I feel your pain! I bought a 71 Hodaka Ace 100B a few year's ago a friend picked up at a farm sale, and he sold it to me for the $150 he paid for. Fixed it up, got it running, and I thought I'd get a title, which it didn't have. Followed the directions by the State DMV by sending the owner of record a registered letter asking if they had a title. The next thing I knew, the State Patrol was at my front door with a flatbed, seizing the bike. It had been reported stolen in 1983, and evidently been stashed at the farm where my friend found it at the sale. The first thing the State Patrol wanted to know was if I wanted to press charges against my friend! Geez! I usually don't touch stuff without a title, and this cured me for good. I did eventually get it back from the owner of record by paying a $300 ransom. They could care less about the bike, but wanted me to suffer a bit. This is totally different than the OP where you DID own the bike, and got pimped around by the DMV. But, it still left me frustrated and a little chewed up by the system. Nobody at the State or the County where it was reported stolen gave a rat's a** that both my friend and I were treated like a bunch of low-life thieves.