I am in Chiang Mai and looking for a used dirtbike about 200-250CC to tour around thailand and eventually take to Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. (Already back-packed Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam). It is looking like the only option is buying a bike that already has plates on it, and registration. Otherwise, to buy a Japan-made bike, one has to pay about 60,000B for import tax. -Is it true that you DO NOT have to pay this IF the bike ALREADY has plates, so basically this fee only has to be paid one time in the bikes life, and someone has already paid it? Someone else told me that this 60,000B has to be paid each time the ownership (name) changes. One of these is not correct??? BTW: My dad is using a bike for riding in Thailand only, so he is gonna take his chances with a non-plated one. Does anyone know which areas tend to be more strict, and where to avoid, how about the SW Peninsula (Phuket, islands, etc)? We are in Chiang Mai right now, going to travel the North, then down to the islands. The plated bike i am looking at is not ideal but it doesn't look like i have many options as far as buying a plated dirtbike (a rare thing, other than Thai-made Honda MTX 2 cycle). I am looking at a 93 Yamaha DT200 (private deal), still a 2 cycle but atleast a better size. It is mechanically good but needs some signals and cosmetic work, and he is asking 27,000B, i figure i can get it down to atleast 25,000B. Included in price, he will update the sticker for another year (currently expired). Also, the bike is currently registered in Lampang so to keep this precious plate, i beleive i will have to make up a Lampang residence, as apposed to one in Chiang Mai? Correct? Does this information sound correct? Any advise, corrections, additions would be very helpful, as tomorrow is monday, so we would like to make a deal and get the ball rolling in the immigration office, and registration office. Thanks for any info. BLAKE !!!