california dirtbike registration

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Desert Penguin, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. Desert Penguin

    Desert Penguin Farts Are Funny

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    just moved to California from the east coast and looking to buy a dirtbike and was wondering about the red and green sticker reg. if the bike has a green sticker valid until 2010 do you need to register the bike to ride it or can you ride it until it runs out. any help would be great.
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  2. Yzlvr

    Yzlvr Been here awhile

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    It would expire 12/31/2010.
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  3. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    get a plated dirt or dual sport bike....easier to resell. you'll soon find out there are a lot of places you can ride if you have a license plate.

    don't get stuck in a sand box.

    my .02
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  4. luv2race

    luv2race Confused

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    I think when you transfer the title, it will take care of itself, meaning the green sticker will be transferred to your name and remain good until 2010. But like Joel said, you have MANY more options if you get a dual sport!
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  5. boney

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    Agreed. Skip the "sticker" bikes and get one with a plate. Doing so will open a whole new array of riding areas.
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  6. scottrnelson

    scottrnelson Team Orange

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    Some OHV parks check the registration along with the sticker, so you're better off if you register the bike. If I were to buy a dirt bike, I would register it immediately.

    But I just bought a dual-sport, so no hassles with red or green stickers. And for the record, I dropped by the DMV to register it a few hours after I bought it.
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  7. j911brick

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    What can visitors from out of state do to be legal when riding off road in CA. Can I get a visitor sticker or something?
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  8. boney

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    Nonresident Permit: You will need to purchase a special Nonresident OHV Permit if you are not a California resident AND your off-highway vehicle or snowmobile is not registered in your home state. Your state's plate or sticker must be clearly visible on the vehicle.

    From here: BARF
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  9. j911brick

    j911brick Squidinator

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    Thanks Boney, that is very helpful. How and were does one go to get to a permit and what does it cost.

    As I understand it, with a license plate I can go to the riding parks just like a local?
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  10. boney

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    I beleive what that says is "you have to get a sticker if you don't have some sort of registration from your home state."

    So, in my non-legal mind, I would say that if you already have a sticker in your home state, you're good to go.

    All street legal (plated) motorcycles are legal to ride on any roadway in CA, in addition to public trails in OHV areas managed by the State, Feds or BLM. However, if your bike doesn't meet the requirements of "street legal" in CA, you can still get a ticket for equipment violations.
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  11. Rideimal

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    I'm planning to buy a smallish dual sport this spring, but I many be moving to CA this summer and I want to be sure that I can title it. I read somewhere that it is very difficult to title a DRZ 400e in CA, which is one of the bike's I'm looking at. I'm also looking at KTM 400/450 exc's. If I bring an out of state title (from Colorado) would that ensure that I can get a CA title? Any advice would be appreciated.
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  12. scottrnelson

    scottrnelson Team Orange

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    Not quite true. If you don't have a USFS approved spark arrester you won't be able to ride on some public trails and some OHV areas.

    If the bike was not originally designed for street use you're very unlikely to get it registered in California, regardless of what you were able to do in another state.

    Why not get a KTM 530EXC designed to be registered on the street? A friend of mine has one of those with an extra set of supermoto wheels - the best of both worlds.
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  13. mongox

    mongox ARRRRGH!!!

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    Why not have both, there is no way that a plated dual sport will perform like a green stickered open class 2 stroke (60hp @ <230 lbs.) It does limit where you go, thats why the 2nd dirt bike should be plated.


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  14. tmex

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    I would buy a bike that is either already plated in Cali with a current registration or a new bike capable of being plated in Cali - EPA and Cali emissions stickers. Trying to get a used unplated bike plated in Cali can be done if the bike was plated in the home state and has the stickers, but it will be more of a hassle. To the best of my knowledge the requirement for a plate in all states is pretty much the same (lights, turn signal, etc.) except for the Cali emissions sticker. Cali does have a rule that the lights must function for a period of time without the engine running, so the bike will definitely need a battery. All of the on road equipment will be checked at the time of registration if it is a new registration in Cali, and this can sometime present diffiuclties if the bike has been used off road since some of this stuff is pretty fragile. If you get a used plated bike in Cali it is a simple matter of just transferring ownership. I have never had the DMV even look at a vehicle transfered inside the state.

    Riding a plated bike with current registration from another state as a visitor in Cali should not be a problem. People drive through the state all the time with out of state plates.
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  15. trailtrick

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    wath 2 stroke you talking abouth 60hp ??
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    A CR500 might make that on a good day with the wind at its it back,any good 250 2 stroke is so much better on honest to god singletrak where you almost see your own rear fender going around trees that its a shame to ride a heavy expensive to rebuild 4 stroke.Its nice you can get em legalized but a real dirt bike is way better in the tight stuff. KTM will stick with the faithful and come out with a smog legal two stroke.I will quit riding my 250EXC 2 stroke when they pry it out of my cold dead hands. (four strokes are for pussys):rofl
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  17. tmex

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    Yeah, two strokes are fun, and if I am going to transport the bike to the riding area anyway I always take my 300EXC for the reasons you state. I am not so sure KTM will ever make a Cali platable two stroke. It will defintely require fuel injection, and KTM can't seem to get fuel injection working very well on a four stroke.

    The day I got rid of my CR500 was among the happiest of my life. No other bike has caused me as many injuries as that one. It is truly evil.
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  18. trailtrick

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    Is the reason i own a 250 xc 2008 plated :D
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  19. mongox

    mongox ARRRRGH!!!

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    A 95 KTM 440 exc. Rated at 59 hp. Most modern 250's (since the mid 80's make about that too, they just don't have the torque band of an open bike.) I go from my 2 stroke to the thumper and always miss that 2 stroke hit when it gets on the pipe, nothing quite like it, and it makes for a very light front end that a 4 stroke just can't achieve.
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  20. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    You need to register any vehicle purchase within five days of buying it.

    The sticker is transferred to the new buyer, you just pay a transfer fee ($21?). Then you can ride it until the sticker runs out and you will be mailed a renewal at the address you registered it at. Stickers last two years.

    Don't buy a red sticker bike, you are limited on useage.

    You don't need a license or insurance to register a green/red stickered bike.

    Quite a few places in Cali require a street plate, forest roads and etc.

    the famous james
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