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post #1 of 3 Old 08-23-2016, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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Question Are V-Stroms sold in Canada the same as those sold in US?

I just moved from Vancouver to Los Angeles, I've been without a bike for a while, and I'm thinking of getting a used Wee. I've been looking at what's for sale here, at, and on Craigslist. And on Craigslist, I've been looking both for what's available here in SoCal, but also looking back at BC Craigslist. And thanks to the low loonie (and the fact that I'm now being paid in US dollars), some of the bikes I see for sale on BC Craigslist seem like Really Good Deals.

The trick, though, is importing them. Me and my family actually did this move once before in 2009, and we had to "import" our Dodge Grand Caravan, which we'd bought in Canada. We had to get a letter from Chrysler Canada saying "Yes, this model is the same as the models sold in the US, so it meets all the EPA and DOT requirements." And I gather that to import a motorcycle, it'd be the same deal.

So, do V-Stroms sold in Canada meet the US requirements? Are there stickers or labels on your Canadian bikes that show EPA and/or US DOT certification? Has anyone else checked into this before? I'd LOVE to buy a nice affordable ride in Canada, but not if it's going to be difficult/impossible to bring it back with me.
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post #2 of 3 Old 08-23-2016, 10:02 PM
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I think when doing the reverse of what you are asking, you also need to get the recall letter, but not sure if the same applies when importing from Canada to the States.
Also - Doesn't California have stricter emissions standards than Canada?
Good luck with your purchase!

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post #3 of 3 Old 08-23-2016, 10:31 PM
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Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s

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