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I just purchased a 2008 v-star 250 from ebay (from chicago) without digging into too much details about CA registration rules for out-of-state motorcycles. :(

My motorcycle has less than 7500 miles (241), which gets classified as a new out-of-state motorcycle by CA DMV, requiring an emission sticker on the motorcycle that says that it meets all the requirements.

I would love your help/guidance with the following questions.

1. Where is the emission sticker on a 2008 v-star 250? I am not able to find it on the frame or on exhaust or headset.

2. Can anyone confirm if 2008 v-star 250 meets CA emission standards?


Thanks so much for reading. I really appreciate any help or guidance.

Sinu
 

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I just purchased a 2008 v-star 250 from ebay (from chicago) without digging into too much details about CA registration rules for out-of-state motorcycles. :(

My motorcycle has less than 7500 miles (241), which gets classified as a new out-of-state motorcycle by CA DMV, requiring an emission sticker on the motorcycle that says that it meets all the requirements.

I would love your help/guidance with the following questions.

1. Where is the emission sticker on a 2008 v-star 250? I am not able to find it on the frame or on exhaust or headset.

2. Can anyone confirm if 2008 v-star 250 meets CA emission standards?


Thanks so much for reading. I really appreciate any help or guidance.

Sinu
if it doesn't have the canister to recycle the fumes in gas tank it may not pass, the california models have a different gas tank with a vent hose to a charcoal canister and a tip over shut off switch. in california gas tanks on motor vehicles can't vent to the atmosphere
 

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Here are some pics of the motorcycle

Thanks so much pauli466.

I dont see a canister...but maybe i am not looking at the right place. Here are pics of both sides of the motor cycle, can you confirm?

Thanks again!
Sinu
 

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Thanks so much pauli466.

I dont see a canister...but maybe i am not looking at the right place. Here are pics of both sides of the motor cycle, can you confirm?

Thanks again!
Sinu
i think they mount it under the tank where it's hard to see it, if i were you i would go through emissions with it like it is because they won't lift the tank to find out if has one or not, if needs the sticker to prove is compliant with california emissions standards a dealer ship may sell a sticker to you but if the vin number doesn't show that your bike is the california model the dealership might want to install the canister before giving you a sticker, it's really more about having the sticker than anything else at dmv. the dealer will know by the vin number which model you have california or not or you'll have to look under the tank, you might be able to spot it with a flashlight with out lifting the tank. bike salvage yards will sell anything even stickers if they have it.
 

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Hate to tell you, but you're probably screwed. It's not likely a California model and DMV will not allow it to be registered in CA with under 7500 miles. I've done a lot of research regarding out of state bikes and they don't bend. They don't do emissions testing and strictly go with the paperwork. You would have to prove it's a CA model...sorry! You can't run up the miles unless you're willing to alter the purchase documents.
 

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Hate to tell you, but you're probably screwed. It's not likely a California model and DMV will not allow it to be registered in CA with under 7500 miles. I've done a lot of research regarding out of state bikes and they don't bend. They don't do emissions testing and strictly go with the paperwork. You would have to prove it's a CA model...sorry! You can't run up the miles unless you're willing to alter the purchase documents.
Thats pretty much what i got from the dealer and the DMV. The dealer confirmed that the vehicle will not be a CA model, if it was purchased elsewhere...and hence it wont have the canister for CA. This one was purchased originally in IL. DMV says that they can't register or do a title transfer without a sticker. If they could atleast issue me a title, i could sell it to someone else in a different state easily.

Now i am sitting here with a title that the original owner assigned to me. I dont know how i could go about selling it now...i tried ebay, but it didnt let me because VIN is not registered under my name (apparently ebay does this check). This sucks...!! :(
 

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i think they mount it under the tank where it's hard to see it, if i were you i would go through emissions with it like it is because they won't lift the tank to find out if has one or not, if needs the sticker to prove is compliant with california emissions standards a dealer ship may sell a sticker to you but if the vin number doesn't show that your bike is the california model the dealership might want to install the canister before giving you a sticker, it's really more about having the sticker than anything else at dmv. the dealer will know by the vin number which model you have california or not or you'll have to look under the tank, you might be able to spot it with a flashlight with out lifting the tank. bike salvage yards will sell anything even stickers if they have it.
Is it possible to have a dealer install a canister and issue a new sticker, even though the bike was not originally purchased in CA? I talked to a yamaha dealer here and they say that it is not doable. If that can be done, i could very look up other yamaha dealers in the area and check it out.
 

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Is it possible to have a dealer install a canister and issue a new sticker, even though the bike was not originally purchased in CA? I talked to a yamaha dealer here and they say that it is not doable. If that can be done, i could very look up other yamaha dealers in the area and check it out.
I called a few dealers here and they all confirmed that Yamaha doesn't re-issue a sticker if it doesn't has one already.
 

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Thats pretty much what i got from the dealer and the DMV. The dealer confirmed that the vehicle will not be a CA model, if it was purchased elsewhere...and hence it wont have the canister for CA. This one was purchased originally in IL. DMV says that they can't register or do a title transfer without a sticker. If they could atleast issue me a title, i could sell it to someone else in a different state easily.

Now i am sitting here with a title that the original owner assigned to me. I dont know how i could go about selling it now...i tried ebay, but it didnt let me because VIN is not registered under my name (apparently ebay does this check). This sucks...!! :(
Yeah, I feel for you. I almost ended up in a similar situation. CA DMV won't even title it for you so you can sell it. They won't touch it. The only thing that comes to mind is if can you get it titled in the state you purchased it from.
 

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Is it possible to have a dealer install a canister and issue a new sticker, even though the bike was not originally purchased in CA? I talked to a yamaha dealer here and they say that it is not doable. If that can be done, i could very look up other yamaha dealers in the area and check it out.
the california models have a different fuel tank, it has a vent tube that's part of the tank were the canister hose attaches expensive but it can made compliant. if homemade vehicles can be registered then so can that bike but you'll have to pay for the inspection and the towing to get it to the dmv as they wont allow it to be riden or driven in for that kind of inspection. i'v sold plenty of vehicles in ct without without registering and getting the title in my name, you just sign the existing title over to the new buyer, the new buyers name just go's under were your name is on that title. with that and a bill of sale should be all thats required for the new owner to register it in any state but california
 
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