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Any one plate a TE450/510 in CA?

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I have been on a quest for the perfect off road bike for me. I originally thought it was going to be a KTM525MXC but I got to ride a 450 the other day and the feel was...well, just not a good fit for me. The same day I got to ride a 1999 YZF400 that was set up for dual sport use and it felt so yummy. Just plush and easy to use power. It was even plated.

Now for my problem. I know I can get a KTM plated in CA because their VIN's are not registered in the CA database as disallowed (This may have changed). What I wanted to know is if any one has successfully plated a Husky in CA. There are ways to get a plated bike into CA that require me to buy my bike from out of state but I really wanted to support my local dealer so they stay in business.

There are several good places for me to ride that are local but I need to ride about 5 miles to get there. It would get me out riding a lot more if my bike were leagal to ride on the street.

Thanks for the help.

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All 04-05 Husky 4 strokes (both TE's and TC's) are plateable from the dealer in California. You have to get the kit for them (Baja Designs sells one). I belive the plate is either $93 or $97.00. :)

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Yep, this is true. I even had my TE250 plated right from the dealer(GP cycles) :) . Just make sure your dealer knows what boxes to check when sending in paper work to the DMV.

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Funny, 5 miles on pavement for 100 miles in dirt seems like a good trade off for me. Besides I can start from my garage. Not loading a bike in my 8" lifted F250 at the end of the day is a HUGE thing to me. I ride hard and am usually wiped out beyond all belief at the end of a day of riding. Besides where I live, North of San Diego there are a ton of fire roads that lead to some of the prettiest country in Southern California. That is worth a few extra tires to me.

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glad you guys like your plates, I'm coming off a DR-Z400S and I found for my riding and ride areas the times I used the plate was 1 out of 20 rides, that's about 6 times a year and then it was only as short cut back to the staging area. How can I dare put blinkers on this?

http://motoxotica.com/2005%20Husky%20TE450.jpeg

although that plate holder tailight piece looks cool.

naw I'm burned out on dual sporting and I only did it like 3 times, don't care for it. I'm happy it's a dirt bike only for me, but I can see the desire to have a plate, especially come resale time. I got $3900 for my 03 DRZ, in 2 days of advertizing and guys were selling nice used KTMs for that. Lots of guys flock to a dual sported bike. I just never used my plate for much.

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Gentlemen:

After 3 decades on the street and many track days I'm considering tarding a SM510R. Adding Baja Designs or similar turn signals and brake light looks straight forward.

The DMV side is more of an unknown for me. How can one check VIN legality in their respective state, Maryland in my case? If illegal, any paperwork path suggestions to getting a plate? (Ducatis SPS', etc. make it through so it can be done here)

TIA for DMV specifics and general Husky tard setup / opinions.

Lou

tard retard

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"The '04/'05 TE's that are getting plated are not getting a green

sticker....?"

This was told to a friend of mine by a dealer in CA. He wants to buy one but needs both things to happen. Does the plate supercede the sticker. He was told bikes with plates without green stickers are being confiscated on site in OHV areas. Is this true or is someone making up stories. Seems to me a plate would supercede the sticker???

Travis Epperson

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the plate supercedes the green sticker big time, some of the rookie rangers get tunnel vision looking for the green stickers, you have to point their face to the plate.

I know this from riding my DR-Z400S to ride parks and having the supervisor have to tell the rookie "he has a plate he is ok."

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In Colorado it is the same. A plate before a green sticker. Actually if a plate is on your bike I think you don't need one. I just get one anyway because they use the funds for recreation purposes...except I think last year because of tax shortages they snuck it out for other purposes.

In Colorado you can get by without blinkers luckily. I think it is just

Hi-lo beams.

Mirror

Brake light

night running front/back.

Horn

hand signal are fine

During the fall when the aspens turn in the high country a DS bike is really much better and faster than car/truck for exploring rough 4-wheel and off-road and knowing you can later take it on your favorite trail.

We (about 6) did a great 5-day ride starting at Moab one year that entailed an average or 100-130 miles per day of old gas roads, deep sand, short sections of highway, water crossings, dunes, and more. Wouldn't have done it without plate. Had to carry gas a few times too. All had extra large tanks, and tools for repairs. Talk about Monkey-Butt.

My two cents.

Motobilly

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Boy am I glad we don't have to mess around with green stickers in Minnesota. Anyway Louge, I contributed to your SM510R thread on the supermoto forum.

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I just went thru this same thing with a special built Kawasaki dirt bike. Guys get both the green sticker and plate so they can take off their lights and still be legal with the green sticker. Of course, you can also take the plate with you in your fanny pack and accomplish the same thing. Thats all I do when I travel to Baja using Ca. highways to the border. With the Huskys, you can get both a plate and a green sticker if you want. The dealer puts you in for the plate. You can then snag a green sticker from your local DMV . If this bike will license in California, it should be able to get a plate in any state I would think? Someone has tougher bike laws than California?? Steny

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Gentlemen:

After 3 decades on the street and many track days I'm considering tarding a SM510R. Adding Baja Designs or similar turn signals and brake light looks straight forward.

The DMV side is more of an unknown for me. How can one check VIN legality in their respective state, Maryland in my case? If illegal, any paperwork path suggestions to getting a plate? (Ducatis SPS', etc. make it through so it can be done here)

TIA for DMV specifics and general Husky tard setup / opinions.

Lou

tard retard

What he said! :)

I am wanting to do the exact same thing here in NC. An occasional dual sport ride on a Husky SM450. Maybe get different wheels? No local dealer in the Raleigh, NC area so I'm likely on my own. Would be very interested in any info anyone may be able to offer. :)

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As long as we're talking plates....I have a TE250 frame and Calif. plate for sale.

It's a clean title and you can do what you want with it when it's yours.(use it on some other TC/TE/SMR :):) ).

Drop me a PM if interested.

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The plate should get you more places than a green sticker that was one of the major selling points for me being able to ride on fire brakes and roads that are labeled street legal vehicles only like up in big bear where they are limiting the OHV to small areas. However I do not have blinkers yet and don’t want to spend the $400-$500 on the street legal kits out their just to ride on the road a few times does anyone have a cheaper alternative couple of LEDs or something. :):)

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Hmmmmm...I keep asking dealers that are selling Huskys via EBay or cycletrader and they aren't responding to the plate issue. Time to get on the phone! :)

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Thats probably because they can't plate you from one state to another. Unless you have an address in the state you are buying from. You will most likely have to do the walk thru with your local DMV where you live for the plate. Steny

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Steny,

Thanks for replying! I see your point. Will proceed. Am trying not to buy one of the KTM "factory dual-sports" for sale via motorcycle brokers on cycle trader. :)

Will post when I solve this issue! :)

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I just talked with Paul and Josh at GP Cycles in San Diego yesterday. They said about two weeks ago, the DMV here in California finally caught on to the Huskys being licensed. He says they think it was a competitor brand that was jealous. At any rate, they have been asked to stop sending in the registration for a plate. So it is up tio the rider now to get his or her own bike registered for the street. Puts a slight clamp on it. They went on to say further that DMV says they are considering sending letters to plateddirt bikes since January 04, asking/telling them their plates wont be renewed for 06. OR just leave existing plates a lone and not allow new ones to be processed. This is all happening within two weeks ago here in California. Steny

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