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Moving with or without motorbike

Hi I know this topic has been covered previously, but I don't seem to find one that really answers my question.

I am moving from the uk to Zurich in a few months and have a lovely old BMW R45 which I do not want to leave behind.


It would be great to get thoughts and advice of anyone who has done this before.


What do I need to do to my bike before leaving the uk? As it is old, I wanted to get the exhaust and engine cleaned so as not fall foul of the clean air laws.


Is there anything else? What documentation do I need to bring?


And finally is it even worth brining or should I sell here and buy a new one there?


Many thanks all
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Re: Moving with or without motorbike

Speedo needs to be or also show kms. Exhaust etc should be standard. It comes as your possessions so just the v5 needed.
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Re: Moving with or without motorbike

Bring it with you. the importation is easy if you have the V5 and it is completely standard, if it has any modifications see if you can get the standard parts cheaply in uk as they are more expensive here.. The swiss are real awkward about non standard parts, they especially don't like race exhausts!

If you had it for more than 6 months there is no tax to pay

Tor the registration forms it is useful if you have a proper (even haynes) workshop manual as it is old and you will not have a Certificate of Conformance from the manufacturer, you will need some reference to get data for the registration form such as weight and power output etc.

I had no issues importing an early Superblackbird for was never officially imported into switzerland (at least non in 1998!) which honda would not supply a CofC
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Re: Moving with or without motorbike

I guess ask yourself the question...

- how much you really love the bike and would you be willing to part with it?

I bought over 2 bikes with me to import and in hindsight I would probably have sold them in the UK and got others ones here.

If you import it the areas you will have fun with is -
- insurance
- paperwork and correct stamps
- certificate of conformity (no idea how this effects old bikes that clearly will never have one)
- UK bike being converted to Swiss standards - this was the killer for me 1600chf to convert the lights on both bikes alone
- foreign language fun as dont expect English.

If I was to do it again it would be so much easier as I managed to hit every problem mostly my fault and some frustrations with the system.

Try to read as much as you can so you are familiar with each stage of the process most info. can be found on this site.

Finally not that I think on an old BMW it will bother you but the exhaust hard time is a myth.

If you have an aftermarket exhaust of course like anywhere it needs to be road legal, must be stamped and you will need again certificate of conformity and emission paperwork that should come with it anyway.

Mine is a MIVV very loud, barely raised an eyebrow except for a grin from the examiner when he took the bike out for a ride.

And i live near Bern which is suppose to be the worse.
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Re: Moving with or without motorbike

If I had a bike like that one I wouldnt leave it out of my sight. Keep it mate.
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