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    Default I won a raffle

    And as cool as that sounds, now I have the task of registering this thing. Normally I wouldn't trip at all and I'd just be stoked to win a bike for $100. However, it's a Nevada bike and I need to register it in California.

    This COVID shit may or may not work out in my favor, not too sure yet though. I have an appointment for 8/12 but I'm wondering if I can slip through the cracks with DMV's online processing right now.

    Anyways, does anyone know what to expect when registering a bike in California from out of state?

    Other things to note:

    - I have the title
    - Motor is in an aftermarket frame
    - I do have the certificate of origin from the frame manufacturer
    - I do not want to blue tag this bike

    Thanks

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    Well what year motor does it have in it??

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    2011 Sportster 48
    Still rubber mount, still EFI

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    If you have the original title no sweat, as for skipping DMV, who really knows now.
    But, spend the money and go to a titeling company and get the vin verified.
    As for the Blue Tag, if the frame is altered, aftermarket etc, the HWP will lean in that direction.
    here' where your smile comes into play.

    try the title company first.

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    The frame is aftermarket. I'll see what options I have around me as far as titling companies go.

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    I'd suggest either going the Vermont registration route or slap an old plate on and ride dirty if that's your bag.

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    I just called around to a few other places in the area that do DMV services (like AAA etc.) and I found a place that also does VIN verification as well. They said they can do it all there and get me new plates all without seeing the bike. So long as the VIN is printed on the title, which it is.

    Assuming all goes well I should be in the clear, but only time will tell. I'll be sure to update the thread.


    EDIT: Where I wrote VIN, it should say ENGINE NUMBER. My mistake when misinterpreting the information.
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    California is one thing, but I will give my own testimony from a Wyoming small-town. Maybe it applies.

    We do VIN inspections out here when buying a new vehicle. You have to take it to the Sheriff's office and they give you an affidavit to take to the DOT.
    Well when I registered my latest bike it was around April right in the middle of the Covid shit. The DOT told me not to bother with the Sheriff since VIN inspections were considered "non-essential". So I not only saved a pita trip to the Sheriff but also another $15 fee. They waived it all and gave me the bike no questions asked. It could have been stolen, mixed numbers etc. Didn't matter. I walked out of there.
    It would have been a great time to get under the radar with a basketcase...

    You might get lucky...

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    Well, I fucking did it. Yesterday couldn't have worked out any better. When I had spoke to this place over the phone they said they could do out-of-state motorcycle title transfer so long as the engine number was on the title. I was looking at the title stoked as hell, looking at the VIN and mistaking it for the engine number.

    I jammed over after work and hand them the title and explained what I needed to do. They look over the title and ask where the engine number is. Nowhere to be found. Now here's where the sketchy part may or may not be, I'm not sure what the protocol is on this but they had asked if I could get them the engine number so I had someone back at the house snap a photo of it and I read it to them. They punched it all in the computer and that was it.

    I paid the title transfer fee, vin verification fee and the licensing fee totaling up to $266. They handed me new California registration, tags, and plates on the spot. My new HD title should mailed to the house in about 10 days.

    Hopefully this experience helps someone else.

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    Damn I love it when a plan comes together, lol.

    Congrats and ride that toy like you stole it!

    -DB

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    Good to know the process works that way. What was the place called that you ended up going to? I'm sure next time I'm in CA I'll find some sketchball scooter I want.

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    Bonnet Auto Registration
    2452 TOWER Ave, SACRAMENTO, CA 95825
    916-612-2119

    Really glad I found that place. I got a little spooked when a buddy of mine told me CHP held on to his bike for 8 months when he bought it/tried to register from out of state.

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    Dammit, I wanna win a bike

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