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Old 11-17-2012, 07:45 AM   #1
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border crossing question

We are riding to Panama from florida in January. My riding buddy is an Austrain living in Canada riding a US bike? will this be an issue crossing borders? Thanks in advance for any insight. FF
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:30 AM   #2
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The bike should be no problem at all so long as he has the original title to the bike and he is listed as its owner.

As for your friend, here's a good link where you can check visa requirements for the countries you will be traveling through: VisaHQ
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Old 11-17-2012, 09:40 AM   #3
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We are riding to Panama from florida in January. My riding buddy is an Austrain living in Canada riding a US bike? will this be an issue crossing borders? Thanks in advance for any insight. FF
What Parecero said is correct, but in addition to the title, many U.S. states like Florida (for ex.) also are regulated by the REGISTRATION document stating the plate # , ownership and vehicle details. Other states work only with a title where the tag (plate#) is indicated.

If the title is not officially printed with his name, it should have on the back of the title the proof of buying, with his name and signature. A bill of sale from the previous owner would help when this is the case.

If your Austrian fellow have also a registration, it should be with his name. This is the most used document in Latin America when the police stop and check . What they want to see is ownership and plate # match.
Titles are mainly used at ports of entry (export/import) but a registration is perfectly valid.

Considering all the above, before you cross to Mexico be sure he is in compliance.
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:35 AM   #4
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When I rode my bike through Central America all I used was my registration (a copy) and passport. I made sure that my name was listed the same on my passport, registration, title and drivers license. I also made sure I was the only person listed and that there was no lien on the bike. Oh, and check the VIN to insure it is correct. The registration, insurance (if required for a given country) and drivers license is all was ever asked for when stopped by the local police.

I would think it would be best for your ridding buddy to have the registration in his name. The more opportunities you give for the customs/immigrations people to question your paper work the longer, and possible more expensive, each crossing will take.
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:48 AM   #5
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The title and registration are in her name. Thanks for the info. FF
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:47 PM   #6
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Not sure if you meant to say your friend was Australian or Austrian. If he's an Aussie, he'll have no problem (not sure for Austrians). I was living in Canada and rode through on a bike from Vermont with no title (only rego forms - VT doesn't issue titles for 250cc bikes). PM if you need more info.
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thanks for the info.
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