bike records for knowing its history


Information and questions on GL1100 Goldwings (1980-1983)
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JB THEVENON
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bike records for knowing its history

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Hi everyone

I am the owner of a 1982 GL1100 A Aspencade currently under restoration, first record in California State June 30th 1982.
This Goldwing has been imported in Europe and came in Netherland. Then a French collector bought it (he has 6 Goldwings) and last year he sold it to me (I am French living near Versailles).
I am interested in knowing the 'life' of this 38 y.o. bike. I asked to Honda Europe if they have a centralized system for following up the bikes the answer was no. I am not able to know what travels my bike did in Netherlands. I was wondering if in the USA there is such a system that could allow me to know more about my bike : how long did it stay in California, had it a owner in another State etc. until it was shipped to Netherlands.

Many thanks for your answers
warm regards
JB Thevenon
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unfortunately, the answer is 'NO'.

at best, our local DMV ( vehicle registration departments ) can track it back once to the prior owner...
but, that is not true for all states.

Like here in Oklahoma, they take the title from the previous owner, log it, then throw it away.
that title never shows up again for "you and me".

LEOs with enough stroke, can possibly track it back a bit further, but they won't even bother for us peons.

and take for instance, a "lost title", there isn't any back record.

I have a RV trailer that the title and bill of sale, got lost before I even made it home from the purchase.
I had to hire a lawyer, to tell the court, "title it in joe blows name".....

I had previously contacted an LEO, and gave him the old Tag Number, he tracked that back to the "Owner of Record", which proved to be a lie..... that "person" never existed in the county of records where I bought it.

wish you well in your endeavor, but I doubt you ever find out anymore than what you have.
~John

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JB THEVENON
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many thanks for the answer.
At least, I have tried
Ride safe
JB
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Post by Rambozo »

California keeps records as long as it has continued registration. However, once it leaves California, they purge old records regularly. So it all depends on when it went to Europe. I have had hit and miss results with CA DMV records. Sometimes they surprise me with how much they have, but more often with older vehicles they don't have anything.
JB THEVENON
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Post by JB THEVENON »

Interesting, thank you.
I need to try with my VIN
I visited the DMV website but since I do not know Californian procedures I am a bit lost. Is it here where I can find any data if it exists https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/vehicle-r ... d-changes/ ?

Kind regards and ride safe.
JB
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I have always done it in person, so not sure what you can get online.
I would start here.
https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/customer- ... d-request/

It looks like you might have to do it by mail if it wasn't registered to you.


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