sorry if this is re-hashing an old subject - I've already asked this question on Fish Antlers "Imporing a bike from the US" FAQ - but I am far from having a satisfactory definitive answer that will put this matter to rest.
My situation: Moved here from Seattle, bought in my 2003 Suzuki SV650S with me as my personal effects. I'm the original owner from new, the bike is 100% clean (no accidents, no rebuilt/salvage status) with clear and free title.
I completed my Canadian Tire Federal Inspection this morning (see Richard at CT on Marine in Burnaby, really good bloke), so I'm almost done with the process right?
Well this is where there is some confusion. Some people here state quite firmly state that no further inspection is required and one can go to an Autoplan agent, get registration, insurance and plates and go ride.
On the other side are several people on this site including myself who have been told by Canadian Tire techs, insurance agents and in my case, a gal at Imperial Motorcycles that a provincial safety inspection is indeed required.
The Imperial Cycles gal told me it was a pretty basic test (lights, indicators mirror etc) and that you get a decal (woo-hoo) to take to an Autoplan agent to get the bike reg'ed and insured. Oh and it costs $100, not to mention extra time and hassle and an extra step to a process that I thought I was finished and done with.
So what to do? Much as I respect all the effort and work that has gone into putting out mucho info about importing a bike (almost all of it on the money), this is one subject that I can't get no satisfaction on, and I suspect I'm not the only one.
So, if anyone can provide some definitive language from an ICBC or BC gubmint website pertaining to this subject, I (and several others by the looks of it) will be most appreciative.