I bought a bike for my wife a year and a half ago for a local shop. here is the deal from my original post. I purchased an 05 crf230 from an individual who was a "good customer" of a local bike shop. They guy had the bike for sale there, not on consignment, just sitting there with a for sale sign on it. I talked to the owner of the bike on the phone and we agreed on a price. This price was the amount the guy said he owed on his loan with Honda finance. I wrote a check out to this guy and gave it to the bike shop. The shop owner agreed to keep my check in his safe until he received the title from the bike owner. The bike owner was told by myself and the shop owner that he could not cash his check until he produces the title. I was told that I would receive the title in a few weeks. With everyone in the loop on things, and me being paid in full, I was given permission to take the bike home by both the bike owner and shop owner. see my original post http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=387013 well against some good advice of yours i kept the bike, tried to contact the owner a few more times and canceled the check. Its a year and half later now, i still have the bike and have never heard from the guy. so i guess he couldn't pay off his loan, reported it stolen and collected insurance, died, or most likely stole the bike in the first place and tried to sell it as if it was his own. How can I tell if the bike was reported stolen? if it is or not, how can I get a legal title for it? I dont think I can get into legal trouble with it, i have the shop owners word, my check still in the safe and my testimony here on tt. what would you do?