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Old 07-14-2015, 12:21 AM   #21
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We all post clear pics of our vins here for help. We have the best detectives on the planet and one of them actually wrote the book!

Don't worry about your numbers here. We want you to get it legal and going as much as you do. Every Pan put back on the road means one more kitten gets a ball of yarn to play with. Just like at Christmas when a bell rings and an angel gets her wings kinda shit. It's magical.
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Old 07-14-2015, 12:59 AM   #22
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I know the vin is not altered... I blurred it out on purpose
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I'm starting to think this was a pretty ballsy move for my first bike
As an aside I've been riding pans 23 years now on and off (HDs just under 30 years and lost count of how many bikes) so have a little knowledge on how things should look and still get guys that I trust to check all my VIN pads before spending cash. I reckon the majority of the ones I come across aren't original.

We are just trying to help here. Feel free to tell me to stop doing so and I will.
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Old 07-14-2015, 07:00 AM   #23
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I'll post a pic later.. Do these title agencies really work like they say? Or are they a scam?
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Old 07-14-2015, 09:43 AM   #24
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Do these title agencies really work like they say?
You're going to have a problem in NJ as they're a red flag. You have to figure out who the owner of that bike is, have them apply for a lost title, then have it signed over to you. In theory, you're in possession of property that is not yours.
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Old 07-14-2015, 02:07 PM   #25
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Ok so now I'm stressing lol
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Do you know the last owner? I would go to the dmv and pay the fee to do a title search on the vin.
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Old 07-14-2015, 05:00 PM   #27
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I don't know the last titled owner
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Old 07-14-2015, 05:11 PM   #28
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get your local police to run the numbers - that way you'll know what you have
if there is nothing on it you could go the vermont title route
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Old 07-14-2015, 05:54 PM   #29
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I was reading about the Vermont way just now... Do I run it with the DMV or police??
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The dmv has the last known titled owner of record. The police will tell you if its stolen.
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Old 07-14-2015, 08:56 PM   #31
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I'll go to the DMV lol
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Old 07-14-2015, 09:08 PM   #32
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jaws is right - but i don't think he has ever been to motor vehicle in jersey ?
it ain't fun
just tell the cops your looking at a bike for sale - they don't need to know you own it already
and the chances of finding the last owner and then having him help you out are slim
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A good start is always to check VIN numbers on this site operated by the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

https://www.nicb.org/theft_and_fraud...check/vincheck
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Old 07-14-2015, 09:36 PM   #34
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I checked on this website already and nothing came back.
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Old 07-14-2015, 11:12 PM   #35
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jaws is right - but i don't think he has ever been to motor vehicle in jersey ?
it ain't fun
just tell the cops your looking at a bike for sale - they don't need to know you own it already
and the chances of finding the last owner and then having him help you out are slim
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to save time and get real answers(not some yahoos on a forum) just make some phone calls, maybe the dmv first and the state patrol or whoever it is that does vin inspections there. it is a pretty standard process in the places ive lived, no idea about jersey. title search, proof of contact, bonded title etc.
many have posted pics of their vins on here you just blur out a couple digits of it so that those in the know can take a good look at it and your not risking anything. high rez up close probably the way to go.
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Old 07-15-2015, 12:27 AM   #36
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No place on earth is as bad as Maui. Without a title it is impossible. No bonded titles. In fact if the registration is not current, even if its never been here, they charge a tax based on weight for each year its been off the road. I bought a clear titled pan last registered in 90 something from CA. Almost 2grand in fees and its never been in the state. That was best case and the easiest one to do.

Never done it in Jersey, but it has to be possible.
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Does anyone know how to get in touch with Steve Mcbath from NJ?? I was reading that he is a great engine rebuilder?
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I certainly wouldn't be putting a penny into an engine rebuild until you are sure that it's legally in your name and won't be carted off to the impound yard. Especially when you have no idea what's going on inside there. On my 53, I got the outside cracks welded up.. and then the inside cracks (cam bearing hole likes to cause those) and still ended up having to find a replacement right side case because the steel bearing insert was cracked.

If you can determine it's not on any stolen list, maybe you can get a Bill Of Sale saying you bought it and try and register it from there. Works in Michigan! If it hasn't been registered for 40 years, there's a good chance it won't be in the DMV system.
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Old 07-15-2015, 05:29 PM   #39
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I'm praying lol I'm about to go to the dmv
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