licensing a Dirt Bike In Oregon

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  1. jonzzer

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    Have any of you guys tried to License your dirtbike to a street legal bike? do you know what the requirements are, Besides needing a baja kit. Anything for emissions or noise?? Thanks
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  2. Luke

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    Officially it can't be done at all. See the DMV website. In practice they allow it when the bike was originally registered years ago (back when conversions were allowed), or was brought in from another state already registered, or is so old that they can't tell from the VIN that it's a dirt bike.
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  3. Road Rash

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    It's much harder then it used to be................in the 80's the saying was "you can plate a picnic table in Oregon" .................and looking back at the bikes that I had plated, I think you could :lol3



    Luke is correct I plated my old Beta just a couple of years ago, but it's an 85.

    I know you can get away with it at "certain" DMV locations, but it's a crap shoot.
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  4. peterman

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    Hmmm,,looking more closely at the title for my '96 Beta Alp, there is a plate number printed on the title,(though,no plate on the bike),,,I wonder,,,, when I take the title to dmv for a transfer,,I'll ask about the plate number, and if I can get one for the bike.:deal
    If so,,the selling price just went up!:lol3 :1drink
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  5. WB-PDX

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    If it has a plate number on the title (that starts with an M if titled in Oregon) you get a plate, no questions asked.

    There, you just learned from my 15+ trips to the Oregon DMV in the last 4 years, and it didn't cost you a dime.

    Guessing by the OP's other posts, he is looking at a 85 XR500 that has been made 'street legal' at some point. Probably not a good idea unless it already has a street title. It's still early in the season; plenty of properly titled dual sports to be found at that price range.


    \/ Please note, I have heard from more than one person that there were letters\digits under PLATE on old Oregon titles (that did not start with M) and they were unable to obtain plates... Something about the DMV sticking something in the plate field for dirt bikes at one time. It's not a hard-and-fast-rule.
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  6. oremike

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    You should be good to go Peterman, my'99 605 ATK was the same way and I got a new plate for it when I registered it.
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  7. Road Rash

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    On the original title for the Beta the plate number started with a "N", Oregon MC plates never started with an "N" but I still got a plate with no questions asked................but like I said, ya gotta choose the "right" DVM :D
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  8. peterman

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    Yes,, the very letter behind M,,
    mine starts with N as well.
    I'll see what happens,,need to go do the title transfer anyway, I don't like letting paperwork stagnate, although this one is long overdue, I was more concerned with making it run 2 stroke like my friggen chainsaw, than following up on the paper.
    I got a customer coming tomorrow to pick stuff up,,I'll maybe go to the DMV after that,,my naybor up the street works there,,,with luck,,she'll draw my number when it is my turn, turn, turn, to every season,,turn, turn, turn,,and a lime for every Margarita, on the table!:clap
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    My '99 has the plate # on the title and a plate on the bike and a registration. It also does not say it is a 2 stroke (IIRC WA state does state that?). You should have no problem. My plate # starts with "M"
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    Don't forget to take your meds first. :D
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    1985 is old enough that is should be grandfathered in. Should have no problem getting plate. Ask ken just how easy it is :deal
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    Just chiming in as I just plated my Beta 450RR. It was sold to the prior owner in WA. When I handed all of the paperwork to the DMV clerk, she asked if the bike has been converted to street use. It was obviously throwing a "dirt bike" warning at her. I said yep, :evil (minimal street conversion at best includes a horn and a dot head light, but the rear end has an led tail light brake light and turn signals that I can't get to work) , she said ok and handed me plates. :clap I think European bikes may be a bit easier because the titles are never stamped "off road use only" like the Japanese brands. Just my experience, but that may differ from yours...

    Good luck!

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  13. WB-PDX

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    I know there is a lot of collective experience on here, but every time this topic comes up, the OP doesn't provide enough details to really advise either way. We'd need to not only know what the title looks like, the details for the bike, but also what records the DMV has for the bike. Just because it is an 1985 doesn't mean he is okay; if it was titled as an off-road bike in 2009 (even if he doesn't have the title,) it is still going to be in the system, and he would be out of luck.

    I think the smart advice for anyone is on the side of caution, especially when the poster don't yet own the bike.

    If he already had the bike, and knew it's history, and wanted to try getting it plated, that's a totally different topic.
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  14. dwoodward

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    There are two issues:
    1) Convincing a DMV office that you should be given a plate;

    2) hanging onto it when the paperwork hits Salem. If DMV HQ doesn't think you should have a plate, you'll get a letter telling you to turn it in.

    I'll follow up with actual facts when I hear back from an ODOT friend of mine.
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    Reply from ODOT:

    If over 20 years old bike is not required to meet emission so it can (theoretically) be plated. So anything built before '92 can be done; anything since '92 has to meet emissions. Whether it had a plate, in OR or another state, is irrelevant.

    ODOT website for a fact sheet on the topic: http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/docs/Motorcycle/Convertoffroadmotorcycle.pdf
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    Ask your ODOT friend what happens if the OP walks in with a title stamped in red letters "OFF ROAD USE ONLY" in the center of it, even if it is an 1985.

    Or, if the DMV clerk checks the VIN and sees the note\flag in the system that it is "OFF ROAD USE ONLY."

    Also, is that 20-year-rule rolling?

    Your PDF link is broken, but that specific page addresses getting a MANUFACTURER to certify that a bike meets federal emissions standards; people have had very limited success with this.
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  17. dwoodward

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    The question I asked was, specifically, converting dirt bikes to street use. I'm pretty sure the 20 year rule is a rolling 20 years, and has been for some time.

    Fixed, and yes, that's always been the case- the manufacturer has to certify it, (I think that you can theoretically pay for independent certified testing, but that's an option for the independently wealthy.) Yes, that's always been nearly impossible. But that's the rules. It's actually a bit relaxed from years past, where it had to be proven street legal at time of manufacture.

    Whether someone gets lucky and gets away with it from time to time is something else... but just because they hand you a plate doesn't mean you won't get a letter asking for it back.
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  18. WB-PDX

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    Interesting... This opens up a whole new world of possibilities I guess. I still would wonder about the more recently transferred titles that are stamped "OFF ROAD USE ONLY" however.
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  19. peterman

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    went to DMV this morning for the title transfer.
    Man said I needed an odometer reading to get it plated.
    The N number is their "in house" labeling for machines that are non highway use. When he entered that number, it came up on his computer as an offroad vehicle,,He called Salem,said,'it has 2 wheels',, they said, "Bike needs Odo readings, as well as lights, horn, and all the rest, to get a plate."
    My Beta no longer has its speedo, but if it did,, there might be a chance at plating it. YMMV

    seventy-seven bucks for a frikken title transfer?:huh!!
    Ouch!:1drink
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  20. WB-PDX

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    Good info P-Man. Did you bring the bike with you?
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