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Question importing to U.S. FROM Canada

Hello Folks. I am new to the forum, and looking to get my hands on my first Versys this summer. I live up in Vermont (an hour from Canada), and was curious if anyone had any insight about importing a Canadian Versys with ABS into the United States... What's the procedure? Any recommended dealers across the VT border? etc.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-08-2009, 11:22 AM
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No ABS option in Canada either... You'd have to import it from Europe to have one with factory installed ABS.

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Importing a new vehicle from Canada is fairly trivial as the safety and emissions standards have been harmonized. But, as Invader pointed out, ABS is not an option there either, so it would only give you a different color selection (depending on year).

Importing a bike from Europe to the US is a little more difficult. You have better chances of being on the next manned mission to the moon than having your Euro-Spec Versys here this year. It'll be cheaper too (going to the moon, that is ).

Read all about it on the EPA and NHTSA sites.


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You might want to compare the suggested retail price of the Canadian and US Versys. Generally we pay quite a bit more for our Canadian models, then again with the currency exchange this could be minimal. The Canadian model does not have any of the EPA carbon canister plumbing nor does it have an oxygen sensor on the muffler/catalyzer.

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I don't know if we pay more in Canada. Taking the exchange rate into account I paid $5800.00 USD, everything in, for a new '07 two months ago.
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as the Vice President of Kawasaki in Canada put it to me, "sure you could" but he stressed that the border crossing would be difficult, taxes & delivery.
I call BS on this. 10 years ago, when the SV650 just came out and our Canadian brothers got the S version we didn't, we went to Vancouver to pick up the sportier SV-S. That was before full harmonization of safety and emission standards and with the right paperwork it took no longer than crossing with your regular luggage. No issues getting the bikes registered in OR either. Kawasaki may not like it because when there is a significant difference in actual value, it causes buyers to run to the other market to get a better deal, but there is no legal reason you can't do it.

BTW, Moe, our bikes are identical to yours, no canister or oxygen sensor. It's only the California model that gets the canister as mandated by CARB (and the reason they couldn't buy one last year).


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Hello Folks. I am new to the forum, and looking to get my hands on my first Versys this summer. I live up in Vermont (an hour from Canada), and was curious if anyone had any insight about importing a Canadian Versys with ABS into the United States... What's the procedure? Any recommended dealers across the VT border? etc.

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If you want an ABS bike, I would check out the Suzuki SV 650 ABS (or a Triumph Tiger)

I have a Versys and it's a great bike but if Kawasaki refuse to send us their ABS model, we can look elsewhere.

As far as importing a bike from Canada, usually it's the other way around, Canadian buy from the US and bring it back to Canada. Even with the Canadian dollard is low, the prices are usually higher in Canada.

For Example: A 2007 Honda Civic built in Canada was selling 2000$ cheaper un the US than in Canada and the Canadian dollar was worth as much as the US dollar.

Anyways, if you are still interested, I live 45 minfrom the Quebec/Vermont border and I could ask my local Kawa dealer. Feel free to send me a private message.

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