Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: greater Vancouver BC
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 (and with my budget, it'll almost certainly be 2011 or older, hence my posting here.) I've been looking at what's for sale here, at ADVRider.com, 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 Canadian-market 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.