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Grey card and aftermarket pieces

Hello everyone,

I have a big question about what goes in the grey card and what not.
I have bought a motorcycle last year(always used public transport but I got bit tired of it now that I live in a rural area )
I added few aftermarket pieces to my motorcycle and several people(also garages) told me different things about whether I should have them added to the grey card or not.

I so far got:
  • new exhaust with Swiss certificate
  • new brake/clutch lever, still from the bike manufacturer, the box says for X model but they fit Y models too.
  • new license plate holder
  • led turn signals
  • new tail light still from the bike manufacturer, actually is the same light it just changes the plastic color from red to transparent

Do I have to declare any of those in my next MFK?

Also, I would like to change the shock absorber, I have found one from another model that physically fits my motorcycle and is cheap(but on the paper it doesn't mention my model). I have been told that if it's not written on paper that the shock fits my bike, I cannot mount it.
Is there any way to certify that the shock works fine also with my model?
I know it works fine because many people in Europe have done this swap and never had issues, but if somehow could have this on paper, it would be awesome.

Thank you very much
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Re: Grey card and aftermarket pieces

Read document "2b Abändern und Umbauen von Motorrädern" from here.


exhaust for sure, just collect your papers and go to StVA
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Read document "2b Abändern und Umbauen von Motorrädern" from here.


exhaust for sure, just collect your papers and go to StVA
Thanks but I don't speak German, is there a version in Italian/English?
I don't have any paper except for the exhaust..
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Re: Grey card and aftermarket pieces

The ASA 2b is available in French and German https://asa.ch/it/biblioteca-online/direttive/

From all your mods only the brake lever is an issue. You must get it entered in the gray card before you use your bike on the road. The rest does not need any inspection if it is up to regulation. For example turn signal and tail light needs ECE approval. License plate holder have some geometric and visibility restrictions and the license plate must be illuminated. In addition there must be a red non-triangular reflector somewhere on the back of the bike. Clutch levers are not regulated. For the exhaust the Swiss paper is good enough, no entry needed. Regarding exhaust you might also look into Merkblatt 11 https://asa.ch/it/biblioteca-online/promemoria/

If you intend to mount the break lever just before the next MFK you still have to book a special appointment. It is not a good idea to show up with not yet approved mods at a regular MFK. You will need a written statement from the lever or bike manufacturer that it can be used on your bike. See chapter 2.2 (Definitions) and chapter 3.2 (Hierarchy of Documents).
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exhaust for sure, just collect your papers and go to StVA
No. See See ASA 2b Chapter 4.8.4, specially considering:

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The ASA 2b is available in French and German https://asa.ch/it/biblioteca-online/direttive/

From all your mods only the brake lever is an issue. You must get it entered in the gray card before you use your bike on the road. The rest does not need any inspection if it is up to regulation. For example turn signal and tail light needs ECE approval. License plate holder have some geometric and visibility restrictions and the license plate must be illuminated. In addition there must be a red non-triangular reflector somewhere on the back of the bike. Clutch levers are not regulated. For the exhaust the Swiss paper is good enough, no entry needed. Regarding exhaust you might also look into Merkblatt 11 https://asa.ch/it/biblioteca-online/promemoria/

If you intend to mount the break lever just before the next MFK you still have to book a special appointment. It is not a good idea to show up with not yet approved mods at a regular MFK. You will need a written statement from the lever or bike manufacturer that it can be used on your bike.
Thanks I don't speak French nor German, so unfortunately I won't be able to read it

I currently have the levers installed, I have bought them from a dealership in Switzerland and the guy assured me I needed no paper/no checks since they are from the same brand of the bike and they are compatible, so theoretically they can be considered OEM.

He said that the ones for my motorcycle model were out of stock since it's an older model, but the ones he sold me were basically the same, just re-boxed.

I checked the online installation manual and on the brand website and they basically confirm the compatibility story, but then again, maybe this is ok in Europe but not Switzerland..
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He said that the ones for my motorcycle model were out of stock since it's an older model, but the ones he sold me were basically the same, just re-boxed.
You dropped the bike and the lever broke off? If the old and new are mechanically the same and from the same manufacturer, than no visit is needed.

A visit is needed if form, functions, material, or manufacturer is different. The MFK is mostly concerned about two parts, that it works with your break system and second that it is not some shady cheapish lever of unknown or untrusted origin. Some of the cheap milled lever from China broke when to much pressure was applied. And you really do no wish that this part fails.

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You dropped the bike and the lever broke off? If the old and new are mechanically the same and from the same manufacturer, than no visit is needed.

A visit is needed if form, functions, material, or manufacturer is different. The MFK is mostly concerned about two parts, that it works with your break system and second that it is not some shady cheapish lever of unknown or untrusted origin. Some of the cheap milled lever from China broke when to much pressure was applied. And you really do no wish that this part fails.

No, I simply have small hands and I struggled in pulling the brake/clutch lever, so I changed them with a CNC version, from the same brand, that offered a better adjustment and with those I can brake/shift without issues and hurting my hand.
Also they look more stylish that the one the motorcycle came with.

It's the Triumph CNC lever set A9620062.
Which is marketed for the Street Triple S, but can be installed on the 675 as well.
The one for my model are the A9620037/A9620038 but cannot be found anymore.
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It's the Triumph CNC lever set A9620062.
Which is marketed for the Street Triple S, but can be installed on the 675 as well.
The one for my model are the A9620037/A9620038 but cannot be found anymore.
You might get away with it as it says Triumph on the levers. But if they follow the book you might have problems unless you get a statement from Triumph that they fit on your bike. If you have bought them here from a Swiss dealer they might give you such a statement.
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You might get away with it as it says Triumph on the levers. But if they follow the book you might have problems unless you get a statement from Triumph that they fit on your bike. If you have bought them here from a Swiss dealer they might give you such a statement.
This is something that's really hard to understand for me, I mean, the levers fit like a glove, so I don't see why should I need something written from the dealer(which probably will cost me money like the Swiss certificate for the exhaust) that says so.
It's the same for the shock absorber of the Street Triple R, it raises the non R model 2-3mm top compared to the stock one, it is used all around the world, because is a cheap upgrade, it passes TÜV, ITV, Collaudo etc.. in Europe, but here is forbidden because on paper is written only for Street Triple R(btw some garages told me to buy and install it anyway as most probably it would go unnoticed at the MFK, which I DIN'T do).

p.s. This is not meant to be a complain or spark conflict, I honestly don't understand the thought behind all these regulations, so if someone can explain this to me, I'd be more than happy to learn more
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Re: Grey card and aftermarket pieces

A few years ago, they complained about a brake lever that had been on the bike for nearly 30 years. Fortunately, I still had the German TuV papers for the rearsets and levers, which they accepted as they were from the manufacturer, and so now that is written on the grey card (but not the rest of the rearsets or the clutch lever, just the brake lever).

Several of my bikes have non OEM shocks, never complained. Same for the aluminum tank that I have on one bike, no turn signals on most, non OEM tail light, etc.

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Thanks but I don't speak German, is there a version in Italian/English?
I don't have any paper except for the exhaust..
At the top of that page, just click on IT.
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