By now everyone has read Fish Antlers excellent post on importation.
Here is my time line on actually importing a bike
Read about a good sale on the bike I wanted (KTM 990) in WA State
cdn list 16,998 US on sale 10998.
Called dealership Tuesday last week. Told them I wanted bike and that I would be down that Thursday to pay for it. They emailed me confirmation of price, freight, WA tag etc. I confirmed by email. They have a saleman there who does all Canadian sales (over 100 this year) who knows the drill.
Thurday I drove down paid for bike. They gave me title and recall letters and faxed off form to US customs for me.
It takes three days for US customs ( federal law on time) to allow export. They define a day in a specail way. If you fax forms after 3:30 that day doesn't count. So my days of waiting were Friday, Monday, Tuesday
I emailed them Monday and got a note back saying bike was ready for export Wed am
Tuesday I went to ICBC got insurance to ride my new bike DIRECTLY from Canada Customs to my home (66 dollars I think) and a "special" day permit for Friday to ride to Canadian Tire for inspection.
Note to squidlets - don't screw around with this ICBC part of the deal and go riding - do as you are supposed to. Don't ride to North Van on your way home to Surrey and bin it and make the News. Go directly home. You have no plate on your bike, you will get stopped if you are seen without a plate. You will have to show your permit. The certificate states directly to the address you have give ICBC from the border. You will be in a mess of problems - your whining will be like Raphael's - we will all hate you for being so stupid and your posts will be annoying.
If you fuck this up for the rest of us a lot of trucks will have to be rented to move bikes around and nice new shiny bikes will get dropped loading and unloading nice new shiny bikes and you will be to blame.
Rant off back to the process
Tuesday afternoon I left work early got a ride to dealership, rode up Chuckanut Drive ( good road to break in a new engine on) I had dinner at Oyster Bar, allowed engine to gget full heat/cold cycle stayed at Best Western in Bellingham. I had a WA 3 day plate at this point remember, it comes with insurance.
I left at 7:15 am and was at US truck Crossing as outlined 0n US goverment form at 8:03 (office opens at 8 am).
Stood in line for 2 minutes had titled stamped, officer said "go to Canada"
Crossed border declared I was importing bike. Went inside, paid GST and RIV fee. Left Customs at 8:37. Note, they required original bill of sale to calculate gst on, no photocopy. This is the government - proper paperwork is everything
It was too easy.
RIV has changed procedures so it took me an extra day and a half to get registered.
Next time I would write a cover letter and include with it the Form 1 from Customs, the proof of RIV payment, and the recall letters and certification.
I would also put a description of the motorcycle year, date of manufacture, VIN, number of CC and if it is for off road or street use and all of these questions were asked of me by RIV even thou it was all on their forms
Because I had all of the information except the form one a few days earlier, I would prepare the letter in advance and just put in the date and the case number off the form one.
As soon as possible I would fax this whole package to RIV, preferably as I rode home (Kinkos). I think an even better way would be to pdf everything and email it to them. They will then email you your form2.
RIV has changed their policy and now they want the recall letters.
I had to make 4 calls to RIV beginning Wed pm. to get the paperwork done. each person had a different story but hey for the savings I could deal with it.
At 1 pm Friday I had my form 2, called CDN TIRE on Cambie they were too busy to do an inspection but I rememebred in Tackle-me-two's posts Angela mentioned that the Cdn Tire on Hastings at Clarke was up to speed on bikes.
I rode over and 10 minutes later I was done. I then rode to ICBC at First and Commercial bought insurance and got a plate. I had already called Megson and they had a file open for me on the new bike and they bound risk for the new bike on optional coverage as soon as I had a plate number
I have 495 miles on the bike now
This website was also a big help http://ronh2005.googlepages.com/howtoimportamotorcycle