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Do the MFK folks in Basel (Munchenstein) speak English

I have an old scooter coming up for its MFK. When I first moved here (Basel land) I had the local motorbike shop arrange things but they charged 600 CHF..about a 1/4 of the bikes value!

So thinking about taking it along myself..but sadly my German is still hopeless so will need to be able to converse with the MFK inspectors in English..has anyone done this?

Also any insights into what they do when the MFK test a scooter/motorbike.

Mine is from 1966 so very old and very basic..

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Re: Do the MFK folks in Basel (Munchenstein) speak English

My experience is that they don't speak a lot of English. I told them I didn't speak German, and they were rather grumpy but they took the car themselves and conducted the test.
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Re: Do the MFK folks in Basel (Munchenstein) speak English

I am not saying the MFK test is anyway biased - but a Swiss mechanic putting a car through will have a lot less trouble than an english speaking member of the public

Remember the first rule of the MFK - make sure the inspector won't have to get his hands (or gloves) dirty!
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Re: Do the MFK folks in Basel (Munchenstein) speak English

I have been there 6 times. Each time I said my german is limited, each time they said no problem and we got on with it. Bike test is less owner involved anyway.

Make sure all your lights are working inc the speedo light!
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If everything is O.K. the only word you will need is:
GrŁezi, Danke, Uff wiederluege.
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I am not saying the MFK test is anyway biased - but a Swiss mechanic putting a car through will have a lot less trouble than an english speaking member of the public

Remember the first rule of the MFK - make sure the inspector won't have to get his hands (or gloves) dirty!
I heard his is true..I find it bewoildering that the test is in February when I assume we will have dirty roads..I assume they must have washing and polishing facilities at the station!
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Re: Do the MFK folks in Basel (Munchenstein) speak English

and building on this, lets say it looks visually standard but it isn't..do they have a 'spec sheet' or is more glance and check the basics are working/legit?

Mine has non standard carb.airfilter, wheels (tubeless), brakes (added a factory spec disc set up to replace drum), lighting (upgraded from 6V to 12V)..remember it is 1966 so all of these I put on try and make it more usable today..

It is however still a smokey old two stroker

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I heard his is true..I find it bewoildering that the test is in February when I assume we will have dirty roads..I assume they must have washing and polishing facilities at the station!
You assume wrong!
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Re: Do the MFK folks in Basel (Munchenstein) speak English

Wheels and brakes MAY be a problem, I always put the OEM on for MFK.

Never have had a problem with carbs, filters, tank, seats, bodywork, lights, etc., but it may depend on the canton (blinkers being required depends on the canton, here and in ZH (when I lived there) they are not required and can be removed, not the case in AG.

You can always get an old-timer plate as it's over 30 years old, and then you can use that for up to 7 bikes (rather than the normal 2)! I think that old-timer MFK is less rigid.

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I think that old-timer MFK is less rigid.

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It is as rigid - but done to the requirements of the time. IIRC.

IE braking should be to the levels expected of vehicle of that age. In other words, it is far more subjective. They do expect the vehicles to be safe and exceptionally well maintained. Turning up with a 30 year old vehicle that doesn't look like it has been cared for much in the last 10 years is not going to endear you to them. A sticker from an owners club is a good idea!!

Cars I remember being new - can now have old-timer plates - I FEEL OLD!!!
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Cars I remember being new - can now have old-timer plates - I FEEL OLD!!!
One on my bikes, which I bought new in the US, will be eligible for an old timer plate next year!

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Re: Do the MFK folks in Basel (Munchenstein) speak English

I went with my Swiss neighbour as I was afraid of not being able to follow the instructions ... Good luck!
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Re: Do the MFK folks in Basel (Munchenstein) speak English

I went to the Munchenstein MFK by myself 2 months after I landed in Basel with my newly foreign import. It was a younger technician who checked my car, I spoke little to no German at that time. He spoke English to me and was very polite and professional. All was good, no problemo. I took the earliest appointment though, not sure if that makes any difference.
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Re: Do the MFK folks in Basel (Munchenstein) speak English

Took my car to the Munchenstein MFK today. In this instance, as the previous couple of times I went, it's conducted in German. My German is terrible.
Just for the record, you arrive, park in the right lane ( PB1 > PB7) go to the kiosk, hand in the appointment form, pay the money, go and sit in your car in the right queue.

They beckon you in, if the cars are not in the right order, they will call you forward, so don't park bumper to bumper.
Today they only asked the mileage and told me to go and wait. Other people were told to stay in the car and demonstrate the lights, indicators etc.
When they take the car outside for a test drive, you can walk out the exit and wait, they will bring the car round, and you get the good, or bad, news.

Mine passed, recently serviced but I didn't wash it.
This is the 3rd time I took my own car, personally I wouldn't pay a garage to 'prepare' and take it.
The whole test takes <10 mins.

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