Registration in Ga. dirt bike to dual sport.

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  1. thisisjess

    thisisjess Adventurer

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    Has anybody converted a dirt bike to dual sport with lighting and had it successfully registered in Ga. I want to be able to take my KTM 360 on the street and I am looking for some advice. Thus far I found the baja designs kit and it seems easy enough, along with a ktm uprated exc stator I should be good to go. But I have heard it is county by county if you can register a two stroke on the street. So I am looking for folks who have already gone through with it. Thanks.
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  2. MrTwisty

    MrTwisty Short Bus Cowboy

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    That is a very good question, and one that I have been wondering about alot recently. However, it is my understanding that if the title or bill of sale says "for off-road only", you're screwed. I've met some folks who had tagged dirt bikes, but they either knew somebody or bought a bike that had been tagged out of state.

    If this isn't the case, somebody please clarify, because I am very interested in this subject.
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  3. Dr_RickyP

    Dr_RickyP Been here awhile

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    can you get a P.O. box in Alabama and register it here? I've heard of folks tagging their dirt bikes here...but you might have a hard time if it is a 2-stroke.
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  4. DirtDabber

    DirtDabber cultural illiterate

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    My understanding is the title has to not say off road only. As to county by county they are bound by the state database of bikes that are acceptable for road use. If the bike is on the no-go list then there could still be challenges. You may have to get it inspected by the sherrifs dept at that point, if the title gets kicked back. That is where the county by county may help you out. If the S.O. only checks for blinkers and working lights then you are golden. If they are looking for all the proper stickers then you are screwed.

    As to having an Alabama title and tag. If you have a GA license and live in GA then you may still get a ticket for failure to change your tag to GA if the cop wants to.
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  5. thisisjess

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    where is this list/database you speak of... or do i need to friend a cop?
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  6. Rufjeep

    Rufjeep Been here awhile

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    Yes, I converted an XR650R in GA a few years ago.

    No, you can not convert a bike that has "for off road use only" on the title.

    In a perfect word, you would not have a title at all; just a bill of sale, and no way to contact the previous owner. That gets you past the "Off road use only" issue, and you will then have to do a bonded title. There are quite a few forms to fill out, and one of them requires you to have your bike inspected by an officer. That brings you to your real road block: One of the requirements on the inspection is that the bike have a NHTSA sticker. Yours does not.

    How you get past that is totally up to you.
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  7. RoadHawg14

    RoadHawg14 CRASH

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    Man it's alot of Red Tape in GA went through this same a few years ago. It wasn't worth the hassle for me. Over 6 months of getting the run around right hand doesn't know what the left is doing. Nobody's on the same page.

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  8. DirtDabber

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    All I know is my title on my KTM640 Adventure got held up and when I went to the tag office to check on it they said I had to get it inspected because the state said it wasn't on the list. Then the title showed up in the mail....:deal



    Clearly as others have said the left hand doesn't have any idea what the right foot is doing. :evil
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  9. thisisjess

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    you guys are extremely helpful. i do not have a title so that is that. I will give it a charming first attempt and then go with inspection if it comes to that.
    thanks.
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  10. RememberTheFallen

    RememberTheFallen Been here awhile

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    Bringing back from the dead to keep from opening a new thread....

    thisisjess,

    How did your title attempt go? Any luck?

    Looking at an out of state 09' XC-W 530 w/ a dual sport kit on it and wanna be able to register, title, and plate it here in Georgia. Does not say "off-road use only" on MSO. Anyone have any idea if I can get a plate? Searching has only made me more confused. Thanks for any help.

    Joe
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  11. judobiker

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    I just went through this process for an older bike that had never been titled. It was a little bit of a pain, but here was the process in a nutshell.

    First go to your county tag office and get them to run the VIN to see if any red flags show up. Then you may have to get a bonded title which costs about a hundred bucks. I got mine from a local insurance dealer. If you have the MSO, you may be able to skip this step. Ask the tag office.

    Either way, you'll have to get someone with a badge to inspect the bike and sign off on a Form 1022-B (i think that was the number). Part of the inspection is to verify that there is a NHTS approved emblem or number on the identification plate. If you have a friend in law enforcement, this part may go a little bit easier:evil

    Then take the bonded title or MSO with the signed form to the tag office and apply. I did that a couple of months ago and walked away with the tag, but I'm still waiting on the title.

    I think it's easier with older bikes that aren't in any kind of database. I know there are some years of KTM's that are next to impossible to get, and others that aren't too hard. I don't think whether or not it's a 2T matters. All that matters is what the computer tells the person at the tag office.

    Hope this helps.
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  12. t30

    t30 Dirty Biker

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    Its best to get one that's already titled out of state then get a new title once you register the bike in GA. TN, MI, AZ. NM, CO, WA are just a few states that allow plating. I'm sure there are others.
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  13. thisisjess

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    sorry for the delayed response. i actually purchased a 2000 KTM 640 Enduro in March for $3k and took a cross country trip for most of june. the 360 is going to stay a dirt bike as it is good for teaching four strokers a lesson in the two stroke ways. Made it all the way to washington state and did the TAT in CO and UT, working on the ride report now.

    until later.
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  14. TriTi

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    Has anyone tried this with a KTM EXC 400 at all in Georgia?

    I'm possibly going to buy one from out of state and bring it to GA, but it has never been titled. It is a 2001. How much of a headache will it be for an EXC 400? It does have the NHTSA sticker?

    Any advise would be appreciated from anyone.
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  15. Queen of Spades

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    TriTi, did you get anywhere with this?
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  16. scooteraug02

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    There has to be a trick. I had a XR650R tagged in GA. It was plated in VA before I bought it. I tried to tag my 2004 KTM 400EXC and the tag lady said it had never been titled so I couldn't do it....Years later I want to dual sport it.

    On Craigslist in ATL there were several bikes for sale that claimed to be street legal. I'm going to call a few KTM dealers to see what the story is.

    I was in AZ recently and the KTM dealer said you can tag any bike. You just have to sign an affidavit stating it has lights and mirrors, but he said it wasn't 50 state legal. He said CA would not let you on their streets with an AZ dirtbike tag.

    GA updates??
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