taking a bike back to the states

Old 11-05-2007, 08:06 AM
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I stationed in europe for a while and was curious on the rules of taking back a european spec bike back to the US when I leave here. The 125 would be a great bike for my wife. Any input would be great.

Old 11-11-2007, 11:12 AM
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If a motorcycle or motor driven cycle is capable of a top speed above 20 miles per hour and is equipped with components (such as lights, mirrors, and turn signals) that are needed for on-road use, NHTSA will regard it as having been primarily manufactured for such purposes. Motorcycles and motor-driven cycles with these capabilities and equipment cannot be lawfully imported into the U.S. unless they were originally manufactured to comply with all applicable FMVSS and bear a label certifying such compliance that is permanently affixed by the original manufacturer. The label must be affixed to a permanent member of the vehicle, as close as is practicable to the intersection of the steering post and the handle bars, so that its contents can be easily read without moving any part of the vehicle except for the steering mechanism. In addition, the vehicle’s manufacturer is required to submit to NHTSA identifying information on itself and the products it manufactures to the FMVSS (as required by 49 CFR Part 566), provide NHTSA with information the agency would need to decipher the VIN the manufacturer is required (under 49 CFR Part 565) to assign to each motor vehicle manufactured for sale in the U.S., and designate a U.S. resident as its agent for service of process (as required under 49 CFR 551.45).
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From what I understand, its not very easy. That and you will have to pay a hefty tax, might not be worth it.
Old 10-20-2008, 04:05 PM
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Ok, im in germany now and am a Soldier in the same boat. Basically, with bikes like the 900rr of the early 90's there isnt much of an issue because that MODEL was sold in the states as well. hence Honda had the MODEL certified in the ststes. your problem is that the small ones were never Sold in the states..hence honda saved Millions on certification for it. Basically you have to register it in a lenient state like Florida who dont give 2 ****s about older bikes. that is the only Solution I have found, and I have been slamming my face into the wall of red tape and bull**** with the gov't for around...oh say 8 months with no real headway.
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