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Old 16.07.2011, 17:51
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Re: Bringing a UK Motorbike to Switzerland

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and was ACTUALLY offered CHF 2,500 less on trade in against a new Renault and the reason was that it was an import.
I am sure the dealer would have said the colour was wrong & offered 2500 below book had it been 'Swiss', they always do, it's called business. As the car probably cost 5000 less in the begining actually buying the inport one would be the better deal regardless.
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I ACTUALLY went to trade my French Laguna for a new one last year
You bought a Renault Laguna, and then replaced it with a new one....

You'd think having driven one you wouldn't want to drive another. And yes, I do know what they're like.

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the garage that services it and did the prep' for it's MFK, and was ACTUALLY offered CHF 2,500 less on trade in against a new Renault and the reason was that it was an import.
So you were scammed by a dealer. Big surprise.

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Split hairs and nit pick all you want guy' and do throw more "I think's" in , it appears you like it.
Actually, rather than splitting hairs I disagree with you. I'm not seeking an argument, hence I put 'I think' in to make it sound less confrontational.

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Which is of course no help to the op who simply wanted to know about importing his UK bike, and just de-railing his thread
Seeing as you're the one who de-railed the debate originally this does make you a hypocrite.

As it's a debate you seem to be loosing, no wonder you'd like to close it.

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Practicalities against theory, I've imported 4 times to 2 countries and the last time was 9 months ago. 3 plain sailing 1 nightmare... been there and done it. The paperwork is easy, the living with not always so. But when you've done with the rose tints pass them along
I've imported one car into one country (Switzerland) in the last 6 months. Plain sailing. I did my research and did it right. No theory - practical.

My advice to the OP, if you have an unmodified bike that's in good condition and has an European Certificate of Conformity go for it. If not maybe you'll have a nightmare. There are plenty of people on the forum who've had a nightmare. They were too stupid to do the research. See above.
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Old 18.07.2011, 08:47
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Re: Bringing a UK Motorbike to Switzerland

Now you are just trolling, still nice to see you have the ability to realise that sometimes it can be simple and sometimes not so... even when all the boxes have been ticked, and the correct paperwork held. Only a twat would presume that, as would be ther presumption that anyone who runs into issues is stupid, and I'm simply pointing out that importing vehicles is not justy about saving a few bob' or getting Swiss plates. Shame that sense didn't come with a little good grace on your part.

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Re: Bringing a UK Motorbike to Switzerland

Grrr... Looks like the suggested UK insurer doesn't do motorbikes. (Stuart Collins)...

Does anybody know any swiss insurer that will insure a GB plated bike? I think I've read that Zurich will? Is this true? And are they expensive?

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Grrr... Looks like the suggested UK insurer doesn't do motorbikes. (Stuart Collins)...

Does anybody know any swiss insurer that will insure a GB plated bike? I think I've read that Zurich will? Is this true? And are they expensive?

Jazz
Bummer.... I hoped you were onto a winner there. There are some Brits on the bike threads who may have an insurance soloution for you, Hedgehog of death (nice guy) might be able to point you in the right direction, but insures who take on foreign plated machines aren't that common. Good luck
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Now you are just trolling
Actually, it's me who's saught to avoid a row and you who've done the trolling, so maybe less sanctimonious moralising from you.

By the way, posting 'You clearlye haven't had 2 much real experience have you' on my rep just makes you sound like a perve.
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Old 18.07.2011, 20:38
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Re: Bringing a UK Motorbike to Switzerland

Hi, I've read somewhere that if I declare my motorbike as an import when entering Switzerland, they will provide me with a reference number I can pass on to a Swiss insurance company (even while its on UK plates).

Has anybody had any experience of this??

"You can delcare the bike at the border which is easy to do, just some paperwork filling and stamping OR ask at the STVA ( swiss dvla) where is a local office and they will do it there, you will get a import form with a stammnummer - this number is an import reference number and you can give this number to insurance companies to insure your bike whilst on UK plates."
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Hi, I've read somewhere that if I declare my motorbike as an import when entering Switzerland, they will provide me with a reference number I can pass on to a Swiss insurance company (even while its on UK plates).

Has anybody had any experience of this??

"You can delcare the bike at the border which is easy to do, just some paperwork filling and stamping OR ask at the STVA ( swiss dvla) where is a local office and they will do it there, you will get a import form with a stammnummer - this number is an import reference number and you can give this number to insurance companies to insure your bike whilst on UK plates."
That's pretty much it!

There's a customs office in Zurich where you can sort out the paperwork if the border one is closed when you cross :

http://www.ezv.admin.ch/dienstleistu...ail.php?id=178

Make sure the frame number on the bike matches the logbook.

For the MFK, you'll need a euro / LHD headlamp (got mine off eBay), and Swiss approval papers for any non-OE mods (steel brake lines, exhaust, etc).
MPH speedo is OK as long as it shows KMH as well.
Oh, and make sure it's clean

Good luck!
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Old 19.07.2011, 22:44
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Re: Bringing a UK Motorbike to Switzerland

I'll still have 12 months before I need to get this swiss MOT done right?

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Re: Bringing a UK Motorbike to Switzerland

Yep, but the bike needs to be UK legal so 12 months tax, mot... and the dreaded insurance, any further forward with that?
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Re: Bringing a UK Motorbike to Switzerland

From the sounds of things, swiss insurance companies will insure me once i get this customer reference number when I declare my bike as an import.

So that should all be ok. Kind of makes sense really? i.e. you rock up, announce you're brining a bike into the country and they give you 1 year to change the plates and get certified for that country.

Or at least... I'm hoping it is like this :-)
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Re: Bringing a UK Motorbike to Switzerland

That's basically it... fingers crossed. Bern outlined the basic's for the test so start chasing Honda for any conformity paperwork as that will be simpler done from Blighty I reckon, and most likely cheaper. Bern was right about any mods to, they have to have conformity paperwork as well.

Make you have 12 months tax and M.o.T, and I'd do the import stuff at the zoll in Zurich rather than the border though (it's a stamm number that you need), they were really helpful with my paperwork when someone had written 2 number on the VIN the wrong way round.
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Re: Bringing a UK Motorbike to Switzerland

yeah... hopefully it will all work out.

I'm still quite bringing the bike back to the UK to sell in Oct, and buying a swiss bike in March or April the following year. Possibly a Speed Triple :-))

Can't imagine much motorbiking takes place in Switzerland during the winter?
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From the sounds of things, swiss insurance companies will insure me once i get this customer reference number when I declare my bike as an import.

So that should all be ok. Kind of makes sense really? i.e. you rock up, announce you're brining a bike into the country and they give you 1 year to change the plates and get certified for that country.

Or at least... I'm hoping it is like this :-)
Yes, that is how it is ..

It is easy - and much more cost effective than buying locally - if you have owned the bike for 6 months in the UK.

I think the cost was around 400 CHF - but I did two at the same time and I can't remember
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Can't imagine much motorbiking takes place in Switzerland during the winter?
Sure does, but only if you live around here!

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Re: Bringing a UK Motorbike to Switzerland

righty ho..

I'm in Zurich, with the CBR600. I've got my stamnumber, and I now have insurance.

Apparently I need to book an appointment at the Strassenverkehrsamt. Does anybody knows what happens here?

Should I go to a garage to get my speedo/lights sort before this appointment?

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righty ho..

I'm in Zurich, with the CBR600. I've got my stamnumber, and I now have insurance.

Apparently I need to book an appointment at the Strassenverkehrsamt. Does anybody knows what happens here?

Should I go to a garage to get my speedo/lights sort before this appointment?

Jazz
You don't book the appointment - they will contact you. But yes, you must Swissify the bike before the inspection.
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You don't book the appointment - they will contact you. But yes, you must Swissify the bike before the inspection.
Bob - they never contacted me. I just went when the time was well over an made an appointment. They then moaned for not having an invite !!
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Old 03.08.2011, 16:16
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Bob - they never contacted me. I just went when the time was well over an made an appointment. They then moaned for not having an invite !!
I just had my first motorbike MFK on a 1997 BMF F650, it was a doddle, far easier than with a car. I would happily buy a bike to import or 1 with no MFK now I know how easy it is.
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