As a follow-up, I had my CHP inspection appointment today (they schedule 6-7 weeks out- !!!!!). The officer was a pretty cool dude, saying things like "I don't care if it doesn't have an emissions sticker on it, since motorcycles aren't smogged anyway and it has enough miles" and clearing the bike for titling/registration in CA despite only having the frame VIN available to him. The DMV did not balk at his inspection sheet, and I walked out with a plate, tags, and registration card for my new baby!
So, for anyone on the interwebs searching for this same issue: I got a chill CHP officer for the inspection of my bike, the inspection went down without a hitch, and the DMV didn't say anything about the missing stickers/labels on the bike. I think it comes down to the people you deal with- some may make it easy, some not so easy. Best of luck.
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