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post #1 of 9 Old 03-30-2017, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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I don't know who else has dealt with this load of crap they call the CA DMV but after today I'm about ready to sell the damn bike.

Brought my 09 ZX6r with me to California, has 10,000 miles and was originally from Pennsylvania. I was told it needed a quick inspection at the DMV to verify the VIN and the engine number match. No big deal. Then they started asking about an emission sticker and a US Federal Safety Cert... I look all over the bike, get on Google and Youtube and can't find a damn thing. So I call Kawasaki's corporate office and try to figure this out.

What it comes down to is the DMV is asking for an emission sticker that was never printed for my bike, because mine isn't a CA model. They also want to see the "US Federal Safety Cert" which is basically that black and white sticker by the stamped vin on the frame. Tells who made the bike, date of manufacture, Gross vehicle weight. Well apparently mine is missing.

So the issue is I got a letter from Kawasaki that says my bike meets EPA regulations but from what I saw on the DMV form they still need two forms of VIN numbering on the frame.

Who the hell has gone through this? Cause I swear every person I've talked to that moved to this state just had 2 numbers checked and then they were on their way.
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post #2 of 9 Old 03-30-2017, 06:02 PM
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Fuck whatever DMV u went to. Go to a different office. I swear some of the people at the DMV were hired just to give customers a hard time.
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The DMV website doesn't look too promising . . .

https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/?1dmy&urile=wcmath:/dmv_content_en/dmv/pubs/brochures/fast_facts/ffvr29

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TRACK BIKE.

A buddy gave up, the California BS regulations are pretty fixed. They don't want someone driving out of state and getting a car, bike.
They don't treat someone who lived in another state moving there to get around there rules.
Consider this a heads up, run away.

Love the state, had a fantastic time every time I go. But the traffic and costs, let alone the regulations.
Not enough money to make me live there.
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Well I'm going to see if the letter meets their requirements. It's not like other people haven't got a 49 state bike into cali. It meets the mile requirement to be exempt from the CA specific emissions just need to prove its apparently US emission legal.

What I don't understand is this is a bike with a VIN that was made by Kawasaki. Who clearly had to meet very strict standards for safety and emissions to get them into the US. So why do I need to prove the manufacturer met those requirements....
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Why r u in cali anyway??
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^^this.

If you are active duty military, keep it registered in your home state.

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The only thing that is necessary for a 49 state bike to be registered in CA is that it isn't brand new and has more than 7500 miles on it. Go to a different office or drop by a local shop and ask the sales manager for advice. They deal with this all the time.
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^^this.

If you are active duty military, keep it registered in your home state.
Moved here for work, I chose Cali. I honestly love the state, so what I have a few more hoops to jump through. Better than being stuck in my hometown forever like some people, haha.

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The only thing that is necessary for a 49 state bike to be registered in CA is that it isn't brand new and has more than 7500 miles on it. Go to a different office or drop by a local shop and ask the sales manager for advice. They deal with this all the time.
That's exactly my thought but for some reason at this DMV they weren't having it. I talked to the local Kawasaki dealer more so on that US Federal Safety Cert and they had never heard of such a thing. But I will try again this week to call in and see if they as a shop have dealt with this, I'm sure they have. Thanks!
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