Importing a bike from India:
When the bike is from before 2005, it does not have to comply with the European emission norms ( E4,E5,…) So that is the good news.
To bring it on the road in Belgium, you need to have a certificate of conformity (European one). Bikes from outside the EU don’t have this. So you have to obtain one following one of the following procedures (info: SBAT-Stekene):
- Go to the official importer of Royal Enfield in Belgium (Verhaeghe Motors- Arendonk 014/67 90 57). Ask him if he is capable of getting this certificate for you. Also ask him what it will cost !
With this paper, your insurance company gets the bike on the road.
- Bring your bike (on a trailer) to SABT in Stekene (Industriezone Kleine Akker – Zavelstraat 251 tel: 03 789 04 76) and have it inspected. The cost for this is 317,-€
Once you have the inspection papers, you start a procedure at the ministry of transport. You pay 476,-€ and then yo have to be very,very pationt. It might take a while before they start taking action. There is no guarantee you will get the papers, but in most cases you’ll do.
So, total cost for this route= 793€. Rather expensive!