So it is safe to assume that if a bike is being sold by a US dealer, that is not a converted EU bike?Geezer-Glide said:polution components are different, wiring is different, brake lines are different... if you see anything on your US scoot that says "DOT" it's not on the EU bikes. To license a EU bike in the US, you have to change components to DOT. A big PIA.
The reason for that is because of the shipping costs involved, and then there is the import fees & taxes, that don't include the regular VAT added to the already inflated price.Pippeis said:European bike have higher prices than the US version...
You know, you are right about the 5 meaning Canadian or European market designation. I just read this and realized that my new '06 DWG has a VIN that starts with a 5. I bought it new in Ohio. I wonder how it ended up being sold in the USA. Maybe my bike missed the boat?..lol.. So far, I have done some work on it and haven't noticed anything that raised any flags. I guess the moco might have changed everything back to USA standard issue? Or maybe my frame was originally intended for an overseas bike and built as a USA model? ... Got me wondering now..FLSTFI-2005 said:All international VIN numbers start with a 5 instead of a 1.
The lights use a different lense also because of different regulations.
As far as the brake lines and wiring being different - that is far from true.
Thanks for the information! Does your VIN start with 5?SHEP said:No, do not assume it is a US model.
I bought a used 2001 Heritage from a guy that bought it from a dealer in Atlanta. I got to looking at the paperwork the guy gave me, it showed he bought it "Used" with just 9 miles on the odometer.
After having the bike for a few months I noticed that the front signal/marker lights only worked as turn signals. I pulled the lenses and checked the bulb sockets. They were single filament. Also, the front and rear fender tips did not have wiring or light sockets like Heritages are supposed to.
I finally called the dealer that originally sold the bike. The sales manager told me that it was an "International Model" that was originally exported and not sold. Dealers were offered these bikes to be sold as "used" in the US.
What I have learned is that the basic differences on an export model is in the lighting.
I have not had any problems with the bike, it runs fine.