Got my insurance yesterday. That was difficult enough, as a half dozen companies told me they would not register it because it was electric. Whalen Insurance was very helpful and worked with Arbella to insure it as a 100cc-equivalent motorcycle.
Went to the RMV today with all necessary paperwork. The agent at the branch had to tap "Antonio" in Titling for help because the computer would not accept "API" in the MAKE field. I went back to work while the paper was pushed. An hour and a half later, I got a call from the branch agent that I "can not register the bike in Massachusetts. It is considered an 'electric scooter.'" This of course is bs because the 3500 meets all the requirements of a motorcycle in the information available on the RMV's website and none of the criteria that would classify it as a scooter, moped, or other non-registerable vehicle. Here is what I wrote through the website contact form:
This afternoon, I attempted to register my electric motorcycle at the Easthampton branch. Antonio in Titling was contacted by the branch agent for assistance with my XM-3500li from Alpha Products International. I was told I could not register the vehicle in Massachusetts and not provided any explanation of why. Prior to my purchase of the vehicle, I made sure it met all the classification specifications of a "motorcycle" through a thorough review of the information available on this website. Not only does the vehicle meet all the specifications of a "motorcycle" as defined by the registry, but it does not have any of the qualities that would potentially classify it as a "scooter" or other vehicle type specifically proscribed by the registry.
1. The BODY TYPE on the CO is "MOTOR DRIVEN CYCLE"
2. The vehicle's top speed is 55mph.
3. It is a DOT certified Motor Vehicle.
Please call me to discuss.
I'll update this thread as things progress.