From what he told me AFTER the sale... He had a buddy of his who owns a independent dealership title the bike for him. Here is what he told me after I called him the day the police showed up... which would have DEFINITELY impacted my original purchase decision:
HIM - "Yea man I don't know how DMV didn't catch that, I titled it in my name, and you titled it in your name... the guy I bought it from didn't have the title, he had gotten it disassembled in a box and rebuilt it."
ME - "Oh, so it was chopped up when PO before you got it? That would have been nice to know... but how did both of us walk into a DMV two separate times and get titles issued if the bike was registered stolen for over 2 months when you titled it and over 6 months when I titled it?"
HIM - "Well I didn't go to a DMV, I had a buddy of mine who has his own independent dealership title and tag the bike for me."
ME - "So you got it without a title, from a guy who admittedly got it in chopped up condition and rebuilt it, and took it to a *buddy* who could title it for you rather than the DMV."
HIM - "Yea but it was all legit"
Had I known all of this pre-sale, I DEFINITELY wouldn't have TOUCHED that bike. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that a chopped bike rebuilt with no title is not a safe purchase. I can't believe how grossly misrepresented that bike was by the omission of those details!!! When I asked him where he got it, he said he got it from some guy a city away and that was it. I didn't think to question more because he was in a nice neighborhood in an expensive part of town and was holding what seemed to be a legit (physically) title. I guess this shows you can't judge a book... Like I said, I'm not worried about it at this point because in my state selling a vehicle (whether properly titled or not) that is registered stolen (whether you know it's stolen or not) is not only a felony but a breach of warranty of title. Since I cooperated with the detectives and police, they said I had nothing to worry about as far as the law goes with my possession of the bike.
I'm no pushover when it comes to court so I'll be able to handle it. The seller did not have proper title to the vehicle, as evidenced by the REAL title-holder having possession of their title and reporting it stolen, the seller did not have the right to sell the vehicle, as he was neither the owner nor an agent of the owner, the seller did not sell a vehicle with "good title" meaning that the title was not his to pass along. Whether he says knew it or not is hearsay, and I can clearly demonstrate where there was cause for suspicion during his purchase and subsequent titling of the vehicle and have a witness who can substantiate my claim that none of that information was disclosed prior to the sale. I have already spoken to the original police officer who filed the stolen report, who confirms all the date details and will be subpoenaed to court if it goes there.
... it just sucks being stuck in my cage right now.
WHAT A TURD compared to my bike, haha!