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Titling Issues - Customs by Ripper
There seems to be quite a bit of misinformation out there regarding what can and cannot be done with titles and Harley Davidson motorcycles (among others). Here's the correct information for most states (there are some that vary and some that are still in the 19th century, but it will ALL be the same soon enough, so do it right now rather than after your bike is impounded.
For ALL Harley Davidson motorcycles (with the possible exception of some of the Italian smaller models that may or may not have a VIN on them, I'm not sure there):
I have heard all of the "My friend has done it this way for 30 years" or "I've done it this way without a problem my whole life" stories, but these same people sometimes have to go the police impound to retrieve their now useless bike. Not only is the bike no longer rideable for legal reasons, but once it's been to the police impound yard, trust me, you don't want it back.
Take this advice. Make sure you know the correct laws for your state. Don't even trust me that I am correct, because in some states, I am not. More and more, however, all states are getting "with the program" of making sure no one is trying to register stolen bikes with legal paperwork. Better to be safe than really, really sorry.
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