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Old 08-17-2014, 11:05 PM   #1
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Selling non-California bikes in California - is it even possible?

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I am a guy from Ukraine, and right now me and my friend are doing coast to coast trip in the USA. We bought bikes in Florida and were thinking about selling them in California, another guys from Ukraine told us that they did the same trip and easily sold the bikes to some store called MotoJava in SF, the bikes were Fazer and VStrom.

But couple of nights before we stayed at inmate Dogjaw in Little Rock, and during a conversation it was brought up that not every bike sold somewhere in the USA can be registered in California due to some emissions regulations.

So, the bikes are '08 KLR650 and '08 DR650. Is it possible?

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Old 08-18-2014, 08:41 AM   #2
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California emission standards are stricter than Federal. The short answer is maybe. The bike either meets Ca. Standards originally even though sold in another state OR the bike did not meet that standard BUT has more than 7,500 miles.

There will be an emission sticker on the bikes somewhere. It will say in some manner whether legal in Ca. or not.

The emission standard deals with the capture of gas fumes from fuel tank and routing them through the engine. Ca. bikes have a charcoal canister to do that.

Those 2 bikes are sold in Ca., so the odds are good that the manufacture has met Ca. emissions, but not guaranteed.

With bikes that age, they must have met the 7,500 mile exception.
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The DR already has over 15 kmiles, the KLR - 5400 miles, but probably will be over 7500 by the end of our trip. So they can be sold and then plated in California?
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Old 08-18-2014, 12:15 PM   #4
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The DR already has over 15 kmiles, the KLR - 5400 miles, but probably will be over 7500 by the end of our trip. So they can be sold and then plated in California?
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Old 08-18-2014, 02:11 PM   #5
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you can sell any bike in CA.

the problem is for the buyer with the CA DMV. not your problem as the seller.

but Suzuki DR650 and Kawasaki KLR 650 are sold here in CA so you should be fine.


edit: I just googled this and in another forum someone brought up the KLR VIN# ending in 'L' for it to be 50 state (CA)
http://ocmoto.com/index.php?topic=45568.0
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Old 08-18-2014, 02:56 PM   #6
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The DR already has over 15 kmiles, the KLR - 5400 miles, but probably will be over 7500 by the end of our trip. So they can be sold and then plated in California?
As already stated if they have over 7500 miles those bikes are legal in CA despite any VIN number.

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Hi!

I am a guy from Ukraine, and right now me and my friend are doing coast to coast trip in the USA. We bought bikes in Florida and were thinking about selling them in California, another guys from Ukraine told us that they did the same trip and easily sold the bikes to some store called MotoJava in SF, the bikes were Fazer and VStrom.

But couple of nights before we stayed at inmate Dogjaw in Little Rock, and during a conversation it was brought up that not every bike sold somewhere in the USA can be registered in California due to some emissions regulations.

So, the bikes are '08 KLR650 and '08 DR650. Is it possible?

Thanks!
You are going to be OK if the bikes have more than 7500 miles. Then they are considered good for California transfer and plates regardless of what the frame stickers say.
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