Originally posted by David & Cheryl Laing:
Only thing is that I recall reading somewhere that the 6 months that you can stay in the UK also includes the time that you spent in the EU. Anyone out there confirm this????
It also seems that if you are going to spend a full 6 months in the UK and can give them a local address PERHAPS you can get local insurance.
It wouldn't surprise me if the EU has unified visa things a little. On the other hand, yiou may not even get an entry stamp at Greek or Italian immigration. If you do just leave the EU before the 6 months are up and re-enter.
I don't think yoiu'll be allowed to stay in the UK longer than 6 months without going through the whole immigration rigmarole. This would definitely involve getting your bike registered in the UK.
As far as the GC is concerned you should be able to get it cheaply from the Turkish AA or at the border, but I'm going to ask an acquaintance about this. I got it from the AA in Izmir in '89 for a whole year. Theoretically, they should require this at the Turkish border but nobody did, so I rode around TR without. Not recommended. In theory it's also obligatory in Iran.
A "normal" insurance co. will not cover a foreign registered bike anywhere in Europe, it seems.
For what it's worth we took an NZ registered bike into Europe in '89 and stayed two years with it. It stayed in Germany in the end...
Salut from Southern France, the bikers' paradise,