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Old 04-15-2010, 09:06 AM   #91
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All the info on this thread has been great. I've gone through all the steps, contacted the various places, and got everything straightened out today. Suzuki is sending me the letter of no recall, I've got a copy of the title to the US customs, called RIV etc. I think it will all play out nicely.

One quick question that may sound stupid. Can you import the bike on a Sunday afternoon? The information on the ambassador bridge site says that their operational hours are only 8 - 4, monday to friday, but when I called and asked, they said they were open 24/7. Presumably the boarder doesn't close, but does the department that actually goes through the import and has a look at your title only operate during the week?
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Old 04-15-2010, 09:15 AM   #92
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All the info on this thread has been great. I've gone through all the steps, contacted the various places, and got everything straightened out today. Suzuki is sending me the letter of no recall, I've got a copy of the title to the US customs, called RIV etc. I think it will all play out nicely.

One quick question that may sound stupid. Can you import the bike on a Sunday afternoon? The information on the ambassador bridge site says that their operational hours are only 8 - 4, monday to friday, but when I called and asked, they said they were open 24/7. Presumably the boarder doesn't close, but does the department that actually goes through the import and has a look at your title only operate during the week?
While the border may be open 24/7, you must check with the guys on the U.S. side, specifically the U.S. Customs Vehicle Export Team, which essentially release the bike out of the U.S. They are 8-4 Monday-Friday. Without their all important release stamp, Canada Customs will not allow the bike into Canada.

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Old 04-15-2010, 07:51 PM   #93
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While the border may be open 24/7, you must check with the guys on the U.S. side, specifically the U.S. Customs Vehicle Export Team, which essentially release the bike out of the U.S. They are 8-4 Monday-Friday. Without their all important release stamp, Canada Customs will not allow the bike into Canada.

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What Steve said...this is the single most important factor when timing your crossing.

Good luck and let us know if you need any more help.
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Old 04-17-2010, 09:23 AM   #94
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While the border may be open 24/7, you must check with the guys on the U.S. side, specifically the U.S. Customs Vehicle Export Team, which essentially release the bike out of the U.S. They are 8-4 Monday-Friday. Without their all important release stamp, Canada Customs will not allow the bike into Canada.

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It's ONLY the US side that has a time (8-4) our side is open 24-7, additionally, our side doesn't care much about the title being stamped "exported" by the US side nor will they advise you on it. It's going back to the US that will be a problem with a bike that hasn't been properly exported.
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Old 04-17-2010, 07:00 PM   #95
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US Customs at Port Angeles allows exports 7 days a week onto the Coho ferry for anyone importing to Vancouver Island. Never busy there either. That's the crossing I used last fall.
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Old 04-23-2010, 06:46 AM   #96
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All good stuff, here.
I hope to be able to add my experience to the thread in a few weeks.

One question - should I be concerned that the speedometer on the bike I'm importing is in miles only?

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Old 04-23-2010, 07:32 AM   #97
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All good stuff, here.
I hope to be able to add my experience to the thread in a few weeks.

One question - should I be concerned that the speedometer on the bike I'm importing is in miles only?

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I remember reading the RIV will ask you to affix stickers to the face of the speedo. The biggest deal was the daytime running lights. They must work prior to the Canadian Tire inspection. Everything else was simply consistent with a well maintained moto.

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Old 04-23-2010, 07:51 AM   #98
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Canadian Tire asked me if I wanted a sticker on the Odometer indicating it was in Miles...I just looked at the guy and pointed at the speedometer face that clearly showed MPH as predominant...he moved on to other stuff. He never even turned the key to the on position so there were no light checks during my inspection. He seemed interested in verifying the VIN # and odometer reading more than anything else. And the guy looking knows basically zilch about a motorcycle....it's an unecessary paperwork excercise that could be done by the licence agent, IMHO.
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Old 04-23-2010, 10:09 AM   #99
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Canadian Tire asked me if I wanted a sticker on the Odometer indicating it was in Miles...I just looked at the guy and pointed at the speedometer face that clearly showed MPH as predominant...he moved on to other stuff. He never even turned the key to the on position so there were no light checks during my inspection. He seemed interested in verifying the VIN # and odometer reading more than anything else. And the guy looking knows basically zilch about a motorcycle....it's an unecessary paperwork excercise that could be done by the licence agent, IMHO.
And they knew even less about my Freightliner.
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Old 04-26-2010, 12:27 PM   #100
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I just bought a bike in northern Ohio, near Akron. I would love to bring her home the end of next week. (ballpark May 5/6/7) If anyone else is going in that general direction & bringing a bike back as well, maybe we could do this together & share the truck rental costs?
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Old 04-26-2010, 01:56 PM   #101
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Hi Zen,
We met a few months ago after the bike show.
I'm planning to fly out to PA and ride back on the 8th / 9th.
No help with the rental, but thought it was an interesting coincidence.

What are you picking up?

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Old 04-26-2010, 03:25 PM   #102
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Why no fly in and ride home...makes for a great bonding trip
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Old 04-26-2010, 05:10 PM   #103
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Why no fly in and ride home...makes for a great bonding trip
Well I'm told by everyone & my insurance company that there is a procedure one has to follow before I can put it on the road & plate her! And if anything were to happen one is f--cked driving an uninsured motorcycle. Refer to page 1 of this thread for the whole procedure...Lol.
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Old 04-26-2010, 05:19 PM   #104
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I can't speak for Ontario but in BC I bought 10 days of temporary insurance for next to nothing. And each state has a trip permit you can buy from their DMV that makes you legal on the road. Not a big deal to get insured and plated that way.
Washington state trip permits are good for 2 days ($25each) but you can purchase and use multiples. California trip permits are good for 60 days...so there is a wide discrepancy between states...you need to check with the DMV of the state you are buying in.
It was no hassle getting these things to ride home and much more fun than trucking it back.
BTW, if you are trucking the bike you better check that you have insurance coverage if you have an accident, if it is stolen, or if it falls off the truck...your solution has complications too.
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Old 04-26-2010, 06:40 PM   #105
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Well I'm told by everyone & my insurance company that there is a procedure one has to follow before I can put it on the road & plate her! And if anything were to happen one is f--cked driving an uninsured motorcycle. Refer to page 1 of this thread for the whole procedure...Lol.
Zen,
I was concerned, too.
So I called my insurance carrier, and they suprised me:
I am covered without even advising them - as long as I register it and get them formal notice within two weeks. Easy - peasy.
Mind you, I have all my coverage (auto / home / etc.) with them, so this is a bit of a perk, I think.


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