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Old 09-09-2008, 05:10 PM   #91
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So what would happen if you built a bike with a 500 cc 2 stroke engine as the power plant? People custom build choppers that can't meet the noise requirements and probably don't meet the emission tests either. But these bikes are street legal. So while it may be difficult to get a manufacturers 2 stroke to become street legal, it may be easier to make a custom bike with a 2 stroke motor street legal.
All kinds of bikes can be registered for the road in various states. Ride them in your home state, then officially 'import' and register them in your home state after some number of miles.

California, even with the most rigorous emissions laws, can really only regulate manufacturers and aftermarket service business regarding emissions. (A common theme in government.) If a person builds their own 'personal transportation' the regulations mainly apply only to roadworthiness. Lighting, braking distance, etc.

A caveat for a formerly roadworthy and registered manufactured vehicle that for one reason or another has been rendered a 'salvage value'. The 'recovered vehicle' more or less qualifies as a self-built vehicle when rendered roadworthy by the owner.

Acourse this requires more than a little legal research, and savvy at your state motor vehicle department. Mainly savvy amounts to documents, patience, and calm repetition.

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Old 09-09-2008, 06:08 PM   #92
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What you need is a street titleable FRAME. The rest of the components are optional. The older the FRAME, the easier it is to get the tags.

All of my old two strokes are enduro models, which were street licensable in their day. So long as they meet the requirements of the year they were manufactured, generally it is fine. You can take a bunch of MX components and graft them into an enduro frame and it is just fine. The newer the bike the more difficult, as more requirements were added, and in the last couple of years, EPA got involved.
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Old 09-09-2008, 06:20 PM   #93
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What you need is a street titleable FRAME. The rest of the components are optional. The older the FRAME, the easier it is to get the tags.

All of my old two strokes are enduro models, which were street licensable in their day. So long as they meet the requirements of the year they were manufactured, generally it is fine.
You bet, using a formerly street licensed, or "street licensable in their day" frame is sure easier.


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Old 09-09-2008, 07:37 PM   #94
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So what would happen if you built a bike with a 500 cc 2 stroke engine as the power plant? People custom build choppers that can't meet the noise requirements and probably don't meet the emission tests either. But these bikes are street legal. So while it may be difficult to get a manufacturers 2 stroke to become street legal, it may be easier to make a custom bike with a 2 stroke motor street legal.

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It all depends upon your state...here in Indiana,it's very easy. I did a CR500 last year,my KX500 next. Here,after installing a brake light,head light and horn,the bike is inspected by the local LE officer for road worthyness. He then signs our Indiana Change of Body affidavit,that's
taken back to the license branch to generate a road type of title from.
This COB document is the same one used for the custom bikes that
you made mention of....

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Old 09-09-2008, 09:19 PM   #95
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Since there has already been some Soviet love, my little '57 Izh-49.
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Old 09-10-2008, 02:22 AM   #96
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Since there has already been some Soviet love, my little '57 Izh-49.
I like it... apparently manufactured by the same company that brought us the Kalashnikov!
Check out the IZH Samson - I want one.


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Old 12-11-2008, 07:42 PM   #97
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Old 12-11-2008, 07:44 PM   #98
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Old 12-11-2008, 07:46 PM   #99
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Old 12-11-2008, 07:47 PM   #100
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Old 12-11-2008, 08:23 PM   #101
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It had been abandoned at the local airport for 8 years.
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It is currently in Cafe trim, complete with a 4 leading shoe Water Buffalo front brake:

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Old 12-11-2008, 08:43 PM   #102
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Old 12-12-2008, 07:15 AM   #103
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Ok, can't see too much of the bike its covered with mud. From the way back file(1975) 360 Bultaco with me on it.
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Old 12-12-2008, 07:31 AM   #104
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Old 12-12-2008, 07:51 AM   #105
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Loved my 1981 IT175 (white.)
Moved to that from my 76 yz125 which was an upgrade from my 1972? TM125.

The IT was the perfect woods (everglades) bike back in the day.
I couldn't resist a Husky XC250 that was offered to me though so I passed the IT on to a friend.

Got to ride one again about 10 years ago.

EDIT- I thought my post sounded familiar, I posted on the other page, but I'm leaving this and adding a picture of my old yz.

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