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To avoid having to rent a truck: is it done to ask the seller to leave the plates on, so the bike can be ridden home once bought, and then mail the plates back to the seller? Or is that never done? Just wondering...
 

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Is it also an option to leave it at the seller once purchased while you get temporary tags at the DMV and come get it like a day or two later? That one would make me uncomfortable...
 

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I just ride them home, no plates. I do put insurance on before I pick it up though. If you already have a motorcycle with coverage most insurance will automatically cover a new purchase with the same coverage you carry on your other bike.

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i would never pay money and then leave an item with the seller. a friend of mine did this once and when he went to pickup the car the stereo was missing. the sellers reasoning was that he was beat down so bad on the price that he felt it was only fair to keep a part of the car that he wanted.

as a seller, i would not want someone riding my bike except on a brief test ride.

why not get a 1 day permit and ride it home ?
 

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You're riding them with no plates on? Isn't that illegal?
Technically...but really it's just home from the purchaser and I suppose it's possible you can get pulled over but with insurance and the title to the bike I can't see it being an issue. I've bought a lot of used cars and bikes since I turned 16 in 1984 and have always just ridden them home. If I was really far away , like in a diffet state etc. I'd get some sort of legal movement tag. I've also sold a **** load of vehicles since '84 and everyone did the same thing as I do.

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I didn't even know that was an option... :-O That'd simplify things quite a bit... the two I'm looking at right now are a little far from me, 40-60 miles... actually one is in a different state (WV).
 

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different jurisdictions do things differently ...
here, when you buy a vehicle you can go to an insurance agent and buy a 1 day permit so that you can get it home. in so doing you are insured and legal for that 1 day.
 

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This is something I have never understood about the east coast. Here, the plates are part of the vehicle and they belong to that vehicle only. You could never take a plate off one car or bike and put it on another.
 

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This is something I have never understood about the east coast. Here, the plates are part of the vehicle and they belong to that vehicle only. You could never take a plate off one car or bike and put it on another.
If by "here" you mean California, I think California is the only state that does that.

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This is something I have never understood about the east coast. Here, the plates are part of the vehicle and they belong to that vehicle only. You could never take a plate off one car or bike and put it on another.
FL the Plate goes with you Had this JAYLAST Tag on 3 Different Motorcycles .. Maybe this time on the Chieftain Might be True .. Time Will Tell :)
 

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This is something I have never understood about the east coast. Here, the plates are part of the vehicle and they belong to that vehicle only. You could never take a plate off one car or bike and put it on another.


As GatorJoe says, in "FL (and some other states) the plate goes with you." In CA plates stay on the vehicle except for personalized or handicapped plates. Those stay with the owner.

Removing the plates forces the new owner to go to the DMV and put the vehicle in his name. In many states, CA is one, some people don't bother. This sometimes has the last owner receiving notices to pay citations, fine, etc. for violations that the new owner has committed. The seller is required to file a "release of liability" with the DMV to remove his name from the records, but some don't.
 

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further to what beemer dood is talking about ...

i once sold a rusty old toyota to a young kid. he wasn't quite 16 yet and this was his first car. the thing ran like a swiss watch so i am thinking to myself "smart kid, choosing a roadworthy vehicle over something that looks sweet but has serious mechanical issues".

the next night i get a call from the rcmp stating that my car was impounded, etc., told them i had sold it the night before ( i kept a copy of the signed transfer form as i always do. )
case closed on my end ... but what if he had taken out a baby in a stroller then ran as fast as he could and i had casually tossed away my copy of the transfer form ?

moral of the story ... when buying/selling a vehicle, keep the authorities happy ( paperwork done right ) or you may be keeping an expensive lawyer happy.
 

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Don't know if it's correct, I'll check with the DMV (yay that should be fun!) but the seller I'm talking to right now says that if the DMV is closed, it's possible to ride the bike from place of purchase to your home with just bill of sale + title + insurance but without the plate.

Honestly it'd make sense, otherwise it's a freakin' nightmare, but I'll check with the DMV to make sure. Thanks all. For whoever ever checks this thread later: this is for MD.
 
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