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Old 09-10-2012, 10:33 AM   #16
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So why do you think the NM DMV will plate your bike, when they do not allow dirt bikes to be plated? Do you have some kind og loop hole.

Things I noticed.
-Front Brake line should be routed on the inside of the fork leg.
-Plastic gas tank is Not DOT legal

This is the first DR I have seen with black swingarm and fork legs
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Old 09-10-2012, 12:39 PM   #17
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This is the first DR I have seen with black swingarm and fork legs
Hopefully it's powder coated and not just rattle can
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Old 09-10-2012, 12:47 PM   #18
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Good luck to you! I had a dirt model that was plated in California. With a 435cc big bore kit that bike was a mountain goat.
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:15 PM   #19
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Things I noticed.

-Plastic gas tank is Not DOT legal

Where does everyone get this information? I hear it all the time, yet there are a lot of bikes that have plastic tanks that are DOT legal from the factory. KTM and Husqvarna are two that I know of for sure.
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:57 PM   #20
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Where does everyone get this information? I hear it all the time, yet there are a lot of bikes that have plastic tanks that are DOT legal from the factory. KTM and Husqvarna are two that I know of for sure.

Some plastic tanks are DOT approved. But not all of them. Esspecialy when there was a DOT steel version; you can bet that the plastic version is non DOT.

Doubt you will get called out for it, jsut pointing out.
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Old 09-10-2012, 06:41 PM   #21
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Some plastic tanks are DOT approved. But not all of them. Esspecialy when there was a DOT steel version; you can bet that the plastic version is non DOT.

Doubt you will get called out for it, jsut pointing out.
Yeah, that's probably true. Good point!
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Old 09-11-2012, 12:24 PM   #22
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So why do you think the NM DMV will plate your bike, when they do not allow dirt bikes to be plated? Do you have some kind og loop hole.

Things I noticed.
-Front Brake line should be routed on the inside of the fork leg.
-Plastic gas tank is Not DOT legal

This is the first DR I have seen with black swingarm and fork legs

Ah! thanks for noticing the brake line.

I found a loop hole I'm hoping will work:
http://www.mvd.newmexico.gov/SiteCol...s/mvd10053.pdf

That is what is necessary to register a custom motorcycle here, they wont really care about a non DOT headlight or tank.
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Old 09-15-2012, 01:59 PM   #23
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The Trail Tech 8" Race Light finally came in


Overall I am impressed with the product. Pretty pricey, but well worth it. Does anyone know what the threaded holes on the top are for? Maybe mounting a TT computer on or something?

The only thing I'm not satisfied with is that the backside of the headlight is oddly colored and not completely painted.

I had to take the bike out for a quick spin in the desert. Keep in mind, I haven't even ridden this thing a mile yet.

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Old 09-15-2012, 02:11 PM   #24
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Once I got the bike back to the shop I continued my quest to make the DR350 street legal. I ended up going with a bicycle speedometer instead of a motorcycle one to save on cost:


My brake light actuator ($2 ebay special) arrived in the mail just in time too. This came off a Yamaha Grizzly


I was tired of waiting for my new brake light to arrive, so I borrowed my neighbor's that he had laying in his garage. Its a Baja Designs brake light/ license plate light/ plate holder combo, and its held on with one bolt. The bike is really looking mickey mouse now.


We'll see if this flies down at the MVD.
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Old 09-15-2012, 02:14 PM   #25
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If it helps, I have a 1993 DR 350 dirt model, but it's been licensed for street use in Colorado. Title and everything. Selling the frame and title. You could switch all of your parts onto this frame and should be good to go?.
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Old 09-15-2012, 03:02 PM   #26
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If it helps, I have a 1993 DR 350 dirt model, but it's been licensed for street use in Colorado. Title and everything. Selling the frame and title. You could switch all of your parts onto this frame and should be good to go?.
I appreciate the offer, but I have an ace up my sleeve.
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Old 09-15-2012, 04:43 PM   #27
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Thats an understatement!!

Just you all wait and see!
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Old 09-16-2012, 09:50 AM   #28
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I always find it strange that these "cash strapped states" refuse to accept tax $$$ when we want to spend it. Many NM residents just go up to CO to get a plate and CO gets the revenue. MI has a field day registering bikes from WI,MN who do the same dumb policy as NM. MI will register anything....including a 2 stroke with just an inspection cert.Or a bike from NM if you really get desperate.
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Old 09-16-2012, 11:22 AM   #29
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I always find it strange that these "cash strapped states" refuse to accept tax $$$ when we want to spend it. Many NM residents just go up to CO to get a plate and CO gets the revenue. MI has a field day registering bikes from WI,MN who do the same dumb policy as NM. MI will register anything....including a 2 stroke with just an inspection cert.Or a bike from NM if you really get desperate.

There are ways... It's the luck of the draw if you go to the right location and know which person to see.

I have a project along the lines of this, but I go it titled and plated before I sarted. I had to renew the plates this spring and that went smooth. I just sent the money and got my 2 year sticker.

Now I just have to make it look street legal so if I ever get stopped they won't do a safety inspection.

I've read good things about getting Vermont plates and then transfering them or just keeping them. You don't have to live in Vermont to get plates. There's a thread some where on this site about it. Many have done so.

Here's a link to the pdf Vermont plate forms. (Read section 7, all you need is to send a picture).

http://dmv.vermont.gov/sites/dmv/fil...structions.pdf

Here's the ADV thread.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...vermont+plates



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Old 09-18-2012, 09:45 AM   #30
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While wiring up the turn signals, something made me look at the requirements again...


Turn signals aren't necessary! Holy crap! NM actually made it a little easier for me for once.
With this out of the way I was pretty much ready to bring my custom motorcycle in to be inspected.
Oh yeah, I forgot that I needed a horn. So on the way I stopped at Walmart and purchased a squeeze bulb bicycle horn and clamped it to the bars. Now we're ready.



After two fiery arguments with the self righteous MVD employee, my bike was approved.


Insured, registered, plated... done!


It doesn't matter how you get to the pot of gold, as long as you beat the leprechaun.
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