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I would like to know what is the possibility for export from India of Royal Enfield motorcycles produced in India as follows:

1. For private imports into Bulgaria (a member of the European Union)
2. Becoming an official distributor for Bulgaria

Do the bikes produced in India have a Certificate of Conformity according to EU/EEC legislation?

I am asking all this as I would like to buy one bike for myself, but also would like to check the possibility of becoming a distributor in Bulgaria. The problem is that on this site: http://www.royalenfield.com it clearly says the following:


Over the past few years, a number of Royal Enfield enthusiasts from other countries come to India and buy our Indian models. Subsequently, they import the motorcycles to their respective countries. A number of them buy the motorcycle here because they feel it is cheaper this way. During registration of those motorcycles in their country, these individuals need to provide various documents and modifications to conform to the specific Ministry of Transport guidelines in their country. The Indian models do not conform to those guidelines and so they are left with a motorcycle that cannot be used, not to mention lots of good money wasted. If only they had bought the motorcycle through our official distributor in their respective country.

The following points outline some of the factors that need to be considered in order to evaluate what is involved when you carry out a private import. The scenario is as per the current terms and conditions prevailing, but you should be aware that legislation is constantly changing in these countries to prevent such imports.

- Indian motorcycle models are different from EEC/UK/USA models and will not pass a Ministry of Transport (MOT) test.

- Export models are not sold in India. The Indian model motorcycles cannot be registered in any other country other than India as it does meet the statutory norms prevailing there.

- All UK/ECC specification motorcycles comply with Whole Vehicle Type Approval (WVTA) and have VIN plates. From June 2003, all models of bike, not previously imported into the UK/EEC, must have a WVTA with the consequent VIN plate and Certificate of Conformity from Royal Enfield. All USA specification motorcycles comply with both EPA and DOT rules and regulations, have a VIN plate and a Certificate of Conformity from Royal Enfield. Each individual state in the USA also has registration rules that parallel the Federal rules, so even if a bike somehow gets past US Customs the owner will most likely be unable to register the motorcycle.

- A motorcycle that does not comply with the UK or EEC or USA rules may not have valid insurance, thus leaving the owner liable to an insurance company refusing to pay out on any claim, including third party liability.

- Royal Enfield will not be liable for registration, compliance certificates or any documents whatsoever, which may be required for the private import of our bikes and it will be purely at the risk of the buyer.


After reading this it seems that the Royal Enfield bikes produced in India can not be imported into Europe.

On the other hand the specifications for the Indian and the European models look the same or at least similar. Further Indian models are not available abroad.

As all the information I got is pretty controversial and I do not want to end up buying a bike, that can not be imported and registered in Bulgaria/Europe please let me know what is the actual situation?

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Thanks and best regards,

Simeon Nydenov
  • 2565 day(s) ago by Simeon Naydenov
Under: Royal Enfield  #Bikes
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Best solution lies in having discussion with the royal enfield top executives. Please use link below for the same.

Royal Enfield
(A Unit of Eicher Motors Limited)
Tiruvottiyur High Road,
Chennai - 600 019.
Tel: + 91 - 44 - 42230400
Fax: +91 - 44 - 4204 444


Posted: 2564 day(s) ago

Simeon Naydenov
Thx for the advice!

Posted: 2554 day(s) ago

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