I have a copy of the bill of sale showing that sales tax was paid. As far as I know, the dealer has good references and I don't think they or the original buyer are trying to circumvent the law. Maybe there are more details that myself I'm missing but if the dealer letting the original buyer get out the door with the bike without registering is wrong, then the dealer is going wrong then.I'm surprised a dealer let a bike go without collecting taxes on the sale. That can be a big issue for them if it were to be discovered.
you really need to be that dumb to assume that people asking things on a public forum are trying to do ilegal activity. I said in the beginning that the dealer was firm when said that they first need to sort out the tittle with the first owner in order to be possible to transfer to me. we went from that to a "stolen bike?"OP is clearly naive. The dealer will always collect the tax for the sale, he just doesn't report it to the state making it extra profit. 1st buyer likely paid it to him but stupidly not the registration fees because of goofy thinking and now cannot because the dealer is stopping him because dealer will be found out. Taxes and registration are two different things. Dealer may be able to curve some slight things like when sold but still has to pay the tax so wants OP to do it if OP is silly enough to do it.
OP needs to understand that at the least he will pay too much and very likely committing a crime (or covering up one which again is another) doing it.
Again, a bill of sale is garbage, title to a vehicle is proof of ownership in court and why pretty much all states do it. Possession of a clear one shows all fees have been paid, a bill does not and will not hold up in court except in some lesser things. You can write a bill of sale on a napkin if wanted and watch Judge Judy shred it in 2 seconds and then demand the title. No title is proof the bill is fake, if the taxes were really paid where is it? Title also has nothing to do with registration which is the next logical step and why they are done usually together but they are NOT the same thing. Title is proof of ownership and all taxes paid. Registration is the extra fees paid to register the vehicle with a plate and to update the state as to who has that plate. You can't register without a title to vehicle to establish owner first.
OP needs to walk away, there being other better deals. Dealer started it and now trying to get in the way as much as possible to stop it as he knows he will be in trouble if somebody pushes it further.
There is no law that says a person has to title but you pretty much have to give up driving vehicle on the street not doing it. One could take 1st owner and the bill of sale to vehicle registration and ask them how to get a title but the first thing they will do is run all records and if the taxes were never paid by the dealer on that bike they will be on to him. If not and the taxes were paid they will likely give some path as to how the 1st owner can apply for title and there are fees there.
Just because it is done that way in your state does not mean it is the same for all states...Who gets the sales tax?
When I buy a car or motorcycle in another state (Ive done this often), the dealer does NOT collect sales tax. Sales tax is collected by the DMV in the state in which the vehicle is being registered.