No luck with UK insurance
Thanks for the innput Kito.
So far...the dealer i want to buy from (its a used bike) has very kindly offered to let me register the bike to his companies address.
The problem is i have been told by no less than 7 UK insurance companies and the British Insurance Brokers Association that i cant get insurance for registration purposes as im not a resident of the UK.
I called Alessie insurance (Dutch) to see what the could offer. They offer green card 3rd party liability insurance to cover me while outside the UK. They said they can even possibly offer 1 day or so cover while in the UK to allow me to be covered while i ride to the tunnel to france. However after a few more enquires with the DVLA I learned that any insurer (for UK registration ie compulsory third party) must be registered on the UK MIB register (Motor Insurance Bureau). I checked with the MIB and unfortunately Alessie (who sell AXA germay insurance) are not listed.
I assume that if i were to try my luck and take out Alessie insurance and try registering the bike in my name that the policy would be detected and rejected. Does any one know if this is unlikely ( would the DVLA check that the policy is listed on the MIB??)
Ive seen tons of tourists in australia buy cars and drive around the country (which involves compulsory 3rd part insurance for rego). Why tourists cant do the same in the UK is very strange and a real PIA!!
I guess its time to start investigating Germany as an option.