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Looking into getting a motorcycle in Turkey
Posted June 9th, 2013 - 6:32 am by from Ottawa, Canada (Permalink)
I am from Canada, will be here in Turkey for a few months, I am thinking of getting a motorcycle, any suggestions as to where to look to find one?

In Canada I have a Suzuki SV 650. I am looking for something around 250cc, I plan to take rides around Turkey, so the bike has to be big enough for long distance and small enough to be easy in the city.

Any information about insurance, where to find a bike, equipment (helmet, jacket) would be really welcome.

Thank you so much!


Posted June 9th, 2013 - 7:54 am by from Istanbul, Turkey (Permalink)
Hi Danielle,
I don't know if you've already checked the prices for equipment and bikes but things in here are more expensive than Canada. So it is a good idea to bring your stuff from Canada if you can.
Other than that; I can help you to get anything you need either bike or the equipment.

Posted June 9th, 2013 - 9:55 am by from Ottawa, Canada (Permalink)
Hi Alikenan,
Where is a good place to look for used bikes? I need to see what kind of prices are out there.

I also need information regarding insurance, I have no idea how it works here, where to get it, what to expect to pay, do I need a Turkish driver's licence?

Also the driving being so different than in America, should I take some skills driving classes?

For the gear, I will see what is best. I did not bring it with me as it would have added quite a bit of a fee with extra luggage and I'm still not sure if I will go ahead with getting the bike depending on how complicated things are.

Thank you so much for responding


Posted June 9th, 2013 - 10:09 am by from Istanbul, Turkey (Permalink)
the best place to get some idea about the prices would be the webpage named sahibinden.com, it has English option also so it should be easy to use. Keep that in mind that u have chance to negotiate on the prices which are written there so don't think them as the last price.
Kiziltoprak district and Kadikoy area is perfect places to look around as well. u can find all kind of shops sells all brands regarding to equipment and bikes
Insurance is easy. Price depends on the bike but not expensive tho. For a 250 bike I wouldn't expect more than 100 dollars per year.
I don't know much about license but I will try to gather some informtion and let u know.
And regarding to insurance and paperwork etc I can help u when u decide which bike to get, otherwise it might be tricky for a foreigner d/t language barrier

Posted June 9th, 2013 - 11:10 am by from Ottawa, Canada (Permalink)
Thank you SO much! that is very helpful.
I will start looking and see what I can do.

Posted June 10th, 2013 - 11:26 am by from Istanbul, Turkey (Permalink)
It would be good to keep in touch about this. I'm in the same boat - wanting a bike. I'm not sure myself of answers to the questions you've posted.
When will you arrive?

Posted June 10th, 2013 - 8:39 pm by from Ottawa, Canada (Permalink)
I am here already, in Beyoglu for now.

Posted June 10th, 2013 - 8:49 pm by from Istanbul, Turkey (Permalink)
Cool. Mecidiyeköy

Posted June 18th, 2013 - 5:18 am by from Istanbul, Turkey (Permalink)
Hey Daniella and Mark,

As Ali Kenan said, sahibinden.com is the best website to find second hand motorbike. Also you might find second hand jacket and helmet ( i am not sure to get a second hand helmet!)and other equipments.
This link might help you to find jacket and helmet. It's more affordable then other companies.
P.S: Website is Turkish
Kask: Helmet (Kapalı Kasklar: Fullface Helmet)
Erkek Ceket: Men Jacket
Kadın Ceket: Woman Jacket
Eldiven: Gloves

Posted June 21st, 2013 - 12:01 am by from Ottawa, Canada (Permalink)
I have a few bikes lined up as favorites on Sahibinden, will start contacting them tomorrow. Any comments regarding the difference between a Honda cbr 125 or the cbf 125 ? I imagine the CBR's suspension, braking etc. would be somewhat better but maybe not.

there is also a yamaha YBR 125, how does this compare to the Hondas?

I am getting closer to having wheels though!

Posted June 21st, 2013 - 6:08 am from Istanbul, Turkey
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Posted June 21st, 2013 - 6:45 am by from Istanbul, Turkey (Permalink)
All 3 bikes are top in their classes.
CBR has more sporty look but in overall as engine and mechanical parts they all similar.
As for the servicing and maintenance; Honda is better in Turkey.
If I may add my personal opinion: you would do better with a 250 bike

Posted June 21st, 2013 - 9:55 am by from Istanbul, Turkey (Permalink)
This is turning into a great post. Lots of useful information. Thanks folks - keep posting.

Posted June 21st, 2013 - 11:12 am by from Ottawa, Canada (Permalink)
Looks like I need a residency permit to buy a motorcycle...

anyone has information or a source I can research to find out about this?


Posted June 21st, 2013 - 12:53 pm by from Istanbul, Turkey (Permalink)
Hi Danielle,
If you are here as a tourist, ı think you can not buy a motorbike as i know.
You need a resident permit to buy it:(
Let me research it and then let you know.

Posted June 21st, 2013 - 5:43 pm by from Istanbul, Turkey (Permalink)
Best thread you'll ever read about it.

Alternatively call me.


Posted June 23rd, 2013 - 11:55 am by from Ottawa, Canada (Permalink)
couldn't see the post... you have to sign up and I didn't want to do that.

It looks like you do need a resident permit, with the foreigner number to buy a vehicle. I will be looking into that, then when that is done, I can get the bike.

Posted June 23rd, 2013 - 3:55 pm by from Istanbul, Turkey (Permalink)
Actually Danielle I recommend you sign up. It's a very useful site for yabancı. Lots of useful information.

Posted July 10th, 2013 - 1:41 pm by from Istanbul, Turkey (Permalink)
Think of rent. Easier option i guess for short periods.

Posted July 7th, 2013 - 6:43 pm by from Istanbul, Turkey (Permalink)
Hİ Danielle

İ am in Beyoğlu.İ live here and have business here

you are welcome to have a turkish tea in my ofice where i can help you for motorbike issues

here is my business and contacts:www.taksimistanbulapart.com



Posted July 10th, 2013 - 5:38 pm by from Istanbul, Turkey (Permalink)
Merhaba Halil,

Can I take up this offer as well :)


Posted July 12th, 2013 - 10:05 am by from Istanbul, Turkey (Permalink)
Hİ Mark

Sure you can take it



Posted July 11th, 2013 - 5:23 pm by from Ottawa, Canada (Permalink)
Hi Halil,

thanks for writing!

I still don't know if the bike thing will materialize or not. First I'll need a residency permit, I have applied for that and have an appointment on July 24th. Cross your fingers for me!

In the mean time I am taking an intensive Turkish Language class, I had studied a bit before coming here but it was really not enough. that will go on for a month. I hope to stay in Turkey for 9 months to a year to study saz and turkish music.

For the moment I live at a hostel right now on Balyoz Sk. right by Istiklal.

let me know where you are and I'll stop by for tea!

thanks for writing


Posted July 12th, 2013 - 10:13 am by from Istanbul, Turkey (Permalink)
Hi Danielle

Good luck for your recedency permition.İ think you will get it.İ am in for a language exchange.Let me know if you are intersted.

Here is my address:www.taksimistanbulapart.com