Hello everybody,

I’m Nicolas, a french guy (I lived near Paris) who arrived in London 4 months ago. I am 29years old and I’m currently living close to Finsbury Park. I’m in london for 2 years at least.

I’ve started motorbike in France in 2004 with a black Honda CB500S (which I still own), I’ve done 150000km with it (circuit, holidays, road to go to work every day …) and it still works well. In parallel I bought a Honda blue VTR1000 Firestorm (model 2002) in 2009 it was amazing and pure happiness but I sold it after 2 years since it was too dangerous for my driving license. In 2011, I’ve tried the Honda NC700X and despite it small motor, I had fun during my test trip so I bought it with luggages (top-case and lateral lugagges) to be able to go far away easily (I was thinking to buy a Versys but the seller was really too fool).

I left my bikes in France in my family but since I visit one or twice a month my family I can have fun with my bikes BUT I really need a bike in UK so I’m looking for informations to know if it’s possible to bring a french motorbike and to ‘easily’ get an UK insurance not to expensive.
I’m thinking to sell my old CB500S and to buy a small 250-300cm3 bike (because there are soo many speed camera in London). I want a motorbike here to be able to move around London, to visit and to participate to rides with other members.

I will create new posts soon to get informations.

See you soon and have fun on the road!




Bienvenue á Londres.

If you’re now living in the UK rather than visiting or studying, then you’re classed as a UK resident & consequently are not allowed to ride or drive any vehicle with a non-UK registration plate.

You should be able to import & register your bike here without too much trouble these days, but you may need to change the headlight to a UK one in order that it dips in the correct direction & doesn’t dazzle other road users.

More info can be found here:

Hi, you should ask the thousands of Polish and other Eastern Europeans how they manage to stay here on foreign plates. I’m pretty sure they’re not all tourists…

Hi and welcome!

Hey and welcome to the forum!

Hi and welcome :smiley: