Wisconsin DMV - new hoop to jump when titling bike?

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by Robb, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. Robb

    Robb Long timer Supporter

    Aug 4, 2005
    just west of Milwaukee WI
    I need to replace my truck,
    so either my '01 Bonneville or '07 FZ6 has to go. Trouble is, I'm
    still waiting on my title and plates from the DMV for the Triumph. I bought the Triumph out of state, there's no weird history on it, it's not salvage or rebuilt, always had a clear title, bla bla bla.

    Couple days ago, I get a message from the DMV. Please call us in
    regards to your title. Uh oh, that can't be good.

    Called the guy the next day, he says he needs me to email him a photo
    of the sticker on the head tube that says "This vehicle meets or
    exceeds all safety laws in effect during date of manufactuer", or
    words to that effect. When I ask the logical question ("Why?"), he
    says that's just a requirement when you title a bike, and I've
    probably never had to deal with it because usually the dealer selling
    the bike takes care of that.

    I spare him the whole "Dude, I've handled more bike titles that you
    ever will" speech, and last night I take the photos and send them in.
    This morning he emails me back, says they're out of focus and he can't
    read them, try again.

    He's been very clear, he's not checking or interested in the VIN, nor
    the emissions sticker.

    The bike's had a clear title all it's life, never been damaged or
    rebuilt or dropped or anything of the sort. Anyone here ever hear of this requirement?

    I'm almost starting to think the government is being too intrusive in certain situations ... :lol3
  2. Bultaco206

    Bultaco206 Back-to-back motos suck Super Moderator Supporter

    Feb 11, 2007
    Mineral Point, WI
    I smell an insecure n00b clerk looking for reassurance from an angry supervisor at the DMV. Or a random spot check.
  3. Claybuster

    Claybuster Been here awhile

    Jul 21, 2005
    Just North of the Madness, WI
    Send them a pic of some random homebuilt trike, and it'll be all good.:what:

    Sent from my XT556 using Tapatalk 2
  4. Bikaholic51

    Bikaholic51 Electric Kaiser Supporter

    Aug 28, 2008
    FIB LAND USA (Wauconda, IL)
    Go to the local bike shop and get a nice clear picture from a bike on the floor. :evil
  5. Super Sport

    Super Sport Adventurer

    Feb 3, 2010
    SE Idaho
    They made me do that last year when I bought a KLR with a Minnesota title. Wasn't a problem. Just glad they didn't ask when I got the plates for my WR450!
  6. It'sNotTheBike

    It'sNotTheBike Banned

    Jul 20, 2011
    I had to have a bike inspected by a State Police DMV Inspector, in North Carolina.

    In my case this was necessary because the state VIN database did not show the
    bike I for which wanted to get a title and plates as ever having existed ( thanks for
    not taking care of your responsibilities as a distributor, KTM USA ).

    All the DMV wants is to verify the VIN and make sure the EPA-related stickers are
    on the bike and that as such the bike is what your paperwork claims it is.

    It's not a big deal, and provided there is nothing out of order with the VIN or
    "EPA" stickers it takes maybe 20 minutes to do, from start to finish.

    This procedure can help discover a stolen bike, which is a good thing.