Originally Posted by AndyT
...and the meaning of everything would be drivers license, passport, and bike title. If these don't match, you will have problems. As stated above, it shouldn't be a problem titling the bike in your name, but it will take some time to get the physical title, so plan on staying in the states until you get it.
Good advice. You may not be asked for the title until you are in South America. I used registration only from Mexico to Panama, with the exception of Honduras. Once I was in South America, I was asked for the title, often.
I may be an idiot also, but I traveled every country in the Americas by moto for two years. But I'm sure someone will chime in and tell me that I dont know what the hell I'm talking about.
You can try to travel with a lien on the bike, but IMO, it will be a huge hassle, cause you stress, cost you time, and possibly money. For smooth sailing, make sure all documents are in your name.