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Old 18 Dec 2012
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Buying/selling in the UK

Originally Posted by Bluto View Post
Most EU countries require only an address of residence to send speeding fines and owners documents. As you will need the bikes log book (not a book really, just a sheet of paper). This can take two-three weeks to process and be returned. Crossing borders or being stoped by police, many will want to see the log book and insurance etc : In UK we have MOT certificate for bikes older than 3 years old, this is a test every year for road worthyness. In Germany bikes have to be original with no none-standard parts fitted (engine,exhausts etc).
UK prices seem higher for new bikes, but can be less for used machines. Maybe use an agent here (UK) to secure bike and register it here before you arrive. Buying here easier for you as we speak a similar tongue. Travel through tunnel under the sea for £50 pounds. See London or even better the North of England.
This thread is a bit weird - it was dead for years with a few attempts at resurrection and now it seems to have some interest and input - the quote above goes back about 7 years and so far as the UK is concerned it is still relevant. The UK procedures have become even more computer-based (and that will continue) but the procedure here in the UK is outlined above.

There is a fuller thread that covers the intricacies of the UK system for making a UK bike fully legal in here:
And there are other sticky threads in "trip paperwork" about aspects such as the all important insurance.
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Buying a bike in Ireland is simple, much the same as buying in the States.

Here is the process I recommend.
Search the local internet site, DoneDeal.ie - Ireland's biggest classifieds site for used motorcycles.
Pick out the bike you like and shoot me or anybody else in Ireland an email with the link. I/we can check the bike out and finalize the deal.
What I have done in the past is just pay for the bike and wait for the wire transfer to come through from the new owner or, just wait for the new owner to come with cash.
It takes 2 weeks for the title to be mailed and when this arrives, green card insurance can be obtained.

I have done this for 6 US citizens and one Australian so far without any issues, either purchase or insurance.

This service is free and all I ask is enough to cover my expenses.
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