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Thread: How to Import Your Motorcycle from the EU.

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    My Experience

    I bought a 1990 R100GS PD last weekend.. in Munich..rode it back on borrowed trade plates..

    MOT'd it on Monday (Tape on the headlight, and speedo conversion stickers off of ebay)..

    Thursday visited local DVLA office with MOT, Insurance and original German Reg Docs.

    Filled out Form V55 and VAT Form 414 available over the counter

    Paid £55 for Reg, and £41 for 6 months tax.

    Authorisation for Number Plate and Tax Disc arrived this morning (Saturday)

    Shimple!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dadonhisbike View Post
    I bought a 1990 R100GS PD last weekend.. in Munich..rode it back on borrowed trade plates..
    Shimple!!!
    Thats the way to do it, congratulation!

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    I also found it very easy, two cars boughts straight off Volkswagen in Wolfsburg and then registered new in the UK.

    And the import (this time GB to Germany) of my 57 GSA in 2009 was ever so easy. BMW didnt charge for the CoC, German MoT wasnt neccessary as the bike was still younger than 2 years and the German registration took 15 minutes and No extra costs (at that time the actual bike was still in the UK)
    Packed the plate, flew over, rode home. Shimple II

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dadonhisbike View Post
    I bought a 1990 R100GS PD last weekend.. in Munich..rode it back on borrowed trade plates..
    at the risk of being a doom-monger / miserable git, did this mean you weren't properly insured ? If so and (say) you had hit and injured someone and the insurers of whoever you borrowed the trade plates from said "you're on your own", you may have ended up on the receiving end of a big f off bill for damages, costs etc. Even if not at fault, if you were sued in Germany (or wherever really) without insurance backing, it may be v costly, even if you won your defence.

    Just a thought. You may have been properly insured in which case I may be typing out of my 'arris. Wouldn't be the 1st time
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    To the OP - didn't you need to pay VAT as well? I imported a KTM from Guernsey and had to pay VAT and show proof of that before I could register in the UK.

    I suspect the difference is that you had paid the French equivalent of VAT when you bought the bike in France, whereas there is no VAT or equivalent in Guernsey

    As an aside, I thought the VAT would be a pain but couldn't have been easier. DVLA on the other hand were a right royal PITA Still, turned out to be a cheap bike even after paying the VAT & wrestling with DVLA Should never have sold it
    Here: 12(62) R1200R Smoke Grey ABS,ASC,OBC,TPS,B&Q,FBI,P45 .
    Gone:10(10) CRF230F Red / 92(J) VFR750FL 'Pearl' White/ 04(04) XR250R Red /98(R) R1100GS Kalahari Yellow/11(60) KTM 990 ADV Orange/07(07) CBF1000A-7 Black/03(03) R1150GS Black/84(A) MBX125 RWB/ 80(V) MB-5 Red

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    Finally starting my import process today.

    Requested a Certificate of Conformity, made some insurance inquiries en hope to have settled it all before the end of the month!

    Already done the MOT a few weeks ago, so hope that there will be no big delays in the process.

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    Also: requesting a CoC is now via email, via eccoc@bmw.co.uk

    Waiting to hear what kind of information they need from me, since I only got an automated reply at this point.

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    Talking

    All in all the DVLA didn't even need a week! (I needed a bit more sorting out insurances that would cover on a chassis number).

    Went to the Sheffield office on a Monday morning (a task only for the unemployed.. what a queue... , handed in all my stuff, and on Friday I found an envelope with my tax disc and license plate number, which I had made at Halfords over the weekend and is not fitted to my GS! Didn't expect it to be so fast and simple.

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    I'm looking into this but there is no getting around the fact that the DVLA require me to use the mph dials which will cost about £630 Also the headlight will have to be changed so that's another £280 if I bought new. As the bike is pristine it would be a shame to put a tatty light on it. Bureaucrats. They always find some way of extorting money from you.

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    I did the same with my F650 Dakar before it was nicked (was luckily 10 years old just when I moved to the UK). The only person to ever see the bike was the MOT guy, and he couldn't have cared less about the KPH speedo. Reckons lots of quads in the UK only show KPH as well, and are even sold new with that! I did have the different headlight. But having compared the light of both of them, the difference is minimal. Next time, I'd give it a shot with those beam converters you can buy on the ferries to the continent.

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    For the purpose of registering a Spanish motorbike in the UK, what documents would be needed to prove that I bought the motorbike through legal means, but did not have time to get it registered in my name?

    I am thinking about buying my Spanish pals motorcycle, but I would not be in Spain during the week and the DVLA over there only opens on week day

    I might call the DVLA about this one, but if anyone knows the answer share the info.

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    car from the USA

    well its sort of similar to a bike.

    Thinking of buying, for my own use, an old MG TC.

    Any help or advice on the pitfalls and paperwork required would be grateful.

    Shipped after manufacture to the US was made to the UK spec so would type approval still be required, it is a 1937 vehicle

    Anthony

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