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Old 10.05.2011, 18:18
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Canadian YZF-R1 import problems

So, when I moved to Zürich from Vancouver, I looked at the used bike market, and opted to bring my bike with me. I asked the local dealer to help me ship it over, and even called the Strassenverkehrsamt Zürich to make sure my license would be ok.


Here we are now on the other side. Long story short, I’ve somehow made it past a dealer in Canada, customs on both sides and an importer in Switzerland and only now as I’m preparing the final details for the Fahrzeugprüfung have they informed me that Canadian bikes don’t have the proper emissions documents and that, best case, I will have to go through an emissions test at the Berner Fachhochschule; which of course, I’m told costs another 1,600 CHF minimum…


As It’s a 2002, the cost of shipping, duty (the importer screwed up the import date and I was charged full tax as a result. I already tried to appeal, but it went nowhere) and repairs to make the kit compliant, it’s starting to cost more that the bike is worth anywhere in the world…


My question is, has anyone had to deal with this? Surely I’m not the first one as the dealership over here seems to think.
Does anyone know of any other solutions that aren’t so wallet-poaching?

Edit: I should point out that I'm still receiving endless amounts of conflicting information. Yamaha Switzerland is convinced that nobody on the continent will do an emissions test on a motorcycle, while the Strassenverkehrsamt is sure there are three in the country alone. Of course, on calling directly, two of the thee won't in fact do a motorcycle, and the third only does emissions, not decibel testing. The Yamaha dealer has said that it's impossible due to the VIN(no idea), and the guy at Berner Fachhochschule(the one centre that will do it) is convinced that it's the same bike in principal and it should pass their test no problem; of course, I can only know for sure after paying the obscene fees to "give it a shot".
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