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Old 01-11-2019, 11:10 AM   #1
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Spark Arrestor and where to ride...

Newbie to the Bay Area, moved from Texas and brought my KTM 350 SXF. Took it to Diablo MX twice and had some fun but would like to go other parks so I'm trying to figure out this California thing altogether.

From what I've gathered I'll have to get my KTM registered here to get that red sticker. Anyone here done that recently? Trying to figure out what it is exactly that I need to take with me as I've heard DMV lines are crazy.

Also, need to buy a spark arrestor? Good sources or recommendations on which one to get?

Finally, places to ride look like Carnegie and Hollister Hills are mentioned quite a lot in the forum. Any recos for someone who lives in Alameda? Frankly just looking to put some hours in my bike and have some fun in the trails as well.

Thanks in advance for the help!
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Old 01-11-2019, 01:20 PM   #2
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Newbie to the Bay Area, moved from Texas and brought my KTM 350 SXF. Took it to Diablo MX twice and had some fun but would like to go other parks so I'm trying to figure out this California thing altogether.

From what I've gathered I'll have to get my KTM registered here to get that red sticker. Anyone here done that recently? Trying to figure out what it is exactly that I need to take with me as I've heard DMV lines are crazy.

Also, need to buy a spark arrestor? Good sources or recommendations on which one to get?

Finally, places to ride look like Carnegie and Hollister Hills are mentioned quite a lot in the forum. Any recos for someone who lives in Alameda? Frankly just looking to put some hours in my bike and have some fun in the trails as well.

Thanks in advance for the help!
Spark arrestor:

https://promotobillet.com/fastwaypro...rrestor-endcap
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Old 01-11-2019, 02:50 PM   #3
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Old 01-11-2019, 08:29 PM   #4
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Old 01-12-2019, 04:11 AM   #5
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Here’s the DMV website info.
https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/vr/offhighway

Red sticker vs green sticker
https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/?1...vr/ohvredgreen

Do an internet search for places to ride around here. I’m not sure about private areas but like you mentione we have Hollister, Carnegie, Metcalf. If you don’t mind driving you can head east or north for national forest.
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Old 01-12-2019, 10:17 AM   #6
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You can make an appointment at the DMV and the in and out is pretty quick. Appointments are a few weeks out. I have one, as AAA can't do out of state registrations.
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Old 01-13-2019, 04:30 PM   #7
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also look on rider planet ,there is long list of places to ride in california
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Old 01-13-2019, 04:55 PM   #8
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This is a great reference as it has all CA ohv/svra locations and info, I use all the time!

http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/pages/1140/f...emap_final.pdf
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Old 01-14-2019, 05:56 PM   #9
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DMV will NOT be quick thing
drive to some little town and it will be much quicker
in the Bayarea it will be a all day with appointment half day
I drive to Hollister with a appointment less than 1/2 hour
and when you get out go ride Hollister Hills
while your there stop in at Faultline Motorsports and pick up a sparky muffler
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Old 01-14-2019, 05:57 PM   #10
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DMV will NOT be quick thing
drive to some little town and it will be much quicker
in the Bayarea it will be a all day with appointment half day
I drive to Hollister with a appointment less than 1/2 hour
and when you get out go ride Hollister Hills
while your there stop in at Faultline Motorsports and pick up a sparky muffler
there one street away
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Old 01-14-2019, 06:49 PM   #11
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Perhaps you can get an appontment at the Hollister DMV. That would rock.
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Old 01-15-2019, 08:37 AM   #12
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Do you have a title to your KTM? If not, do you have the original paperwork, MSO?

DMV will want to do an "inspection". Carry your bike to a DMV, and outside there is typically a "Driver Test" line and an "Vehicle Inspection" line. Most times this inspection line is 0-2-3 vehicles. You don't need an appointment for this, actually, don't think you can make an appointment for this. Pull up, just sit there, a DMV person will come out. They will want to see your paperwork (hopefully Texas title in your name), then they will look at VIN numbers and motor number on your bike. They do not inspect tires, or spark arrestor, or anything like that.

That usually isn't too bad. The inside part to register the bike is the time killer. Make an appointment for that. Realize you might have to wait in the appointment line for 15 min - 1 hour just to get a little slip of paper with a number on it. Have all your paperwork filled out before you go to the DMV ... the person that runs the "slip of paper" line will want to make sure you have all your stuff sorted out.

Once you get the prized slip of paper, have a seat. Could be 30 minutes to 3 hours before your number gets called. Yes, even with an appointment. My latest trip, had an appointment, spent 3.5 hours at the DMV. So ... bring water, snacks, something to real, full charged phone and laptop, etc.

A big thing to watch out for ... CA wants you to register vehicles within x number of days of bringing them into the state, either 5 or 10 days. They do not understand moto x bikes and private tracks. So on the forms there will be an entry for "date vehicle brought into CA" ... if you put 12/1/2018 on there for example, 45 days ago, you will get a massive huge fine for taking more than the 5-10 days to register the bike. If you put the day before your appointment (say appointment is 2/6/19 and you put 2/5/19 as first day the vehicle was brought into CA) then there will be no fines, and you will be happy happy.

If you try common sense, explaining to them it is a dirt bike, you've been riding it legally on private land, you are just now registering it to ride on public land ... they don't care ... you'll get huge fines if the entry to CA date is over that 5-10 day time period.

You do have to sign saying everything on the form is the truth ... so that's up to you. Maybe load up the bike the day before the appointment, drive to Nevada, U-turn, come back into CA, then go to DMV the next day and say the bike entered CA the day before, truth.

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Old 01-15-2019, 09:08 AM   #13
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I have an appointment for next week to register a plated Alta dirtbike. I'll let you know how it goes.
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Old 01-16-2019, 09:10 AM   #14
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Thanks for the detailed explanation on what to expect at the DMV. Had heard horror stories but didn't know how realistic those were. I guess I'll bring my tablet and watch some shows while I wait. I have an appointment in two weeks and will definitively make sure to have all paperwork to avoid more issues.
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Old 01-16-2019, 09:52 AM   #15
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FWIW, I make an appointment and am in and out in less than 20 minutes in Santa Clara. That has been the case for the last few times I have needed to go in.

Without an appointment, forget about it. I'd only do that in an emergency like if it was keeping me from riding the next weekend.
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