VT street registration

Discussion in 'Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carp' started by Tallbastid, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    Figure I'd shorten this:

    Is there a 100% chance of being able to successfully street register a motorcycle with "off road only" in the title at VT DMV, given proper setup has been performed to adhere to state laws?

    Thinking WR450 or KTM300EXC with Highway dirtbike kit.
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  2. thomas.tc.young

    thomas.tc.young Been here awhile

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    It needs proof it's street legal, as in inspection. If your in Vermont it's a breeze just go to the DMV they tell you it needs to be inspected as it wasn't street legal from the factory, you get it inspected, bring form to DMV and get plate. At least that was my experience. Easier if your in or near Vermont.
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  3. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    Yes, I have immediate family in Vermont and plan to move there within the next 6 months.

    Inspected at the DMV or a third party certified inspection shop?
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  4. gpj530

    gpj530 Been here awhile

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    Yes you can do it. I know someone who just done it throu the mail. Just fill out the paper work that you can get online and send it in the mail with a bill of sale and a check for the money needed to register it,,,And probally 1-2 weeks later plates come in the mail. And he doesn't live in VT
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  5. tdvt

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    Haven't done it with a bigger bike but Vermont does not title motorcycles under 300cc's regardless of age.

    I have an '05 "off-road" 250 that is registered here & since I didn't need a title, I used the standard bill-of-sale, (ie:no paperwork stating "off-road")

    The inspection is done at a private shop after you get your plate & all the required equipment is installed on your bike; mirror, horn, hi/lo, brakelight, platelight, insurance card. My inspection guy wanted a speedo too but I'm not sure it is actually required but I wanted one anyway.
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  6. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    Great news. Looks like its a sure fire bet... Like I said I just wanted to avoid any hang ups. Any of you guys on two strokes? Do they get hassled by the fuzz as much as they do in other places?
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  7. Xmoto

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    Yes. I have done it.
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  8. Rhode trip

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    "Motor approved with an EPA highway use certification"

    My understanding is that this requirement has been added to the inspection checklist within the last 6 months.
    What that means in practical terms, I do not know. :deal
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  9. Boatman

    Boatman Membership has it's privileges ;-)

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    I got my 390 registered in VT in November. MSO said "Off Road Only"

    -bike needed required equipment; headlight, taillight, horn, DOT tires, brake light
    -the inspector filled in and signed the paperwork for "Branded Title"
    -took the bike and paperwork to the local DMV office
    -they did the VIN verification right there
    -after paying them the required tax and fees they gave me a plate and temporary registration
    - then back to the inspection station to get the sticker
    - 2 weeks later they mailed me the permanent registration

    One thing that perplexed me is that they gave me my MSO back and said I wasnt getting a title, only a transferable registration. They stated it was because the bike was under 500cc but ive always known that to be under 300cc.
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  10. AMCJEEP

    AMCJEEP Been here awhile

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    300 would probably be correct. They issued me a title for my XR400
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  11. Boatman

    Boatman Membership has it's privileges ;-)

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    I wasn't too concerned. I can sell the bike with either paperwork when the time comes. Just thought a title would make transfer to another state easier but not guaranteed. A friend that has his WR450 titled in VT tried to get it transferred to NY and they wouldn't do it.
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    gpj530 Been here awhile

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    What was the reason why NY wouldn't do it? Esp if he has a title
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  13. Xmoto

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    In NY some vin numbers flag as off road only. I had the same thing happen to me with a wr250.
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  14. CJBDRdude

    CJBDRdude Ridin'offroadCJ

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    I have some vintage OSSAs and post vintage Suzuki PEs with VT. reg/plates...and I live in Upstate NY..No problem!!!!
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  15. Xmoto

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    The WR I had was tagged in VT but I tried to register it in NY. After arguing with the guy at dmv he gave me a plate, a few weeks later I got a letter in the mail saying I had to turn my plates in. I also have a bike tagged in VT, if NY doesn't my money to put bikes on the road I will give it to VT.
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    CJBDRdude Ridin'offroadCJ

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    I hear you!! NY is an absolutely ridiculous state to deal with! I think the added advantage to VT plates is the cops in NY don't hassle me - they really don't have any control over VT registered bikes(you know less street legal crap needed to be road legal in VT). All we want to do is legally ride our bikes in NY and the damn state doesn't want to help. Go figure? BTW, I buy my KTMs out of state because I can plate them here in NY. KTM's mso reads differently than your Yami. Its very cool having an 08 model 2 stroke thats insured/registered & plated here in NY. What do you think thats worth? lol
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  17. CJBDRdude

    CJBDRdude Ridin'offroadCJ

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    BTW Xmoto..I'm in Kinderhook, not far from you
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  18. Xmoto

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    Cool, I grow up in Kinderhook / Valatie.
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  19. rally roo

    rally roo the hoonigan formerly known as sevenpointsixtwo

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    I figured I would weigh in with my experience with the VT DMV:

    I'm a "permanent" VT resident attending school in Boston. I bought a "off-road only" DRZ-400E in MA and just added a taillight and turn signals to make it "legal." VT requires a visual VIN check at the DMV if a vehicle has previously not been registered or has been registered out of state, but will accept VIN check paperwork from out-of-state DMVs with a notarized letter. I slapped on an old plate and rode the dirtbike to the local police station and had them do the VIN check and fill out the form. All paperwork was hand-delivered to the DMV in Montpelier along with bill-of-sale, etc. 20 minutes later, I had plates in hand! They tell you to get inspected within 15 days, but I've barely ridden the DRZ-E in VT, and Mass cops are none the wiser. If you want to do it "right" there are plenty of shops that will inspect a dirtbike if it has the proper equipment.
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  20. fitz4

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    You guys should pm eachother on this matter. Alot of people can read these threads. You don't even have to be a member of adv rider to read them. Hint Hint.
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