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Old 05-21-2007, 06:14 PM   #1
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importing my motorcycle

Does anyone know if it would be easy to register a JDM motorcycle in the states? Would parts be hard to get? Its a 1992 Honda CB400 SuperFour.
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Old 05-21-2007, 06:34 PM   #2
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I'm sorry but I dont know.
Do you have any pics of the bike? I am curious as to what you have there in Japan? right?
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is it rhd?

j/k i wouldn't know a thing about importing anything, except maybe a wife :laughing6
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Old 05-21-2007, 06:56 PM   #4
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My dad bought a Volkswagon bus in Europe in the '70s and drove it all over the continent. He shipped it back and had just enough money left in his pocket to pay the new-vehicle import tax - not even enough to get a drink in NYC while waiting for it to clear customs. He spent the next couple of days broke in Manhattan.

When he finally got to go pick it up out of freight he found out that he'd driven it enough in Europe to make it a 'used' vehicle which no longer qualified for the extra duties.

anyway, here's what should be a helpful link:

http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/import/
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Old 05-21-2007, 07:04 PM   #5
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is it rhd?

j/k i wouldn't know a thing about importing anything, except maybe a wife :laughing6
hahaha thats what im talking about!
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Old 05-21-2007, 07:14 PM   #6
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Are you comming back to the states any time soon or are you already here.
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Old 05-22-2007, 05:05 PM   #7
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I tried to ship my JDM 1989 Yamaha FZR400 back from Germany and was unsuccessful. I was getting out of the Air Force and couldn't get customs clearance to ship it. I'm assuming you only have a bill of sale because from what I understood, Japan does not issue a title for a motorcycle. Also, there is not enough numbers in the VIN, so the DMV would know that the bike isn't U.S. spec even if you pulled it apart and shipped it in boxes. The military customs officials said that in order to pass DOT regulations, the bike would only need new lights, but the paperwork to clear it would cost around $5K-6K. In the event you were able to get an agent to allow it to leave port, if the paperwork wasn't up to par, you could be fined and charged a fee for the government to destroy it. I pretty much had to give my bike away because I tried until nearly the last minute to get it shipped back, and had about a day to find a buyer. Good luck!!!
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I'm assuming you only have a bill of sale because from what I understood, Japan does not issue a title for a motorcycle.
Not sure about mainland, but here in Okinawa we do get the titles to the bikes. Thats the only way we can renew the japanese inspections and the yearly road taxes.

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Also, there is not enough numbers in the VIN, so the DMV would know that the bike isn't U.S. spec even if you pulled it apart and shipped it in boxes.
Didn't think about that one. It may not even be worth it by the time I come back anyways.
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Old 05-24-2007, 02:37 AM   #9
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I've heard of some people being unable to ship A motorcycle so instead they shipped a couple crates of motorcycle parts.
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Old 05-24-2007, 04:55 AM   #10
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I've heard of some people being unable to ship A motorcycle so instead they shipped a couple crates of motorcycle parts.
People do that with cars all the time (skylines and whatever). The bike I have isn't worth that kind of trouble :laughing6
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Old 05-24-2007, 07:47 AM   #11
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Yeah, I think it's a real pain in the and expensive to do something like that if you plan on using it on public roadways here in the states.
Hey do they still sell bare bone 600rr's over there that are track ready without lights and stuff straight from Honda?
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Old 05-24-2007, 08:38 AM   #12
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well, i dontk now about the titles and all...

but as far as parts...well...im not sure either...lol.

however, being a parts guy, i would expect (dont quote me) that you should be okay on regular maintenance items, (oil filters, pads, chains sprockets, tires)

however, itll be harder for your average parts guy to find out what you need. you may have to find your own parts numbers and such, but most of it should be available...

...i think...
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Old 07-12-2007, 11:14 AM   #13
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I had one of those bikes. I traded some stuff i had for it. Just for fun. It had no power but was fun to flip around on the back roads. I really dont think it would be worth inporting though.

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Parts-wise, i got some parts for it at the honda dealership, at the regular dealership prices. but mine hadnt been imported.
I do have a manual to sell you though if you get it here

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Old 07-12-2007, 11:24 AM   #14
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There is a company in California that specializes in doing this but I can not remember there name. Try calling Patrick @ 281-444-0545 and see if he knows.
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Old 07-12-2007, 11:28 AM   #15
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i'd contact this guy. he's been a big help in the mini community. i'm waiting for his container to arrive.

http://home.earthlink.net/~junebug20...ing/index.html
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Old 07-12-2007, 11:29 AM   #16
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here is his email address: LINKY
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