A rant for Custom Builder Ger Conlon at C&C Choppers Ireland.
“Hi, Cyril. Just to let you know the trouble we have in registering Custom Bikes in Ireland thanks to a very incompetent government. What is needed to register a bike from outside the EU, or a newly built bike is a certificate of compliance. Basically it is a test to see if the bike meets the EU standards. The Irish government passed the new law a few years back but never set up any test centers! Hopefully next year there might be something set up. Imported Custom Bikes from America that were already registered in the country before this law was passed have already a statistic number in the Register Office. So, the likes of Big Dog, Big Bear Choppers, and Pro One bikes that are imported now can be registered.
Others makes might have problems. One way around it is to buy a frame, use the registration from another bike and register the numbers on the new build. Some people don’t mind having an old number plate on their bike. But others do, especially if everything on the bike is new.
Here’s one of the latest bikes we built. In order to get it on the road,the owner will have to take it to England to get it tested over there. If it passes the test, then he can get it registered, but has to import it back to Ireland and pay anything around €2000 ($3500) to get it registered here as an Irish bike! We are waiting in hope that next year that the idiots running Ireland will get their act together and open up a test center here. Rant over,,,. Ger Conlon, C&C Chopper Ireland.