Registering and Insuring a Bike I New York as a Tourist

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Chrispy76, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. Chrispy76

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    From what I have read, it seems to be a bit of a pain to do this. I have a friend in Rhode Island that has offered to "buy and insure" a moto, and after I've ridden the bike west to Vancouver, B.C., he will "sell it to me" so that I can go through the process of registering it in Canada. Any thoughts? Downsides?

    On a side note, any predictions for weather and rode conditions in April for the East? I hope the snow will be gone by then!
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  2. Flashmo

    Flashmo Whatever...

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    Don't you guys get whacked with import duties when you bring big items back from the States?

    If the price was right, it might be worth it.
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    You have to pay sales tax on the purchase price and(12% for B.C,) and a $350 fee to import. Really not that bad IMO. For the price of the bikes in the east, I could probably buy it, ride it back to B.C., and still sell it for for the purchase price all without feeling like a crook.
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    No one has any input?
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    Last time I commented on the merits of various forms of North American governments and tax policies I was chastized. However now that this has come up..........no, no comment.
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    I'm not really that concerned with taxation, politics or other such things. I'm more curious of others experiences, suggestion, or gemeral information involved with registering as a tourist. I have got the insurance side covered.
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  7. thomas.tc.young

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    do it. the registration will only say his name but if insurance says yours and his then most cops, while stating it's weird, will accept it because its legally registered, tagged and insured. only bump could be you are doing all this on your Canadian licence, but i'm sure that it's recognized here in the good ole usa.

    only other problem is it's kind of cold so hope you plan on doing this in the summer. or you have good heated gear. and that you live in canada :D
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