|Receiving my bike!!!!||10 Mar 2000: at Lšnsisatama West harbour of Helsinki, Finland.|
|Pushing the bike to trailer||Me pushing the bike to the trailer. 10 Mar 2000.|
|Pushing the bike to trailer||A bit different photo :)|
|Chatting||The harbour terminal manager happened to be also a biker - and a motocrosser!!! :)|
|Bike finally at Kouvola||Jape, my brother-in-law had the car & trailer and helped me. The main street, Kauppalankatu on behind. 10 Mar 2000.|
|Another photo from Kouvola||Good to have the trailer! Still the roads and streets were icy. Plus I couldn't ride it legally in Finland yet...|
Because my bike was purchased tax-free (in the starting day,
10 Jul 1997) the Finnish Customs (at Helsinki) wanted to get
the vehicle tax afterwards!!!|
I couldn't solve the problem alone, nor didn't want to start a legal struggle against Finnish Customs - so I contacted a TV channel! In 12 Apr 2000 an interview was made in Kouvola. The program "Karpolla on Asiaa" came out in MTV3 channel in 7 May. ...I got the customs matter solved! The Helsinki customs lawyer had to change his mind. Thanks for the reporter Hannu Karpo and the TV channel of that great help!!
I had the right to import a tax-free bike to Finland according to Finnish law. Then I could register my bike to Finnish plates.
The registration happened in Karhula, South Finland, 19 May 2000! Registered to: JR-860. Happy day for me!
Riding can continue!