Cheers Stig. Re: Carlos import, very canny and clever to place it inside his people carrier.
I found the HMR&CE element seamless. On arrival his importer will process the paperwork providing it has been all presented to them properly. From this Carlos will receive about a week or two later a HMR&CE letter stating it has been admitted, and registered as entering into UK, along with any taxation charges if applicable - VERY IMPORTANT to keep this letter, as it proves the date of import and HMR&CE clearance which forms part of the DVLA registration process. DVLA will do nothing if the vehicle does not show on the database, but trust nothing (databases) and keep copies of the letter for proof!
My goods, bike and car were in a single 40' container which arrived in Felixstowe port on a wed am - by lunchtime
I had an email from my importer stating all had cleared HMR&CE import process, I think it must have been pre-cleared whilst at sea, (?) , then two letters, one for bike/car each followed a week or so later, along with local delivery to the house XMAS!
Checked the word MAERSK was the right way up before opening the doors........
If Carlos can prove 6 months of ownership prior to date of import, (purchase receipt or any insurance etc) - for the benefit of anyone else reading this thread, then no import tax, no matter the bikes age.
He doesn't (obviously) need to wait till its 10yrs old, as the only part of registration that circumvents is the is the IVA/SVA test which is required in addition to an MOT to register it, (from prior experience - you need both, if under 10 yrs old, if over 10 yrs old - just the MOT!).
The SVA/IVA on a previous motorcycle import was a doddle (VFR-VTEC). They fundamentally checked the lights were UK compliant, beeped the horn and walked around it, to check modifications, and the inspector said "now't wrong with that" for I think it was about £300, poor VFM , 10 minutes but it and it took a 5-6 weeks lead in for an appointment.
The other worry I had was proving date of vehicle first registration overseas, the USA Title documentation mentioned year (2003) but not month. I requested a COC - certificate of compliance from Honda USA and got a fluffy letter which proved nothing - but as it turned out was not required by DVLA.
I ended up with an age related number plate, based on the Chassis plate date of manufacturer, *Sept 02, but the registration docs from USA stated "2003" with no further accuracy. This non defined age was my source of concern as it may have attracted a 'Q' plate which would have been the final straw! But thankfully got the 52 plate which is period Sept 2002-April 2003 - happy with that.
If Carlos wants any UK import help put him in touch, I amassed a veritable folder of info from searching about, if he has not already - apply on line to DVLA for an import pack, it contains all the forms and the "how to's" he will need for registration. Also i converted my lights from USA build -not sure on his but if he needs any proven 'fixes', just holler. I will post the v.subtle light mods soon.
Initial DVLA registration is currently (June 2014) £55 one off new registration fee - plus a years road Tax currently £80 = £135. Thats it. The SVA costs are about £300- ish I think but don't quote me.
I fell foul though by believing the DVLA Documentation issued in the pack on tax pricing, submitted it as advised and waited 20 days for them to tel me it had gone up by £2 - so they rejected the first application, 20 days that took ....dont start me!
Insurance was registered on the VIN number alone- with a 30 day time to get the plates on it. Obviously needed cover to ride it to the MOT station - conveniently a few miles away!!
Other top tips: send all documents to DVLA by recorded delivery, and include recorded delivery pre-paid envelope for return, they are spectacularly useless in letting things sit for week or two and spectacularly fail their 10 day SLA to return to customer. (Same useless levels of service for the Passport's here in uk - which hit the news today).
TT is firmly on my Bucket list! Watched avidly this year on TV, looked into it with some interest for next year - its reported on forums 2015 IOM ferry is pretty much already booked up for bikes! They release a second raft of spaces apparently about March time. Some get together hire a van and put three or so inside! (?) Although on forums some say recommend to just turn up at the port and wait for the no-shows... OK to get there but getting back? Accommodation is tight too - camping easiest if weather is fair. Might look at the 'Manx' as an alternative which runs in the late August and its just about the same experience, but not THE TT !..... Would love to go to the TT as part of a flock of SP's! Hmmm what should be the collective noun for multiple RC51's ??? Flock of (roadrunner cartoon) cacophony of (noise) ..would be an interesting thread/poll topic !
Had my bike 'wet finger in air' valued twice by separate local dealers between £7k-£8k so very pleased with that - both said it was a nice example, good miles (7K) and condition - bike owes me about £4K and a few little bits.
Unfortunately my time is now challenge to do much (still have the Mach 1 to sort out and register) as our house took a bit of a beating whilst rented out - now hemorrhaging money fixing it up! LOL.
Agree on the damper thing but less inclined to put myself in any risk of a wobble off, my experience as 30 yr old would have said whoo-hoo that was fun albeit a wee bit hairy, now at 56 I seem to be more - WTF was that all about, so rather avoid the scarys! Not likely to happen much as it only manifested during aggressive riding /bumps, but if I want to open it up a bit..
....rather not worry, grippy seat ass cheeks not so strong nowadays!
Oh pass on to Carlos, they announced yesterday motoring fine maximum limits in UK have been recommended to be quadrupled!
In time ask Carlos to get in touch - I know from several experiences how much crap you have to sort out when relocating - and the insane small but lots of costs associated - but when he is ready or if he wants some local advice on the bike process, just an email or phone call away, or quick jaunt on a sunny day.....
Lets cook on the TT idea, would like to help or join in with you...have a few others (non RC biker friends ) half interested here ..