Originally Posted by olyflyer
hey did you get yor licence sorted out?
Pretty much. That is I have a learner's permit from Australia which i got just a few weeks ago. But i have just an interim slip while waiting for my plastic license to arrive in a couple of weeks. Meanwhile it turns out i can ride in most states of the US and Canada with my Australian learner's permit (California being the no go zone), as long as i have a fully licensed rider with me and follow the restrictions of my license ie stay under 80km/hr and display an L plate (which of course will keep falling off). I won't always be with another rider won't so I figure the worst i'll get in the US is a ticket... which i'd throw away.
I should be ok for Mexico and beyond.
Rego was an interesting one. As an Australian I can't register a bike (or get a US license) having only a tourist visa. It is only possible with an I-94 stamp or certificate added to your passport on arrival into the US. This indicates you're here to work or study). But I've gotten around this with the generous help and trust of a the guy in Colorado i bought the bike from. We've added my name to the title and registration so that we are co-owners and I paid for a year's rego ($185 and 1 month's insurance ($25).
I was advised that crossing into Mexico and beyond is not possible if there are 2 names on a title. So I now have a Notorized Letter of Agreement signed by us both and witnessed and stamped by a Notary Public where the co-owner/generous seller/friend has given permission for me to ride 'our' bike out of the US.
A longwinded answer, but useful info for those looking the for elusive hole in the red tape fence.
The 23rd may be the date now that I head from texas into Mexico. Tho I'm open to invites to take a similar date.
Ph (1)323 448 7955