The Mrs and I are getting a motorcycle from a kind and generous friend who doesn't want to deal with it anymore, and doesn't want to sell it for parts. It's not currently running, and insurance and registration are both expired. We're not keen to pay for it to be road-legal before the engine can even turn over. How long, if at all, can we wait?
The motorcycle in question is a Honda Shadow VLX
. (We're not sure of the year-- late nineties sometime.) That's not really relevant to the question though.
It's currently not running. Our friend, to whom the bike currently belongs, says it might be something as easily-fixed as the spark plugs and a dead battery. He just hasn't had the inclination to deal with it, and now wants to offload it to someone else. He says that it's currently not insured, and he's pretty sure the registration is expired We're certainly not complaining, but since money is a bit tight*, we don't want to start pay for insurance or registration before we have to.
* Obvious question: why are we buying a motorcycle that whose maintenance and fees are a not-insignificant blow to our wallet? Well, the Mrs used to have a motorcycle, has her license, a helmet, etc, and we were already thinking another vehicle might be necessary. (I have a car as well.) A free motorcycle, even with the costs of getting it registered, insured, and a running, was too good an offer to pass up.
will it be okay if this bike sits in front of our house until we get it running, then
we insure and register it? It obviously wasn't causing a problem in front of my friend's house, and he even had it parked on the sidewalk. I just figured I'd open it up to the hivemind to see if it's legal
(which I doubt), illegal
but unlikely to cause a problem
, or illegal
and likely to have negative consequences
Please, no "If you can't afford registration and insurance, you can't afford a motorcycle."
afford it, but we just don't want to pay for that stuff earlier than necessary if the bike isn't rideable.
We're in Philadelphia, PA.