CA street legal 2001 YZ250
Posted July 06, 2002 - 05:57 AM
Ok, first a little background. About 8 months ago my friend purchased a 2001 YZ 250 on Ebay from a guy in Texas. The bike arrived in great shape but with no title. My friend didn't realize that the paperwork was missing until about two months ago when one of the law enforcment officials at Carnegie cited him for having a non-registered bike. My friend tried to get a hold of the seller in Texas to give him the title but could not locate him. He had to generate a title for the bike so he could clear the ticket and ride legally. What he decided to do was lien sale the bike. This is the process where if someone leaves a vehicle on your property without paying you can get title to the vehicle. This method is used by tow yards alot for people that can't pay the tow and storage fees. So anyway we hire a company to do the lien sale and since the bike has no history here in C.A. there is no one to contest the lien, but it also means the bike must be inspected by CHP prior to the title being issued. He took the bike to CHP and on the "Emissions" part of the inspection the officer checked "This vehicle meets CA and US requirements" instead of writing in that this is an off-road vehicle. After about a month of time my friend walked into the DMV with the lien sale paperwork and CHP inspection and walked out with street plates. He's now looking for a light kit for the bike. Funny story on how even the experts at CHP can make a mistake.
Posted July 06, 2002 - 06:13 AM
Posted July 06, 2002 - 06:17 AM
Back in `98 the WR400 went on sale everywhere except in CA because of the new emmission requirements. I bought a WR in AZ a good friend registered the bike in his name and got it steet plated for dual sport use. Real easy in AZ. After one year the bike was sold to me and I applied for CA plates. After some inspection bull and a non resetable odometer was installed I got CA plates for my "street bike". No dual registration crap. The DMV sent renewal notice every year. I sold the bike a few months ago and the new owner Jerry Z applied for new title and registration. Since Jerry hasn't called back angry about anything I think the DMV did OK.
The YZ has meet all legal requirements for CA registration as a used out of state street bike, providing it meets CHP form 888 requriements for street lighting.
The bike is an attention getter and you will be pulled over by the law. But any tickets issued will be overturned in court by any judge that is familiar with the CA vehicle code.