motorcycle in Europe
Ali , are you sure that a foreign tourist can buy and get a bike registered in his own name. Perhaps the UK is more liberal in this respect than the EU members on the continent. Since about 15 years ago this has been practically impossible in the Netherlands which I believe has rules similar to the other countries . They now require a buyer be registered as a resident of one of the EU countries if he is trying to get a bike registered.
In previous posts on similar questions it was suggested that there were ways around this but those ways were never explained clearly .
The Dutch vehicle r egistry, the RDW in Veendam, has all kinds of rules and explanations why this registering by tourists cannot be done.I tried several times to get it explained in Dutch which I speak like a native( which I am). Other than getting some kind of export permit and registration , it is a no-go because then the bike must be taken out of the country within two weeks, which may be OK, but you could not even ride through again.
What I have done after this law came in was to buy cheap used bikes in the Netherlands for my vacations and have them registered in the name of a friend who must also have a motorcycle license.Beurocracy gone mad - only licensed persons can own vehicles, and even if a vehicle is never put on the road it still has to be registered,plated and paid for not to be used annually. That person when he has a bike of his own can add ÿour ¨bike to his liability policy for which you can then pay him.
In this alternate method the bike technically belongs to the friend and any photoradar tickets /fines and demerit points will be held against his license. Therefor this method is only recommended for friends or relatives who know they can trust the guilty party to own up and pay the fines and not leave at the e nd of the trip with a ton of tickets racked up.