Originally Posted by bokad
Thanks for the helpful responses so far.
So in practical terms when you bring in a foreign bike there is a 6-12 month limit that the bike can technically stay but there aren't any real issues with keeping it there longer?
As in if you get pulled over by the police or whatever they don't check it or make a big deal of it?
Any problem with re-exporting the bike to home (USA, etc...) after the machine has well over stayed it's legal limit?
You guys mentioned keeping the paperwork up to date...
What exactly does "paperwork" entail? Registration, insurance, and... ?
Correct....no real issues as long as your US (passport, DL) registration is current, and you have current min required "Green Card" vehicle insurance
"Pulled over by the police"...EU/ national/ local police have no interest in
the Customs import status of the vehicle, nor do they have access to any
official database that would tell them vehicle import status, even if they were interested.
You don't volunteer, but if asked, you are a tourist (your passport should reflect that), operating your personally owned (imported) vehicle on a "temporary" import with the eventual intent to re-export the vehicle at the end of this
temporary tourist visit--even if the vehicle has in fact been stored in EU for a period of time exceeding the legally allowed maximum for temporary vehicle imports.
"Paperwork" means your personal paperwork (passport, visa if necessary),
currently valid US/ State drivers license w/ motorcycle endorsement (in some
jurisdictions, helpful to also have AAA International Driving Permit); vehicle
paperwork means current valid US/ State registration, current valid min required (Euro) "Green Card" vehicle insurance