Importing a bike from the States to Canada

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Duster929, Oct 3, 2007.

  1. Stewart5533

    Stewart5533 Been here awhile

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    He is located out of Nashville, goes coast to coast north and south, has a sprint van pulling a 25 foot enclosed trailer I beleive he carrys $100,000 insurance . Bikes are well secured and wrapped in blankets when transported does a really good job, he is a biker himself so he gets it. He is very busy, but if your patient to when you want delivery he can be very good on his price.

    I have used him twice, and both times it was great service, am never in a rush for my bikes to be deliverd so price has been very good, Florida to Washington state $500. I actully first made contact with him through u ship, but I notice on other bike forms I hang out at, they talk about him on there also, he moves a lot of bikes.
  2. TorontoAlex

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    I just checked out KTM and nothing is permitted to import after 2007. What gives? Can't see much difference from US models.
  3. GB

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    it's protectionism and price fixing. NAFTA works well for big business, the little guy? gets this :flip Ducati has done the same thing on newer models. They want to continue to be able to charge Canadians more for the same bike. It's the "Canada premium" because it costs more to do business in canada, so they have to charge more.. that's the b.s. line anyway.

    For all the complaints about the $500 rip off letter from BMW (which can easily be by-passed), at least bmw canada honors the warranty on bikes purchased in the US if they were under warranty there. Honda and Yamaha don't; there's no warranty in Canada on US bikes.

    Kawasaki goes as far as penalizing the selling dealer if a bike is exported to canada, to the tune of 1 or 1.5% of the value of the bike. I was looking to purchase a new Kawasaki and the dealer told me Kawasaki obtains a list if VIN from US Customs on all Kawi vehicles (bikes, quads, etc) exported to Canada. If they were sold directly to Canadians, and never registered in the US first, that dealer is charged a penalty. So at the time, the dealer I was talking to told me he'd have to charge me that %, unless I registered the bike at my US address, and then subsequently exported it.

    Suzuki doesn't care where you buy it, as long as you do.
  4. Droptarotter

    Droptarotter Long timer

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    I just imported an RZ 350 into BC today. One thing I did not have that Canada Customs asked for was the original Craigslist add.

    I think it would be wise to print any ads to verify what you paid for the bike.

    Cheers
  5. bmwnewbie

    bmwnewbie Been here awhile

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    What I also do is bring along a copy of the Wire Transfer or Bank Draft that you used to pay for the bike.

    Customs still try's to play games and ask how and what down payment you gave to the seller. and of course all of the questions what did you have done to the bike after you bought it etc. etc.

    bmwnewbie
  6. Droptarotter

    Droptarotter Long timer

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    Yeah, I think I should have printed my paypal reciept for the down payment I sent.
    I did have the Craigslist add on my phone and could have supplied the paypal info if requested.

    Cheers
  7. bmwnewbie

    bmwnewbie Been here awhile

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    On other item I forgot to mention in regards to RIV. Make sure the recall letter you get is sent to RIV within 30 days, other wise it will not be accepted and they will ask for an updated one.

    I forgot about this as I rode my 2002 K1200 LT in Phoenix since Dec. 2012 and when sent to RIV two weeks ago, they declined, had to get another from dealer in AZ.

    bmwnewbie
  8. Muskokan

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    Sorry if this question is repetitive. I am planning on importing a BMW F800gs from the states. i understand that the instrument cluster only shows speed in MPH and that Canada will require it to read in Km/HR. Has anyone had success in either converting or having a dealer convert the speedo? I also understand that there's no problem with the odometer being in miles. Was this a problem at CTC or in certifying the bike? :ear
  9. Muskokan

    Muskokan n00b

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    I should have researched alittle more before I posted this question. The F800gs (US) has the speedometer in both mph and metric so my concern is resolved. :norton
  10. H e a d N o r t h

    H e a d N o r t h (take the high road)

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    My caponord was imported from the US. It is in miles. Nothing metric.
    Was not a problem. If it was, I'd have added some surface stickers or something.

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  11. jkdwings

    jkdwings Been here awhile

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    Hey guys, there's been some phenomenal information and advice in this thread and it's because of it that I decided to buy a KLR in Buffalo, NY back in the fall. Well, it's getting to the time that I fly out there to ride her home (fly on 26 APR 13), and I've got a quick request.

    Anyone who has done a fly and ride or something similar, were there any places in particular that were easy or difficult to get insurance/plate/temporary transit permit or whatever route you went for the States? Getting a temporary transit for Canada is no problem, just curious which brokers/shops/businesses are better for dealing with this south of the 49th.

    Thanks in advance for any help! Reply here for everyone to see, or feel free to send me a PM!

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  12. bmwnewbie

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    Make sure you know at what US/Canada Border Crossing you will be coming through, check to make sure of the hours of operation as at some of the smaller crossing they shut down around 8:00 pm, especially if you are coming through at some of the Sask./US crossings.

    Also don't forget to have your export documents at the US Border 72 ours before you show up.

    bmwnewbie
  13. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Without having to go through 500+ posts...maybe someone would be kind enough to write me a quick summary of what steps I need to take ?

    I bought a 1981 BMW from a fellow down south
    The bike is being delivered to me early June
    I can meet the bike at the border
    Does the date mean anything (older bike)
    The bike is not being delivered by the owner, but by some other dude from the US

    Any asistance would be appreciated as my eyes went glossed over after trying to read through this thread :D

    Cheers
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  14. adiablolex

    adiablolex Lost again

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    coles notes version:

    1. fax the VIN to the US export office 72 hrs prior to crossing, US customs officer will check the bike before it exits the US (do not miss this step if you're planning to ride back with same bike)
    2. Enter Canadia and pay taxes for import, just show them bill of sale and you're good (HST)
    3. No RIV as it's over 15 years old :clap
    4. Go to canadian tire for a comformance check (safety) and you're good to go.
    5. remember you're only allowed 3 cool bikes at a time :lol3
  15. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    :freaky

    Seems easy enough, much appreciated (First two beers are on me)
  16. farmerger

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    Not to muddy the waters too much, but you need to fax a copy of the title to US customs not just the VIN. Some US customs (check with whatever one your guy is planning to use), may also want a one page form filled out saying who is selling it, who is buying it, and who is importing it. Its older than 15 years so no RIV, which means you do not need the Crappy tire safety check, you do however need a provincial inspection before you can license it.
  17. adiablolex

    adiablolex Lost again

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    yes I stand corrected, when I said VIN I meant the title that contains the VIN :D
    On the safety check (can't remember the actual name they use) I think its more of a comformance issue for DRL lights and speedo showing miles instead of kms, may be RIV related, so if thats the case then just a normal safety will do.
  18. Deadly99

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    Cheers, thanks for the advice...much appreciated
  19. LVGS

    LVGS Been here awhile

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    Sorry, one more thing. CDN customs may also require some proof of the actual selling price e.g. Craigslist Ad.
  20. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    I've had this happen to me a few times. Usually when the price I mentioned was so good that the agent thought I was trying to cheat on the taxes. On two of those ocasions, the agent called the seller, after searching for the ad online while I'm standing at the counter...

    Not saying you should try to pay less taxes on a price lower then you actually paid, just make sure that you, the seller, and your paperwork all tell the same story. :deal