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Blue plate/green plate?

Discussion in 'General Topics' started by MT, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. MT

    MT Limited User

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    Hey guys. I'm looking at getting a bike and would like to know the difference between license plates (i.e. blue, green, etc.), and the overall process of buying a bike.

    When I purchase a bike, I only plan on riding off road. However, if I purchase a bike that is 'blue plated' does that mean I have to insure it, and/or have ownership officially transferred via a government agency?

    I used to ride years ago, and I remember when buying a bike it was as simple as writing up a bill of sale, exchange funds, and that was it; off to the trails. I'm getting the feeling it's a little more complicated than that now; or is it? All this to say, if someone could tell me the difference between plates, and the process of buying a new bike (i.e. if there is anything I need to register, insure, etc.) it would be much appreciated. Thanks for your help!

    Cheers,

    MT
  2. Canadaler

    Canadaler ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Both require transfer of ownership and insurance now.

    As you probably know...blue lets you go on and off road, green is strictly off road. So if you're buying used...the blue plated bike is probably preferable. You can't transfer from green to blue, you can (apparently...although I don't know why anyone would want to) change from blue to green...but then you can't change it back to blue again later.

    Lots of threads out here on where to buy insurance.

    Consider license/insurance needs for your dirt bike (whether blue or green plated) pretty much the same as for your car these days. Costs may differ, process is about the same.
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    suprf1y Limited User

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    You can if it was originally a street legal bike, like a XT225, for example.
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    Randy_K Limited User

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    I'm not sure if you realize it by your post but a plate and insurance are required to ride anywhere but your own property. I believe that a motocross track is the only exception as their coverage extends to you.

    Decide where you want to ride then it will make it much easier to decide on what plate you need for your bike. For example if you are in the Barrie area you would be best with a Blue plate & OFTR membership since the tracts of land are separated by road. If you live next to the Ganny a Green plate will get you around.

    Randy
  5. Chef

    Chef ODSC Executive

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    As far as I'm concerned... green plate is useless unless you don't have an M license, or you are 12 years old. :lol: It's a pretty nice option to take it down the road when needed. Blue plated bikes have better resale value too.
  6. MT

    MT Limited User

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    Thanks for all the feedback guys! What does insurance usually cost (ballpark figures)? Just so I have a rough idea. As well, any recommendations as to who offers the cheapest insurance?

    Thanks again guys for the posts!

    MT
  7. Randy_K

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    I have had the best luck with State Farm Insurance. Price ?? its like asking about car insurance , how old of bike , what coverage , driving record , age and green or blue plate. I have a 2007 Husky 450 and pay around $45.00 per month with a Blue plate , no collision , good driving record and i'm a old man. My wife on her 2008 husky 250 pays $35.00 a month.

    R