Well I learned a valuable lesson today, DO NOT buy a vehicle from the US unless you clear it with Canada Customs or Transport Canada first!
I have been looking for a supermoto again, and while I was thinking of converting something like a WR450 it was just not in my budget right now so I thought a nice bike to have would be one that was already converted and after seeing some pictures of the KTM Duke II I thought this would be nice. They had one at Carter so I took it for a spin and the bike was a blast; sportbike power and handling but the plush suspension and look of nice dual purpose (see pics).
So I drove down to Portland last weekend and bought one, but when I tried to bring it home I was informed of my poor decision. Even though they are available in Canada, the US model is different (speedo in miles) so I was denied. Now I have this wicked bike at my parents cabin in WA that I cannot ride, and Transport Canada said that since I am not an importer it cannot be registered or insured. It is a crappy time to sell too, but I desperately want to have a bike (parking at UBC sucks with my truck, and the gas from Cloverdale hurts too) on the road so I will likely be putting it on eBay and hope like hell that I get close to what I paid for it.
Just thought I would let you all know since I have often looked at the US market, which has a lot more selection and usually better pricing with our stronger CDN dollar, but this is my first time actually trying to take advantage. So if you are thinking of it, call TC or Customs BEFORE buying.