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Hi all, after much deliberation I have bought a 2015 Versys 650 LT from a dealer in Texas and shall be picking it up on 1st March. I live in the UK but my son lives in Houston and will be on the registration docs as the owner (it was complicated for a non resident to be the owner for some reason).

Anyway, I am riding up to meet an old RAF mate in Truckee (near Lake Tahoe) and we plan to continue north to Alaska (or as far as we can get!) in July this year.

I have a few questions and need to make some modifications but thought I would say hello here first.

ps great to be able to drag and drop - I ride a BMW R1200RT in the UK but the forum is a nightmare to add photos!

Looks like I need 2 posts here before I can post elsewhere so maybe someone can advise reference getting the bike insured?

I am from the UK but have bought a bike in Houston where my son lives. I can get "tourist" insurance cover for a maximum of 90 days (which will be ok as a fall back) but I would like a proper annual policy as the bike will be left with my son in Houston and needs theft protection...

I have tried Geico's online system but they need a US drivers license number. I called them and they tell me I am ok for 30 days but after that I need a US license. Has anyone any experience of this and can advise?

My son has a US license but not for a motorcycle. I was thinking about him being the policy holder and me being a named driver?
Any thoughts?

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Have your son take a motorcycle course & get his license.
"Give" him the bike, then insure & tag it under his name with you being an additional rider on the insurance.
Good thinking - although he is mad busy just now and he wont be able to do it before I leave on the trip...

I have contacted a US insurance broker and hopefully he will find a solution.

My son rang his insurance company and they are very "conservative" and recommended Progressive. I used the online chat (I am in the UK) and they were not remotely concerned about my UK license and the online application even included a drop down for "foreign" license. I have kept a transcript of the conversation just in case!! So, all good and the insurance is now sorted out with my son as the registered keeper in Houston. Thanks for the heads up..

I am picking the bike up from a dealer in a place called Lufkin - (near Houston) on Friday 3rd March and I hope all the "admin" is ok.

I shall start a new thread with a few questions I have but many thanks for the help so far. It is much appreciated!

John

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Looks like I need 2 posts here before I can post elsewhere so maybe someone can advise reference getting the bike insured?

I am from the UK but have bought a bike in Houston where my son lives. I can get "tourist" insurance cover for a maximum of 90 days (which will be ok as a fall back) but I would like a proper annual policy as the bike will be left with my son in Houston and needs theft protection...

I have tried Geico's online system but they need a US drivers license number. I called them and they tell me I am ok for 30 days but after that I need a US license. Has anyone any experience of this and can advise?

My son has a US license but not for a motorcycle. I was thinking about him being the policy holder and me being a named driver?
Any thoughts?
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Have your son take a motorcycle course & get his license.
"Give" him the bike, then insure & tag it under his name with you being an additional rider on the insurance.
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Congrats on the bike. There are some real deals out there on the 2015 left-overs. You will not be disappointed in the bike.
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Have your son take a motorcycle course & get his license.
"Give" him the bike, then insure & tag it under his name with you being an additional rider on the insurance.
Good thinking - although he is mad busy just now and he wont be able to do it before I leave on the trip...

I have contacted a US insurance broker and hopefully he will find a solution.
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Quite a few of us may have some useful information for you....... As the ride to Alaska has been done by some and I am currently living in Alaska... What specific questions do you have? Feel free to PM me.


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Looks like I need 2 posts here before I can post elsewhere so maybe someone can advise reference getting the bike insured?

I am from the UK but have bought a bike in Houston where my son lives. I can get "tourist" insurance cover for a maximum of 90 days (which will be ok as a fall back) but I would like a proper annual policy as the bike will be left with my son in Houston and needs theft protection...

I have tried Geico's online system but they need a US drivers license number. I called them and they tell me I am ok for 30 days but after that I need a US license. Has anyone any experience of this and can advise?

My son has a US license but not for a motorcycle. I was thinking about him being the policy holder and me being a named driver?
Any thoughts?

You can have the bike in your sons name with out a motorcycle license and get insurance for you on the bike. I've done that with AAA....

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Many thanks - great advice!

My son rang his insurance company and they are very "conservative" and recommended Progressive. I used the online chat (I am in the UK) and they were not remotely concerned about my UK license and the online application even included a drop down for "foreign" license. I have kept a transcript of the conversation just in case!! So, all good and the insurance is now sorted out with my son as the registered keeper in Houston. Thanks for the heads up..

I am picking the bike up from a dealer in a place called Lufkin - (near Houston) on Friday 3rd March and I hope all the "admin" is ok.

I shall start a new thread with a few questions I have but many thanks for the help so far. It is much appreciated!

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Looks like I need 2 posts here before I can post elsewhere so maybe someone can advise reference getting the bike insured?

I am from the UK but have bought a bike in Houston where my son lives. I can get "tourist" insurance cover for a maximum of 90 days (which will be ok as a fall back) but I would like a proper annual policy as the bike will be left with my son in Houston and needs theft protection...

I have tried Geico's online system but they need a US drivers license number. I called them and they tell me I am ok for 30 days but after that I need a US license. Has anyone any experience of this and can advise?

My son has a US license but not for a motorcycle. I was thinking about him being the policy holder and me being a named driver?
Any thoughts?
I use "DAIRYLAND" Insurance for my AZ bike - I'm a Canuck...! About $230/ year.

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