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My S Dakota title has year make model (2012 Yamaha WR450F) then it says body (Road/STR) then lists the vin#.

I get my gas at a gas station that sells ethanol free fuel and it also happens to be our county sheriffs fueling station. I gas up all the time around cops and they've never paid me any attention. Act like you belong there and don't have anything to hide and you won't raise suspicions. I stick out like a sore thumb with my leathers and helmet as no one in my state wears either. They look over and see mirrors, lights, turn signals, street tires, a plate, and a friendly motorcyclist who waves or gives a polite head nod and they just go back to whatever they were doing. Most cops are just like everyone else, they don't want to work and aren't going to look for it unless you make them. For the rest you just have to have a good story lined up and tell it natural like it's an everyday thing. I was pulled once and I just told him the truth. I was visiting family in S Dakota and found a smokin deal on a leftover bike. The dealership said he could go ahead and plate it right then even though I lived in Illinois something about their state rules etc. I just trusted the dealer to do the paper work and know what he weas talking about. Now I'm just waiting on the title to come in the mail so I can get my Illinois plate.
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That's a good story until Johnny Law runs your tag. I know in NC and in many other states when the cops run your tag it will show when the bike was purchased and if has been a good while that story might not fly. But hey, you gotta come up with something. Most states will give you a grace period to get it switched over. Just trying to make sure everyone, maybe including myself, is not wasting there time and money on something that is too good to be true. Based on organ donors response sounds like he's good to go, but some of the others may run into problems down the road.
 

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That's a good story until Johnny Law runs your tag. I know in NC and in many other states when the cops run your tag it will show when the bike was purchased and if has been a good while that story might not fly. But hey, you gotta come up with something. Most states will give you a grace period to get it switched over. Just trying to make sure everyone, maybe including myself, is not wasting there time and money on something that is too good to be true. Based on organ donors response sounds like he's good to go, but some of the others may run into problems down the road.
The address will show as your current address that is on your DL. The bike is registered LEGALLY out of state.
 

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I never said it wasn't a legal registration, I just don't know if it's going to be legal in other states. I bought a 1936 Ford truck one time with a valid Kentucky title. Once back at my local DMV it was a nightmare, I had to have it bonded with a whole new VIN number. Took 6 months to get my NC title and that was with a vehicle that had been around for 75 years. I guess I see a couple of issues. First is having a SD registration with your current address from another state. Law enforcement will pick up on that after a while and a ticket will soon follow for not having it registered in the state you live in. Second is in scott525's post he said his title has ATV for body type and in dcflw's post he says that his SD title has DIRT for type. Personnaly I don't think that some states are going to accept that. Just something to think about.
 

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I never said it wasn't a legal registration, I just don't know if it's going to be legal in other states. I bought a 1936 Ford truck one time with a valid Kentucky title. Once back at my local DMV it was a nightmare, I had to have it bonded with a whole new VIN number. Took 6 months to get my NC title and that was with a vehicle that had been around for 75 years. I guess I see a couple of issues. First is having a SD registration with your current address from another state. Law enforcement will pick up on that after a while and a ticket will soon follow for not having it registered in the state you live in. Second is in scott525's post he said his title has ATV for body type and in dcflw's post he says that his SD title has DIRT for type. Personnaly I don't think that some states are going to accept that. Just something to think about.
But it is legally registered to your current address so I don't know what kind of recourse the cops would have.
 

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Well for mine here in Ga it should be a non issue. Granted I live in a small town.
The main hurdle I had with the MSO is that it said off road only.

This does not have any of that language on it. Actually it has nothing other than a desciption of said vehicle.

The lady at the DMV did all she could when I took the MSO in originally. My buddys cop did all he could when he inspected it. It failed only due to not having a NSHTA? plate on the neck. I could have taken one off a salvage bike and it would have passed. Didnt ask on the paperwork what was on it,only if it had one. Hell,even the cop was telling me to put a different bikes tag on the bike that as long as it was a Yami no one would know!

So, I feel like this was a great option. I REALLY wont know until I walk into the DMV but why rush it. I am perfectly legal.

If it wasnt for South Dakota I wouldnt even have an out of state plate. This bike would be for sale.
 

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The recourse would be getting a ticket for not having your motor vehicle registered and prob no insurance. If you have anything other than a SD drivers license you have two choices. One, get a SD drivers license to match you tag or two, get the plates transferred over to the state you live in to match your drivers license. Once your grace period is over then you my friend are operating a motor vehicle with no registration. Granted if you do get a ticket then most of the time your local District Attorney will dismiss the ticket if you can prove you have switched the title over. Same goes for drivers license. If you live in a state and do not possess a drivers license from that state you have a grace period to get one, after that you are driving without a license (NOL). I have seen many a ticket be given for both license and registrations violations.
 

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The recourse would be getting a ticket for not having your motor vehicle registered and prob no insurance. If you have anything other than a SD drivers license you have two choices. One, get a SD drivers license to match you tag or two, get the plates transferred over to the state you live in to match your drivers license. Once your grace period is over then you my friend are operating a motor vehicle with no registration. Granted if you do get a ticket then most of the time your local District Attorney will dismiss the ticket if you can prove you have switched the title over. Same goes for drivers license. If you live in a state and do not possess a drivers license from that state you have a grace period to get one, after that you are driving without a license (NOL). I have seen many a ticket be given for both license and registrations violations.
But if your driver's license address matches the bike registration address...
 

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Yea that won't look sketchy...lol. So basically what you are saying is that you would have a SD registration/title with your home address that just so happens to be in a totally different state. I don't know about where you live but I know that in NC that's not gonna fly. Think about it, what are the first two things a cop ask for on a traffic stop... license and registration. We'll sometimes it's, what the hell were you thinking, but in any case the two documents aren't going to add up. Even a rookie cop could read through that one. I guess the true test is to see how many of these guys can there titles transferred over.
 

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But if your driver's license address matches the bike registration address...
Doesnt matter. Most states require that after a certain amount of time residing in said state the vehicle needs to be registered in said state. The SD registration is perfectly legal. Initially. But it would be in your best interest to transfer it into your home state. Most cops wont care (or even know) unless youre being a dick or get pulled for something pretty gnarly anyways.
 

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So now that it is confirmed that you can register a bike in SD the true test is to see how easy it is to transfer the registration to the state you live in. We all know that you can ride around with a SD tag but eventually the law will get you for not have it registered in the state you reside in.
student status maybe.....:headscrat
 

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Being military, ive had a local address and out of state plates--->with my local address for years. Everybody does.

Cops never have asked me why.


And if nothing else, just wait a month and get a title from from your state with you clean SD title? Yeah, you have to register it again, but all the potential wishy-washy stuff is gone. It's the price of a new tire again :lol: :thumbup:
 

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signing title?

just dropped my application in the mail and immediately after, realized that i didnt sign anything on my title...... Is that going to be kicked back? i dont remember seeing anything in the original post about signing it.
 

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I am seriously considering this because I have a beautiful cr500af that needs sumo wheels. My only worry is that mc vs atv/dirt designation on the sd title. I can pass all the other bs but when i go to transfer this to pa if it says dirt its not gonna fly at all. They are gonna reject it and then im out of luck and just wasted money. Is there any way to tell how your bike will come back? Maybe call and ask?
 

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I am seriously considering this because I have a beautiful cr500af that needs sumo wheels. My only worry is that mc vs atv/dirt designation on the sd title. I can pass all the other bs but when i go to transfer this to pa if it says dirt its not gonna fly at all. They are gonna reject it and then im out of luck and just wasted money. Is there any way to tell how your bike will come back? Maybe call and ask?
+1 on this - I have the same concern/question here in VA.

A related concern - I already have my bike titled in VA (as an ATV). If I go through this process to street title and plate it in South Dakota, then come back a few months later to transfer my South Dakota STREET title back to VA...is VA going to have my old ATV title on record and that raise a red flag???
 

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My S. Dakota title doesn't say anything about dirt or atv. It states year, make, model, and body which jsut says road/str. I'm assuming "str" is short for street. The title does however show that Illinois was the original title state so if I take it back into my local DMV it may raise a flag, but we're talking about govt employees processeing thousands of titles. I don't think they will be paying that close attention. Who's to say that you didn't buy the bike here but take it to S. Dakaota and leave it at your hunting ground up there, but decided to bring it back, or you were attending school up there and needed something for campus but now you dropped out and are back at your parents house, etc. I think the DMV is your only hurdle once it passes there I'm sure most everything else is automated and not very closely monitored. Just have a plausable story and don't act like you have your hand in the cookie jar.
 

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Getting A title

Soo,

I read all of the posts on this thread and didn't see anything about actually obtaining a title. I live in Hawaii and they don't issue titles for Dirtbikes. Anybody know a way around this? Its an CRF150 and I wouldn't mind throwing some street tires on it for the wife..
 

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Soo,

I read all of the posts on this thread and didn't see anything about actually obtaining a title. I live in Hawaii and they don't issue titles for Dirtbikes. Anybody know a way around this? Its an CRF150 and I wouldn't mind throwing some street tires on it for the wife..
Do you get a MSO or something like that?
 
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