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Old 30.09.2012, 12:30
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Bringing a vehicle with foreign plates Temporarily but annually

Hello everyone!
I moved to Switzerland from London couple of months ago. I am a huge biking nut so my next step is to try and bring my motorcycle (2004 Kawasaki ZX6R) into the country with the most amazing driving roads.
I do have couple of problems though. At the moment the bike is sitting tightly in a garage in Bulgaria as I brought it home for some summer fun. It is currently unregistered, uninsured etc. Some basic info: the bike has a modified exhaust (road legal in UK but no paper certificate), also I think there might be a requirement to change the headlights. In interest of all info there are also some cosmetic changes including dark screen, changed levers etc. should really be a problem.
The way I see it I have two options. First most straightforward is to change the exhaust, change lights and import it here, pass all the tests and procedures (it will be great if someone can explain them to me) and after all this hustle, pay for insurance (I am 22 so A LOT) and drive it with Swiss plate.
The second option is a little more complex. Realistically I only need the bike between April(May) and August(September). This means that the majority of the calendar year it will be in Bulgaria. So I can register it there, pay less than 200 francs for insurance, registration and MOT (and the exhaust won’t matter anymore) and bring it here with a car and a trailer in the middle of spring and take it back during fall (it will be completely road legal in an EU country with a valid foreign insurance).
My question is do you see any problem with that working? By this I mean is there a special requirements with driving license (I will have Swiss license by then and in UK for example you cannot drive foreign vehicles with UK license) and with the exhaust do you think I will be in trouble (it is not insanely loud but you know no certificate although road legal it has a stamp). Most importantly though will it be a problem at the border because realistically it will only be here for less than 6 months every year (until I buy newer one).
Thanks to everyone in advance for your input and time, I look forward to hear from you.

p.s.
Any bikers around Zurich-Lucern area you can PM me and once I get it here we can go for rides. Safe riding to all.
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Old 30.09.2012, 13:02
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Re: Bringing a vehicle with foreign plates Temporarily but annually

From my own experiences when I was first over here it's clear that you can't legally do what you suggest. If you're living here any vehicle you use _must_ registered here. On first arrivl there's a 12-month grace period, but I think it's much less than that (3 months?) if you're already here. Search previous posts for more accurate info on this.

Also I've learnt from earlier threads that the idea of having vehicle registered in someone else's name but use occasionally by you over here is also not allowed. So I think you're going to have to go through the pain of doing all the required mods and getting it registered and insured here. Either that or sell it and buy one here that doesn't need any work. That's what I did when I decided I wasn't going to use my Sprint ST illegally any more and it was in any case not the ideal bike for the purely fun usage I then needed, so it was replaced with a Swiss-bought gixxer thou.
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Old 30.09.2012, 13:31
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Re: Bringing a vehicle with foreign plates Temporarily but annually

Thanks mate, well the problem is all these mods on such an old bike is just not worth it. Not to mention I had a plan to later import one from the US and the price difference is enormous. The problem in the current scenario is though that it will legally be here only 4 months in a calendar year so for the majority it will not actually be here this is what I think should be decisive. How do you like the gixxer there are astonishing roads around here I really want to try the ones recomended by TopGear and even around zurich, coming from relatively flat England everything looks amazing.
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Re: Bringing a vehicle with foreign plates Temporarily but annually

Sorry, but you can't do that.

You could park it in a surrounding country, and then never enter Switzerland with it, though.

But, if you live here, you can only use Swiss registered vehicle within Switzerland.

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