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Old 07-19-2012, 10:20 AM   #1
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Two strokes in CA

I have read a few snippets around the 'ole Internet that have me wondering...

I'm keen to add a two stroke to my road going stable (wanting a T500, I think...) and need a Project.

My question is, is there a problem registering a two-stroke in crazy CA? Can a two-stroke be brought in from out of state and registered..?
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:08 AM   #2
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May have answered my own question...

A call to CA DMV reveals any vehicle 25 years old or older is exempt from EPA / 50 state compliance.

If anyone has had a different experience, please advise before I spend any money..!
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Old 07-19-2012, 01:12 PM   #3
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If you would like to see some 2-strokes in So Cal. Come to the
2-stroke Extravaganza.

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Well.... Looks like It's on! Big Smoke out Party this year @ Wicked! We're going Garage style Old school with the Dyno on the go. Sounds like Live Bands, Vendors, Booze... Food and the main attraction Amazing 2-strokes! The lay out seems like it's going to be super.... Coool! So guy's keep looking out for further details. If this party isn't smoking I'm going to burn a 5- gallon pale in the middle of this party of 927-pre-mix!! lol!

Date set is September 23, 2012
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Do a google or youtube search on two stroke extravaganza to get an idea of what this event is all about.
2-strokes are alive and well in So. Cal.
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Old 07-20-2012, 09:00 AM   #4
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I may have to come see that . Yes any 25 YO 2 smoker is concidered a vintage bike
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Old 07-20-2012, 09:40 AM   #5
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Excellent..!

I'll be there.
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Old 07-20-2012, 10:58 PM   #6
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Excellent..!

I'll be there.
If I come down I will bring my sexy 79 RD400
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Old 07-22-2012, 03:12 PM   #7
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What if you want to bring in a two stroke in from another state, does the 25 year rule still apply
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Old 07-23-2012, 01:00 AM   #8
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What if you want to bring in a two stroke in from another state, does the 25 year rule still apply

If it has a tag I am sure it will be fine.
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:03 PM   #9
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If it was 1st sold in the US as a street bike (or Enduro), it's legal. Smokem if ya got em.

BTW, don't get hung up on no titles, California is very friendly for these simple issues or not being registered and having past due fees. Let us know what you get, I'd be willing to help out if needed, I'm in Orange.
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:17 PM   #10
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May have answered my own question...

A call to CA DMV reveals any vehicle 25 years old or older is exempt from EPA / 50 state compliance.

If anyone has had a different experience, please advise before I spend any money..!
https://www.dmv.ca.gov/vr/ohvdualreg.htm

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) established emission regulations for on-highway motorcycles beginning with 1978-year models. Off-highway motorcycles must have an emission label affixed to the vehicle indicating certification by the manufacturer for on-highway use when converting to on-highway or dual registration. Registration guidelines for off-highway motorcycles converting to on-highway or dual registration require verification of the emission label.

NOTE: ATV OHVs cannot be originally registered for on-highway use or converted to on-highway registration, regardless of aftermarket conversion kits or added equipment.

Please direct questions regarding emission certification or labeling to the California Air Resources Board at 1-800-242-4450 or visit their website at www.arb.ca.gov.

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I'm not finding any documentation of this "vintage" rule. That's getting really recent these days. Plates on a CR500? Probably not. The bike will still have to have been sold for road use originally, at least, and at the time have been compliant with federal on-road emissions requirements for its year of manufacture.

Smog test exemption is stalled out at 1975 model year.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:30 AM   #11
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Here is a reasonably priced Suzuki two-stroke that someone on ADV just brought to our attention:

http://omaha.craigslist.org/mcy/3297663666.html

I've got a T500, love it, but many people go after the two-strokes for all the things that the T500 is not: twitchy.

I think of my T500 as a lumbering beast, growling with every step, vs the flickable rng-dng-dng RDs.

Good luck with your search!

If you don't know:
http://www.suzuki2strokes.com/forum
now, you know.
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