Thanks for your post. I am being realistic about it. Just as IndyX put it, it's only the red serpent sticker and a 'Jesus fish' that are really personal. Probably no other person except the owner himself would recognize the bike just by those tiny details.
The bike now looks different (recent pic below). It is stripped down, has most of the accessories removed and handlebars changed to low and wide. If not for the original auction photos I wouldn't even try. But since I got them why not? Strange things happen, people find things and other people long after they gave up searching.
If you manage to find the PO let us know, it would be really interesting to hear that you were successful in your (long shot) hunt!
Yes keep us posted on any info....
You might try Dept of Motor Vehicles in that state, use the VIN number to trace it.
Not sure who has access to that info, I think people with dealers lic here in Calif do??
Any Co that does traces, PI work, Police etc....??
That would give you all the info on prior owner, name, address, etc...
To find previous owner of mine I went to court house and talked to someone in sheriff office. Had to sign paper saying it was for maintenance purposes only but they ran vin number of bike and gave me names and told me where they were from. I did the rest looking up phone numbers and got to talk to man that bought it new and started fixing it up.
Good luck on your search. I'll be interested in the outcome, too.
Not sure how other states handle it, but if you buy a vehicle of any type from a dealer, auction etc in Texas they go to a lot of effort to insure that you do not know or can find out who the previous owner was. They take the license plates off, and will check the owner's Manuel to ensure there is not previous owner information, and search the vehicle for an other identifying info, etc. I suspect it is a state law to protect the previous owner from a new owner showing up at the home of the previous owner etc. Maybe a privacy issue. Of course you could get around that if you bought it from an individual. Good luck with your effort.
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