TX bike inspections

Discussion in 'Tejas and the Gulf States' started by Sasquatch2112, Jun 28, 2013.

  1. Sasquatch2112

    Sasquatch2112 Old, slow, fat guy just riding around.

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    TX bike inspection questions '05 XR650L, '07 R1200GS

    1st, does TX DOT require them?
    2nd, what if I have aftermarket headlights installed (non-DOT)?
    3rd, will I get by with my FMF Q4 pipe?
    4th, its an annual inspection isn't it?
    5th, my work has me travel for extensive periods, what if I am out of town for 6 months when my inspection sticker comes due.

    I hope to be changing residences to Dripping here in the near future, and I am making sure the bikes are going to pass.
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  2. WoodButcher

    WoodButcher Long timer

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    Yes, annual inspection, annual registration.

    When you bring them (and any car/truck) you will need to get a "green sheet" inspection. Called that because the form was originally green. I forget the number, but you need it before you take it in to get registered in the county you live in. For first inspection you will need proof of insurance. For the first registration you will need the green sheet, title, and proof of insurance.

    Inspections can be done at dealers, many oil change places and some other spots. The MC dealership will be the most careful so I'd avoid them. In my area of Austin there is a window tinting place that does inspections. They don't look for DOT tires. So I use them a lot.

    Your exhaust won't be an issue at most places. Basically I'd use a Oil Change place for your inspections.

    Registration renewal can be done online. Inspection is in person. You can do it 30 days in advance, if I remember correctly. Otherwise do it as soon as you can.
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  3. Sasquatch2112

    Sasquatch2112 Old, slow, fat guy just riding around.

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    I guess it is time to get to know my local business' in Dripping.
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  4. MartiniUp

    MartiniUp Long timer

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    My street legal bikes have all came with the standard blue title just like my autos. Both your bikes shown should be zero problem since they are not conversions. Those are the only ones that can present a problem. Exhaust type means nothing. I see zero reason to be worried about anything and the possibility of an expired inspection is no worry, it does not matter. Just be sure you do not get a ticket in the "out" period, that is a problem.
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  5. cleatusj

    cleatusj Dirt floor engineer

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    As long as there is an indicator for high beam and signals work if still installed, no problem.
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  6. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    I've bought bikes out of state then registered them here. It's really no problem, unless you get things out of order.

    Prior poster answered your question perfectly. I'm just confirming it's easy peasy.
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  7. Smopho

    Smopho Been here awhile

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    If you have a problem with your inspection, PM me and I'll tell you where to go.
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  8. Boulder Ed

    Boulder Ed Bin Ridin

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    Pipes are not too much an issue, esp the FMF. Unless you have gone full race somehow on a dual sport something like your L should pass with flying colors. I am about to inspect a WR450F plated in CO and the only issue may be a two stage headlight (hi/low) . Dealers are concerned and generally follow the law, as you lose your inspection license on the first violation of inspection protocol. Why would any reasonable business risk that for the lousy $7 in profit they make for roughly 30 minutes of work and paperwork? Consider it nearly a free service to you for the most part when done at a dealership, as it costs them that to do it for ya...
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  9. garfey

    garfey Scruffy Adventurer

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    More like 10 minutes in my experience.
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  10. MartiniUp

    MartiniUp Long timer

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    Been doing business with the same guy for over thirty years, he takes about five mins for mine. Familiarity breeds a comfort level in many ways. Be a repeat customer, smile, it goes a long way.
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  11. VonHelm

    VonHelm corona ring

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    http://www.co.hays.tx.us/

    http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/RSD/VI/NewToTexas.htm



    No penalty to renew expired "safety inspection" sticker.

    There are penalties to renew an expired "registration" sticker, however.

    A vehicle may be operated up to five working days after the registration expires without penalty. After those five days, you can receive a citation of up to $200.

    That means a traffic ticket for violation. You can also pay penalties to renew registration as well.

    Motor Vehicle Registration Manual 13-2 TxDMV April 2013
    Examples of Registration Violations
    • A vehicle operated with license plates purchased by the owner in a county other than
    the county of his residence.
    • A vehicle operated without license plates.
    • A vehicle operated with expired license plates.
    • A vehicle owned by a Texas resident operated while displaying out-of-state license
    plates, unless the vehicle is titled under Transportation Code Sec. 502.090, Effect of
    Certain Military Service on Registration Requirement, which allows 90 days after the
    owner returns to Texas before registration.
    • A vehicle operated with fictitious or stolen license plates.
    Valid Reasons for Violations
    If there is a valid reason for the delinquent registration, the vehicle is registered for 12
    months from the time of application, establishing a new registration expiration month. No
    penalty is assessed.
    If there is not a valid reason for the delinquent registration, the vehicle is registered for 12
    months without establishing a new registration period. (No penalty is charged unless
    apprehended.)
    Valid reasons may include:
    • extensive repairs on the vehicle;
    • the person was out of the country;
    • the vehicle is used only for seasonal use;
    • military orders;
    • storage of the vehicle;
    • a medical condition such as an extended hospital stay; and
    • any other reason submitted with evidence that the county tax assessor-collector
    determines is valid.
    Note: If a person is claiming a medical reason for late registration, you can ask for
    verification (i.e. hospital bill). Providing proof is voluntary and the person has
    the right to redact information as they deem necessary.
    Apprehensions
    If the operator of an unregistered Texas titled vehicle is apprehended (issued a ticket for
    driving with expired registration), the operator must register for a 12-month period
    without change to the initial month of registration and pay a penalty of 20% in addition to
    the regular registration fees.


    From the Registration Manual tab here:http://txdmv.gov/motorists/register-your-vehicle (PDF file)
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  12. Diveschool

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    I agree with the statements above, avoid motorcycle place, go to any local oil change place and you will be fine.
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  13. urbanXJ

    urbanXJ Long timer

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    I just don't get them. no one ever checks, been pulled over 3 or 4 times too.
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  14. Thumperama

    Thumperama We are the 'Berg - Resistance is futile

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    I've been thinking of going this route. With 6 plated bikes and 3 plated cars, I get tired of always having to get something inspected. Can't get around it on the cars, but I've sure been noticing a lot of bikes not displaying their inspection stickers.

    I always get the first one (green sheet) in order to get my tags, but haven't gotten around to getting any of the bikes inspected after that first one. I do have an oil change place nearby, I need to see if they do motorcyle inspections.....
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  15. Sasquatch2112

    Sasquatch2112 Old, slow, fat guy just riding around.

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    My work will keep me out of the state for long stretches so I need to make sure that all the vehicles are registered at the same time so that I only have to make one trip back to get all the inspections done at one time.
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  16. eric2

    eric2 ®egister this:

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    True enough for a bike, but I can tell you for a fact if you drive around downtown austin with either expired inspection or registration on a car you can count on getting a ticket. That's because the DPS troopers need something to do while guarding the capitol. Catching a bike with expired inspection would be a positive for LEOs.
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  17. mattlikesbikes

    mattlikesbikes Been here awhile

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    If you are in Wiliamson County near Austin, they actually target for this. I got pulled over once because it was not clear where my sticker was, then when they had me by the side of the road that noticed that they could not see it because it did not exist.

    But the guy I went to in Austin just walked up to the bike when I rolled in, squeezed the brake lever, had me honk and use the indicators and handed me the sticker. He said he assumed since I rode it over it must be in decent enough shape.
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  18. ColdWater

    ColdWater Adventurer

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    I have renewed the registration "plates" months after they expired without a fine. Had to sign an affidavit saying I hadn't operated the vehicle in that time.
    "No ma'am, I rode the bus down here."
    That was a few years back.</snip>
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  19. urbanXJ

    urbanXJ Long timer

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    They will take your money and ask you to honk your horn and try your blinkers.

    Dont even think about letting them ride it.
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  20. urbanXJ

    urbanXJ Long timer

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    Thanks fine. WHEN I get a ticket, I will go pay for inspection and get the ticket dismissed.
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