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post #1 of 28 Old 02-23-2019, 08:59 AM Thread Starter
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Bike Impounded - After I sold It

From time to time I see threads about folks who have their bikes stolen which is really sad. This is a little bit different.

It all started with senior moment in late June. I traded my ZX6R in on a BMW sport touring bike. BMW not so bad but no soul like the Ninja. Fast forward 8 months to yesterday. I get a letter from the city PD their department. My motorcycle has been picked up and impounded. The VIN number is correct but they they call it a Z1000 and have a different tag number. Looks like they got my info as I was the last to have a legal tag - would e good for a few more months except for i put it on my BMW (legally). Im thinking it was never registered and may have been a stolen track bike or maybe a street bike someone never registered.

Now MY plan is to call and inquire about it, they say if its not claimed within 60 days will be auctioned. If in descent shape would have to think about buying it back.

When I traded it it was a 2014 ZX6R ABS with 7,000 miles and had an Ohlins race damper and was in very good condition.

Thought this would give you folks stuck in the frozen north something to read while waiting on spring. Looks like the weather here is going to be good enough for riding on Monday and Tuesday. More rain later in the week but nice temperatures.
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From time to time I see threads about folks who have their bikes stolen which is really sad. This is a little bit different.

It all started with senior moment in late June. I traded my ZX6R in on a BMW sport touring bike. BMW not so bad but no soul like the Ninja. Fast forward 8 months to yesterday. I get a letter from the city PD their department. My motorcycle has been picked up and impounded. The VIN number is correct but they they call it a Z1000 and have a different tag number. Looks like they got my info as I was the last to have a legal tag - would e good for a few more months except for i put it on my BMW (legally). Im thinking it was never registered and may have been a stolen track bike or maybe a street bike someone never registered.

Now MY plan is to call and inquire about it, they say if its not claimed within 60 days will be auctioned. If in descent shape would have to think about buying it back.

When I traded it it was a 2014 ZX6R ABS with 7,000 miles and had an Ohlins race damper and was in very good condition.

Thought this would give you folks stuck in the frozen north something to read while waiting on spring. Looks like the weather here is going to be good enough for riding on Monday and Tuesday. More rain later in the week but nice temperatures.

Would there not be a title issue if you tried to claim it ? You signed the title over to the dealership when you traded the bike in right ? It should still at least be in their name if not the bank/person who bought the bike after you traded it in.


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can't hurt to ask.... you're only out money, if you buy it and the titled owner claims it after that point.

Can't think the dealership would be that sloppy. They can face some serious fines if things go sideways for them.

If the bike was stolen from the subsequent to you owner; I'd expect them to get a letter somehow as well.

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This is a unique situation for sure..Iím assuming the buyer of the Zx6r never registered/insured it and it got stolen. Real Stupid move...id def try to get that bike back if I were you, like others said the title will prob become an issue in picking it up tho.


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Most likely the title is still in your name.........thus the contact via a VIN number if it has no tabs

if that is the case, since you would have handed over your title to the dealership, you would need to go get a duplicate title in order to go pick it up and pay the tow and impound fees........

but sometime down the road there could be legal issues with ownership, but the dipshit who never titled it etc may be in jail or may simply not care or may not know where or how to get his bike and nothing would ever happen.......... But I would hate to be on the wrong end of that legal battle, seems shady to me and perhaps the better route is to wait until they auction it and see how cheap it goes Then you could get actual legal undisputeable ownership if you chose.
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I had a similar situation a few years back on a motorcycle I had sold. I was sent a notice that it was in impound and I had a bill to pay for the towing and storage.
I called the number on the letter and explained that I had sold the bike, I was told a VIN search came back to me. I was told that I would need a proof of ownership to pick up the bike (current reg or title) when I applied for a duplicate title it showed that it was titled in a different state and I could not get a title.
When I passed this information to the police dept. involved they were able to locate the actual owner
My advice would be to get a title in your name first then go get the bike
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This all sounds kind of fishy to me. I would contact the local police department this letter is supposedly from. And don't call the number on the letter.
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That doesnít make any sense. If you traded it in at the very least ownership transferred to the dealership and then whoever you sold it to. Itís impossible you have legal right to the bike. Either this is a very well done scam or a paperwork mistake. You could apply for duplicate title and see if they send you one. If you do, you own the bike. If not, pickup for cheap at the auction. The tow plus daily impound fees are probably higher than the auction sale price I bet 😂😂😂

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I signed the title over when I traded it. Looks to me like whoever bought it never registered it in their name thus the VIN number search came back to me. To get it legally will have to buy it if it is auctioned by the storage company if not claimed after 60 days.

Donít know why someone would buy and not resister unless it was a track bike. Monday Iíll check to see if I can find out more info. Interesting the apparent tag on the bike was for a Z1000.

I am thankful I traded at a reputable dealership. Also underscores the importance of keeping copies of signed documents like the title and bill of sale.
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A) Go see if you can get a duplicate title, because if you can, then legally it's indisputably yours. If not, then it's a legal mess.

B) DMV messes up all the time on the bike model with Ninjas. We are the only ones that know the difference between z, zx, zzr, __rr, etc. DMV is just selecting a dropdown.

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Best thing to do would be to call the police, tell them you sold it and then walk away. There is likely a paper trail. If it does come up, the first question you'll probably be asked is why you claimed a bike that isn't yours. If you get a duplicate title, it could be used against you as its evidence that you did it intentionally. I don't see how anyone thinks this is okay, let alone worth the risk.
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Best thing to do would be to call the police, tell them you sold it and then walk away. There is likely a paper trail. If it does come up, the first question you'll probably be asked is why you claimed a bike that isn't yours. If you get a duplicate title, it could be used against you as its evidence that you did it intentionally. I don't see how anyone thinks this is okay, let alone worth the risk.
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I signed the title over when I traded it. Looks to me like whoever bought it never registered it in their name thus the VIN number search came back to me. To get it legally will have to buy it if it is auctioned by the storage company if not claimed after 60 days.

Donít know why someone would buy and not resister unless it was a track bike. Monday Iíll check to see if I can find out more info. Interesting the apparent tag on the bike was for a Z1000.

I am thankful I traded at a reputable dealership. Also underscores the importance of keeping copies of signed documents like the title and bill of sale.
Reputable? Sounds more like a shady dealer. I could see how this scenario could easily happen in a private sale, but you TRADED it at a dealer. That dealer's name should appear on the title as the new owner. Then if someone bought it from said dealer, they would've/should've done the paperwork right and sign it over to new owner. I don't get how your name would've been the last on it regardless if the last owner didn't register it.

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