Importing a bike from the States to Canada

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Duster929, Oct 3, 2007.

  1. BecaBoo

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    Jumping in here...

    But would anyone know if its possible to import bike to Canada while me and bike are IN Canada?

    Long story short, I've decided to emmigrate to Canada from States. Been on a tourist visa and bike has been kept north of the border while I've been going back and forth either on plane or riding back and forth across border. Once I officially apply for permanent residency, means I gotta stay put until application goes through..maybe a year. Riding back to states in late spring or trucking it will be an issue for my status. Why annoy the border folk anymore? So I'm trying to plan/coordinate 2 things at once. 1. Importing me and 2. Importing my bike while IN Canada.
  2. jfman

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    You have to physicaly leave Canada with your US vehicule and drive it back to the border to import it. Also you have to send them your title ahead of time so they can check for liens and legal issues.

    If I was you, I would have a firend ride it out and back in for you.

    Check to see if you can get another person to import it for you.

    Also check to see if you can legaly import a vehicule while you are pending permanent residency.

    With the exchange rate, it might me smarter to sell your bike in the US and buy one in Canada.
  3. BecaBoo

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    Having some one else ride or finding someone to import it..err. I'm not so sure of that. Canadian border already red flagged me after me trucking bike in back of bo's
    truck when re entering. The douchebag at the border (pardon the expression) gave me a temporary import tag and a time limit to get bike back out of Canada...while I was recovering from a wreck (bad one). Wasn't exactly safe me getting back on bike at the time. An American bike with title and owner present in the back of a Canadian truck was enough to put me on Canadas most wanted list apparently. So if you can explain in a bit more detail your thinking I'm all ears. Initially I was going to get bike north to recover from injuries until every company I called were charging insane fees. Yup, crossing border has become major issue financial/paperwork issue these days. So now an proper import? Problems ahead it seems. I asked about bringing bike in back of Canadian truck before crossing. No problem a wise ADV rider told me. Just have original title in hand, insurance yadda yadda yadda. Yer, good luck with that. I talked guard into giving me an extra 2 months based on my obvious injuries to ride bike back into states. Anyway..that was then. This is now. Am I missing another riding season to get my ass in then deal with bike? How the hell does insurance work if I am here and my address is here and bike is insured in US. Have no idea how to sync my application and bike import together so as not to jeopardize either. It's winter. I'm not riding nor is anyone else. I work on my immigration, I would have to take US insurance off bike cause I'm not actually in US or would I leave US insurance on it? Man, oh man. What a shit show. My head is turning circles. All I know is border crossings put the fear of God in me after that one. Get one guy with a hangover and 1 T that isn't crossed, you are in trouble. I can't be the only one who has gone back and forth from US to Canada and wants to finally emigrate. Bikes and vehicles are stored on either side of border for people who travel or who have summer homes on either side. There is no way in hell I'm selling the bike. The bike has a very personal story behind it and I had to kill at least 7 people to get it and me back on the road again.
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    I have imported two cars and 1 motorcycle to Canada.

    You will have to mail your title to the border, then you have to enter Canada with the bike and go get your title back from Customs. There you pay the import tax and fees.

    Then: You need a recall lettre from the mfg. Then you need a federal inspection (they check to see if you have day running light and all of your blinkers etc..) and finally, if your province requires it, you need a provincial mechanical inspection.

    Then you will get that nice and shiny RIV sticker for you bike.

    Welcome to Canada!
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    Okie dokie. Seems my situation isn't a straight up import. Have no idea how logistics are going to work. Me and bike already in Canada and about to apply for permanent residency. Have been advised not to leave country for a year or until paperwork goes through. So that's 1 issue. 2nd issue is at what point my US insurance will have to change. At the point of applying or at the point of approval. I.e. what is my legal address? Things to discuss with immigration lawyer but they don't have any idea about bike imports. Suppose I could have friend truck it. "Sell" it to him. Have him import it. Buy it back. What a PIA. I feel like vomiting. I am not moding another bike so it rides right. Hell, truck it across border back to US. Disassemble, bring back, assemble. Download the special sticker off the internet. Go riding. Yup. Sounds like a great plan.
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    It's a motorcycle...

    If your plan is to eventually become a Canadian citizen, importing that bike is probably the easiest part of this whole thing.
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    Ya know I'm only half joking here. Thanks for advise though.
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    [​IMG] Probably a lot easier than you think . It is just a matter of paperwork. Get your permanent residency first then deal with the bike . Don’t know where you live but most large cities have a Canada customs office . Start there before you go to the border with the bike . I imported 7 or 8 bikes now , it is just paperwork and waiting ( some expense as well ) but nothing too complicated . Just imported a 2006 BMW R 1150 GSA last week , still dealing with paperwork .

    North Rider
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    Great looking final edition of the 1150 GSA. Good find !
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    @BecaBoo I do not think you will need to take your bike out of Canada in order to import it . Unlike most of us you are not buying a bike in the US . You already own the bike . Once you become a permanent resident you can start the process of importation . No need to take the bike out of the country , check with Canada customs but I believe the process might be different for you than it is for someone who is buying a bike . Paperwork , lots and lots of paperwork .
    North Rider .
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  11. BecaBoo

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    That's what I am hoping for.
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    That is good advice. If there is a complication the Broker is money well spent. If you do it yourself you better be sure you know exactly what you are doing.
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  13. BecaBoo

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    Can pretty much do anything given how deep ones pockets are. Mine are sewn up since racking up $100k in medical debt. My days of shipping bikes, hotels, fabulous stories of bike adventures are limited. I'm still recovering from a nasty head injury. I managed to retrieve bike from Oregan, trucked it north, spent last winter fixing it and unbending it, took it south to continue my year long travel that was so rudely interrupted by an RV in Wyoming hitting me and then had second rude awakening that my recovery is taking its sweet ass time. My continuation of "piss off on a bike" is gonna have to be delayed. The bike and me have seen some miles, physically, emotionally and spiritually. I'll figure it out. Making calls, figuring out paperwork, documents etc are no longer my strong points. I now have some significant cognitive issues so priorities...me then the bike.
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    Can't find it with the search function.

    Can anyone point me to a post with the procedure regarding importing a DIRTBIKE.
    Ontario Green Plate only.
    Not required to be street legal.
    Bike is a 2004.
  16. BecaBoo

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    Update:
    This fucking bike has been my nemesis and savior at the same time. PR finally in. Bike is going out as I am, in order to bring it in officially. Found a used speedo to change out the Mph one. How much is new one??? Got the recall letter. And now...

    Covid throwing a wrench into plan.

    It's nice not being just a visitor. It will be nicer when my bike isnt either.

    And onto insurance for when the baby arrives..abstract and claims history good..not sure how that happened having lived in the worst motorcycle riding city in north America. Seems if you wait long enough even your crap will stop smelling....eventually. Still not advisable shitting in the woods. Attracts the bear.

    Past 3 years have been one hell of a ride. Glad to be here.
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    Ensure that the bike requires RIV stuff. Anything older than 15 or 20 years does not require you to change over the speedo, etc. There are lots of vehicles in Canada that only have MPH because they were originally American.

    I have known people who went through the whole process of converting to Canadian standards because no one told them it wasn't required.
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    Thanks for info. Bike is only few years old. I'm more concerned with Covid restrictions now. Importing bike just got more expensive and far more problematic. Im needing to truck bike back down. I rode it up 2k taking the scenic route as a visitor, decided to apply for inland PR. That was way before covid. Now I have to take it back, export it from US, import it to Canada and haul rest of my worldly possessions back up. I like road trips but feel like I'm wading into the land of Covid. Waiting to hear from lawyer to see the hows of if this is currently possible and how much more I need to spend to do it. I have 90 days to give up my US license for an Alberta one. I'm not entirely sure how my US insurance works once I give up my US license. I figure there's a gap time they have to give you. Anyway...way too much info on here but I'm going to be an expert as far as export, import, immigration and Covid by the time this is all done as well as having lighter pockets. I think travel is going to get harder hence me wanting to do this asap.
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  19. Tim - DO THE TON

    Tim - DO THE TON Been here awhile

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    LOL - I'm heading back into the US this weekend to empty my condo and sell my bikes down there. Been renting a condo for work since 2019 but I haven't set foot in it in 11 months. So before my TN expires I'm driving down (one-way car rental), emptying the condo, selling a couple of bikes, getting a Covid test and driving my truck back home.

    For insurance, depending on who your US carrier is, you should be good for 6 months in Canada. I've insured with both Progressive and State Farm in the US. Both were happy to insure my Ontario registered and plated GMC Canyon - it's been there for almost 2 years with Ontario plates on it and with my Canadian driver's license. They don't care, but I've also never had to test my coverage.

    I'll swap it out when I get back up here as the US insurance is no cheaper than it is here (South Carolina) but I wish I could insure my bikes for the $70 per year they charge for a 2010 F800ST down there.

    I was thinking about bringing my 1987 XR250R that I have down there home, but I don't need it here (DRZ400S here) and my wife doesn't know I have that one ;)
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  20. BecaBoo

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    It's a complete and utter shit show. Bike is titled in NY. Thanks to Trump trying to do whatever slimy thing he was trying to do by accessing DMV records in NYS and the rest of America, NYS DMV put the lock on US border services accessing DMV online meaning...I gotta send the physical title to Buffalo to verify bike where upon they send it to the border I'm gonna be crossing. Im on a time frame here. God knows what the turn around is for paperwork. I remember renewing my license in brooklyn some years back. It's all all day "event" with some of the most unhappy state employees you'll ever meet. The guy sitting next to me, I'm sure took a shit in his pants....only 326 people ahead of you...the board said. All I can say is thank God NY kicked that slim ball down to Florida. More calls though to border...there might be a way around all this...I'll figure it out. I found a good write up on importing a bike. It's not so easy as an US citizen doing it. More to follow....I hope that baboon gets some nasty swamp disease down there. I'll be sure to send him a photo of my bike once its exported/imported.
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