I will shortly be arriving In Germany and Im planning on (among many other things!) buying a motorbike to do a bit of touring...
Im looking at getting a Dirt Bike as I would like to be able to do some trail/forest/mountain riding as well as road touring.
What I want to know is, what kind of laws affect riders and foreigners?
Will my international driving permit allow me to legally ride a bike on the roads?
What kind of registration requirements do bikes have?
How much does it cost to register a bike roughly?
Are there any laws in regards to noise and engine power? Particularly in towns and cities?
Are there any laws in regards to riding off-road? (eg: in Australia it is illegal to ride in National parks)
Any help would be much appreciated
I should probably mention that I will most likely be buying and registering a bike in Germany, so I guess my questions will relate directly to German law and road rules.
AND Im sure someone will mention this, so I'll just say it now, I KNOW that the weather is cold and it rains! It's ok, Im happy to deal with this
Thanks in advance!
I'm not an expert in motorbikes but I hope I can still give a bit of help... I gather that you're from Australia, so the first point to look/contact would be the Australian embassy in Germany: http://www.germany.embassy.gov.au/beln/consular.html. They have information about how to obtain an international driver's license as well. I travelled to Australia and got an international driver's license and basically all it is is a translation so if you have a permit to ride a motorbike in Australia, you should be able to ride one in Germany.
It is illegal to drive off-road, unless it's a special motorbike park or something... sorry, no bush in Germany
You're not allowed to make too much noise or disturb anyone, so keep it at a minimum.
To ride a motorbike on public roads in Germany you need a licence that allows to ride a bike according to its engine power. If you're under 25, you're only allowed to ride bikes of 25kW max and no more than 0.16 kW/kg net weight (i.e. no luggage or driver).
You have to register your motorbike with the TÜV (http://www.tuev-sued.de/car_vehicles - they probably have all the information you need) and get liability insurance (Kraftfahrzeug-Haftpflichtversicherung), otherwise you're not allowed to drive. For the registration you need everything listed here: http://www.tuev-sued.de/car_vehicles/all_about_your_car/registration_on_your_car. Most importantly, you need proof of your insurance (Versicherungsdoppelkarte). The Fahrzeugbrief (vehicle title) shows the former owners as well as all the data of the vehicle. You get that when you buy a motorbike as it belongs to it. You also need the Fahrzeugschein which is basically a summary of the Fahrzeugbrief and shows that you own the vehicle. You always need to carry it on you along with your driver's licence and passport. You should also bring the contract of purchase just in case.
Before you can register a vehicle, it has to be tested by the TÜV to make sure it's roadworthy (roadworthiness test). As this is done every two years, make sure you don't buy an old bike which needs to have that check done soon because it might not pass the test. When you buy, make sure the motorbike is deemed roadworthy for the time you are in Germany, then you can register it without a problem.
I have no idea how much it would cost exactly as that also depends on where you register it but it should be around 40 - 50 Euro. On top of that you have to pay tax which you can calculate here: http://www.kfz-steuer.de/kfz-steuer_krad.php.
About the engine power, I think it depends on your licence how high that can be. I'm sure you won't be able to buy anything illegal at a normal dealership.
By the way, the weather isn't cold and rainy all the time, it's actually quite sunny now and in summer the weather is mild but ususally pretty good.
Hope this helps. Enjoy your trip!
Thanks for writing such a detailed reply! You've pretty much given me all the info I needed
Hi. I'm interested in buying a used motorbike in Germany to travel around Europe for a few months.
May I know if it is possible?
What do I need to prepare?
By the way, I couldn't find any website selling 2nd hand motorbike...
Im not really sure where to buy 2nd hand bikes, but I reckon eBay is a good place to try... good luck reading it in german though ;-)
When I get there I will be checking ebay, but Im also going to trythe newspapers,, luckily I will be staying with a german friend so he can translate for me..
sorry I couldnt be more help! if you find anything out I would be interested to here about it, put up another post in this thread or message me and tell me how you go..