making a WR450F street legal in BC, Canada
Posted December 16, 2003 - 08:23 PM
I'm currently in market for wr450f, and I definitely want to be able to ride it off-road, to the trails, and in the city for transport.
Does anyone have information on how to make a 2003 or newer wr450f street legal and insurable in Vancouver, BC.
I've heard conflicting reports from not insuring them in the cities, and only in rural regions(even with baja desgins kit) to yes it is easy to modify and insure, or no you simply won't be able to do it for that bike.
I understand there is a grey area involved in getting bikes registered, and I've been told by dealerships that a lot of people go this route, although it can lead to problems if something were to happen to you or your bike riding in the city.
One salesman went as far as to say that if I went through the detailed government inspection process, I'd be the first he's ever seen for that particular bike.
He said most wr450 owners option the different 'grey area' method.
Definitely want to know the pros and cons of that.
If it makes the difference bewteen making my wr450 street legal, then I can see the advantage, but I also want piece of mind riding in the city.
Any detailed info/exeriences would be greatly appreciated cuz I'm having a tough time finding something concrete.
Posted December 17, 2003 - 03:28 AM
After that you need to have DOT tires (tyres in the UK) and add a horn and a rear view mirror. Under the Highway Traffic Act here in Ontario, turn signals are not required.
I don't tempt fate by riding my plated WR450F down Yonge St in Toronto and have no desire to ride in that environment anyways. Having driven in Vancouver I hope you are not planning on riding there. They have the same problem as Toronto, too many Asian "drivers".
I'm no bigot, I hate everybody equally.
Posted December 17, 2003 - 05:51 AM
I don't know about B.C., I'm in New Brunswick and
I have a new 03 WR450F in my shed with a plate on it.
I went the dealer and Baja Design's route. A bit expensive but I was hit in the leg by a lovely lady lighting her cigarette this summer on my DRZ400S. Didn't hurt much, a glancing blow, but I wouldn't cut the lighting corners too cheap, they could save you.
That's why I love the dirt, no cars but I need my bike to get to work in the summer.
Actually the Baja kit wasn't that much, and the dealer got me a plate. They see the MV people every day.
I was wooried about a cop getting a bad donut and fining me, but I read the NB motor vehicle act on the Gov't home page and the only problem might be the headlight and the tires.
I'll wear the tires out in the spring prior to road use and DOT Kendas.
I would go the dealer route. You might want to try a mock registration and insurance run before you lay down the big bucks. Good luck.
P.S. When I am in the City I am going to ride it like a pansy.
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