Dual sporting off road bikes in Alberta, Canada?
Posted April 19, 2001 - 06:37 PM
Thanks in advance,
Posted April 19, 2001 - 07:19 PM
Posted April 20, 2001 - 06:40 AM
OK, I need to know the procedure. I plan on buying a DRZ 400E (I know, that's blasphemy on this side of Thumpertalk) and installing a Baja Designs kit.
The dealer told me that if I just go and try to register it the serial number will come up as an off road only vehicle and they will not register it.
How do I get the serial number changed? Does the bike need to be inspected? How and where do I get this done? How much does it cost? I was told the plastic tank is a problem, is it? How do I get around it?
What is the best/most knowledgable place in Calgary to go to get this stuff done?
Will they check for DOT approved tires?
If you could give me a basic step by step procedure for registering a "dual-sported" bike I would seriously owe you one.
Posted April 20, 2001 - 06:59 AM
Walked into the registry office, and had them switch it to regular plates - no questions asked!!!
Granted, it doesn't make me legal upon inspection - but the paperwork side couldn't have been easier. Maybe I was just lucky?
Posted April 20, 2001 - 08:10 AM
Posted April 20, 2001 - 10:08 AM
As cueball has mentioned, it is really not a problem to change plates either. As a lark I asked the reg lady about changing the off road plates on my offroad only RM125 to street. Again, no problem.
Alberta does not require an inspection if your bike is brand new or previously registered in Alberta.The legality of your bike will only be called into question if the D-boys have pulled you over. This is where you would be advised to have items such as dual sport tires. Should you run into a D- boy that is well versed on the requirements and he notices you do not have DOT tires it could be well within their realm to call a tow truck. "Hey your tires are not legal on the street, I can not just give you a ticket and send you on your way. This bike with those tires is not road worthy." I am just putting forward an unlikely but plausible scenario.
Plastic gas tank. No provision in the Alberta Traffic Act stating in has to be of one composition or another.
Change serial numbers? Don't even consider it. In fact if you want to test the registery, take the serial number off a bike at the dealership and run it by them. I am sure you shall be pleasantly surprised!
What sort of things does the Act specify in regards to MC'S?
brake light/ running light
high/low headlight and hi beam indicator
one mirror, horn
signals (only necessary at night)
Hand signals suffice during the day
I recommend having them on your bike though as this visual indicator seems to appease the D-boys.
I hope this answers your questions. Any others, feel free to ask.
Posted April 22, 2001 - 06:18 AM
Thanks a million, I think I feel pretty conmfortable with it being pretty easy to do. Now I just have to order the kit and do it!