Past Experience Importing Classic Bikes to California

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by urbanistica, Oct 6, 2017.

  1. urbanistica

    urbanistica n00b

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    I'm relocating to the LA area, and I'd like to bring a collection of my older bikes (mostly BMW's) with me. I've got

    • 4 R75/5's between 1972 and 1974,
    • 3 R90S's 1974 and 1976,
    • an R100GS from 1989 with a DOT sticker on it,
    • an R60/2 and an R69US from 1968, and
    • a Laverda RGS 1000 from 1983, which may not have a DOT sticker on it.

    Of course, all of them are way over 2 year old and 7500 miles...

    Has anyone here had actual experience with bringing bikes in of this age, and can you tell me if it's straightforward? None of the bikes have been modified, beyond replacement parts for originals. Things like pipes on the older bikes are usually not originals, but they're close-to-stock replacements. No carburetion changes, no bore-outs or capacity/compression changes....

    What am I looking at here? How certain is it that these bikes would be usable in CA? Is there anyone offering a service to manage this?
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  2. Kyron

    Kyron Oncler Inds

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    they are in your name
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  3. urbanistica

    urbanistica n00b

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    yes, currently registered in Canada/Ontario. Option exists, probably to register them with a corporation in CA.
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  4. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer

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    if theyre in your name, you should be good to go, straight forward.
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