Did you buy it from an inmate? If so, who? We might know him and the bike.
I bought a bike from an inmate last year and the process was trouble-free. I used Federal Motorcycle Transport (funtransport.com). If you are a member of AMA or a few other owner groups you get a discount. Top notch and professional in every way.
Try the search function too. Lots of threads on these subjects already. Assuming the bike has a California title, just have the seller Fedex the title to you. Don't ever send it with the bike.
Because you cannot eat a salad with a spork.