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Old 07-22-2009, 12:43 PM   #1
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Hello all,
Any one here have experience transferring a motorcycle title and registration from out of state to CA. I am moving from Birmingham, AL to San Diego, CA with my 2007 Triumph Tiger. Am I going to have a problem registering a non-catalyst converter bike in CA?

Thanks!
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Old 07-22-2009, 12:58 PM   #2
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Old 07-22-2009, 01:27 PM   #3
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Tigers don't work in San Diego. I don't know why.

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Old 07-22-2009, 01:29 PM   #4
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I don't know about yours, but my 07 Tiger has a cat converter . . . .
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Old 07-22-2009, 04:49 PM   #5
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All U.S. Tiger 1050s have catalytic converters.
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Old 07-22-2009, 06:02 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by gravelhappens
Hello all,
Any one here have experience transferring a motorcycle title and registration from out of state to CA. I am moving from Birmingham, AL to San Diego, CA with my 2007 Triumph Tiger. Am I going to have a problem registering a non-catalyst converter bike in CA?

Thanks!
Welcome to the neighborhood. Can't help you with your question, unfortunately.

Where in SD you going to land?

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Old 07-22-2009, 06:18 PM   #7
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If you have over 7500 miles on the bike, you're fine.
+1 on this one.

Here's the CA DMV link ... http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures/howto/htvr9.htm

It basically states that if the vehicle has 7,500 miles or less (meaning it must have 7,501 or more .... and they WILL inspect it) it must meet CA emissions standards. The only way you'll know that is from what you see on the EPA sticker on the bike. It MUST say "meets Federal AND California emissions standards". Otherwise, it cannot be registered here.

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Old 07-22-2009, 09:41 PM   #8
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I bought my KTM 950 from a guy who originally purchased it in CO, while he was a resident there. I asked him about any registration issues (he had removed the evap canister) and he said they didn't inspect, because it was already his. I would assume that since the bike is part of your possessions that are moving to CA with you, you should be fine.

The DMV link cited above says: "California law prohibits residents or businesses from importing and/or registering a new vehicle with less than 7,500 miles at the time of purchase..."

My interpretation of this would be that since you are not a resident of CA (you're moving from AL) this shouldn't apply to you. Granted, I'm not a lawyer or anything, but it seems a bit out of line for CA to prohibit someone from registering a vehicle that they legally own in another state. I believe the law applies more to people who live here who are trying to import non-CA emissions vehicles.


Now that I think about it, when I moved to CA from ID, I had to pay a fee/fine to register my car because it didn't have CA emissions. As I recall, there was a lawsuit against the state, arguing that it was unfair/illegal to fine someone who, during the process of becoming a CA resident, wanted to register their vehicles that were originally out-of-state. CA lost that one. I was pretty stoked when I was refunded my $500 emissions surcharge/fine.

Best bet though would be to call the DMV. I wouldn't go in to the emissions stuff, just ask if there's anything you need to know regarding registering a vehicle that you own, as part of moving to CA from another state.

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ps- I'm not biased or anything, but the riding's better in NorCal.
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Old 07-22-2009, 10:16 PM   #9
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You may be right on that gweaver ... ? I've highlighted in yellow the statements below that make me question it, I could well be incorrect.

I remember when my Mom moved here, she got nailed a $300 fee for bringing her car in, though it had waaaay more than 7,500 miles, then it was refunded. My recollection was that they eliminated the fee, but imposed the 7,500 mile thing (?)

It's all very ambiguous. You're right that a call to the DMV would be best ...

WELCOME TO CALIFORNIA gravelhappens!


A copy and paste of pertinent exerpts of the page link:



How To Register An Out-of-State Vehicle
(Nonresident Vehicle)

Definition of a nonresident vehicle

A nonresident vehicle was last registered outside the state of California. Anyone who brings a vehicle into California, or purchases a nonresident vehicle while in California, should be aware of the registration requirements.
NOTE: California law prohibits residents or businesses from importing and/or registering a new vehicle with less than 7,500 miles at the time of purchase unless it meets or is exempt from California Emission standards. If you acquire a 49-State vehicle (manufactured for all states except California) from another state or country, you may not be able to register your vehicle in California.
Reference:Health & Safety Code Section 43151(A)
Registering the vehicle

The following is required to register a nonresident vehicle: (as opposed to:)
Change of ownership

The following is required for a change of ownership:
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Old 07-22-2009, 11:08 PM   #10
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Hello all,
Any one here have experience transferring a motorcycle title and registration from out of state to CA. I am moving from Birmingham, AL to San Diego, CA with my 2007 Triumph Tiger. Am I going to have a problem registering a non-catalyst converter bike in CA?

Thanks!
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