TLDR: Title says it all.
Now the long version:
Hey TCL, it's been a while.
This past October I moved my life to Germany. I'm a dual citizen, (Canada/Germany) and I wasn't finding the work/living situation I was looking for in Canada, so I picked up and tried something new. Found a great job and I'll hopefully be here a while now!
I've been a youngtimer guy (German term for E30, NA Miata etc.. also conveniently my last two cars) for the last while and loved it. I always owned a second vehicle just in case (youngtimer Dakota ) and liked turning wrenches in my free time. I had a feeling that wasn't going to be the case in Germany as I probably won't get a garage, and I don't have much desire to accumulate a whole new set of tools on this side of the world. Originally I was thinking I'd pick up a funish newer car (E46 320d) but my budget just couldn't keep up with the crap Canadian dollar against the Euro. I ended up with a Renault Megane 1.9D that's been great to me at a price I had to take. That said, my desire for something fun to drive and turn wrenches on hasn't diminished. Given the comparatively awesome weather here, great driving roads, less/smaller tools required, easier storage, cheaper enviro tax, fuel economy und und und.. I'm strongly considering a jungtimer motorcycle. I had my motorcycle license at home and if my German at the DMV served me at all, I think I'll be getting the endorsement on my German license once it's exchanged. I don't have a ton of experience, but I survived about 2,000 miles across Vietnam and Cambodia on 98cc this spring.
Rewind four years ago just post E30 collision, I was looking at all kinds of Datsuns, MGB, Triumph.. and I realized NA miata checked all the right boxes while being an awesome daily. I put on about 15,000 nearly entirely trouble free miles each the last two summers. Loved it so much I kept it back home in case things didn't work out here but I'll be getting a buddy to sell it this spring now that things have.
All that said, I'm looking for the NA Miata of the motorcycle world. A German manufacturer would be bonus points, but I'm open to all options. I'm looking for proven reliability track record, good parts availability, easy enough wrenching for someone who's used to cars, needn't be a speed demon but good power to weight ratio is important, and of course attainable price (thinking ~2000 euros right now). Would be nice if it was capable of about 80mph in case I needed to Autobahn it (400cc?).
At the end of the day, if I move back to Canada, I'd be wanting to take it with me. Can anyone speak to importing a motorcycle from Germany? Bringing one with you?.. Might be a more Canadian specific question.
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For the observant, I don't live in Frankfurt; that's the PO's plate.