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1/31/2018 2:27 PM

for some reason motorcycle titles are the most lost thing in the world next to the matching sock in your sock drawer. How do you check a motorcycles VIN to be sure it wasn't stolen before you buy a used bike?


1/31/2018 3:16 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/31/2018 3:16 PM

In California, the DMV or the California Highway Patrol (CHP) can run it for you. A word of warning though, the CHP once told me if a VIN comes back as stolen and you have the bike in your possession, they will impound it on the spot and you'll probably be SOL in getting it back.


1/31/2018 6:30 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/31/2018 6:36 PM
try this,
At least in Indiana if the value is 5,000 or less its easy to apply for a lost title, I put motorcycle in the body category and receive a title that can be plated...


2/1/2018 5:57 AM

In NJ if the PD runs a VIN and it's stolen it begins a report process. Was warned that by a local PD officer.


04 KX125
94 KX250SM
75 Z1-900

2/1/2018 6:41 AM

I now check the VIN on one of these websites before I buy a bike... Easy enough to do on your phone while your there. I've been told that stolen VIN's only stay in the data base for five years? I don't see why you couldn't call or walk into the BMV and have them run a search also before you buy, no way am I going to get the fuzz involved till I'm pretty certain the bike isn't hot or has a lien against it!


2/2/2018 5:30 AM

I use "".

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