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Hello everyone reading!

I just bought a bike about 3 weeks ago that didn't run. Its a 1986 honda xr250r. The bike didn't come with a title and I thought nothing of it as ive bought all my bikes without them. Now im trying to make it street legal but need a title.

I actually got a hold of someone at Honda power sports and they checked the vin and all numbers match up. They told me that the dealers that sell the bikes usually didnt give titles back then for bikes.

I then tried to call the SOS office of Illinois and they were no help whatsoever to me >_> but they did run the vin # and they said I must have the wrong number because the vin wasn't in their system, which in my belief means it never had a title.

So as many people have asked on here, whats my next step? Im guessing I should get a off road title first then convert it to street. But how can I get a title at all? And info will help and I do have the vin# if anyone needs it! :D

Thanks in advance,

Nick

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this is why I don't buy anyting without the proper papaer work

 

my 93 has a title

 

but just because your state can't find it doesnt mean it wasn't  bought in another state

 

or just never documented

 

 

where I live I would be forst to apply for a lost title / contact the PO via certified letter and see if I could get them to sign  over if not I would have to  post a bond

 

I wonder if a used car lot would have experiance in how to procede or maybe even a towin yard  they wind up with the ownership of vehicles after a tow and no claim

 

good luck !

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I doubt that it ever had a title, I bought my brand new 2000 XR200 without a title. it was an option if you wanted one at least here in PA. Most of the older bikes I had never had titles. My two newest bikes, both GasGas's came with a certificate of origin but no title. I've found (contrary to what many people on here say) that most buyers when I sold a bike was glad it wasnt titled so we didnt have to deal with all the transfer fee's and taxes and such. Maybe its just my state though. Not that any of this helps you but I am just saying I bet the chances are slim of that bike ever having a title.

Edited by CDBiker220

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Prepare to jump thru hoops that will leave Cirque De Solei performers amazed! You need to start at your local DMV to see if its even possible.

Edited by ickfinger

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Thanks for the replies everyone! I plan on going to the DMV soon to find out the news. I know there are a few dual sport bikes in my town and im pretty sure conversion is possible in Illinois, just gotts go to the right person! ;) im guessing it has no title but I have a friend thats dad is a cop so ill have him check the vin and see whats up.

Could I get it titled as a "project bike"? Like a project car?

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File for an "abandoned vehicle" title. Basically, the bike was abandoned at your house & now you want a title for it

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In MI i believe you can apply for a title if certain criteria is met. Some of it, and dont quote me as looked a whiile back, was $2500 or less value per kbb or similar, older then 7 yrs old, and never registered elsewhere, ie out of state. That can be hard to figure out with some bike. Anyhow, may be something to look and see if your state offers.

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Oh and there was another way, but involved surety bonds, and with a bike worth 2500, i dunno if thats worth the trouble lol. Sounded like a real treat when i spoke to someone about those.

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Hmmm im gonna go to the local police station tonight and talk to the guy I know and ask about different titles. Though the abandoned vehicle title I hope will work. I don't get why I cant just get a title since there was nevee one given with the bike... to many laws and rules hahaha :p

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All motor vehicles had a title at one time (when new). It is a federal document called the MSO (Manufacturers Statement of Origin). That document is then converted in to a title for the state in which you reside. People do not do it to skip out on the sales tax.

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Hey so I thought of an idea... couldnt I just buy a different frame with a new vin number and with a title?

Haha anyone know someone with a 86 xr250r frame for sale with a title? And less than 300$? :lol:

... but if anyone knows do tell! :p

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Should be a lost title procedure you could use?  just need to find the right person who will help.  If you 1st don't succeed, go to the next licensing office...   You know your state wants your money

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Take the engine and frame #'s to your local DMV and say that you want to purchase this bike,but there is no paperwork on it. And that you want to make sure that there are no back fees due. If it's not in their system, get the appropiate paper work and have someone that you trust, and trusts you, to fill it out as if they sold it to you.Thats how I did with my 85 i.t 200. Walked out with registration and a title for about $85. As far as making it street legal........idk. Good luck


Take the engine and frame #'s to your local DMV and say that you want to purchase this bike,but there is no paperwork on it. And that you want to make sure that there are no back fees due. If it's not in their system, get the appropiate paper work and have someone that you trust, and trusts you, to fill it out as if they sold it to you.Thats how I did with my 85 i.t 200. Walked out with registration and a title for about $85. As far as making it street legal........idk. Good luck


Take the engine and frame #'s to your local DMV and say that you want to purchase this bike,but there is no paperwork on it. And that you want to make sure that there are no back fees due. If it's not in their system, get the appropiate paper work and have someone that you trust, and trusts you, to fill it out as if they sold it to you.Thats how I did with my 85 i.t 200. Walked out with registration and a title for about $85. As far as making it street legal........idk. Good luck

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