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Hi All,

I'm relocating from Boston to northern Virginia at the end of the month. I have a number of different options for getting my bike down. Ideally I'd like to ride it down but I have no idea if the balmy weather is going to continue :)

If the weather doesn't cooperate, I may garage the bike for a couple of months with a friend and then come back up for it when the temps are higher.

My question is this- does anyone know whether my bike would need to physically be in Virginia before I could get plates for it? I'll have to hand over the Mass. plates on the bike when I leave to move- if I leave the bike up here I'd like to be able to pick up virginia plates in the spring and fly up for the bike, since my employer will cover the airfare.

The part that concerns me is the emissions test, since I'll be in the area where they're required. VA honors the Mass emissions sticker, but it sounds to me like I'd need to show up for an inspection to get the sticker, which Id need to get plates, and so on.

My guess is that Id be better off having it shipped, but I thought I'd run it by you folks just in case.

Thanks!
 

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From the VA DMV:

If your vehicle is being registered for the first time in Virginia and has a current valid emissions certificate (performed in the last 12 months) from one of the following states, it may be titled and registered without a Virginia emissions inspection:

Massachusetts


So as long as you have the inspection certificate you should be able to get it titled and registered no problem and get the plates without the bike. You will probably get charged for property tax from that point.

Once the bike is here you will need to get it safety inspected, and then every year after that. You will also need to get the property tax sticker from you locallity around that time too. Emissions done every two years.

I have found that the states DMV site is excellent and I can find out almost any that I need to know from going to it (http://www.dmv.state.va.us/). The state is big into the e-DMV thing to save money.

So you should be able to get the plates and ride the bike down. If you can't just see if you can borrow a trailer from someone and tow it down. If your inspection certificate is over 12 months old then get it redone before moving down.
 

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So as long as you have the inspection certificate you should be able to get it titled ...
yup I read that same section, but the piece I quoted you on is the one bit I'm nervous about- I think the MA emissions check is included in the state inspection, so it's possible the only piece of paper I have might be my inspection sticker. The bikes only a few months old so I haven't had it inspected myself, yet. I'll dig around and see what else I've got.

Might be worth getting an MA emissions test done here now even though its not due. Then at least I'd have the sheet of paper on hand...
 

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I don't think motor cycles need an emissions inspection in Va. I've had my Vee for almost 3 years now and have never had an E inspection, just the yearly state safety inspection.
Do you know what part of Northern Va you are moving to yet?

Rich
 

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I don't think motor cycles need an emissions inspection in Va. I've had my Vee for almost 3 years now and have never had an E inspection, just the yearly state safety inspection.
Do you know what part of Northern Va you are moving to yet?

Rich
I'll second this - I haven't had any of my bikes run thru an emissions test even when I lived in a county where it was required.

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Hey guys, thanks for the info! The trip permit will probably save me in the event I can't get the bike down before I move.

PackMule- I'll be somewhere in the Reston area, I'm going down this weekend to get my living arrangements settled, then I'm moving on the 29th or so.

I'm originally from southern WV, but I've spent the last 7 years here in Boston. I can't wait to get closer to home and family, and it'll be nice to do some riding in WV since I hadn't started riding yet when I moved up here. I also have family in Front Royal so I'll probably spend a lot of time out there too.

Thanks again to everybody who responded, perhaps I'll see you soon :)
 

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I'm from originally from Charleston WV. Been living in the DC area since I finished college. Some good rides closer in the Blue Ridge too. I plan on going on some WV sometime in the future, probably in the Cannan Valley to Pocahantas county area since thats where the best roads are in the state for twisties.
 

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hey no kidding! I'm from Beckley and lived in Madison for a while, then went to Marshall in 93.

That ride from Davis through Canaan Valley rt 32/33/219 is maybe my favorite part of the state, that and rt 41 down between Mt. Hope and Rt 60 along the New River.
 

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I went to WV Tech from 93 - 97. Yeah Rt. 60 is good too especially around Hawk's Nest area. May have to plan a trip and just tour the state for a few days. I have a good route that I found on the forum a while back. Think I have the GIF at work. Will post it on here when I find it.
 

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Gooseyard: looking fwd to you joining us. There's a large contingent of adventure riders (some of the nicest guys you'll ever meet) in this area that ride a wide variety of machines - go on a variety of rides. Check out the regional forums on advrider.com

we recently had a big get-together in the GW Forest a few weeks ago. check out the thread - lots of pics:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=188258&page=13
 
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