I am in need of some help from fellow guzzistas. I got a certified New York State DMV form in today's mail that said a 1978 Moto Guzzi with the same VIN number as is on my bike will be auctioned off in NY City in early March unless the back storage is paid up. I live in the Finger Lakes 5 hours from NY city. The money amounts to 116 months at $100 per month! Well alrighty then. So I went to my local DMV who referred me to the sheriff's office. The short of it is that I called the auction house, spoke to a nice woman there who knew what she was doing, and who suggested that I look for the VIN number on the motorcycle in a different place than on the VIN tag. She will be sending me a pic of the VIN plate on the suspect bike, which she said was in good condition (the VIN plate). Didn't look altered. She also told me that the person who owns the suspect bike gave her a Title which had a completely different VIN that what was on the bike. So the auction house has a problem.
In order to dig myself out of this mess, where do I look for more VIN numbers on my 1978 850 T3? Obviously, the DMV is not going to like this. And my worry is that some jerks would show up at my door with a court order to take my bike. As Charlton Heston would have said, "out of my cold dead hands". I'm not sure what to do next, so any ideas are greatly appreciated.