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I have a friend of a friend that is moving from Vienna to New Mexico. I am told he has a (ahem) BMW R 1200 GS and was wondering what hoops he'll have to jump through in order to license his bike. I figure that European and American emission standards are similar so it should not be a problem. Any comments?

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Would it not be easier and cheaper to sell his bike local, then buy new in the US..??
 

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I don't know him well. If he is like me he assigns names to his motorcycles and treats them like a person. I suspect he'll not want to part with it.

If he is like my friend he has an advanced degree in Physics. That alone would make him 'different.' Eh, eh.

But seriously, I suspect a bike made for Europe would be able to pass emissions tests in the USA. Plus in New Mexico I doubt they have the standards and tests the a--- retentive governments in California have.

I can't see anything else, unless some of the safety equipment is different. Like lights. which I doubt.

Thanks.
 

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I lived in New Mexico recently for a few years; just moved back to St. Louis in '04. There are no major hoops to jump through in New Mexico. If you're going to live in Albuquerque (Bernalillo county) you do have to get an emissions inspection for cars (not bikes), but there are no safety inspections. Here are some links to sites for information:

http://www.state.nm.us/tax/mvd/mvd_home.htm

http://www.state.nm.us/tax/trd_pubs.htm#mvd

http://www.state.nm.us/tax/pubs/aircare.htm

Where will your friend be moving to? I travelled and rode extensively through the state, and can give some great recommendations for food, towns, and roads.
 

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I'm German and live since 5 years in New Mexico. If he has questions just ask. There are no problems for a bike to get it registert.

Marc
 
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