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Old 09-24-2013, 03:18 PM   #1
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INFO NEEDED - Importing Bikes to UK

Hey y'all,

I'm transferring from Texas to my companies home office in London, UK. I have a dirt bike that I use for woods racing and since work is paying for shipping I was thinking to crate it up and bring it. Additionally I want to get a Triumph Tiger 800 XC when I get to the UK but I was wondering with the exchange and general, UK is F'n expensive, factor, is it worth wild to buy in the US and ship it over as well?

Can anyone tell me what would the pro's/cons be to this idea? Import taxes, fee's, how hard would it be to get the bike registered in the UK etc.

Thanks
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:08 AM   #2
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Just be aware there are not many, if any choices for off road riding in the London area, and you can't just ride anywhere either (the British way means you aren't allowed to have fun). If work is paying for shipping I would have a guess you're better off importing, I'm looking at buying in the UK a 990 adventure 2006 model with 18,000m or 30,000km for around 6,000 or $10,000.
Hope I've helped.
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Old 09-29-2013, 03:08 AM   #3
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Hey y'all,

I'm transferring from Texas to my companies home office in London, UK. I have a dirt bike that I use for woods racing and since work is paying for shipping I was thinking to crate it up and bring it. Additionally I want to get a Triumph Tiger 800 XC when I get to the UK but I was wondering with the exchange and general, UK is F'n expensive, factor, is it worth wild to buy in the US and ship it over as well?

Can anyone tell me what would the pro's/cons be to this idea? Import taxes, fee's, how hard would it be to get the bike registered in the UK etc.

Thanks
If your actually changing residence, there are no taxes to be paid on imported vehicles, at least in Ireland.
Bikes, especially later model ones, are generally more expensive on this side of the pond so, I'd stock up with bikes and gear while your there.
Older bikes to have a lesser value here. People here seem to put a lot of pride in driving/riding a newer vehicle, thus flooding the market with older stock.
New stuff gets frowned upon by customs so, keep it all used. Friend of mine got dinged pretty hard on a brand new lawn mower he stuck in the container.
I'd like another KLR here. I wonder if you would mind putting one in your container for me. I can fly over to the UK and grab it.
Import duties, paid by me when I register it here, would be pittance on a KLR as the value of old bikes here is low.
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Old 09-29-2013, 03:55 AM   #4
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best advice find another job don't come here its terrible.
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Old 09-29-2013, 07:39 AM   #5
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Is your dirt bike road legal (lights, indicators etc.)? If not, don't bring it and even if it is, consider buying an XC second-hand in the US and bringing that instead. Importing shouldn't be a big issue, just a bit of paperwork.

Let us know when you get here!

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Old 09-29-2013, 01:40 PM   #6
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best advice find another job don't come here its terrible.
+1. This place is becoming a sh*thole..
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Old 09-30-2013, 01:13 AM   #7
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Don't take any notice of the negative comments.
The British isles are probably the most beautiful place on the planet.
Country lanes, hidden lakes, picturesque little villages are all part of a day ride anywhere on the islands.
There are ferries to Europe from many parts of the UK should you get bored.
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:37 AM   #8
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Depends on how long you are over here for... up to 12 months no need to re-register if you only use it on the road for six months in that 12 months (dunno how they would know this)

To register it for UK plates you need to have a permanent UK residents address, all the titles/documents (to establish age, first registration manufacture etc) and take a good look here for further info https://www.gov.uk/importing-vehicle...ported-vehicle
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