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Old 05.06.2012, 09:12
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Putting scooter back on the road, what are the steps required?

Hi All,

2 winters ago, the MFK appointment came in for my scooter. Due to not enough time to deal with it at the time, I handed the plate back at the Strassenverkehrsamt.

Fast forward to now, I've fixed it up and it's all ready for the inspection.

What steps to I take?

Can I get insurance without a plate then register for the MFK at the Strassenverkehrsamt?

Or, do I have to get the MFK passed before I can get the plate? If this is the way, can I drive it to the Strassenverkehrsamt test area, with no current insurance? (Maybe the old insurance company is still liable?)

All thoughts appreciated, but no need for comments regarding getting a garage to do it, the machine is spotless and I'll take my chances
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Old 05.06.2012, 09:57
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Re: Putting scooter back on the road, what are the steps required?

1) Get insurance

2) Get plate

3) Wait for invite for MFK to arrive in the mail

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Old 05.06.2012, 10:08
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Re: Putting scooter back on the road, what are the steps required?

Hey, thanks for your feedback, Tom.

So I can put it onto the road before the MFK is passed. So I get some free motoring days :-)

I'll get onto the insurance company then...
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Old 05.06.2012, 10:25
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Re: Putting scooter back on the road, what are the steps required?

Yes, they changed the way it works recently (used to have to get the MFK first), got a scooter for my daughter and a 125 for my wife this year, local garage guy told me that it works like this now, and it does (originally thought I might need to borrow his dealer plate to bring them in).

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Re: Putting scooter back on the road, what are the steps required?

So I have my insurance sorted out, my new plate, and my MFK scheduled for tomorrow.

Unfortunately I think it's going to fail, it seemed OK when I first started up a few weeks back, but after a decent run I reckon the exhaust silencer will need replacing, the baffles rattle at certain RPM.

Question is, can I buy one of the after-market ones on UK eBay? They seem a good price and I have a visitor coming over shortly, but I wonder if they are OK to use in Switzerland?

I know in the UK about 20 years ago, all the exhausts had to be stamped with a British Standard, is it the same here? If it makes any difference, it's a Gilera Runner 200VXR scooter (4-stroke).
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Old 17.06.2012, 21:07
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Question is, can I buy one of the after-market ones on UK eBay? They seem a good price and I have a visitor coming over shortly, but I wonder if they are OK to use in Switzerland?
In a word, no.

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In a word, no.

Tom
Bah, I thought that might be the case.

If I was in the UK, I'd be in the garage with a hacksaw and the welder, but my tool-kit doesn't stretch that far right now! It's annoying, because from the outside, it's in perfect condition.

I can get a standard silencer from the UK for £267, anyone have any leads
where I can get one of those here in Zürich? I don't mind a bit of a premium, but I can do without getting turned over.

Also, what about bike scrap dealers, do they exist over here?

Thanks for your thoughts...
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Bah, I thought that might be the case.

If I was in the UK, I'd be in the garage with a hacksaw and the welder, but my tool-kit doesn't stretch that far right now! It's annoying, because from the outside, it's in perfect condition.
If the outside is ok, that's what counts here!

I've definitely had my OEMs welded up before here to fix rust holes.

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If the outside is ok, that's what counts here!

I've definitely had my OEMs welded up before here to fix rust holes.

Tom
I turned up at the Strassenverkhersamt about 3 minutes late for my allotted time, at 7.33 on Monday morning (lots of roadworks between Triemli and Albisgutli plus I had to strip down the handlebar area to re-attach some cables on the way there - doh!).

When I arrived, the place was deserted but the guy at the desk still cheerfully postponed my appointment until lunch time. Luckily I work about 200 metres from the test centre, so no great shakes. ("Round one to me, I think...")

For the test, the bloke raised it up with a bike stand, had a quick look round with a torch, mostly at the tyres and brakes and frame, checked the steering was OK, started it up and whizzed off on it for a couple of minutes. As he rode off, I was wincing whilst trying to ignore the exhaust rattle/buzz.

Then he came back with a bit of paper that I had to sign that said it passed. He pointed out that the back light didn't work, but let that go.

All over in 10 minutes. Then, I also found that putting my earplugs in almost completely eliminates the buzz, must just hit the right frequency, but it drives me nuts so I need a new silencer.

Thanks for the advice st2lemans!
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Re: Putting scooter back on the road, what are the steps required?

Glad to hear that it worked out for you!

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When I arrived, the place was deserted but the guy at the desk still cheerfully postponed my appointment until lunch time. Luckily I work about 200 metres from the test centre, so no great shakes. ("Round one to me, I think...")
Goddamn Strassenverkhersamt, received the bill today:

Cost of MFK = 56 CHF
Cost of turning up 2 minutes late = 56 CHF

"Round two not to me, I think..."
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Re: Putting scooter back on the road, what are the steps required?

The MFK appointment for my scooter is approaching so I would like to ask the more experienced of you weather it will be a problem to show up with few cracks on the right mirror or shall I buy a new one? And is some rust on the exhaust and the back springs something to worry about or not ? Thank you in advance.
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Re: Putting scooter back on the road, what are the steps required?

You will need to replace the mirror. If it fails the test on the rusty parts, you have 2 weeks to get it repaired.
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Re: Putting scooter back on the road, what are the steps required?

If the rust is not rusted through, no problem. Throw on some paint if you wish.

Replace the mirror, though.

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If the rust is not rusted through, no problem. Throw on some paint if you wish.
Replace the mirror, though.
Thanks for your replays. I ordered the mirror from French internet site for only €10 instead the CHF 50 quoted at the garage near my place. Bought some special paint and wire brush to take care of the rust. Are you aware if there is an official list with things being checked during the MFK so I can go through and avoid a failure?
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Re: Putting scooter back on the road, what are the steps required?

Here is an example MFK from caton Zurich (German).
http://www.stva.zh.ch/internet/siche...ternet1305.pdf
http://www.stva.zh.ch/internet/siche...fHinweise.html

French (from caton Valais):
http://www.vs.ch/Navig/navig.asp?Men...RefServiceID=0
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Are you aware if there is an official list with things being checked during the MFK so I can go through and avoid a failure?
Depends on the canton.

Brakes, tires, lights are pretty much general, though blinkers may be removed in certain cantons (TI, ZH for sure).

For my motorcycles, all that is important is OEM brake calipers and lines, wheels, and exhaust, all else is free (at least here in TI).

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1) Get insurance

2) Get plate

3) Wait for invite for MFK to arrive in the mail

Tom
Thanks Tom for the clarity of your info!
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