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Has anyone recently bought a bike in the US and "imported" it into Canada. Any details or suggestions would be much appreciated. My home is in Alberta if that makes any diffence.:confused:

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PS: I tried the search but it does not like me?
 

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from what I understand..

If you are buying a used bike , it can be done. You'll still have to pay duties and taxes to import the bike.

If you are thinking of buying new...it gets really complicated.
Every new bike sold in Canada , is actually imported through Trev Deeley motorcycles...period. they have the exclusive rights to Harley Davidson in Canada.

what may look like a giid deal , may end up not being. It happened to a local guy here this summer , and he's still trying to wade through the red tape.

I'm not saying it can't be done , you may want to do lots of homework before you jump in.
 

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redhill said:
from what I understand..

If you are buying a used bike , it can be done. You'll still have to pay duties and taxes to import the bike.

If you are thinking of buying new...it gets really complicated.
Every new bike sold in Canada , is actually imported through Trev Deeley motorcycles...period. they have the exclusive rights to Harley Davidson in Canada.

what may look like a giid deal , may end up not being. It happened to a local guy here this summer , and he's still trying to wade through the red tape.

I'm not saying it can't be done , you may want to do lots of homework before you jump in.
what he said...

like any motor vehicle imported it will be subject to duties and must be modified to meet cdn standards..(emission/speedo in KM's ect)...a used bike is a different deal....i looked a few times at doing the same for new and it just didn't work out to any advantage.....with our cdn dlr being a lot stronger now harleys in canada are at the same prices as they were back in 98!! ..
 

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Bikes are definitely used and I've owned them for a while. I lived in the US for a few years before taking my current job in Europe. Made the mistake of thinking that I would be in N/A forever so now I either have to sell a bike or two:nope: or ship the ones left in the US to Canada until we move back.

Found a little information on the transport Canada site. Looks like it shouldn't be too bad with a real Harley. I have a custom as well and at first glance " impossible" come to mind.:blink: ......................
 

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Thanks !!!!!!:thumbsup:

This is the list I was looking for. I unfortunately don't see Exile anywhere. The phrase "All other motorcycles not shown on the list are inadmissable" doesn't bode well. Will call the 1-800-ignore you number.

May have an ebay auction coming up for my Fat Tracker soon! :badmood:
 

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Its not that hard to do. You have to send your paperwork to the border 72 hours in advance, pay the fee to the RIV, pay the Gst at the border, take bike & recall letter to a local Canadian Tire for the inspection, take the inspection certificate and bill of sale to the ministry office to license and pay pst. You do not have to pay any duties because of the free trade agreement between Canada - US - Mexico. You will have to change the speedo to Kmh prior to the Canadian tire inspection. You could probably get a new bike if you can find a dealer willing to work with you (ie. sell as a used bike by doing some creative paperwork)
 

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Thanks for the advice.

Hard to imagine a Canadian tire motorcycle inspection! :hystria:

I am going to get to work selling the Exile :crying: and will organize the paper work and ride the EG from Dallas to the Canada border this summer.

No PST in Alberta!

Shouldn't get too cocky as I'm origionally from the taxation Capital of Canada, Winnipeg.

Cheers.....................
 

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Shouldn't get too cocky as I'm origionally from the taxation Capital of Canada, Winnipeg.........

no you mean toronto...shite you need big coin to live in this town now..
crappy little houses are 400K now..
 

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Very interesting topic. I am looking at buying a new Harley Low Rider and the pricing in the US is very good considering the value of the CDN dollar. In my reading of the Harley warranty on new bikes it appears that the warranty is honoured in both countries regardless of country of purchase. Also it looks like the only change to a US bike is get a new speedo put in with KMs. So the scenario I'm looking at is call a HD dealer in the U.S., purchase bike with replacement speedo (KMs), send paperwork to border crossing 72 hrs in advance, clear border crossing/pay GST, pay RIV, do bike inspection, register & pay PST. For a new bike which is on the RIV list it appears fairly simple or am I missing something?? Also, is it possible to find a U.S. Harley dealer who will sell to a Canadian and is exporting the bike to Canada or is this a No-no with HD corp??

Thanks Guys/Gals, tremendous forum!!!!!!
 

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?? Also, is it possible to find a U.S. Harley dealer who will sell to a Canadian and is exporting the bike to Canada or is this a No-no with HD corp??

Thanks Guys/Gals, tremendous forum!!!!!!

hello homie...that is exactly the problem you are gonna run into...moco's franchise agreement is much the same as car dealers...they do not like dealers selling for export...if caught they can get some serious ass kicking according to the owner of a HD store i deal with ..(but really when i price out a US bike...pay my taxes up here with the exchange and all the other crap...its is no deal...(i mean the dealers up here cannot sell over MSRP on new bikes)
 

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Confirmed, HD corp has laided down the law on new bike sales to Cdns who do not have a U.S. address. No problem with selling a used bike to Cdn, just brand new bikes. Protection of Cdn franchisees/turf. However, used Harley's are legit even with minimal mileage, i.e. 50 miles (quick run around the block). Doable but there sure are complicated hurdles to overcome.
 
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