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Old 27.06.2010, 23:22
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So I was looking around Bern for some motorcycles or a car for my first bit of transportation in Europe. In America I daily ride a Ducati 916 Senna and also daily drive a 3.6L Porsche. In Switzerland I want to either buy a Porsche 944S2 3.0L cause its my favorite corner carver and is 50/50 balanced for mountain and track driving or purchase an Aprillia or Ducati Super Motard. My father told me that in Switzerland you must start out with smaller cars and smaller bikes and thinks I will only be allowed in a car such as VW Lupo 1.6 and under or a Motorcycle thats 250cc or under for the first two years. Is this true? My friends in Switzerland can't answer this question because they all started with the "L" permit and also a smaller car. How do all you guys get by over here when you are used to larger displacements back home? I still have my Texas license and might just keep it for the first year because last summer I was able to rent a KTM 650 Motard and ride it from Bern over the Sustenpass to Uri and loved the ride!!
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Old 27.06.2010, 23:31
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I dont know about Texas or Bern but in Geneva you may forget the car altogether. No parking places and great bus sevice
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Old 27.06.2010, 23:34
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No idea about bikes, but you can drive whatever car you like with a valid license from day one. Nice verbal vomit about cars, but you got to the point eventually. Kudos.
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Re: License Experience

As far as I understand it, within one year of arriving, you can switch your US licence for a Swiss licence, and keep the same classes you are already qualified for, do if in US you have a full licence for car and unlimited bike, then it should transfer over. If you go past the 12 months, then I believe you have to go through the process of taking the test again.

I just switched my UK licence over like this without a problem. Have a word with your local straserverkasamt.

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Old 28.06.2010, 01:19
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As far as I understand it, within one year of arriving, you can switch your US licence for a Swiss licence, and keep the same classes you are already qualified for, do if in US you have a full licence for car and unlimited bike, then it should transfer over. If you go past the 12 months, then I believe you have to go through the process of taking the test again.

I just switched my UK licence over like this without a problem. Have a word with your local straserverkasamt.

Chris
Ok cool! I think my dad was just saying this because he started on a moped but I'm glad you can just switch and continue on what you want to ride or drive!
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I dont know about Texas or Bern but in Geneva you may forget the car altogether. No parking places and great bus sevice
I love the transportation in Switzerland! I will use the bicycle and the tram for most of my everyday transportation but I get very sick riding in trains to visit new places in Europe...I guess I'm just old school even though I'm kind of young...but theres nothing better to me than being on an open pass through the mountains in a sporty car or even better yet a motorcycle!!
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Meet your new friend - you'll be seeing a lot of them ...



Or rather, they'll be seeing a lot of you
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I love the transportation in Switzerland! I will use the bicycle and the tram for most of my everyday transportation but I get very sick riding in trains to visit new places in Europe...I guess I'm just old school even though I'm kind of young...but theres nothing better to me than being on an open pass through the mountains in a sporty car or even better yet a motorcycle!!
Thats true although i prefer the motorcycle option If you ever end up in Geneva with a Hayabusa give me a call
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If you ever end up in Geneva with a Hayabusa give me a call
Haha, you're still *fixed* on that stuff

Not really the good bike for Geneva....
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