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Old 08-24-2014, 03:27 PM   #1
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Well after looking across the internet and skimming through mountains of useless crap I came to the conclusion that I would take the risk of being flamed for not researching or calling and ask here, as I have a few other questions as well.

I have a 2013 R1200GS Adventure. Does anyone know how much this might cost me to register in California? If county matters, it looks like I'll either be some where in East LA (Ontario, Fontana, etc) or northern OC (Anaheim, Fullerton, Costa Mesa, etc). Kind of off topic as well, but does anyone know how much it will be to register a newer BMW 5 series? (just a couple of years old). I already purchased these in another state and paid sales tax there if that matters...

I've moved up in my company and got a good job but I'm going to have to work out of downtown LA so I'll be moving to the area within a few weeks to a month. Being as I've actually lived most of my life in Southern California I don't need to ask where around OC has great riding (already know) but I'm not too familiar with the east LA area. Is there anywhere aside from the Angeles Forest worth riding from the Ontario / Fontana area? Also, how hot are the average days there in the summer? Also, how far are the good rides in Angeles forest from say the Ontario Airport area?

Alrighty then, thanks for any help.
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Old 08-24-2014, 06:10 PM   #2
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$175-200 per year for each, right in that range.
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Old 08-24-2014, 07:31 PM   #3
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http://www.dmv.ca.gov/vr/fees.htm

Specifically this one for OUT OF STATE coming to CA

I've found their online calculators helpful and within a buck or two, if not exact.
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Old 08-24-2014, 08:43 PM   #4
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Thanks folks. That's what I figured. About 200ish for each.

Now here's the big question, what about riding? Is east LA worth having a motorcycle in or is it better to stick with OC? Kind of up to me where I want to live, as long as I'm within about 45 minutes of downtown. I figure OC has the coast highway and ortega, but Fontana and Ontario are fairly close to the Angeles forest.
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Old 08-24-2014, 11:35 PM   #5
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Being within 45 minutes of downtown LA is going to severely limit where you can live unless you're commuting in the middle of the night. Fontana / Ontario and OC are probably 2 hour commutes each way during normal commute hours.
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Old 08-25-2014, 01:08 AM   #6
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You do NOT want to live in Ontario. The city is corrupted. Trust me on this. My dad buys and sells property there on a regular basis. Live in Chino instead. Or Upland. No forget Upland. They have some silly water rights issue that goes on there.

Just don't buy a house in Ontario. You might get stuck with a city lien of thousands of dollars on the house you buy. Ontario is like the city of Bell. Bad news.

There's a reason why people out here call Fontana Fontucky. Ask around.
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Old 08-25-2014, 08:46 AM   #7
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45 minutes of downtown and IE/OC don't really equate. You sure you've lived most of your life in SoCal? Even on a bike I think you'd have a hard time getting from ONT to downtown in 45 minutes unless you're working nights.
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Old 08-25-2014, 08:48 AM   #8
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Current commute from ONT to downtown:




And coming out at rush hour it will be red 90% of the drive.
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Old 08-25-2014, 02:24 PM   #9
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Sorry for the confusion folks. Yes, I'll be working a very odd shift from about 8pm to about 5am~ish. Otherwise, no, I wouldn't consider it.
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Old 08-25-2014, 02:29 PM   #10
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Well if that's the case and your income allows it, OC is the way to go. Or north up to Valencia. There's no way I would willingly move into the Ontario area. No offense to our Ontario-area friends. :)
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Old 08-25-2014, 02:46 PM   #11
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I haven't spent a whole lot of time in east LA, just a bit. From what I've seen there's some nice stuff in there, but you're far from the beach so... I dunno, everyone but me seems to hate it. Maybe there's something I'm missing. To me it feels a lot like Phoenix, just more beige and less brown.
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Old 08-25-2014, 02:59 PM   #12
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Well if that's the case and your income allows it, OC is the way to go. Or north up to Valencia. There's no way I would willingly move into the Ontario area. No offense to our Ontario-area friends. :)

Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, very nice areas to be in. I've lived in Valencia for a decade now and love it. Close to all kinds of riding areas.
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Old 08-25-2014, 09:07 PM   #13
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Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, very nice areas to be in. I've lived in Valencia for a decade now and love it. Close to all kinds of riding areas.

Yep if I had a 45 minute requirement, worked with no traffic concerns and rode a motorcycle that's where I would live. Tons of great riding right in your own backyard, street or dirt.
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Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, very nice areas to be in. I've lived in Valencia for a decade now and love it. Close to all kinds of riding areas.
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Yep if I had a 45 minute requirement, worked with no traffic concerns and rode a motorcycle that's where I would live. Tons of great riding right in your own backyard, street or dirt.
That was gonna be my suggestion as well. Nothing really good in OC as far as riding goes, and what is here is always swamped with traffic.
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