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Old 04-09-2013, 06:14 PM   #526
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Yeah, I think I should have printed my paypal reciept for the down payment I sent.
I did have the Craigslist add on my phone and could have supplied the paypal info if requested.

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Old 04-10-2013, 01:02 PM   #527
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On other item I forgot to mention in regards to RIV. Make sure the recall letter you get is sent to RIV within 30 days, other wise it will not be accepted and they will ask for an updated one.

I forgot about this as I rode my 2002 K1200 LT in Phoenix since Dec. 2012 and when sent to RIV two weeks ago, they declined, had to get another from dealer in AZ.

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Old 04-10-2013, 07:44 PM   #528
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Speedometer in metric

Sorry if this question is repetitive. I am planning on importing a BMW F800gs from the states. i understand that the instrument cluster only shows speed in MPH and that Canada will require it to read in Km/HR. Has anyone had success in either converting or having a dealer convert the speedo? I also understand that there's no problem with the odometer being in miles. Was this a problem at CTC or in certifying the bike?
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Old 04-11-2013, 05:13 AM   #529
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Speedometer in Metric

I should have researched alittle more before I posted this question. The F800gs (US) has the speedometer in both mph and metric so my concern is resolved.
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:41 AM   #530
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My caponord was imported from the US. It is in miles. Nothing metric.
Was not a problem. If it was, I'd have added some surface stickers or something.

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Old 04-17-2013, 09:35 AM   #531
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Hey guys, there's been some phenomenal information and advice in this thread and it's because of it that I decided to buy a KLR in Buffalo, NY back in the fall. Well, it's getting to the time that I fly out there to ride her home (fly on 26 APR 13), and I've got a quick request.

Anyone who has done a fly and ride or something similar, were there any places in particular that were easy or difficult to get insurance/plate/temporary transit permit or whatever route you went for the States? Getting a temporary transit for Canada is no problem, just curious which brokers/shops/businesses are better for dealing with this south of the 49th.

Thanks in advance for any help! Reply here for everyone to see, or feel free to send me a PM!

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Old 04-17-2013, 10:10 AM   #532
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Make sure you know at what US/Canada Border Crossing you will be coming through, check to make sure of the hours of operation as at some of the smaller crossing they shut down around 8:00 pm, especially if you are coming through at some of the Sask./US crossings.

Also don't forget to have your export documents at the US Border 72 ours before you show up.

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Old 04-24-2013, 10:40 AM   #533
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Without having to go through 500+ posts...maybe someone would be kind enough to write me a quick summary of what steps I need to take ?

I bought a 1981 BMW from a fellow down south
The bike is being delivered to me early June
I can meet the bike at the border
Does the date mean anything (older bike)
The bike is not being delivered by the owner, but by some other dude from the US

Any asistance would be appreciated as my eyes went glossed over after trying to read through this thread

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Old 04-24-2013, 11:10 AM   #534
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Without having to go through 500+ posts...maybe someone would be kind enough to write me a quick summary of what steps I need to take ?

I bought a 1981 BMW from a fellow down south
The bike is being delivered to me early June
I can meet the bike at the border
Does the date mean anything (older bike)
The bike is not being delivered by the owner, but by some other dude from the US

Any asistance would be appreciated as my eyes went glossed over after trying to read through this thread

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coles notes version:
  1. fax the VIN to the US export office 72 hrs prior to crossing, US customs officer will check the bike before it exits the US (do not miss this step if you're planning to ride back with same bike)
  2. Enter Canadia and pay taxes for import, just show them bill of sale and you're good (HST)
  3. No RIV as it's over 15 years old
  4. Go to canadian tire for a comformance check (safety) and you're good to go.
  5. remember you're only allowed 3 cool bikes at a time
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:33 AM   #535
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coles notes version:
  1. fax the VIN to the US export office 72 hrs prior to crossing, US customs officer will check the bike before it exits the US (do not miss this step if you're planning to ride back with same bike)
  2. Enter Canadia and pay taxes for import, just show them bill of sale and you're good (HST)
  3. No RIV as it's over 15 years old
  4. Go to canadian tire for a comformance check (safety) and you're good to go.
  5. remember you're only allowed 3 cool bikes at a time



Seems easy enough, much appreciated (First two beers are on me)
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:01 PM   #536
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Not to muddy the waters too much, but you need to fax a copy of the title to US customs not just the VIN. Some US customs (check with whatever one your guy is planning to use), may also want a one page form filled out saying who is selling it, who is buying it, and who is importing it. Its older than 15 years so no RIV, which means you do not need the Crappy tire safety check, you do however need a provincial inspection before you can license it.
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Old 04-24-2013, 01:13 PM   #537
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Not to muddy the waters too much, but you need to fax a copy of the title to US customs not just the VIN. Some US customs (check with whatever one your guy is planning to use), may also want a one page form filled out saying who is selling it, who is buying it, and who is importing it. Its older than 15 years so no RIV, which means you do not need the Crappy tire safety check, you do however need a provincial inspection before you can license it.
yes I stand corrected, when I said VIN I meant the title that contains the VIN
On the safety check (can't remember the actual name they use) I think its more of a comformance issue for DRL lights and speedo showing miles instead of kms, may be RIV related, so if thats the case then just a normal safety will do.
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Old 04-24-2013, 06:08 PM   #538
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Cheers, thanks for the advice...much appreciated
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:02 AM   #539
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Not to muddy the waters too much, but you need to fax a copy of the title to US customs not just the VIN. Some US customs (check with whatever one your guy is planning to use), may also want a one page form filled out saying who is selling it, who is buying it, and who is importing it. Its older than 15 years so no RIV, which means you do not need the Crappy tire safety check, you do however need a provincial inspection before you can license it.
Sorry, one more thing. CDN customs may also require some proof of the actual selling price e.g. Craigslist Ad.
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:45 AM   #540
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Sorry, one more thing. CDN customs may also require some proof of the actual selling price e.g. Craigslist Ad.

I've had this happen to me a few times. Usually when the price I mentioned was so good that the agent thought I was trying to cheat on the taxes. On two of those ocasions, the agent called the seller, after searching for the ad online while I'm standing at the counter...

Not saying you should try to pay less taxes on a price lower then you actually paid, just make sure that you, the seller, and your paperwork all tell the same story.
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