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Charlie4
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I can't find clear guidance about importing a bicycle, some sources say bikes have to be registered in USVI. What's the scoop on getting these from the boat onto the road?

Thanks-

Charlie

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Topic starter Posted : April 8, 2014 7:04 pm
Alana33
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Bikes should be registered but you can call MVD (Motor Vehicle Dept.) to see what it involves and cost - 340-774-4268
Not many great places to ride bikes in STT & STJ. Roads mostly have no sidewalks whatsoever and are steep/moutainous.
VI drivers are another hazard.

I imagine if you are shipping it in you would have to PU paperwork at shipper and clear customs/immigrations and take to MVD to license.
Best to call and find out what you need to do directly from them

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Posted : April 8, 2014 7:45 pm
RandyNTaj
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I can't find clear guidance about importing a bicycle, some sources say bikes have to be registered in USVI. What's the scoop on getting these from the boat onto the road?

Thanks-

Charlie

I'm not versed in law on the islands...but if you are talking a bicycle...human-powered, no engine....I don't think you register or pay anyting with that as far as customs/duty/registration...... I think when you hear 'bikes' being registered/etc. you're talking MOTORbikes, or MOTORCYCLES as they are subject to registration, taxes, etc. as they are a motorized vehicle. Bicycles (aka Schwinn, Cannondale) are not subject to that level of regulation or taxation....but as for their viability on the island....I'm hearing not advisable.

Taj rides a sport bike (Italian) and I ride a Honda Goldwing...and we are not going to bring our 'bikes' to the island for the reasons we've been reading--- and not wanting salt damage to either of them as well. I think you might have your 'bikes' information confused...but I'm not sure.

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Posted : April 8, 2014 8:20 pm
OldTart
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A bicycle doesn't have to be registered. A motorbike does.

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Posted : April 8, 2014 9:52 pm
C_Ray6
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I have seen many posts about not many places to ride road bikes but what about mountain bike trails?

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Posted : April 9, 2014 2:25 am
OldTart
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I have seen many posts about not many places to ride road bikes but what about mountain bike trails?

The same applies. No mountain trails.

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Posted : April 9, 2014 10:10 am
JulieKay
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I have seen many posts about not many places to ride road bikes but what about mountain bike trails?

STX has quite a few informal trails where you could ride a bike.

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Posted : April 9, 2014 10:16 am
mtdoramike
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You must have a death wish to ride a bike on the islands, especially St. Thomas. Why do you think they refer to a car that has been on the islands for more than a year a "BEATER". It's because they have been beat to hell in accidents and the roads.

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Posted : April 9, 2014 12:25 pm
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