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Importing a modified classic Italian motorcycle

Hi all,

I have seen some posts regarding the import process of motorcycles but as none seem to cover something as specific as mine I wanted to share with you all a dilemma I am currently facing.

I am in the process of a permanent move from London to Zurich and one item I want to import is a recently acquired (<6months) 1980 moto guzzi v35. The bike has had many modifications made to it for both ongoing maintenance and aesthetics. The bike is currently in Italy and I am looking at the options available for importation. It will be solely for personal use. I have the original vehicle registration document, and a copy of the recently passed Italian safety checks (like their mot).

From reading other posts, it appears for it to meet Swiss standards any modifications made have to be justified and generally slow down the process. I am struggling to find the exact standards required to be met too (despite the obvious headlight adjustment commonly mentioned).

I was wondering if anyone has any advice/experience regarding importing a classic bike which is modified, what the best practice would be, the likelihood of it being accepted etc. On the import duty and tax side I think I am OK but please feel free to share anything that may not be so obvious there.

Thanks in advance,
Andrew
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Re: Importing a modified classic Italian motorcycle

Tom (St2ltmans) will be awake soon and all will be revealed what you can and cannot do with a motorcycle in Switzerland
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I doubt if he'll be along anytime soon - he'll still be out truffle hunting, in the woods with his pet pig (before he slaughters it for Sunday roast).
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Re: Importing a modified classic Italian motorcycle

Ha thanks both, I will await Toms response. If you have any thoughts please do share in the meantime.
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Re: Importing a modified classic Italian motorcycle

You will need OEM wheels, brakes, and exhaust, as well as OEM (rubber) brake lines.

So you will need to change the mufflers and brake lines, as well as the angle of the license plate.

Does the license plate have a light and reflector? If not, you will have to add those.

Mirrors?

The front mud guard also looks a bit iffy.

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Thanks Tom, basically it's not worth it? Sounds like a fair bit of work.

Just checked the bike, missing the reflector, and can add some test worthy mirrors. If the exhaust isn't OEM standard will that definitely be a fail? Is it a case of ticking every box I assume?

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The mufflers at least must be, or at least as quiet as OEM. Head pipes, depends on the canton, here I get a way with non OEM headpipes and cross-over.

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