Finns: Buying & Keeping A Bike In Finland...

Discussion in 'Europe' started by Ben Carufel, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. Ben Carufel

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    I'm seeking the advice of our esteemed Finnish members!

    For starters, I'm a Finnish citizen who has never lived in Finland. My mother is Finnish and my father is American. I was born in the USA and have lived there my whole life (though I'm in Romania at the moment, I'll be back in the States soon). I applied for and received my Finnish citizenship about 8 years ago.

    While spending this past month in Romania and Greece, it occurred to me that it would be great fun to ride the roads of Europe on a bike (duh?) and I started wondering if being a Finnish citizen gives me any advantage in doing something like buying a bike in Europe, registering it and insuring it in Finland, and then using that as a base to jump off for a few month-long European rides a year.

    From my research so far, it seems as though buying in Germany might be the way to go for the sake of price. I'm curious what kind of hurdles I could expect to encounter when trying to register the bike in Finland. My uncles both live in Espoo (and my mother will likely move to Espoo from the States in about 5 years), so that would be where it'd be best to register and store the bike.

    Ideally I'd like to get an R1150GS/GSA as then I could simply bring my Jesse cases and other accessories over with me when I head to Finland (or wherever else the bike is being stored at the moment) to start a trip. Perhaps a second set of Jesse mounts for the European bike would be the slick way to go, so all I'd need is the Jesses themselves, the tankbag, and of course my gear.

    So, how crazy does that sound? Is it even possible?
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  2. Capo Sakke

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    It can been done no problem. But importing vehicles in Finland you must pay import tax what depends of vehicle value in Finland. If your brother is Finnish citizen and moving to Finland he should import vehicle same time and it's tax free.
    There is lot of tax laws what your should be take serious.

    Best thing is planing everything in advance that there aren't any mistakes because they cost a lot.
    I think your uncles can help on that. You just need post address in Finland to do registration and insurance.
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  3. Ben Carufel

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    Thanks for the input! I guess I should also have mentioned that I don't speak Finnish :(. Obviously that doesn't change much except that I will have to either learn some Finnish, or have everything translated...
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  4. GiorgioXT

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    Search for "temporary plate" in Italy , France and Germany a person that lives abroad could have a one-year (for Italy is EE plate) that allow the purchase of a bike exempt from TVA /IVA / VAT tax (that range between 19 and 21%)
    After a Year you have to export the bike or have a national plate paying the taxes related ... but on the now used vehicle (if has more than 4000 kms.)
    Also Finland should have something similar since its an EU country
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  5. Capo Sakke

    Capo Sakke Don't rock the boat

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    Finnish isn't so difficult even little kids here spoke it :rofl
    That's not a problem all officials should speak English.

    Temporary plates are also possible, you only need to register and have a insurance for the bike on other EU country.
    I think it's same all EU that temp. import for 3-12 month is possible. After you export it or pay tax.
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  6. Ben Carufel

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    Yeah, I've been at least 12 times so far (last time was in summer 2010 to photograph the WRC Rally Finland) and I always get by just fine on my extremely limited Finnish and the good English spoken by most Finns. I wish my mom had taught me the language, though...

    One day I'll learn to be a decent Finnish speaker, I think.
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