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    Importing an OLD motorcycle from US?

    So I searched a lot (but Search Nazis feel free to yell at me).

    I'm looking to import a 1988 bike from Oregon. This is from the import website about vehicles 15 years or older:
    http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/roadsafety/s...ation-1338.htm

    Does it mean I don't have to go through all the RIV stuff as for newer bikes?
    http://www.riv.ca/importingavehicle.aspx

    Is there a shop or lawyer or company I can hire that would help me with this? Does anyone know? Thanks.

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    Importing old bikes from the US into Canada is a snap.
    Providing it's a make and model previously imported into Canada, you don't need anything special.
    Purchase the bike. Submit the required papers and a copy of the title to the US Border for export, then bring it home.
    Your Autoplan dealer will provide the nessesary transfer and registration documents and off you go.

    What are you purchasing?

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    Can't help you with the import part, but I strongly discourage you from a buying an old bike unless you know a lot about bikes and repairing them. I bought an old bike and I currently have my head up my ass.
    It's just advice, go out there and do whatever the F*CK ya wanna do.

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    Thanks for the replies guys.

    It's this 1988 FZR400. Sold in Canada as well (but I'll be damned if I can find anything half decent here)
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Origi...#ht_500wt_1064

    I'm pretty good working on bikes

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    Make sure it has a valid title.

    On your bill of sale, make sure you include that the sale will be reversed in the event US customs do not approve the bike for export.

    If the bike was stolen, or used in a crime or whatever reason, the US will block the export.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawndude View Post
    Thanks for the replies guys.

    It's this 1988 FZR400. Sold in Canada as well (but I'll be damned if I can find anything half decent here)
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Origi...#ht_500wt_1064

    I'm pretty good working on bikes
    Starting bid at $4k......ouch. Why not look more local, that's far from any bargain worth importing imo.
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    http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/rc...046157588.html

    This one has been for listed for a while, similar mileage, $4K US doesn't seem like a bargain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shovelhead View Post
    Make sure it has a valid title.

    On your bill of sale, make sure you include that the sale will be reversed in the event US customs do not approve the bike for export.

    If the bike was stolen, or used in a crime or whatever reason, the US will block the export.
    100% correct. 15 yrs old or older any vehicle can be imported, from anywhere actually. RIV is only for U.S. registered machines. U.S. vehicle export team still requires a copy of the title be sent to them to clear for theft or leans against it, and they require 72 hrs minimum. Once they are happy, they let the bike out of their country, you take the bike to your auto plan agent where you pay all the taxes here. And verify VIN number.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve G. View Post
    100% correct. 15 yrs old or older any vehicle can be imported, from anywhere actually. RIV is only for U.S. registered machines. U.S. vehicle export team still requires a copy of the title be sent to them to clear for theft or leans against it, and they require 72 hrs minimum. Once they are happy, they let the bike out of their country, you take the bike to your auto plan agent where you pay all the taxes here. And verify VIN number.
    You pay GST at the border, pay PST at your autoplan agent.
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    Windbell used to be full of those. I would stop by to have a look to make sure their website isn't lacking any updates.
    http://www.windbell.ca/motorcycles.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by foggy View Post
    http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/rc...046157588.html

    This one has been for listed for a while, similar mileage, $4K US doesn't seem like a bargain.
    That bike has been for sale for 3 years now!!! (since October 2010). If you seen it in person, you would know why. It's not worth $1,800 let alone what this "bike shop" is asking for it. It is thrashed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frontside5 View Post
    Windbell used to be full of those. I would stop by to have a look to make sure their website isn't lacking any updates.
    http://www.windbell.ca/motorcycles.html
    I will give them a call, I also remember them importing a lot of them. I had a friend who was begging me to buy his FZR400 like 15 years ago.. but I bought a FZR1000 instead, and hate ever minute of it. Will pay top dollar for the little fizzer in nice condition :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawndude View Post
    That bike has been for sale for 3 years now!!! (since October 2010). If you seen it in person, you would know why. It's not worth $1,800 let alone what this "bike shop" is asking for it. It is thrashed.
    WOW. This is the same bike and same bike shop that still has it. 3 and a half years later.. http://www.bcsportbikes.com/forum/sh...0-RZ-350-YZ-80

    The bike is junk anyway.

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    Anyone want to buy a really nice FZR400? Good pictures here:
    http://www.walnecks.com/motorcycle/1...ayden-id-83835

    I've gone insane and I'm seriously considering buying these 2 FZR's (he won't separate) and all the other stuff along with it.

    I would sell the 1989 one for around $2,800 and keep the mint 1988.

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