temp import bond and then export for USA
I believe you may be thinking about this from a wrong angle and creating more problems for yourself than necesssary.
You say you will be entering the USA by land. This means , I take it , that you will be RIDING the motorcycle into the USA from either Canada or Mexico.This means that you have already transported the bike and done all the customs formalities associated in either Canada or Mexico. This means that you are just a tourist entering the USA with your own vehicle. At the US border they do not , or very rarely, look at the vehicle registration , all they care about is if you are not a terrorist, not intending to work, and not planning on engaging in illegal "immoral " activity. At most they will want to see proof that you have a ticket out of the country . Your bike is yours for personal private use , what you do with it is your business, and as you say you intend to take it out of the country anyway.
The "temporary import permit" is only of interest for Mexico. People drive in and out of the USA from Canada and Mexico by the millions every day and never need such formalities for the USA. However if you land there from Europe then you will have to go through the papermill for this.
Oh, almost forgort when you enter the USA they will want to know what hotel you will be staying at the first night. Just saying you will find a hotel in the evening somewhere when the time comes will NOT be accepted and may be grounds for denial of entry. For this purpose you should pick a hotel, ANY hotel, just find a catalogue for one of the big chains and copy down the name, address, phone number and tell them that is where you are going-- even if you have not the slightest intent of staying there. Keeps everyone happy.
Last edited by Sjoerd Bakker; 1 May 2006 at 18:13.