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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 11:50 am 
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Well, i feel like i am really posting alot lately, but here goes another question for the forum.

I'm building a reverse trike, in michigan.

In michigan, a three wheeled vehicle is considered a motorcycle. The r1 i am using as a donor is ALSO titled as a motorcycle.

So, since many parts from the r1 will be used to build what the state considers a motorcycle, can i just use thee r1's title and drive with it that way, effectively stating that it's a modified motorcycle?

what if i still use part of or all of the frame, to which the r1 title attaches?

Ike


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:15 pm 
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Well that's what I'd do, but that doesn't answer your legal question...

As far as making it easier to get through your DMV and insured, yeah it'll be about a million times easier.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:51 pm 
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Some states consider a motorcycle based three wheeler to be a 'motorcycle with sidecar'.

YMMV

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 3:51 pm 
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can i just use thee r1's title and drive with it that way, effectively stating that it's a modified motorcycle?

The days of registering a "modified" (my words) vehicle based on the donor's VIN are rapidly coming to an end. This process was commonly used in the past, for instance, for registering VW-based dune buggy's. Many states now prohibit this method by statute, if not practice. However, Michigan does provide you a legal and straightforward means of registering your "modified" trike as an assembled vehicle. Pick 1, 2 or 3 from the below. I think that you will find you fit into any one of these catagories.

http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,1607,7-127-1585-25476--,00.html
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Some owners want to know how they can title and register an assembled vehicle. An assembled vehicle is:

1. One built (assembled) from new or used materials and parts by someone not recognized as a manufacturer (usually an individual). Example: homemade vehicle.
2. One altered or modified to the extent that it no longer reflects its original manufacturer configuration. Example: a Volkswagen made into a dune buggy.
3. One which has had its body replaced with that from another vehicle. Example: pickup truck has its cab replaced.
4. One assembled from a kit (often called "kit cars"), even if a Manufacturers Certificate of Origin is provided.


And here are the instructions for registering it:

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/BFS-72__09-03__83315_7.pdf

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:13 pm 
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I'm having a problem with my JZR 3 wheel build. This is a kit car that I am the 3rd owner of. I have no Certificate of Origin. The Fl. inspector say i need to get one or I will have to call it "built from parts". I'm worried about getting insurance under that classification.
Any suggestions?
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