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Hey all,

I've recently been given an opportunity to move from San Francisco to Paris. I just bought my Duc a few months ago and never really planned on selling it, thus I want to take her with me. Besides it's always been a dream to ride all over Europe on a Ducati. Anyone have any prior experience with the process/costs required? Reliable shippers? Customs/Legal issues? Thanks in advance for your aid! :notworthy

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Cliff:

Leave the bike in SF (you can leave it at my sister's place in Mission San Jose). Don't worry, it will be waiting for you when you return to the USA. In the meantime, I will flog the FE as it was meant to be all around the bay area! :D

Seriously, you may have some issues because the VIN numbering is different. You prolly need to ask someone in France who is familiar with their registration/licensing laws.

While a PITA, some have done it from Europe to USA, so I would think it's possible (the main concern being having all the EU approved safety stuff - similar to DOT stuff).
 

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From what I've read it's fairly easy to do temporarily, difficult when it grows more permanent...Wouldn't even have to register for temporary...People ship them just to use for vacation!
 

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I would try the consulate, if there is one, in SF. Then the embassy here in DC. The main difficulty, other than the differing standards, is the Value Added Tax thing, since they'll want their cut from you, just as if you were importing the bike for sale. Shipping is the least of your concerns. Then you can talk insurance. You want how much!?:wtf
 

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Your bike will have no problems going thru customs over in France, but i agree with the customs tax, you'll pay a pretty penny since it goes by cylinder capacity, to ride it, you don't have to convert anything, the part that I don't know is the regisration, since you have to deal with local authorities on registration issues. For insurance, USAA and Geico insure bikes overseas, I had mine insured thru USAA, while in Italy, but then again, I'm in the military and that probably made it easier. Good luck with this;)
 

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Thanks for the tips...I'm going to the consulate here next week. We'll see if it's worth it. I found shipping to Paris for $500, so if that's the biggest expense, I may be in luck!
 

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I can call the French customs (for taxes) if you want.
Concerning the registration, the only big issue in France is the power limitation (100 hp) but this is not your case.
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thanks for the offer ML. I'll check out the consulate first. HP limit huh? Is that just for import? I know there's a 998 from France on the board here somewhere....
 

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OK! Let me know. In France, motocycles are limited to 100 HP (stupid law...) so I don't think it is possible to register one with more than this limit...But you have a 900SSFE? So there is no problem...
The French 998 owner must be El Gladiateur (limited to 100HP :D )...

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Hey all,

I've recently been given an opportunity to move from San Francisco to Paris. I just bought my Duc a few months ago and never really planned on selling it, thus I want to take her with me. Besides it's always been a dream to ride all over Europe on a Ducati. Anyone have any prior experience with the process/costs required? Reliable shippers? Customs/Legal issues? Thanks in advance for your aid! :notworthy

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First thing first. As I am swedish and living in France. I had almost the same problem.

How long do you plan to stay in France? Will you "sign out" of USA? Can you keep here on America register and insured in USA? What I am trying to say is that you can go to Europe for a long time. No one will ask questions.

I had a Spanish bike for a long time in France. No worries. France is very open. It is not like most people think. France is not about eating frogs and snails. It is about driving fast bikes and eating good food.

I also also had a Swedish one in France. A friend just moved to France from Sweden with his 996 SPS on Swedish plates. No worries and who cares? Still Swedish.

Okey you are not Europeen but it might work.

As long as you have papers and insuransans on the the bike you will be allowed to drive here. It is no worries if the police stops you. The problem might be to get the bike here.

When you are here it is okey.

The French police are generaly very nice. They like bikes. Fast and noisy bikes. Ducatis. I have a been driving Ducatis in France for 8 years. Fast, wild and on on Swedish, Spanish and Frensh plates with open exhaust and it is no worries.

For an American this can be difficult to understand but Europe is open and free and not like Amerika. We have 20 countrys in one.

It is no borders exept for Switzerland that do not like to be in the family and the scandinavia countrys. If you enter Eu you are in and no worries. You are on holiday. I could be wrong but that is my experiense.

If you by some reason want to import the bike to France and follow the regulations (we dont like that here) I think that you will have to pay 20% VAT and have to do a bit of French paperwork. Ohh yes. In Frensh of course. You will also need to get a paper from Ducati France in Frensh. You need a OOC to tell the goverment that your 900FE follows europeen law. The problem is USA and EU 900 FE are not the same so it might turn to shit.

Maybe some Frensh speeking person can help more. The place to check out is D.R.I.R.E. (Directions Régionales de l'Industrie, de la Recherche et de l'Environnement ) They handles special imports. They give me the papers on my Swiss 900 MHR 1984 and they know every thing but only in French and are the guverning part for import.

What I would do is to check out the regulations for holidays. Will some one know that you are here? Why not go to Switzerland on holiday. It is not EU. Drive from Switserland to France and you are home. How long can you be here? You can say. I want to travel the world so I dont know. It might sound naiv but I would check it out.
If you can keep your bike on US plates you should do it. Okay last chance.

Drive from USA to Canade to Greenland to Iceland to Sweden to Denmark to Germany and you are in France. It might be cold but should work with a few ferries.

Anyway when you are here paradise is waiting.

Good luck and send me a mail when you are here.

Jocke......
 

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