I got this one through my mailbox today and wondered if anyone can help?
"I am looking for some advice, I currently live in Yorkshire, Hull. I own an Aprilia RSV mille 2001, which is still going great across the quality Yorkshire roads!
However I am looking at relocating to Rome with work shortly. Basically, as crazy as it sounds I really want to get on 2 wheels in Rome. I understand that is quite hard to buy and register a bike while being only a temporary resident as I will only be there for 1 year.
So I am considering buying a cheapish mid range, small, but with some guts, town bike: Fazer 600, Hornet 600, Maybe SV650 @ a budget of £1000-£1500.
I am well prepared to ride this bike to Italy, Rome with UK road tax, insurance and MOT. I have read in some places on the interent that 6 months is the maximum you can keep a vehicle registered to another country. To be fair I will wait till slightly warmer weather so may only really need for 9 months but would this be an issue?
I will use the bike for commuting during the week, so don't want it to be overheating in traffic (as with RSV) and exploring Italy during the weekend. This will be a kept outside in Rome and be used to battle with the the Italian traffic, so may need something quite tough!
Thanks for listening to my ramblings, but if you guys do have any advice on:
1. Legalities of riding and owning a UK bike in Italy?
2. Riding to Italy, Rome - good routes stop offs?
3. Tips on long distance riding as this would be longest ride for me so far?
4. Tips on which bike to buy as is it needs to tick quite a few boxes
If all gets sorted will sort you guys out with a with a pic on location."