Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Planning, Trip > Travellers Seeking Travellers

Travellers Seeking Travellers Meet up with other travellers on the road, or find someone to travel with to the ends of the earth!
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 17 Dec 2007
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 22
Buying in London and driving to Itay, Spain ad Denmark

Hi all,

I am going to London in early March 2008 to meet my girlfriend who is working there.

I plan to get a bike and drive around Europe for a few weeks or months depending on how long my money lasts.

I am an Australian citizen and have and Australian motorcycle licence. I want to buy a bike in London, what do I require to ride it around legally and what are the costs involved for a 23 y.o. to do this. How much will insurance cost and putting the bike in my name cost once i buy a bike, What does MOT mean?

I am looking at buying a 10-15 y.o. bike with hard luggage in good mechanical condition but fair cosmetic condition. How much can I expect to pay? I have been looking at older bmw fg650s they seem to be between 1000-2000 pounds depending on condition and accessories, does this sound about right?
Reply With Quote
Old 18 Dec 2007
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: London
Posts: 26
Hey there,

Sounds like you have a great trip planned and hope it all works out for you.

To ride a bike in the UK you need insurance, tax and MOT. For insurance try eBike Insurance - Bike and Classic Bike Insurance from eBike Insurance , they do monthly policies which should be good for a short trip like yours, and are valid throughout the EU. I paid 30gbp per month on my XR400, i'm 25. I guess you have to phone them and check if they'd cover you with an Aussie licence. Insuring a bike in London tends to cost 2-3 times as much as an rural England, so if you have any friends out in the sticks it would be a good idea to register and insure the bike there.

The MOT is the annual roadworthiness test for the bike, buy one with at least a few months left on the certificate and you won't have to worry about it. Tax also has to be paid each year, i think it's 30gbp/year for my 400. you need to have insurance and MOT to be able to buy the tax, and if you don't have tax you get in trouble. make sense?

when you buy a bike there's no charge to put it in your name. Send off a form and you get the certificate back in 3 weeks. If you don't have 3 weeks between buying the bike and leaving the country (you need to carry the registration certificate if travelling in Europe), you can get a temporary certificate in a couple of hours by going to a DVLA office - see dvla.gov.uk

i'm not sure how much an old BMW should cost, but looking at biketrader.co.uk and ebay should give you a good idea. March is around peak buying time as people get new bikes for the summer, so prices may be a bit higher and bikes sell quickly. Also prices tend to be a little higher in London than the rest of the UK, and/or the bikes tend to be in worse cosmetic condition - it's a hard life for them commuting through london traffic everyday!

Reply With Quote
Old 19 Dec 2007
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Nantes, France
Posts: 397

That's good information above.

Just to make clear; the way it is done in UK is different to Australia. The bike insurance is NOT included with the plate in the UK. You have to go to a private company, not the state. The state does however, ask for a road tax - you can get this at a post office. Different also is the system of roadworthyness testing - here again, it is not done by the state but by private authorised garages.

This system is much more expensive and inefficient than yours. But it makes lots of money for finance capital!

Simon Kennedy
Around the world 2000-2004, on a 1993 Honda Transalp
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Driving time London - Gibraltar area geokobbi 4WD Overland TRAVEL 8 19 Nov 2005 02:24


NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!

HU DVD Autumn Special!

Take 40% off Road Heroes Part 1 until October 31 only!

Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries two-up on a Harley); Dr. Greg Frazier (5 times RTW); Tiffany Coates (RTW solo female); and Rene Cormier (University of Gravel Roads).

The first in an exciting new series, Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers."Inspiring and hilarious!"

"I loved watching this DVD!"

"Lots of amazing stories and even more amazing photographs, it's great fun and very inspirational."

"Wonderful entertainment!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'HEROES' on your order when you checkout.

Renedian Adventures

Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!

What turns you on to motorcycle travel?

Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

Books & DVDs


All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.

Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 10:37.