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Hi

I have recently obtained a us gl1800, I now have to sva it.

Does anyone know if there ary any mods required to the lighting? Or indeed any other mods to get through?

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I have a US spec 1800 trike and was advised that no mods were required to the lights. It seems that US spec bike dipthe lightsstraight up and down and not down and to one side. Therefore they will not blind on coming traffic and are considered legal.



My trike passed the rellevent checks to obtain a UK registration without any mods so it is probably correct.
 

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Hi m8, can't help you with the conversion question but thought I'd ask if you imported this bike yourself and if so what like was it cost wise compared to buying a British bike of the same year and spec.

What are the import costs and considerations etc and what differences on the bike compared to a brit model.

Sorry for all the questions, just starting to explore some things myself.

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Importing is fairly easy, some of the dealers over there even have contacts able to do it for you with no other input than money. The real trick is to find someone bringing a container of somthing over that you can get space on.

Advantages are all on this site, small differances here and there, add up to a better bike for some.

Cost, usually a lot cheaper but you really need to go over to choose one, and pay thr right money- and remember the landing costs.

SVA is cheap over here now, but is required.

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You might have a problem with the amber running lights which are in the front indicators if you don't disconnect them. The MoT test documents are conflicting on this matter and I would guess SVA would have the same problem.



The MoT manual at http://www.motuk.co.uk/mcmanual_110.htmand http://www.motuk.co.uk/mcmanual_150.htm are the pages to look at.



After some 25 years of running with amber lights I was taken to task at my most recent MoT so I now keep printed copies of the above in case I'm stopped by Mr plod.
 

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Thanks for the input guys. Looks like i might have to do a lot more research into this.

Been trying to convince the missus that importing might be an option as the difference in bike prices on both sides of the pond are quite considerable. I am aware there are the shipping and import charges to be taken into account as well and I didn't think about the SVA test to be honest.

This looks like the only way for me to get a newer bike than the 88 Canadian import 1500 I'm currently running.

thanks guys and sorry for hijacking the post.

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SVA is cheap and there are stations all over so that is not a worry. Its the import cost and taxes you need to consider. They can be very considerable. VAT for a start, and I suspect import of 9%.

Alot there depends on nationality of importer, officer in charge etc, shouldnt but does.

I used an agent so he dealt with all that side. I just paid the bill.

If you want it easy buy a uk or european model.
 

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The actual importing is easy. I used;

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[align=left]It's the UK arm of a US organisation. They were brilliant. All I needed to do was get my wing to Miami and collect it from Thamesport. They took care of all the import duties. [/align]
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[align=left]What was fun, was that, once the bike was ready for an MoT I found I could leggaly ride the bike to the test station without a registration number! Just book it in first using the frame number. The same applies to insurance.[/align]
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[align=left]Registering was "interesting". I filled in the forms and went to the DVLA offices. I got the most miserable guy you could wish for. He went through the paperwork and said "You've not said if it's left or right hand drive". I lent forwards and wispered "It's a motorbike". He just bowed his head. I thought I'd said the wrong thing. Then his shoulders started to shake. He looked up and was laughing. "I've had a s**t day. sorry". After that he was very helpful and happy.[/align]
 
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