I haven't been keeping track of the Canadian Forum for several months so I hope I'm just not repeating what someone else has already posted. Here's my story; Last November I put money down on a KTM 950SE in Seattle. I thought that KTM would post their 2008 bikes on Canada's RIV site before my bike was to arrive in March. After all they did so with the 2007 models. But they did not. I contacted every one I could think of trying to find a way to import the bike. I always got the same answer, if KTM's are not on the RIV list they are not allowed into Canada. As for as I'm concerned this is KTM's way of forcing Canadians to pay more and buy in Canada, and Transport Canada will do nothing to help. In the end I ended up canceling my order for the US bike. Even though I was pissed off at KTM I coughed up paid $3000 more and bought in Canada, I just had to have that bike. After waiting four months, yesterday I received an e-mail from the Canadian government regrading my case. Maybe this will clear up some questions or help someone who is trying to import a KTM. Dear Mr. Roberge: I am writing in response to your correspondence to your Member of Parliament, Ms. Betty Hinton, regarding the importation of a 2008 KTM motorcycle from the United States. The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, has asked me to outline his position on this issue. By way of background, I should first mention that the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (MVSA), in effect since 1971, regulates the manufacture and importation of motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment to reduce the risk of death and injury, and damage to property and the environment. The MVSA requires that all vehicles imported into Canada comply with the Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations and associated Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSSs). However, subsection 7(2) of the MVSA provides an exception whereby vehicles purchased in the United States that are not in full compliance with the CMVSSs may be imported into Canada, provided the vehicles were originally manufactured to comply with all applicable U.S. Federal Safety Standards and can be modified to comply with the CMVSSs. Once modified, the vehicles must be inspected by a designated authority of Transport Canada. In this regard, in 1995, Transport Canada contracted with a private company to establish the Registrar of Imported Vehicles (RIV) program to develop and operate a system of inspection and certification of vehicles imported from the United States. The objective of the RIV program is to protect Canadian road users by ensuring that vehicles imported from the United States provide a comparable level of safety to those manufactured for sale in Canada. The federal government has established the RIV program to verify that imported vehicles meet Canadian requirements. Any modifications carried out to bring U.S. vehicles into compliance with Canadian requirements, such as daytime running lamps, immobilizers and bilingual and metric labelling, are to be made before the vehicle is presented for licensing by a province or territory. In order for vehicles to pass inspection, importers must also demonstrate that the vehicles have no outstanding recalls. The program is funded through user fees charged to the importers who choose to purchase vehicles in the United States, rather than being subsidized by Canadian tax dollars. I should note that neither Transport Canada nor the RIV has access to the recall information of manufacturers that produce vehicles for the U.S. market. The information in the departments database relates only to vehicles produced for the Canadian market and originally sold in Canada. In many instances, the Canadian company and the U.S. company are two separate entities and do not share recall information. Therefore, it is important to firmly establish, in a reliable manner, that there are no outstanding recalls on vehicles purchased at the retail level in the United States and imported into Canada. The verification is specific to each particular vehicle and is performed by manufacturers using the Vehicle Identification Number. As a convenience to both importers and manufacturers, the RIV posts a List of Vehicles Admissible from the United States on its website at www.riv.ca . The list includes many 2008 model-year vehicles that are admissible for importation. It is the manufacturers responsibility to certify that vehicles comply with Canadian safety standards or to certify that the vehicles can be modified to meet these standards. The manufacturers are also responsible for providing and updating the admissibility information. I should emphasize that the list is not mandated by law; rather, it is an administrative tool meant to assist in the processing of imported vehicles. Although manufacturers are not obligated to submit admissibility information, most do so voluntarily, since otherwise, they would have to deal with importers on an individual basis. According to the information available to Transport Canada, I understand that KTM is unable to guarantee that its U.S.-manufactured vehicles comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards 108, Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment, and 123, Motorcycle Controls and Display. These standards, which are identical in Canada and the United States, were met in KTM vehicles sold in Canada following a vehicle recall. No comparable recall was issued in the United States. For additional details regarding the motorcycle that you wish to import, I would invite you to contact Mr. Mike Russo, Certification Homologation Production Line Manager, KTM Canada, at the following coordinates: KTM Canada 1119 Milan Avenue Amherst OH 44001 U.S.A. Although KTM vehicles are not, for the reason outlined above, included in the RIVs List of Vehicles Admissible from the United States, if the manufacturer is able to provide you with a letter certifying that your vehicle was, or can be, modified to comply with the CMVSSs, as well as a letter verifying that there are no outstanding recalls, Transport Canada will permit the importation of the motorcycle into Canada. I trust that the foregoing will be of assistance. Again, thank you for writing. Yours truly, Andrew Walasek Senior Special Assistant c.c. Office of Ms. Betty Hinton, M.P.