Any bike without a clean title is meant for the track or the stunt lot. The hassle to go deal chasing for a street bike is NOT worth it. Lombard PD used to be the only listed inspection site. That may have changed.
Check out the DMV website for more info on where to go and how to do it.
You can always purchase a clean frame or parts bike on eBay and swap - but that's a headache on top of a headache.
Best bet - check with the Secretary of State's office. Letting them point you in the right direction is better than handing anything over to the theivery @ Markham.
My two cents.
Well, suffice to say that if I had to do it all over again I wouldn't do it. I'd go out, buy myself a regular used bike, and be done with it. But, that's neither here nor there, cause I have the salvage and I have to deal with it.
I did call the secretary of state. If you're not a licensed rebuilder you can not get the bike retitled. Period. And I've even looked into what it takes to become a licensed rebuilder. Easy if you have a business. I don't. So, I don't really have a choice. I can either go through the process, or I can try selling the bike as is. I figure either way it would cost me the same amount of money. In one case I loose it and I have no bike and in the other case I pay it and I have a bike.
Actually I did take it to the "thievery", although from my initial experience I wouldn't call it that. Curious why you do... Care to enlighten us?
I met the owner of Speedlimit Cycles and turns out he's a fellow NESBiAn. He was actually very up front about everything, and he's fees are very clear. Basically his charges are $400. $200 for his trouble and another $200 to tow it back and fourth to the two inspections it has to go through. $50/tow. That seems reasonable. Other than that I'm paying a sales tax on the "stated value" of the bike, which is actually up to me and a lot less than it's actual value, and all the state inspection fees and title, registration, etc..
I guess in a month we'll see what the outcome is. Assuming all goes well, at least I'll have my bike. Maybe not at the huge discount over market value I thought, but a good bike none the less.
Ah well, live and learn... the hard way.