So, I was given a load of crap from TECO San Francisco and therefor decided to export my FZ1 out of the USA and bring it here.
It arrived yesterday.
As I had my Taiwan licenses from when I lived here in the 1990s … and as I had my California license authenticated by the TECO in SF … and I believed the idiots there, I thought that I’d be able to get my big-bike license.
I argued and was told due to reciprocity, NO. Taiwanese go to the USA and don’t get their license, so I don’t get one here. I’d love your advice about overcoming this. Especially if there is an office of the TMV which historically has given out the licenses.
As to getting my bike legal … I have subsequently learned about the level 5 emissions standards which it’ll definitely fail. I was told by a guy who processses license plates for some car dealer - and drives a 750 legally - that I essentially have 5 options:
- sell it
- dump crap loads of money into getting it legalized (which if you don’t know means trucking it to Changhwa - where the ONLY inspection station is nationwide for this sort of thing) - and according to him is basically impossible
- get a TEMPORARY license plate, and drive around with it forever. Yes, if the police stop me, allegedly they’ll only fine me for having an expired plate.
- make a counterfeit one - and run if I hit a roadblock. I’ve got 2 kids & a wife … and god forbid one of them is with me and I hit a roadblock… as I understand it, then the police confiscate the bike. Nope, not for me.
- drive with my California plates. Here in Taichung I’ve seen a bunch of cars driving around with ONLY European plates … no TWNese ones on the front or the back… I’m wondering if I carried my authenticated license info & my title to the motorcycle how long I could get away with it… and is there any difference between #5 and #4?