Missing emissions sticker nightmare...

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by rhafe123, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. MJS

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    There is a slightly differs shape on the the later >08 side panel and the earlier ones. I can check if they are interchangable later today. BTW, there is a year listed on the sticker so a close inspection could reveal it as being different.

    No chance of the 7500 mile exemption since you've already been to DMV and it is in the system. Technically you still need the fed sticker anyways.

    I think you'll get this registered, no need to sell or part out. It's just going to take a bit of time and effort on your part. I would even volunteer to swap gas tanks from my 05 with you if it comes to it. Need to be sure my sticker is legible though.
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  2. marty hill

    marty hill The Energizer Bunny

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    The sticker will work itself out/you need to ride that bike till it passes 7500. Don't worry about it being in the computer with less. Could be a bad keystroke or lots of other possibilities. Since you live in Kali, I assume you know why you MUST HAVE 7500 miles on the odo.
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  3. rhafe123

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    I haven't had a drink in a little over 24 years. Maybe it was a lack of alcohol.....
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  4. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    You can do 1500 miles in 2 days easy...
    Just ride it hard for a couple days, then it has over 7500 miles and the problem is solved.
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  5. Just_Sean

    Just_Sean herewegoagain

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    No. Only "New" vehicles have to show California emissions compliance. Anything with under 7500 miles is considered new.

    The law was crafted to prevent people from going out of state to buy new cars that were unavailable in CA and then bringing them back. Back when Californians couldn't get manual transmissions or HiPerf engines on certain V8 cars because it wouldn't pass emissions.
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  6. Just_Sean

    Just_Sean herewegoagain

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    DMV already has the mileage since he has been there
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  7. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    Likely that going to a different DMV would result in nobody checking. Besides, how can they dispute it if the bike is sitting there with 7500+ miles? Don't live in fear, learn how to work the system to your advantage... :D
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  8. Rudley

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    all the best,

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  9. GB

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    OP: Did you miss this offer? Take Spoke up on it.. or someone closer to you. Borrow the side cover.. and your nightmare is over, then return it.
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  10. Mr Head

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    Back in 2004 when I bought my 1150 adventure out of state, it took me 5 months to get the thing registered here in the R.O.C.:huh

    I had all the paperwork. Notarized title, receipt, mileage confirmation form. Blue form yellow form, yadda-yadda-yadda...
    Oh, and all the stickers in place.

    And I'd registered the bike in Kansas when I bought it, they issued me a temporary plate. That took all of 15 minutes including the banter with the nice ladies there. :clap

    I got to the DMV the first time with an appointment and paperwork in hand. They of course take the title, because it is from Kansas and not from California.

    I get the title back before I ever got the bike registered. The paper plate I got from Kansas was good for two months, the lady at the Kansas DMV had guess it might take some time for the state to send the title to me.
    She was right. Kansas sent the title to BMW NA, since they had held the loan from the original owner. I'd paid that off. Kansas had a copy of the paper stating that, and a form. We had worked this paperwork in advance of my fly-buy flight...
    So much for preparing.

    Then BMWNA sends the title to the original owner, who over-nights it to me...

    So, armed with a title in my name, all the rest of the stuff I go to the crap and paper, For my first run at a California plate.
    No dice. I need another piece of paper I forget what for; I'd read all their requirements prior to even looking at ads for bikes out of state since moving into the state with two cars was such a pain in the ass. Both of which cost me $400 each a piece for some CARB bullshit that four years later I get a $700 refund check for. :huh
    With those one was an Audi and the crack DMV wanted to not issue me plates because it didn't have a sign on the front of the car saying "Audi"??:eek1

    ...meanwhile back a the bike I keep getting temp plates form the state of California who at the third pass tell me they can't issue any more temps to me unless I register the bike.:lol3
    I told the nice lady that was exactly what I had been attempting to do for the last five months.

    I must have said the magic word because two more stamps umpteen staples later I was outside waiting on the CHP guy in a jumpsuit to read the stickers under my seat.

    Yeah his mouth moved...:rofl

    He also asked me if I needed a green sticker for my "dirtbike"...:1drink

    Where do these people live? I mean are these the people who watch reality TV, and buy shit off the home shopping networks?

    About a half hour later I had a real plate bolted to the back of my bike. And it only took 5 months, and four trips to the DMV.

    This is why I haven't bought another motorcycle since then. I'll ride this thing to dust, and maybe by then I can afford to retire to some backwater state where the people at the DMV can read.

    Get a friends panel. Get the plate, nobody will ever bother with looking for it again.


    ...of course when you go to sell it.... buyer beware.
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  11. oalvarez

    oalvarez Resident Raggamuffin

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    only a single page thread......doesn't anyone read from the beginning anymore? :norton
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  12. Poolside

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    That's it right there. Luckily you have the portion of the sticker that contains the sticker's unique Part Number. (prefix of xx xx) 7 703 967. The xx xx is the group number, and might be 71 21.

    Try local at Irv Seaver BMW in Orange, or Long Beach BMW.

    <BR>
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  13. streetracer

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    I can put 2000 miles on it in two days if you're not up to it yourself then problem solved. Done it a couple of times, on a R1 (ouch).
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  14. lacofdfireman

    lacofdfireman Been here awhile

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    I went through all this about 2 years ago with CA DMV. Most stupid people in the world over there. So glad I moved outa CA I can't even explain it. I bought an 08 and the sticker had been torn off. Bike only had 3k miles on it and I tried everything I thought humanly possible including ordering a new one from BMW in Germany. When I got the sticker it was the wrong one. Ended up having to sell the bike. New owner went to a private person that was a DMV field inspector of some sort and they just signed it off. The whole process is a damn shame. I went in with paperwork showing that all BMW's are 50 stale legal emissions and the whole bit but they didn't really care. If you want to make it real easy come register it in Utah. You will walk into DMV (no lines) pay less taxes and have a plate in less than 10 minutes. I will even let you use my address as your residence. Either that or you need to get out and ride the thing and get over the mileage limit... Good luck and glad I am not in your shoes right now. Been there, done that. Left the State. Still work n Cali though. I like my 360 mile commute to work...
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  15. Just_Sean

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    they input everything into the system before sending someone out for the vin verification. And the mileage is generally recorded on the pink slip

    The way to"work the system to your advantage"would be to go to CHP first for the vin verification, then go to DMV to complete the registration.
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  16. Spoke

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    My '09 label does specify 2009 MY. And maybe the '09 panel is different then yours, but as was stated earlier, go to regional forum find someone with the same year bike and ask to borrow their panel. Done! Registered! Ride! I'm starting to hate this thread! Stop whining!
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  17. marty hill

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    A voice of reason. Isn't it amazing how folks get frozen by fear? There is alway a way. ALWAYS!
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  18. rhafe123

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    I've got lots of ideas to work with now. I will try to get it sorted this week and if I fail I'll put it up for sale.
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  19. CaseyJones

    CaseyJones Ridin' that train

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    If the seller is cooperative, he can get the title re-issued and then you can do what you need to - register it with a non-CA address, or sell it to another buyer, or whatever.

    Paperwork screwups are a nightmare; but in most states theres a voice of reason somewhere deep in the System. But California? I gave up on that madhouse years ago.
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  20. hyena

    hyena Been here awhile

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    Yet another reason I'm glad I don't live in California.

    On the other hand, I live in Illinois. Here you just buy your way out of problems with State agencies.
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