Foreign-made vehicles imported into the U.S., whether new or used, either for personal use or for sale, are generally dutiable at the following rates:
Motorcycles either free or 2.4%
I've only dealt with commercial imports of vehicles. A entry needs to be submitted to US Customs (usually handled by a customs broker...this will cost you money...figure $75 minimum probably more), invoice of sale, a DOT-7 form is required, EPA forms and the duty amount (2.4% of the dollar value). The entry summary (customs form 7501) usually is required by the state DMV to then register the vehicle.
Where are you located in upstate NY? If your interested i can provide you the phone number to your local Customs office. They should be able to tell you exactly what you will need to import a bike from Canada. I would also check with our lovely DMV to find out what they exactly need to register a bike imported for Canada.
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