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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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Old 10.05.2011, 22:33
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Re: Canadian YZF-R1 import problems

Sorry to hear about your problems! No advice I am afraid and not sure if anyone else has done something similar. When it comes to cars I know that cars in US and Canada are made to different vehicle regulations compared to Europe (and most of the world). I guess bikes too

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_F...le_Regulations
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Re: Canadian YZF-R1 import problems

When I moved here in '86, with my '85 Guzzi Lemans I had bought new in '85, I had to go through this.

Back then, it was CHF 1100 or so, so 1600 sounds not out of line 25 years on.

Plus, in 2007, I bought a NEW Ducati 999R in Italy (2003 manufacture) and was given the choice of going through the expensive test (like I did on the LeMans), or paying the importer CHF 1500 (I paid, it was easier).

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Re: Canadian YZF-R1 import problems

Two thoughts:

It will be 10 years old next year. Does this help if you waited?
Are things easier in other Kantons, like Basel, that get more imports?
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Re: Canadian YZF-R1 import problems

Well, when I had some difficulty getting the 999R I bought in Italy registered in Ticino, it was the head of MFK Basel that offered to check through my documents (I faxed them to him after speaking to him on the phone), and verified that they were all in order, but I don't think you can avoid the extra inspection. But he was very helpful (however only speaks German).

MFK Basel has an informative website as well.

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Re: Canadian YZF-R1 import problems

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Two thoughts:

It will be 10 years old next year. Does this help if you waited?
Are things easier in other Kantons, like Basel, that get more imports?
Sadly no. it’s an EU wide deal to do with ECE conformity and I’m not sure, but I think it’s 20 years for “collectors” rules.

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Well, when I had some difficulty getting the 999R I bought in Italy registered in Ticino, it was the head of MFK Basel that offered to check through my documents (I faxed them to him after speaking to him on the phone), and verified that they were all in order, but I don't think you can avoid the extra inspection. But he was very helpful (however only speaks German).

MFK Basel has an informative website as well.
Basel’s site is actually much more useful than Zürich’s, thanks. All my conversations with these guys have been in German (along with a couple that I swear were swiss german, contrary to their claims), so maybe I'll give him a call.

What really gets me, is that according to the guy at Berner Fachhochschule, (and I suppose I’ll listen to him as he’s the only qualified place in the country for bike emissions) the bike model is absolutely identical, and it’s literally only the ece paperwork! What am I getting for 2000 CHF? I poorly written piece of paper… there has to be an alternative.
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