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Old 04-18-2013, 08:36 AM   #16
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Location: Costa Rica
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BMW rental in Costa Rica

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Old 04-29-2013, 03:53 PM   #17
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Location: new york ny
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Finally got my bike back

So after an official letter from the ambassador(israel)
That was asking to help rush the process.
Getting the title sent from ny, wait for them
To approve it, wait, more wait, hire someone
To deal with custom(you are not allowed to)
I got my bike back.
22 days of hating anything costarican
When I went to pick it up the bike was not
It looked like they rode it from the border
To limon and when the fuel light came on
They just laid it flat on the back of their pickup.
I had to jump start it, the engine was off.
And it was throwing gas from the hose under
The bike.
So had to take it apart when I opened it
I realized there was only about a liter left
On the right tank and the right one was empty
The whole right side was covered with red
Marks from a gasoline spill.
Cleaned the carb and tighten a hose.
So it was stressful and aggravating.
Left Costa Rica not sure if I will ever come back.
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:10 AM   #18
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Joined: Mar 2012
Location: Idaho to Costa Rica
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Originally Posted by shmula1 View Post
Bike is taken by custom yesterday in sixaola.
Waiting on a friend to bring me the title from ny.
Even thou I went in and out of Costa Rica
A week before with only the registration, this border
Crossing wanted the title
Hoping to get it back Monday Tuesday
4/8 or so if anyone is around and wants to
To ride north.
Im waiting in San Jose till than[IMG]

Bummer! That wasn't very pura vida.....
What is the law? Title required or these guys just made it up?
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:27 AM   #19
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Location: Bellingham, Washington
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I'll just re-state the obvious: you have nothing to lose by bringing a title (if, like NY, the title is your actual ownership document), much to potentially lose if you don't. Registration does not prove ownership in the USA; it proves current registration, fees, etc. Only the title proves ownership.

Lots of people get by with just a registration, but then again some don't. Some never get asked for their title; others find it's required at every border.

The above does not apply if the bike is registered in a place which doesn't provide titles. In that case, bring whatever document proves, and allows you to transfer, ownership.

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