The legal requirements (in Germany) are very precise when it comes to which accessories may be fitted to a motorcycle and which may not. Using components that are not TÜV (Short for German: Technischer Überwachungs-Verein, English: Technical Inspection Association) certified can have fatal consequences.
It is well known that there are motorcycle riders who always feel guilty whenever a police car goes by. This is not necessarily to do with the speed they ride at. Often it is simply because of the accessories installed on the bike. Not everything that can be retrofitted to a motorcycle must be approved or blessed by the TÜV in the first place. But when we are talking about parts that increase engine performance, for example, that affect the acoustics or the exhaust behavior, or that alter the contours of the vehicle, things are rather different. In these cases, it is not only a sensible precaution, but also an urgent requirement, to verify the parts and their interaction with the motorcycle.
We at Wunderlich go to great lengths to have all of the accessories that we offer tested by the TÜV for their operating safety on the road. This is not always the case in the industry. However, we see it as our duty and our responsibility to our customers to offer only safe accessories. This is a matter of course for us and we know that our customers appreciate our efforts in this area.
In the end, it is in the interests of every motorcycle rider to be riding a vehicle that is safe on the road. According to TÜV-SÜD, the basic principle is: “If changes are made to the vehicle that give rise to the expectation of possible risk to road users, change the type of the vehicle or have a detrimental effect on the exhaust or noise it produces, the permission to operate the vehicle can become void.” The expectation of possible risk is not precisely defined here. If, for example, changes are made to the braking system and the parts used do not have a TÜV certificate, a risk can already be assumed. The same applies, for example, to protruding vehicle parts or fairings. Apart from the fact that these can have fatal consequences in the case of a fall, there will be considerable problems in the subsequent assessment of damages, extending to complete liability of the vehicle driver and owner concerned, including the corresponding legal assessment.
It makes much more sense to invest in your own security in advance and ensure that you only buy parts and accessories verified by TÜV. Just ask us and we will be happy to advise you about approval and TÜV as far as our products are concerned – for your own safety.