Complaining About Registering A Custom Motorcycle In The US? Read About Irish Nonsense

celticchoppers1celticchoppers2A 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.

6 Responses to “Complaining About Registering A Custom Motorcycle In The US? Read About Irish Nonsense”

  1. 1 Blue Dec 8th, 2009 at 7:34 am

    Ger, do the bikes have to come to the mainland or can you take them up to the North?

  2. 2 ian Dec 8th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    registered or not – its a great looking bike!

  3. 3 nicker Dec 8th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    You should try getting anything registered in California.
    And trust me, you guys don’t have a monopoly on “incompetent government.”

    “… use the registration from another bike and register the numbers on the new build…”

    The universal solution……. 🙂
    (for now, anyway)

    Hell, after Kopenhagen we’ll probably be limited to 1 battery powered unicycle each…… 🙂
    So enjoy what ya-got while ya-can.


  4. 4 ger Dec 8th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    hey blue
    i guess the north should have a test centre
    no one that i know has bothered to go down that route yet
    thats why there are a few honda davidsons around ireland

  5. 5 Pepe Dec 9th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Nice bike
    Try to register it here, Spain, just impossible

  6. 6 Rinke Dec 11th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Hi Ger, We have currently full whole vehicle EU type approval on 4 models of Saxon and a 5th model is currently being in test phase in order to get approval next year. Especially the 2 hardtails we approved (Henchman and Whip) are being used, in various countries, as a basis for a further customization project. Please have a look at our website at we are still looking for dealers in Ireland.

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