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No problem Tom , I have the A1 (got it last year). It's still doable - I just need to get the bike down here by van first.
A1 11kW

http://www.stva.zh.ch/internet/siche...fak/LFkat.html

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Re: Buying a motorcycle from the UK

There are some seriously good deals on bikes from the UK now. I imported a car last year for less than half the price it would've cost here, and later this year I'm seriously contemplating adding to my motorcycle collection.

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Triumph Speed triple 2008 model
In CH they start at about CHF 11500.
From the UK - CHF 7000.

Thought I'd wait till winter and get an even better deal.

I have a big trailer if anyone wants to do a group buy of motorcycles.
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Re: Buying a motorcycle from the UK

I'm seriously thinking about buying another bike from the U.K. so a trailer would be a bike help!!
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Old 29.06.2011, 21:02
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Re: Buying a motorcycle from the UK

Also thinking about this.

Found a company that does insurance in the UK by the day, also looking at having it shipped.

Don't forget to get the COC, found a site that does this for ca. 129Euro's.

If the speedo have mph & kph can you get away with not changing it?

Obviously healamp change is a must.

Will read through the whole thread when I have a bit more time and am closer to going ahead with this.

Looking at the BMW R1200 but want to test drive it first......

Will then sell my CBR 600
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Old 29.06.2011, 21:05
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I'm seriously thinking about buying another bike from the U.K. so a trailer would be a bike help!!
I thought about this option, butI'drather ride it back or have it shipped. I might know someone with a bike trailer if you are seriously thinking of doing this. PM me....
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Re: Buying a motorcycle from the UK

Very interesting thread.. was daydreaming about getting a new bike and was horrified to find the price differentials...

eg. a new Suzuki B-King

CH - 18250 chfs
DE - 15200 chfs
UK - 11387 chfs


Might not have managed to compare absolutely identical models.. but still.. those differences are ridiculous.
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Re: Buying a motorcycle from the UK

Yes, have been thinking of a new BMW bike. R1200 ???
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Re: Buying a motorcycle from the UK

anyone interested in my CBR 600 :-)
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Re: Buying a motorcycle from the UK

I'm in final negotiations with a British dealer for an ex demo bike. The VAT hasn't been paid so I will not have to pay when exporting from the EU. I think I'll save between CHF 7 - 9k.

I think I'm going to have to trailer it over though - which is a pain (I do have a trailer). Drac mentioned Tagesschilder but from what I can see they're only valid in Switzerland - can anyone correct me on this? I would much prefer this option rather than trailering.

Alternatively, how about a group buy of bikes and we share the transport costs? I could probably get 8 to 10 bikes on the trailer.
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I'm in final negotiations with a British dealer for an ex demo bike. The VAT hasn't been paid so I will not have to pay when exporting from the EU. I think I'll save between CHF 7 - 9k.

I think I'm going to have to trailer it over though - which is a pain (I do have a trailer). Drac mentioned Tagesschilder but from what I can see they're only valid in Switzerland - can anyone correct me on this? I would much prefer this option rather than trailering.

Alternatively, how about a group buy of bikes and we share the transport costs? I could probably get 8 to 10 bikes on the trailer.
Excellent idea. I am interested in BMW 1200GS. Haven't done any research on UK prices.
Do you have any contacts?
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Old 12.08.2011, 14:18
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Re: Buying a motorcycle from the UK

Also in for a Piaggio XEvo 400.
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Excellent idea. I am interested in BMW 1200GS. Haven't done any research on UK prices.
Do you have any contacts?
I just searched on www.autotrader.co.uk/bikes for nearly new. There are normally some ex demo bikes for sale. I'm buying a Triumph so don't know about BMW but I'd be surprised if you don't find one.

You could also just buy new, you will still not have to pay the VAT if it's for export outside of Switzerland. you will have to pay the Swiss taxes though (approx 12%).
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I just searched on www.autotrader.co.uk/bikes for nearly new. There are normally some ex demo bikes for sale. I'm buying a Triumph so don't know about BMW but I'd be surprised if you don't find one.

You could also just buy new, you will still not have to pay the VAT if it's for export outside of Switzerland. you will have to pay the Swiss taxes though (approx 12%).
But as we are talking of importing to Switzerland (as this is a Swiss forum after all) we would not have to pay the vat.

You can also defer the Swiss tax for upto 2 years.

I have had some contact with a BMW place near Guidlford. Just look them up on the BMW website.
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Re: Buying a motorcycle from the UK

also had a quote to transport the bike was 800 gbp I think.
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But as we are talking of importing to Switzerland (as this is a Swiss forum after all) we would not have to pay the vat.
We're talking at cross purposes here. Normally when you buy a second hand bike in the UK the UK VAT has been paid and you can't reclaim it when the bike is exported from the EU.

An ex-demo bike won't have the VAT paid. If you export from the EU you can get the VAT back - 20%.

You will then have to pay Swiss taxes on importing it, including 7.6% Swiss VAT.
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Based on my research and experience, you shouldn't need to pay any taxes as long as you don't stay here over the two year period. So no import tax/vehicle tax/vat, and you will get Zoll plates, ie plates that have a Z at the end. If you do stay, or try to resell the bike in Switzerland, you will have to pay those taxes.

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You can keep it on Zoll plates for two years, then you pay the tax on the value in two years...
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Re: Buying a motorcycle from the UK

If the model of bike is sold in CH then should not be a problem to have it registered. You do need a CoC though:

http://www.eurococ.eu/en/?gclid=CMWj...FZIH3wod8HBezw
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I'm in final negotiations with a British dealer for an ex demo bike. The VAT hasn't been paid so I will not have to pay when exporting from the EU. I think I'll save between CHF 7 - 9k.

I think I'm going to have to trailer it over though - which is a pain (I do have a trailer). Drac mentioned Tagesschilder but from what I can see they're only valid in Switzerland - can anyone correct me on this? I would much prefer this option rather than trailering.

Alternatively, how about a group buy of bikes and we share the transport costs? I could probably get 8 to 10 bikes on the trailer.
Could be interested. You can also register it in the UK and ride it over, then convert it here. You can ride upto 1 year without road UK tax.... Obviously have to insure this in the UK... That could be more fun than hauling a trailer.
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Could be interested. You can also register it in the UK and ride it over, then convert it here. You can ride upto 1 year without road UK tax.... Obviously have to insure this in the UK... That could be more fun than hauling a trailer.
Thats only true if you have just arrived in CH, it's 1 year from your arrival. If you live here with a CH license you cant ride a UK registered bike at all, execpt if you officially import & for a few days until re registered.
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Re: Buying a motorcycle from the UK

Well, I put the deposit down on an ex demo 2011 Triumph Rocket III Roadster with 400 miles on the clock. It was advertised at 11.2k which means I get it for 9.3k as I won't have to pay the UK vat. I'll then have approx 12% Swiss taxes on top of that which takes me to about 13000 chf depending on exchange rates. There will be the odd cost on top of that (e.g. headlights/abgas/mfk/shipping) but not much. Saw a similar bike in Switzerland for 17.9k chf, but that was very cheap for CH as most are around 20k chf.

Re shipping, they said about EUR 500 to ship, but they think they can get insurance for me so I can fly over and drive it back, which is my prefered option.

All in all, well CHuFfed!
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