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Old 20.04.2010, 00:21
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Buying a used motorbike

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I've just bought an old motorbike off someone in Basel.. It's a nice bike from a friendly guy, and I saw the Grey card for it.. So now I need to know what to do next.. We have a mutually signed contract of sale, and I already own a VS registered bike. He says he has to return the grey card to the canton (BL) for annulation.. And then what? What do I need to do? I have done a search but can't find anyting along this line. I would guess that I need to get it expertised, or is the Expertise on the bike from 2006 still valid? Then what.. Off to the transport people at the canton?

In addition to this, I have a little 125cc bike that I got from Emaus for 200.- I bought it as an experiment so I could learn more about bikes and how they're put together, so I can have the confidence to maintain my 1300.. I've completely rebuilt the engine and the electricals, and somehow miraculously I managed to get it running, and not just that, it's in the kind of condition where it would pass the Expertise.. So how do I go about this?? I only have the till receipt for the bike when I bought it.. No other documentation.. I've checked with the central regitry and it's not been stolen or anything, the previous owner just lost interest and threw it away.. So what do I do now? Can I register it and get it on the road? If so How? or is that a big headache and it's probably only worth selling it on Ricardo as is..

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Old 20.04.2010, 12:02
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Re: Buying a used motorbike

To register a bike you first need the annulled "Fahrzeugausweis" (Grey card) from the former owner. Take this to the insurance people and ask for a "Versicherungsnachweis" (proof the bike is covered with a valid policy). Take these two documents to the "Strassenverkehrsamt" (central registry, MOTDep) for registering the bike in your name and getting the license plate. The inspection from 2006 is no longer valid. They'll give you a date for the new inspection.
Owning two bikes you can take advantage of a "Wechselschild" (changeover plate for two vehicles) paying fees only for the bigger of the two bikes. However, you can't use both vehicles concurrently.
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Re: Buying a used motorbike

Thank you RPF.. That's really helpful.

Any idea what I can do with Bike number 3 that I just have a till receipt for, not a grey card?
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Re: Buying a used motorbike

Hi again

No grey card ("Fahrzeugausweis")? No problem if this model had been imported to Switzerland in the past and someone paid for the type's approval ("Typenprüfung", noise tests, etc.). If not, it may get difficult and expensive. Just inquire at your local friendly MotDep ("Strassenverkehrsamt").
I understand you bought the bike in Switzerland and so was most probably registered here. It would help if you knew the name of the former owner. Is the little sheet metal plate ("Typenschild") with the chassis number still riveted to the frame? It would greatly help to identify the bike.
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Old 03.05.2010, 19:33
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Re: Buying a used motorbike

Thanks..

I managed to find the details of the former owner from the central registry.. I was more curious about how to get it registered under my name.. I think I've found the right form on the web site for the autoservice centre..
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