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Old 26.01.2008, 19:05
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Motorbikes and Autoroutes [including vignette]

Might be a silly question, but can somebody tell me please?? Do I need a vignette to ride my motorbike on the autoroute? If so, where do I stick it? I don't have a windscreen! On my visor???
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Might be a silly question, but can somebody tell me please?? Do I need a vignette to ride my motorbike on the autoroute? If so, where do I stick it? I don't have a windscreen! On my visor???
Yes you need one.
Stick it on, when possible the front wheel gaurd or on the front left hand fork or where it can be easily seen. Somewhere up front.
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Old 26.01.2008, 20:32
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Damn.. That's going to mess up my paintwork..

Are you sure? I've never seen a bike with a vignette..

I understand it's a 100CHF fine plus the cost of a vignette if you get caught?? Perhaps worth the risk? The only time I've ever seen the police check is at the end of January/Beginning of February, or when the vehicles are stopped for other reasons. Mind you, the Swiss police aren't exactly biker friendly, perhaps not.
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Old 26.01.2008, 20:32
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Most riders stick them under the seat and when a group of us got controlled by the fuzz last year this appeared to be acceptable.
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Old 26.01.2008, 21:03
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Hadn't thought of that, good idea.

Damn.. that's another 40 CHF of beer money gone.
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Most riders stick them under the seat and when a group of us got controlled by the fuzz last year this appeared to be acceptable.
When we were in Los Angeles a few years ago, we were quite surprised to discover a pair of motorcycles in the hotel parking lot with Swiss plates. It turned out to be two mates from Lucerne who had imported their bikes to California for a month long tour. One had a vignette on the upper front fork. As I didn't see a vignette on the second bike, I inquired after it & was told that it was indeed affixed under the seat as the rider didn't want to damage the paintwork.

The question that occurred to me was how often would you be pulled over in Switzerland if you did the reverse? Not the vignette, but rather how often you might be stopped by police if you drove a bike (or car) in Switzerland with plates from another continent? Probably ridiculously often. r
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Old 26.01.2008, 22:06
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When we were in Los Angeles a few years ago, we were quite surprised to discover a pair of motorcycles in the hotel parking lot with Swiss plates. It turned out to be two mates from Lucerne who had imported their bikes to California for a month long tour. One had a vignette on the upper front fork. As I didn't see a vignette on the second bike, I inquired after it & was told that it was indeed affixed under the seat as the rider didn't want to damage the paintwork.

The question that occurred to me was how often would you be pulled over in Switzerland if you did the reverse? Not the vignette, but rather how often you might be stopped by police if you drove a bike (or car) in Switzerland with plates from another continent? Probably ridiculously often. r
Yeah, they'd probably think you're riding the Cannonball run and impound the bike.. I've a couple of UK mates who were talking about coming over to ride the roads round Friebourg. They've got a couple of new black 1 litre Yami Fazer's. I told them they'd be better off coming over here and renting 'cos after last years fiasco, if they got caught doing a couple of km over the limit, they'd risk losing their pride and joys.
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Old 27.01.2008, 01:47
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Re: Motorbikes and Autoroutes

another vote for under the seat.....and cops are not so bothered about bikes and the sticker.....as I found when caught speeding (they did not ask)
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Re: Motorbikes and Autoroutes

I was thinking about where to put the vignette once my iron horse gets here. Under the seat really isn't an option because it requires tools to remove. I also lack a windshield. On the front fork would work I suppose.

Does anyone know if it's possible to keep the sticker in a compartment or in your wallet with registration and just show it to any officer if/when they should ask to see it? Or does it need to be physically attached to the motorcycle?
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Old 27.01.2008, 16:00
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Re: Motorbikes and Autoroutes

Physically attached I'm afraid. I, like the others, stick mine under the seat unit.
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I was thinking about where to put the vignette once my iron horse gets here. Under the seat really isn't an option because it requires tools to remove. I also lack a windshield. On the front fork would work I suppose.

Does anyone know if it's possible to keep the sticker in a compartment or in your wallet with registration and just show it to any officer if/when they should ask to see it? Or does it need to be physically attached to the motorcycle?
It says on the back that it's not valid if it's not attached to your vehicle. I guess you could get a UK motorbike tax disk holder to keep it.

I've just been out for a ride, it's damn cold, but I needed to blow the cobwebs away. Loads of other bikers out aand about as well.
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Old 27.01.2008, 17:19
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I was thinking about where to put the vignette once my iron horse gets here. Under the seat really isn't an option because it requires tools to remove. I also lack a windshield.
Sounds like a Harley or cruiser of some sort. A bloke I used to go for a ride with stuck his vignette on the inside of his rear mudguard. It got covered in crap of course but I don't recall that he ever had any issues.
And by the way, don't worry that it might come of by itself, once those buggers are on, they stay on. Stick it on your paintwork and you'll pay the price at the end of the season.
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Old 27.01.2008, 17:25
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Re: Motorbikes and Autoroutes

It doesn't have to be visible on bike in case of it being pinched, so it's up to you to find a 'secret' place. Vespas have a nice little lipstick locker as well as a flip-up seat where you can stick the vignette; maybe you could trade your beast in..?
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Old 27.01.2008, 17:40
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It doesn't have to be visible on bike in case of it being pinched, so it's up to you to find a 'secret' place. Vespas have a nice little lipstick locker as well as a flip-up seat where you can stick the vignette; maybe you could trade your beast in..?
I'd love to know how someone could successfully pinch a vignette..

I had enough trouble getting the bloody thing off the car yesterday.. They stick like little buggers and are designed to tear when peeled off so you can't transfer them between vehicles.

But I agree, someone with a Swiss army knife could come along and peel it off just to p*ss you off. Keep it away from nasty people with blades if you have to leave the bike anywhere public for any length of time.
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Sounds like a Harley or cruiser of some sort. A bloke I used to go for a ride with stuck his vignette on the inside of his rear mudguard. It got covered in crap of course but I don't recall that he ever had any issues.
And by the way, don't worry that it might come of by itself, once those buggers are on, they stay on. Stick it on your paintwork and you'll pay the price at the end of the season.
Harley?! You couldn't pay me to ride one. Loud, slow and aesthetically disgusting. Iron horse was poor word choice on my part.


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It doesn't have to be visible on bike in case of it being pinched, so it's up to you to find a 'secret' place. Vespas have a nice little lipstick locker as well as a flip-up seat where you can stick the vignette; maybe you could trade your beast in..?
I plan to keep this one forever so trading it in isn't an option, though I wouldn't mind a Vespa

I've always wanted a töffli. Is the vignette the same for these types of mopeds/scooters?

I'll probably stick the vignette on the little door to the not so secret compartment behind one of the side covers on my trusty old Honda. Thanks to those who have answered my original question.
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Harley?! You couldn't pay me to ride one. Loud, slow and aesthetically disgusting. Iron horse was poor word choice on my part.
No offence intended (I'm with you on the loud and slow bit though)

Oh well, each to their own I suppose. As long as people ride for riding's sake I couldn't give a monkey's what they're on... It's the posers in town with the mini helmets and no protective gear that p*ss me off.

We'll have to go for a blast sometime!
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We'll have to go for a blast sometime!
The EF Rideouts will be starting again as soon as one of the hardy types creates an event. The big problem at the moment is although the weather is great from 1100 until 1600 it's difficult for the more remote guys and gals to meet up (by remote I mean not near ZH, obviously ).

Watch that event space though, something will be coming soon......
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The EF Rideouts will be starting again as soon as one of the hardy types creates an event. The big problem at the moment is although the weather is great from 1100 until 1600 it's difficult for the more remote guys and gals to meet up (by remote I mean not near ZH, obviously ).

Watch that event space though, something will be coming soon......
Cool.. Never been to ZH, I'll keep my eyes peeled, I wanted to ride down to Milan last year, and stay over in a little hotel but there's no way I'd get over the passes at this time of year.. I'll have to wait until the snows melt (Jeez.. Someone in Switzerland complaining that there's snow on them thar hills!)
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Old 28.01.2008, 10:23
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Re: Motorbikes and Autoroutes

By the way, found these on ebay if you're still scratching your head.. It just occurred to me that perhaps you could stick the vignette to the plasic number plate holder under the plate, then when the Busies come and control you you've got it to hand.. I'd stick it to the plate itself, because I've been riding on dual insurance, I want a touring bike for when the Mrs comes out with me, and I want to keep the "hang on for dear life aaarrrgggghhhh " bike for when I'm out on my own, then I only need 1 vingnette for two bikes because I swap the plate accross, but then it also occured to me that you shouldn't stick the Vignette to a removable part, like the plate, or the seat itself, because that's not classed as part of the vehicle, and if Mr Fuzz wants to be a real pain, he can charge you 100CHF plus the cost of another vignette..

I'm not intending to spend too much time on the autoroutes this year though, they're no fun..
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