Treat this exactly like if you lost the title to your car. You'd go to the DMV with your
VIN number and apply for a lost title. This differs from state to state and your local DMV
should be able to help you with the proper paperwork.
Laws vary from state to state, but most DMV's won't tell you who a vehicle is titled to.
If you're just trying to figure out if it has ever been titled, you may want to ask around
to see how your DMV will treat it if the VIN comes up as stolen. Sometimes, the friendly
people at your local motorcycle shop, or state patrol, can check if it comes up stolen
before you go to the DMV (and hopefully before you buy it from the shady seller).
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has a website that will check if a VIN has been
submitted as stolen or recovered by a member of NICB: NICB Stolen VINCheckSM
is a fee based website that will
provide more information about a vehicle (based on it's VIN) for a fee.
Keep in mind that these websites are more automotive based and may not show all reports for
stolen motorcycles. Many police departments treat motorcycle thefts differently from automobiles
and may even purge the national databases periodically. Not showing up on one of these lists does
not mean that the DMV won't flag it as stolen when you try to register the bike. BBR only lists
these websites for our customer's convenience and has no connection to these websites. Use at
your own discretion.
Note: Once the bike (or frame kit) left BBR, we have no idea who titled it and no way to search
for the owner. We may know who purchased it, from us, originally - but after that - you probably
know more than we do.