IMPORTING YOUR BIKE into/from another country

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IMPORTING YOUR BIKE into/from another country

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I found this on Triumph's UK site and thought it could be of benefit here to anyone wishing to import a motorcycle into or from another country...


If you wish to import your motorcycle into a country where it is not originally from, you may need to make some modifications to your motorcycle. Triumph Motorcycles are unable to advise the modifications required to each model. Please contact your local vehicle registration authority to obtain the required information. Please refer to the links below for more information.

In most cases, to import your motorcycle you will need a Letter of Manufacture or a Certificate of Conformity (COC). To request either of these, please send a letter stating your full name, address and the model and colour of your motorcycle along with a copy of your registration document and your driving license to:

Export Sales Department
Triumph Motorcycles Ltd
Normandy Way
LE10 3BZ

* Please note that if the last six digits of your VIN number is lower than 098000 or built prior to 01/01/2000, then we will not be able to provide a COC. Before this time no EC approval numbers are valid, therefore COC's cannot be printed.

Importing a motorcycle into the UK

There are two options for importing a motorcycle into the UK:

1) If the motorcycle is covered by a Certificate of Conformity (COC), then the standard registration procedure can be followed.

2) If the motorcycle is not a European specification or a COC cannot be printed, then the Single Vehicle Approval system process must be followed. Triumph must provide a Letter of Manufacture and modifications must be made to the motorcycle to change it over to a UK specification.

Both processes are explained on the VOSA website: ... 06874.hcsp

Importing a motorcycle into the USA

There is one procedure for importing a motorcycle into the USA:

All modification/paperwork must be obtained and completed before the motorcycle is shipped to the USA. If not, it is possible that the port authorities will impound the motorcycle or return it to the sending port. Therefore, you must contact a clearing agent in advance of shipping your motorcycle and they will assist with getting your motorcycle registered.

385 W. Sanders Memorial Drive, Suite 100
Tel : (++ 1) 678-854-2010
Fax : (++ 1) 678-854-2025

Importing a motorcycle into Canada

Used motorcycles cannot be imported into Canada.

Importing a motorcycle into Australia

It is only possible to import a motorcycle into Australia if it is covered by a COC.

For more detailed information, please visit or email

20 Stubbs Street

Tel : (++ 61) 3 9381 9766
Fax : (++ 61) 3 9381 9798

Importing a motorcycle into New Zealand

For information on importing a motorcycle into New Zealand, please contact Triumph New Zealand:

Tel : (++ 64) 9 270 0904
Fax : (++ 64) 9 270 0680

Importing a motorcycle into France

The procedure for importing a motorcycle into France is as follows:

1) Change your bike to French specifications, at any Triumph dealer.

2) Send a copy of the invoice for labour and parts, plus your vehicle registration document (V55) to:

Dominique Rivain
Triumph SA
19, Boulevard Georges Bidault BT G1
Croissy Beaubourg
77437 Marne-la-Vallée
Cedex 2

3) Triumph France will then send you an "Attestation d'Identification". This document is the confirmation from Triumph that your bike conforms to French homologation rules. Take this document to your local "Prefecture" to register your bike.

If you require any further information about this procedure, please contact Eric Pecoraro at Triumph France, tel: (+33) 1 64 62 38 38.

Importing a motorcycle into Germany

For information on importing a motorcycle into Germany, please contact Triumph Germany:

Triumph Motorrad Deutschland GmbH
Otto-Hahn-Strasse 20

Tel. : +49 (0)61 75 93 36 0
Fax : +49 (0)61 75 93 36 27
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