Great! So far so good.
I have some more questions for those that have done it:
1. How much duty did you have to pay?
2. The RIV site says something about presenting the bike and the paperwork to US Customs 72 hours before entering Canada. Does tha mean I have to find a place to store the bike near the US border for three days?
3. How much does the inspection (thoe one done at Canadian Tire) cost?
1. I paid NO duty for my bike but I can't remember the reason why. (Was it because it was used? Or because although the bike is made in Japan, it is for the American market?) You will however have to pay 6% GST at the Canadian border. You'll pay the provincial tax when you go to have the title put in your name at the Ministry of Transportation.
2. You fax copies of only the paperwork to the US Customs 72 hours ahead of time. You need the Title, Registration and the Bill of Sale. The owner of the bike can give you copies physically or fax them to you.
The bike itself is only presented 72 hours later when you are ready to cross the border.
Then additionally for the Canadian Customs, you will need a Recall Clearance Letter (from Suzuki in California, NOT from a dealer) and the original Manufactureres Statement of Compliance Label must still be on the bike. That's just a sticker that has the US Saftey compliance information on it. Make sure it is there as some owners desticker their bikes never thinking about selling the bike out of the country.
3. The Canadian Tire federal government safety inspection is included in the $200 RIV fee. After you cross successfully with the bike, you have to wait to receive a Form #2 in the mail (took about two weeks), at which time you can make your appointment at CT and present the bike with the form.
My inspection took all of 3 minutes, no exaggeration. It didn't even come off the trailer. They wanted to see the Compliance Label, that the lights came on all the time and that there were kilometers on the speedo. (Of course there were also miles and kilometres were smaller but that was OK.)
You'll receive in the mail, later, a new Canadian sticker that is supposed to be stuck over the American one. It's pretty tacky, ugly and I just saved mine in a fireproof box and didn't stick it on the bike.
Here is the info you need to get a Recall Clearance Letter from Suzuki's Head Office in California.
Fax them copies of the Title (from the previous American owner) and Bill of Sale (to you), ask for a Recall Clearance Letter and provide a Fax # for the Recall Letter to be sent to (much faster that way).
Fax to American Suzuki Motor Corporation
Attention: Christine Burcar
Re:Recall Clearance Letter
Fax # 714-577-9525
This info should be current as I just did this in March 07.