I just got back from DMV about an hour ago.
I wanted to transfer a CA title and get an AZ title only for a bike I bought about a month ago. No plates, just a title. The bike in question does not run as of yet and I saw no reason to do anything more then get the title changed from CA to an AZ title in my name.
I was advise that as of Sept, 2012, DMV will not issue a title only with out issuing plates as well.
I advised the clerk of an insurance delima on a plated bike. If it has plates, it must have insurance or they would be notifing me of the suspension of my plates an registration.
Mke a long story short, I had to transfer the title, plate the bike, and sign a "De-Insure Affidavit".
What a rip.