heres how to get a Europe Green card (insurance)

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  1. rtwdoug

    rtwdoug prominent underachiever

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    Poly & I have FINALLY found a Bulgarian insurance company that will sell green card insurance to us for people with bikes not EU registered!

    cost is
    60 euros 1 month
    100 euros 2 months
    140 euros 3 months

    3 months at a time is the limit. but it can be renewed.
    this is valid for all the EU countries, doesnt include non EU like Ukraine, Serbia, etc. (this is the same insurance as mototouring offers)
    I've used it the last few years, & had no problems.
    we will need a scanned copy of the bike document with tag number & VIN
    and a copy of your passport or drivers license
    (or if you have an expired green card, the info needed is on there)
    we will scan & email you a copy of the green card, and snail mail the hard copy to you, anywhere in the world.
    (the last 2 years I've passed German customs at the airport with just the scanned copy)

    email me at motocampbg@yahoo.com if interested.

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  2. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    What if the bike is registered in the EU, but the rider has a foreign license? I'll have to check to see if my insurance covers me overseas, but I may be looking for EU insurance if they don't.
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  3. MichaelJ

    MichaelJ Long timer

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    Damn, Doug!

    That's just a bit over half of what ADAC wants these days (105 euro/month)
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  4. Bell driver

    Bell driver Been here awhile

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    A bike cannot be registered in the EU without proof of insurance.
    Whatever accident the bike causes is covered by the insurance no matter who the driver is or where he is licensed.
    The driver would be covered by his health insurance.
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  5. rtwdoug

    rtwdoug prominent underachiever

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    Just wanted to bump this, for the folks that dont want to pay 100 euros a month from adac. or maybe its 120 now?

    our prices are the same as before.



    Doug
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  6. High Country Herb

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    So it sounds like a rental company would have to cover their own bikes.
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  7. rtwdoug

    rtwdoug prominent underachiever

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    if you rent a bike in europe, it comes with the liability insurance, its part of the rental fee.
    they may ask if you want to add comprehension, which will cover you for theft/damage to the bike?
    but I dont know.
    Ive never rented a bike there.

    Doug
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  8. lhendrik

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    Doug, that is a great service you are offering at a great price. I will go with you next Spring when I ride again in Europe. Much better than the ADAC price I paid in 2012.

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  9. pelvis_98

    pelvis_98 Havin A Time

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    Whats your recommendation for the Ukraine and Serbia for insurance?


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  10. rtwdoug

    rtwdoug prominent underachiever

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    non EU countries you buy at the border.
    Serbia will break it off in you, around 100 usd for a 30 day minimum.

    I usually just try to get thru the border without it. sometimes they ask to see it, sometimes they dont. Sometimes they look at it, but dont notice SRB has a big X on it, meaning its not covered.

    Ukraine, much cheaper, I've paid 3-30 usd for a month. (I think the 3.00 time was a screw up on their part, but Im always nice enough to not point out any deficiencies they may have, involving math)
    (unless of course, they over charge me :evil )

    I ALWAYS get it for ukraine. the cops there are legendary. they will probably stop you, and if you dont have it, they will be happy, because then they can fine you.
    If you do have it, they will try to fine you for something else.
    if you did nothing wrong, dont pay them. If you did do something wrong, try not to pay them. at least waste so much of their time that the 100 usd fine drops to about 5usd :D

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  11. wheatwhacker

    wheatwhacker It's raining here

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    The question he asked was, can you cover a bike purchased in Europe with European plates ridden by a us licensed rider.
    Reg is not an issue.
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    Green Card from Doug's source came in Friday. Painless and great service.

    Thanks.
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    Thanks for the update. Glad it is set up and working. Great to have an alternative to ADAC.

    That said, has anyone got live experience with what happens in the case of an incident where the insurance comes into play, like crashing your bike into a donkey cart in a small town where no one speaks your language? Is the procedure to call (800 number?) the incident in to your insurer, of course after showing all your paper to the police?

    Just curious, I realize that the local townspeople will probably stone you to death if you kill their donkey. This Summer, in Macedonia I ran into the rear bumper of a car with my aluminum pannier and the driver was amazed I even stopped to deal with it. I had minor damage to my case (dent I fixed manually), he couldn't find any damage in the beat up crap mobile he was driving. Might have been different with a $100,000 Mercedes in Switzerland :)
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  14. Ken Fritz

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    Wheatwacker's comment: "The question he asked was, can you cover a bike purchased in Europe with European plates ridden by a us licensed rider."

    Answer: Yes.

    I bought Green Card insurance from Doug and Polly last year for my bike which is registered in Ireland (thanks Wheatwacker!). I'll buy it from them again this year, too. The only problem is that this insurance is no good in the country of registration (Ireland for my bike) .

    Last year in Spain (Cataluna) I had to show my Green Card and license to the cops. No problem - they checked the insurance, registration, my CA license and International Driving Permit and we had no problems at all. This was about parking in the wrong spot - we just showed them all the papers, smiled, moved the bike and spent the rest of the day on the beach.
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  15. rtwdoug

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    Hi Ken
    I didnt know it wasnt covered in the country of registration? thats odd.
    I think it would work ok if you were stopped by the police & had to show it to them, but not if you were in a wreck & had to use it?

    Doug

    Oh, glad it worked ok for you
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    Thanks to the EU for the insurance hassles. An EU bike must be insured in its country of registration by an insurance company that's authorized to write insurance in that country. That's part of the regulations - when you register a bike in the UK (or IE, FR, etc.), you must be insured by a UK (IE, FR, etc) authorized insurer. Sort of like US insurance is good in the USA, but not in Mexico or European countries.The lawyers have us by the you-know-whats.....

    BTW, Say Hi to Polly and thanks for the great service.:clap
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    wheatwhacker It's raining here

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    I'm bumping this up where it belongs, at the top of the thread.
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  18. Ken Fritz

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    Hi Doug,
    My Irish plated bike is up for Green Card renewal - THANKS also to the Wheatwhacker.:D

    I'll be returning to Europe from the US to ride for about a month or so. PM on the way with the details: bike reg, current tax info, my D/L info and passport info.:deal

    Thanks for the fantastic service & say Hi to Polly.:wave

    You guys ROCK!!!:rayof
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  19. Ken Fritz

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    Emailed Doug and Polly direct for the insurance today. :deal

    Man, this is the life: good bike purchase via Wheatwhacker in Ireland, good insurance rates from Doug & Polly in Bulgaria, free storage with a friend in Paris, lots of time to ride!:wings
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  20. wheatwhacker

    wheatwhacker It's raining here

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    It seems the insurance doc's I have been receiving here are all covering Ireland.
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