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Old 11-26-2009, 07:10 AM   #31
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bringing a bike from the us

i think that guy went to the usa to get a bike BUT HE TOOK HIS OLD CANADIAN PLATE FROM A DIFFERENT BIKE AND JUST STUCK IT ON THE US BIKE. when he got stopped the plate did not match the bike. you should have no problem if you use the original us plate for that bike. with the signed over ownership and insurance in your name. you can not take a plate from canada ,even if it is your plate for another bike ,and use it to bring your new us bike home.it's illegal .

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Old 11-26-2009, 09:59 AM   #32
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That is a real no no. Essentially an unplated vehicle and I could imagine getting impounded.

I'm still unsure as an Alien whether we could buy a US trip plate but who knows.

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Old 11-26-2009, 10:21 AM   #33
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trip plate

don't know about motorcycles but CAA WILL ISSUE A TRIP PLATE FOR A CAR.

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Old 11-26-2009, 10:53 AM   #34
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That is a real no no. Essentially an unplated vehicle and I could imagine getting impounded.

I'm still unsure as an Alien whether we could buy a US trip plate but who knows.

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yes, a friend bought a bike in PA and bought a temp trip plate to the border, I think it cost something around $20 or $25 tops.
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Old 11-30-2009, 07:37 PM   #35
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Just buy a state Temporary Permit/Tag from the DMV where you are picking up the bike. The one guy (not a bright bloke) I know that brought in vehicles with a "borrowed" Canadian plate (he had a plate for his truck registered in Alberta placed on his new California Ford Mustang he was bringing up) told me his horror story about having the police run the plate while behind him (showed up as a Canadian truck) and then pulled him over and recognized the dealership print on the vehicle as a Cali dealer and proceeded to remove him from the vehicle rather harshly (dragged him out) and arrest him.
After an hour or so he was released but they made him pay $260 for running on an "Illegal Plate" as the plate is for a Canadian vehicle and the vehicle IS AMERICAN until it is exported and then imported into Canada...
He was LUCKY they did not impound the vehicle...
Just a heads up... The county mounties down south have little respect for what you think is legal IN CANADA and what is not there...
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Old 12-01-2009, 07:47 PM   #36
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I've read through all the information I can find; many thanks for this very informative sticky.

Question: Is it true that to import a BMW into BC from Washington, all you have to pay is:

1. Price of the Bike
2. Washington State Sales Tax
3. RIV Fee
4. GST
5. ICBC new plate and insurance fees

AND, there is no duty to pay?

Again, many thanks.
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Old 12-02-2009, 07:18 AM   #37
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I've read through all the information I can find; many thanks for this very informative sticky.

Question: Is it true that to import a BMW into BC from Washington, all you have to pay is:

1. Price of the Bike
2. Washington State Sales Tax
3. RIV Fee
4. GST
5. ICBC new plate and insurance fees

AND, there is no duty to pay?

Again, many thanks.
I wouldn't think you have to pay any state sales tax(assuming you buy a used bike). Do yourself a favour and ask the seller to provide the BMW clearence letter. Much better if it comes from their dealer. You wll also need to pay for your safety. Canadian tire will usually do it along side the RIV inspection for a small fee.

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Old 12-02-2009, 08:17 AM   #38
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A buddy of mine bought an 08 KTM in PA and found out at the boarder that it wasn't an allowable bike. He ended up registering the bike in NY State and getting US insurance at a tenth of the cost. I'm not sure of all the details, but it's all legal....now, mind you this is on a 450 exc mostly riddin off road, and trailered back and forth across the border.
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:42 AM   #39
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I wouldn't think you have to pay any state sales tax(assuming you buy a used bike). Do yourself a favour and ask the seller to provide the BMW clearence letter. Much better if it comes from their dealer. You wll also need to pay for your safety. Canadian tire will usually do it along side the RIV inspection for a small fee.

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The Crappy Tire "Safety" is part of the RIV fee. Not another fee. You just give them a copy of the RIV form and they do your safety.

If you buy it privately you do not have to pay any Wash. State sales tax.
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Old 12-04-2009, 03:25 AM   #40
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The Crappy Tire "Safety" is part of the RIV fee. Not another fee. You just give them a copy of the RIV form and they do your safety.

If you buy it privately you do not have to pay any Wash. State sales tax.
I bought my KTM new and avoided WA state tax because I was exporting it. (it was in 2007 so I can't remember the details.

KTM only allowed the importation of their bikes fora few years before the CDN dealers squealed. I bought a new 07 990 for 10,998 US, the best deal I could get in Canada was a little over 20 K Cdn for a new 950

The best how to import a bike thread is on BC Sportbikes

http://www.bcsportbikes.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=85230
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Old 12-04-2009, 01:26 PM   #41
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I've read through all the information I can find; many thanks for this very informative sticky.

Question: Is it true that to import a BMW into BC from Washington, all you have to pay is:

1. Price of the Bike
2. Washington State Sales Tax
3. RIV Fee
4. GST
5. ICBC new plate and insurance fees

AND, there is no duty to pay?

Again, many thanks.
Motorcycles do NOT carry duty. There is no true manufacturer in the USA for motorcycles (Harleys are $hit, Buell is bankrupt $hit and polaris industries do not produce many bikes) so duty is not applied to bikes at all... Sorry Harley riders...
You do not have to pay state sales tax if you show the DMV there that you are exporting the bike from their market permanently.
You only pay the price, taxes at the border, RIV fee and whatever you have to pay normally in BC for reg and ins etc.
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Old 12-04-2009, 10:16 PM   #42
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Motorcycles do NOT carry duty. There is no true manufacturer in the USA for motorcycles (Harleys are $hit, Buell is bankrupt $hit and polaris industries do not produce many bikes) so duty is not applied to bikes at all... Sorry Harley riders...
You do not have to pay state sales tax if you show the DMV there that you are exporting the bike from their market permanently.
You only pay the price, taxes at the border, RIV fee and whatever you have to pay normally in BC for reg and ins etc.
Thanks everyone, that's very helpful. However, if I'm buying from a dealer or privately for that matter, do I have to pay the state sales tax and then seek reimbursement from the DMV?

Based on what's been described, the process would appear to be quite straight forward. That, the present exchange rate and a depressed American economy would suggest looking to the US for good used bikes may be the way to go...any one disagree?
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Old 12-05-2009, 07:03 AM   #43
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Thanks everyone, that's very helpful. However, if I'm buying from a dealer or privately for that matter, do I have to pay the state sales tax and then seek reimbursement from the DMV?

Based on what's been described, the process would appear to be quite straight forward. That, the present exchange rate and a depressed American economy would suggest looking to the US for good used bikes may be the way to go...any one disagree?
No state taxes on export. Some have paid when purchasing from an inexperienced dealer and been reimbursed over a period of time but only short term from what I've read.

As far as I'm concerned it's always a good time to go south for good used bikes. 10x the inventory, and always a good ride home.

If you can't find a good route North, you haven't travelled East and West far enough
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Old 12-14-2009, 08:57 PM   #44
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...and once its across the boarder

I've made a deal to pickup a bike early next week and bring it across the border.

I will have the title, bill of sale and a US Customs 'worksheet' completed and emailed to the American border office well in advance of picking up the bike i.e. minimally 72 hrs.

Now, once I've got it in Canada, I presume there is no way I can ride it until its passed the Canadian Tire Inspection and have final RIV approval. Is that right?

I ask because I'm going to have to rent a van or trailer to get it home and then again to take it down to Canadian Tire...what a pain. Am I missing something? Is there another way to do this?

Thanks again guys.
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I rode home from the border, you need to get a special permit from ICBC
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