Must agree with HAP. Also check the California Division of Motor Vehicle web site for more info on out state vehicle buying and then registering in state. Some times and in some cases I think you can take it to a California Highway Patrol/Motor Vehicle Referee and get an exemption.CAFE standards seem to have been met by all Triumph models in the state of California. You might try another dealer just to make sure this one isn't trying to bend you over so to speak. Or simply pull up state regs.
Before Buying a Vehicle From Out of State - Be Sure You Can Register It in California FFVR 29
Be Sure You Can Register it in California
The Bottom Line
If you are a California resident and acquire a new car, truck or motorcycle from another state, it must be certified to meet California smog laws in order to be registered here. This includes certain diesel powered vehicles. DMV cannot accept an application to register a vehicle in California that does not qualify for registration (Health and Safety Codes [H&SC] §§43150 – 43156.)
What Is Considered a new Vehicle?
California considers any vehicle with less than 7,500 miles on the odometer at the time of purchase or trade by a California resident or business to be a new vehicle. This holds true whether or not the vehicle has been registered in another state.
Aren't all Vehicles California Certified?
Not all new vehicles are manufactured to be sold in California residents or businesses. Many manufacturers make vehicles to be sold in the other 49 states. These vehicles (49-State) are made with smog equipment that meets federal emission standards, but not California standards. California certified (50-State) vehicles are made to be sold to California residents.
Check the Label
To find out whether a car, truck or motorcycle is California certified, check the emission label under the hood. For a motorcycle check the frame or refer to your owner's manual. The label should read that the vehicle conforms to California regulations, or that it is legal for sale in California.
There are a few exemptions included in the law. As a California resident you may be able to register a 49-State vehicle if it was:
- Obtained as part of a divorce, inheritance, or a legal separation settlement
- Purchased it to replace your California registered vehicle stolen while you were using it out of state.
- Purchased it to replace your California registered vehicle that was destroyed or made inoperative beyond reasonable repair while you were using it out of state.
- An emergency vehicle, pursuant to California Vehicle Code § 27156.2 and 27156.3.
- Registered by you in the state of your last active military service outside California.
- A street motorcycle or motor-driven cycle year model 2005 and older with an engine less than 50 cubic centimeters (cc) displacement. Beginning January 1, 2006, street motorcycles and motor-driven cycles year model 2006 and newer, with engines less than 50 cc displacement, require an emission label certifying them to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emission regulations, and may be registered regardless of mileage.
Does this Apply to Someone Moving to California?
If you are moving to California from another state, you may register a new 49-State vehicle if it was first registered by you in your home state, or for military personnel, in the last state of your military service. When applying for vehicle registration in California, you must provide evidence that the vehicle was registered.
Vehicles Purchased From Out of the Country (Grey Market)
California has special requirements for vehicles imported from other countries (including Canada and Mexico). It may be very costly or impossible to modify these vehicles to meet California emission requirements and/or federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS.) No direct import vehicle less than two years old can be converted to California emission standards. Not all direct import vehicles over two years old can be converted to California emission standards and FMVSS. No motorcycle or diesel powered vehicle can be converted to California emission standards. For details, contact the California Air Resources Board (ARB), or visit ARB online.
Are you looking to reduce your carbon footprint, save money on gas or just contribute less to smog? DriveClean.ca.gov is California’s buying guide for clean and efficient vehicles. Since motor vehicles are responsible for more than half of the smog and global warming pollution in California, the vehicle you buy directly impacts air quality, global warming and energy security.
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- California residency and vehicle importation laws and requirements, go to Buying an Out of State Vehicle. or call the DMV Technical Compliance Section, at (916) 657-6795.
- California Smog check program, contact visit the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) online at www.smogcheck.ca.govor call 1-(800) 952-5210.
- California smog laws, gray market vehicles, and 49-state vehicles, visit the California Air Resources Board (ARB) online at www.arb.ca.gov or call 1-800-242-4450 , or visit ARB online.
- Off-Highway Vehicles, see the brochure, How to Register an Off-Highway Vehicle.(HTVR 19).FFVR 29 (REV. 2/2010) www 3/2010
The OP was told if he bought a "new bike, street triple Triumph" from out of state he wouldn't be able to register it in the wonderful Republic of California. As Triumph no longer builds 48 state approved bikes and all of their bikes now meet even the Republics requirements I put forth that the dealer is either stupid or a liar and just wanted the sale for himself.Look, here it is from the horse's mouth. Or the DMV website. Whichever.
Thank you Unk for the info, and thank you Hap for tying it together for me. The dealer I will be purchasing from is St. Petes in Florida, I will keep you guys posted.The OP was told if he bought a "new bike, street triple Triumph" from out of state he wouldn't be able to register it in the wonderful Republic of California. As Triumph no longer builds 48 state approved bikes and all of their bikes now meet even the Republics requirements I put forth that the dealer is either stupid or a liar and just wanted the sale for himself.
Crude, rude, nasty? You bet. Every one has had experiences over the years trying to get bikes titled, licensed some where but in this case, if the quote from Unk is current then the OP was led astray by the dealer he spoke with.
I called simi and they sold that bike 3 weeks ago, just havent taken down the ad. Danny @ DD can't get me it in white. Every dealer in so cal knows me and knows I want it in white. I will give them all some time to make it happen, if not I'll most likely buy this one from St. Pete, who so far has been answering all of my questions.Simi Valley Cycles in Simi Valley California has one on Cycle Trader for $9599 before other costs. I would compare if I were you. This one is only about 2 hours away and you can ride it home. You can probably also negotiate it.