a Ninja ZX 10R or even a Ninja ZX 6R, Honda looks pretty good to at this point to and if you wanted something that day you could probably part with your cash and get it with no wait, Ducati excellent machine but damn expensive and limited support unless your in BKK also a HUGE potential for theft because it is THE BIKE Thai's want - it is a status symbol to them reserved for the elite and want to be elite.  I know your looking for Yamaha, that is strictly going to be BKK and you will most likely have to order what you want, be ready for sticker shock though and a 30-90 day wait on delivery, you can purchase a new car for what these super sport bikes sell for here in Thailand, they are not cheap by any imagination.

 

On that note, any Super Sport bike is a mark here, most can't afford them, they are easy to carry off and believe me unless you secure that bike INSIDE a house and chain it up it will be stolen one day; these bikes are not meant to be parked at your condo outside.  The guys that rent the big bikes here in Pattaya have a guard watching them 24 hours, they actually want tourist to rent them and they get stolen so they can charge them huge money because there is no theft insurance covering them, especially rental insurance.  Imagine you being a tourist and being hit with a 500k+ Baht charge for theft of a big bike.  It happens, I have seen it, it's not pretty, most can't pay it and then it gets real nasty.

 

Wish I could give you the shop names but I don't know them, I only know where the shops are by driving to them.  Good luck and let us know what you get.  Tried to stay on topic here just wanted to add a little more for your information.

 

Heard from many people spare-parts are a pain in the #ss; hard to come by, as you stated long waiting times for delivery/supply and

way to expensive too. Will stay away from grey-importers who can't provide the green-book and have to cut much bureaucratic red-tape

myself.

Visited Honda Big Wing in Bang Na(as earlier mentioned)and could "peek" into the service and maintenance department. Looked

professional with regards to equipment and you didn't stumble over parts on the floor neither you need to be cautioned about slippery-danger

due to oil-spillage etc. Of course this isn't a guarantee all mechanics there are qualified; but first impressions were good.

Saw a Honda-motorcycle shop(granted for the 110/125 cc bikes)which showed certificates of "Honda licensed and trained" mechanics;

maybe this applies(never give up hope)now or in the future also to the big bike division. Small step for Honda, but a giant leap for

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Agree totally that Ducati is an excellent machine, but with a hefty price tag and impressive formula sporting design. I'm more up for a cruiser
/chopper like Yamaha Dragstar/MidnightStar; still you can indeed buy a new middle class car instead.



#29 taninthai

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Posted 2013-05-05 22:32:06

I'm sure red baron had a few new r1s on there website

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Posted 2013-05-05 22:34:31

 Will stay away from grey-importers who can't provide the green-book and have to cut much bureaucratic red-tape

 

Who told you grey importers can't provide the green book? I have the green book, not a bogus book but one delivered straight from the department of land transport.

 

If you do it the right way there are no problems.Mind you also that my bike wasn't imported in parts, but in one piece.

 

No red tape to cut or backhanders, just deal with the right people.



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Posted 2013-05-05 22:52:58

There is a Yamaha big bike shop on Sukimvette in Pattaya. Right next to the true value store Soi Khao Talo. They have a bunch of little bikes outside & a  small amount of show bikes (imported) for order. I think its name is Yamaha watersports. they also sell jet ski's & such. I found the staff to be kinda rude & not to knowledgeable at all about their product. Kawasaki is much easier to deal with instead of duh I dunno can write them & find out in about 3 weeks. they walked me on a chance of a sale on a 600 or larger. I bought Kawasaki instead. They were able to answer basic questions. Good luck. If their service shop is as poor as the sales that will be one hella bike to get repairs done on. Pattaya is nor renound for big bike repairs. You have to beg them to adjust your valves & bring them the guages to check the clearances on the valves.

Watchara Marine is printed on the big sign out on the street.  Yes, they don't seem interested in customers there.



#32 bealus

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Posted 2013-05-05 23:34:00

 Will stay away from grey-importers who can't provide the green-book and have to cut much bureaucratic red-tape

 

Who told you grey importers can't provide the green book? I have the green book, not a bogus book but one delivered straight from the department of land transport.

 

If you do it the right way there are no problems.Mind you also that my bike wasn't imported in parts, but in one piece.

 

No red tape to cut or backhanders, just deal with the right people.

Based on speaking to many bike-enthusiasts(both farang and Thai)I would at least say the (vast)majority of grey-importers can't/will not provide

the greenbook; suppose every herd has one "white sheep" too



#33 bealus

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Posted 2013-05-05 23:42:39

There is a Yamaha big bike shop on Sukimvette in Pattaya. Right next to the true value store Soi Khao Talo. They have a bunch of little bikes outside & a  small amount of show bikes (imported) for order. I think its name is Yamaha watersports. they also sell jet ski's & such. I found the staff to be kinda rude & not to knowledgeable at all about their product. Kawasaki is much easier to deal with instead of duh I dunno can write them & find out in about 3 weeks. they walked me on a chance of a sale on a 600 or larger. I bought Kawasaki instead. They were able to answer basic questions. Good luck. If their service shop is as poor as the sales that will be one hella bike to get repairs done on. Pattaya is nor renound for big bike repairs. You have to beg them to adjust your valves & bring them the guages to check the clearances on the valves.

Watchara Marine is printed on the big sign out on the street.  Yes, they don't seem interested in customers there.

 

There is a Yamaha big bike shop on Sukimvette in Pattaya. Right next to the true value store Soi Khao Talo. They have a bunch of little bikes outside & a  small amount of show bikes (imported) for order. I think its name is Yamaha watersports. they also sell jet ski's & such. I found the staff to be kinda rude & not to knowledgeable at all about their product. Kawasaki is much easier to deal with instead of duh I dunno can write them & find out in about 3 weeks. they walked me on a chance of a sale on a 600 or larger. I bought Kawasaki instead. They were able to answer basic questions. Good luck. If their service shop is as poor as the sales that will be one hella bike to get repairs done on. Pattaya is nor renound for big bike repairs. You have to beg them to adjust your valves & bring them the guages to check the clearances on the valves.

Watchara Marine is printed on the big sign out on the street.  Yes, they don't seem interested in customers there.

Watchara Marine has been named(or should it be shamed)several times so their reputation can't be tied down to one grumpy/dissatisfied customer; you have been warned. Can we roll up

the sausage from the other end and recommend sale/maintenance for their good or even excellent service? Are there "white sheep" or is this utopia in Thailand?



#34 jbrain

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Posted 2013-05-05 23:48:27

 

 Will stay away from grey-importers who can't provide the green-book and have to cut much bureaucratic red-tape

 

Who told you grey importers can't provide the green book? I have the green book, not a bogus book but one delivered straight from the department of land transport.

 

If you do it the right way there are no problems.Mind you also that my bike wasn't imported in parts, but in one piece.

 

No red tape to cut or backhanders, just deal with the right people.

Based on speaking to many bike-enthusiasts(both farang and Thai)I would at least say the (vast)majority of grey-importers can't/will not provide

the greenbook; suppose every herd has one "white sheep" too

 

Or you could say, people at the sideline always know better.

 

This my 3rd import bike, all were with legal green book and I have many friends who have imported bikes all with legal green book.

 

Of course I can name you the dealers you have to stay away from, and they are also well bespoken on this forum.

 

Another fact is that many " bike enthusiasts " refuse to shell out the extra money for the green book at the time of purchase, because it is no problem to ride without a book, and when they found out that in fact it is a problem it will be too late to get it legal. So let's blame the dealer then.

 

It should also be a known fact that older bikes can not get a legal green book as they will have no chance to pass the emission test.

 

As I said, if you do it the right way, then there will be no problem but don't expect to get it in under the table since that door has been closed recently.



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Posted 2013-05-06 01:35:05

 

 

 Will stay away from grey-importers who can't provide the green-book and have to cut much bureaucratic red-tape

 

Who told you grey importers can't provide the green book? I have the green book, not a bogus book but one delivered straight from the department of land transport.

 

If you do it the right way there are no problems.Mind you also that my bike wasn't imported in parts, but in one piece.

 

No red tape to cut or backhanders, just deal with the right people.

Based on speaking to many bike-enthusiasts(both farang and Thai)I would at least say the (vast)majority of grey-importers can't/will not provide

the greenbook; suppose every herd has one "white sheep" too

 

Or you could say, people at the sideline always know better.

 

This my 3rd import bike, all were with legal green book and I have many friends who have imported bikes all with legal green book.

 

Of course I can name you the dealers you have to stay away from, and they are also well bespoken on this forum.

 

Another fact is that many " bike enthusiasts " refuse to shell out the extra money for the green book at the time of purchase, because it is no problem to ride without a book, and when they found out that in fact it is a problem it will be too late to get it legal. So let's blame the dealer then.

 

It should also be a known fact that older bikes can not get a legal green book as they will have no chance to pass the emission test.

 

As I said, if you do it the right way, then there will be no problem but don't expect to get it in under the table since that door has been closed recently.

 

how i can say this in a polite manner; generally speaking i'm not
expecting too much from people who show their self-esteem is a bit on
the delicate site; a disagreement can make

them feel revengeful, yet they need it. last thread from me on this and enjoy your bike!!



#36 jbrain

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Posted 2013-05-06 11:16:36

 

 

Based on speaking to many bike-enthusiasts(both farang and Thai)I would at least say the (vast)majority of grey-importers can't/will not provide

 

the greenbook; suppose every herd has one "white sheep" too

 

Or you could say, people at the sideline always know better.

 

This my 3rd import bike, all were with legal green book and I have many friends who have imported bikes all with legal green book.

 

Of course I can name you the dealers you have to stay away from, and they are also well bespoken on this forum.

 

Another fact is that many " bike enthusiasts " refuse to shell out the extra money for the green book at the time of purchase, because it is no problem to ride without a book, and when they found out that in fact it is a problem it will be too late to get it legal. So let's blame the dealer then.

 

It should also be a known fact that older bikes can not get a legal green book as they will have no chance to pass the emission test.

 

As I said, if you do it the right way, then there will be no problem but don't expect to get it in under the table since that door has been closed recently.

 

 

how i can say this in a polite manner; generally speaking i'm not
expecting too much from people who show their self-esteem is a bit on
the delicate site; a disagreement can make

them feel revengeful, yet they need it. last thread from me on this and enjoy your bike!!

 

 

Well how can I say it in a polite way that some newbie who came onhere asking where he could buy a bike, as he wasn't even able to explore a website of the manufacturer, only 3 days later knows it all better than everyone else on this forum who has owned and purchased bikes for many years in Thailand.

 

I even had to fix the quotes for this know it all, as even that is behind his understanding .



#37 taninthai

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Posted 2013-05-06 11:23:41

I think the op needs to actually decide what sort of bike he wants ,seems he hasn't mentioned once even what style of bike he wants.

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Posted 2013-05-06 12:27:55

I think the op needs to actually decide what sort of bike he wants ,seems he hasn't mentioned once even what style of bike he wants.

 

 

He mentioned a few times that he fancies a cruiser like the Yamaha Midnightstar, over here called Roadliner, but that is a bike which is only available in Thailand through import.



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Posted 2013-05-06 14:03:28

I think the op needs to actually decide what sort of bike he wants ,seems he hasn't mentioned once even what style of bike he wants.

 

I think the op needs to actually decide what sort of bike he wants ,seems he hasn't mentioned once even what style of bike he wants.

Mentioned in the first thread I was looking for a bike in the 900 ccm or up class; that leaves a lot of options indeed. General outlook is to a have bike with which I can make trips through

Thailand and neighboring countries with my best friend, who will join me to live in LOS end of the year. As the days of Hayabusa high speeding are (far) left behind me, I opt now for

a more cruiser type of bike; shaft or belt-driven and torque more important than speed/hp and with saddlebags that can be attached. Like Jbrain stated the optimum for me would be a

Yamaha MidnightStar or comparable(Honda VTX 1800); the minimum being a Yamaha Dragstar, Kawasaki Vulcan or comparable.



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Posted 2013-05-12 21:44:58

To all forum-members who contribute useful information to this topic; I would like to thank you as it give me some valuable insight

information about buying a motor-cycle, spare-parts,green-books, grey-importing, service and maintenance(and the lack of it) etc.:

 

Thanks very much for your input smile.png

 

FYI; just bought a second-hand yamaha dragstar 2009, well-maintained and with greenbook.

 

 



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Posted 2013-05-12 22:54:42

Yes to Honda and no to Kawasaki, the later you would have to order. CBR600RR, sitting at Honda, several flavors ready to purchase.

I have been to the new honda shop in pattaya many times. They do have many 500s, cbr1000rr on the floor and even a crf250R but no cbr600rr







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