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Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by Moose_DK, May 19, 2009.
I asked my buddy that works at the Dept. of Public Safety, and he checked with his contacts in the Dept. Of Motor Vehicles. Here is his reply:
"DVS says he'll be fine buying and registering two bikes in Minnesota.
Said look at it this way: he can buy anything he wants while he's here.
As long as there's an address to send the title/reg too he's good to go.
Of course, for a Minn. title/reg it'd have to be a Minn. address. If he
ended up buying them in Wisconsin or Canada or something my guess is he
could still register them here, or anywhere he wants."
So, as long as you can use your friend's address in Grand Rapids, you should be OK.
The procedure should work like this:
If you buy from a private party, they will give you a title card at the time of the sale. If they have a loan on the bike, the title will also have the bank's name on it. You will take the title card to a Deputy registar's office. This is anywhere people can get license plate stickers for their cars. Everyone who owns a car knows where the closest one is. There should be more than one place to do this in every county. Once you transfer the title into your name, you can get a license plate for the bike if it doesn't already have one. They will mail the new title in your name to the address you give them. They will give you temporary paperwork until then.
If you buy from a dealer, usually they will take care of the title transfer for you (and they will normally charge for the service).
I saw this ad, no affiliation:
You won't have any problems with the registration.
Finding a used bike in northern Minnesota is going to be a lot more work.
Grand rapids is not a large town ( or much else up there).
I would suggest using Craigslist in Minnesota to look for bikes.
It would be best if you had somebody you trusted with your money to shop for you ahead of time.
That way you could spend you\r time riding instead of shopping, which could take several weeks.
DR650SE for sale at Leo's South in Lakeville mn.
I don't have any interest in this sale and I know its not a Z.
Just thought I'd throw it out there.
Another dealer (and a better one in my opinion) is Larson's in Cambridge Mn
I'd check them out
A small group of us in central Minnesota meet for a meal about once a month. Let us know if you are going though Minneapolis. Maybe we could set something up.:dg
Minneapolis / St. Paul ~ ADV Meet and Greet
I will watch this thread and try to keep up to date on your planning. I don't have the room but others here may be able to provide a place to sleep if you need.
Also I will let you know if I see any DR-Z bikes for-sale. What is your price range?
In addition to the purchase price, remember to add 6.5% for sales tax plus about $15 for the title transfer.
Here is a DR-Z listed today. Used - $3500. Not much info but sounds like it is still as new.
Personally I would look at DR-650's, KLR650's, and BMW F-650's for a six month trip. Not that a DR-z can't do it. The bigger bikes will make long distances much easier.
http://www.citiesedge.com/ Has KLR650 2009 for $4799. I bought my Wee Strom there and thought they had good service and pricing. They are in Shakopee, just south on Minneapolis
Here are two places in MN near Minneapolis that have the cheapest prices on new Suzuki DRZ 400s.. I remember seeing them priced in the mid $4000 range. Also the Yamaha WR250R models were less than $5000 this spring for the 08 models.
You have to contact them direct by phone for the best price
Hope this helps..
I agree that those are the best 2 dealers in Minnesota.
both within 50 miles of minneapolis.
Looking in the Minneapolis, or Twin Cities, Craig's List will produce many more bikes for sale. Also, check out carsoup.com, where you can choose where in the state you want to look for bike advertisements. If you decide to buy a new bike, Larson's in Cambridge, Minnesota will probably have the best price though you want to carefully look the bike over. When I bought my V Strom from them I found that the front axle bolt was not tightened. There are many motorcyclists in Minnesota and most of them will be glad to help you.
IMO that is way overpriced. Heinens had new 08 TE450s for $5699 not more than a month ago.
I called the guy I bought my V-Strom from @ Larsons cycle, Chris, he said he's got 2 '09's on e Black and one White - he quoted me over the phone $5250 each with tax title license it's $5640 out the door. I bet if you offered to buy both you could knock $250 each off of that price.
Chris @ Larsons 763-689-2760
I just offered Esben the use of my hunting cabin so he has a place to relax after his 4,258 mile filght.(i looked it up) Maybe Gravy and his friend Capt Morgan should plan on visiting?