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Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Woodbury, MN
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Guys, these are all great ideas but honestly think about what's happening here: do you think you're the first people to buy a bike out of state for cheap and want to bring it in to CA, especially a brand new one?
Buying a used cluster or having it changed to read 7500 miles isn't going to work, you have a brand new, never been titled bike. When you apply for the title they'll do a VIN check and see that it's never been registered immediately. Then you stand to be in a nice bind being caught trying to import a vehicle that can't be imported legally and falsifying government documents; try explaining that one while standing in line at the local office. Pick the wrong person on the wrong day and it'll cost you a whole lot more than you saved on that bike buying it out of state.
Now how about your Honda warranty, how's that going to get activated when they see 7,500 miles on the registration?
If you want to own it you need to register it out of state and ride it until the time passes you can bring it in, you can make it CA legal or have 7,500 miles on it. There's going to be no way around it.
Now for kicks let's say you got your good "stole it" price as you said and you find a way to bring it in and you fudge it to show 7500 miles on the odo. No matter what at that point you have a bike registered in the DMV system and on the road from now on with 7500 miles on it. You can't make it have with one mileage in one state and not in another so the title now has 7,500 miles on it minimum no matter what.
Look up blue book values on a 2014 with that mileage. Now look on Craigslist to see what they're selling for. Even if you don't ride it a mile after registering it or ever plan on selling it, the insurance value has now diminished because of it. Again, any great price you got is out the window.
Also keep in mind you can't sell it legally until it's registered in your name and all taxes and fees are paid on it. You'll also need the title in hand to do so.
Not 100% sure this was such a "steal" of a deal.
- '14 Honda CBR650F
- '14 Triumph Thruxton
- '13 Kymco Super 8 150
- '04 Yamaha WR450F
- Past rides: too many to list
Last edited by Miweber929; 01-08-2017 at 10:08 AM.