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Thread: Does a 2000 RS250 meet US DOT Requirements?

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    Does a 2000 RS250 meet US DOT Requirements?

    I have a buddy who is trying to bring one into the states and have no idea where to find this info.

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    No, it does not.
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    Aaargh - so a 2000 RS250 is basically impossible to import into the United States until 2025?

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    You'd need to get it classified as substantially similar to a model available in the US, then based on what parts are determined to not be in compliance, you can pay a Registered Importer (RI) to bring it into compliance.

    Whether this is feasible for an RS250 is questionable but if you Google for RVF400 you can find the federal ruling which determined it was substantially similar to a CBR and could be brought in once you paid an RI to install a MPH speedo and dot compliant lights. $$$$ assuming you can even find an RI who'll return your call.

    Else you're reliant on the 25 year DOT and 20 year EPA exemption rules but remember that California doesn't recognize this (or the RI path) and has its own rules.

    You can always ease the intolerable pain of waiting by importing an NSR250 :-)
    Last edited by crazybrit; 09-11-2019 at 07:44 PM.

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    It's not impossible to do, even in CA. You just need to find a very ignorant CHP officer to sign it off then go to DMV. LOL!
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    Isn't the problem getting it through customs? I've seen stories where vehicles have been impounded and destroyed - which would be a tragedy for such a sweet little bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stlRick View Post
    Isn't the problem getting it through customs? I've seen stories where vehicles have been impounded and destroyed - which would be a tragedy for such a sweet little bike.
    I don't understand the question you're asking. Obviously getting it through customs comes before any state DMV challenges. The 25 year DOT exception and the RI requirement have been around for as long as I have been looking at grey bikes (mid 90s) and yet there are grey imported RS250 MK IIs in California (AV80R has one IIRC) so someone has found a way around both the Federal and State rules. How I don't know. Google "import broker" and ask them. On the net these things always come down to someone saying "I have a buddy who's done it" but when you ask for details on how, none are forthcoming.

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    Sorry for any confusion. My friend has a 2000 RS250 that is currently in Antwerp. I had originally thought it was a 1995 - which would have cleared the DOT 25 year rule and the 20 year (I believe) Emissions rules. I would imagine the Import Broker fees would exceed the value of the bike. It seems the hurdles that would have to be cleared would be customs - then DMV - then insurance if he wanted to ride it on the street. He actually had it sitting in his overseas living room as a piece of art for several years. It would be a great track bike in the states - but I'm reaching the conclusion that there are plenty of options (although not as cool) that could be bought for less than the Import Broker fees.

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    Sorry to confuse anyone. My friend has a 2000 RS250 in Antwerp. I thought it was a 95 - It is relatively close for the EPA exemption, but has 5 years to go to make the DOT exemption. I wasn't sure if it was DOT compliant so I started this thread. He doesn't have the coin to go through an Import Service - which might be more than the bike is worth - so it appears the challenge of customs, DMV and then insurance are going to make it impossible to bring her home. He actually had it in his living room overseas for awhile. It would be an awesome track bike IF he could get it here.

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    A RS250 will never be able to pass EPA/DOT emissions requirements....ever

    How I brought in a illegal stroker (VJ23)
    Have the engine shipped separate from bike as MOTORCYCLE PARTS
    ....different box and shipping company....UPS or something
    Then break the bike down....pull off front end, off with the foot control....remove all bodywork, throw in the exhaust...
    Put in a big wood crate and ship as MOTORCYCLE PARTS
    DOT/EPA will not look at it and label anything if it is just parts.

    Then put bike back together.

    Getting a title isn't that hard unless your in California

    It worked for me
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    1984 RZ350-----------1991 TZR250SP 3XV2
    1984 RZV500R---------------on it's way
    1990 RGV250 VJ21L
    1990 RGV250SP VJ22FL
    1992 RGV250 VJ22N
    1996 RGV250SP VJ23T
    1999 RS250 Cup

    My STROKERS....

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    Quote Originally Posted by AV80R View Post
    It's not impossible to do, even in CA. You just need to find a very ignorant CHP officer to sign it off then go to DMV. LOL!
    I didn't something similar in Ok with a US Customs Officer and my RZ350. He looked at the bike, signed the form.
    Pete

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    Quote Originally Posted by busa1300 View Post
    Have the engine shipped separate from bike as MOTORCYCLE PARTS
    I'd heard anecdotally of people doing this. Nice to hear some first hand info.

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    Busa; Forgot to add, you have a fantastic stable of bikes.

    Sent from my moto g(7) play using Tapatalk

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazybrit View Post
    Busa; Forgot to add, you have a fantastic stable of bikes.

    Sent from my moto g(7) play using Tapatalk
    Thanks....it has taken a lot of time and work, ......it's an addiction for sure

    I just brought in a TZR250RSP 3XV2 less than a month ago.....it's over 25 years old so came through without the slightest problem....
    .....Some things are better when you wait

    Although the RS250 Cup was sold legally here in the states, the bikes were never meant for the street so EPA/DOT documentation was ever issued.
    Which makes getting a title a bit of an issue, unless you can interpret various states rules on how to get a title.....(creativity helps)
    1972 GT750J project
    1980 KD80
    1984 RZ350-----------1991 TZR250SP 3XV2
    1984 RZV500R---------------on it's way
    1990 RGV250 VJ21L
    1990 RGV250SP VJ22FL
    1992 RGV250 VJ22N
    1996 RGV250SP VJ23T
    1999 RS250 Cup

    My STROKERS....

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