The reason for the request is quite simple. In order to import a vehicle into Canada, it is necessary for the importer (in this case the buyer) to provide to customs a letter of "Recall Clearance" meaning there is no outstanding service issues pending.
This is one of the stupid hoops customs places on the importation. After this, the bike still has to be inspected within 45 days for safety reg issues such as lights, but that is done by the purchaser once the bike is home.
Reason I know is I am considering doing the same, but in the interest of customer relations I would have informed the current owner of the requirements so the question didnt appear to be coming out of right field.
Also there is a web site that explains this with all the love and kisses that customs is so known for. www.riv.com
So raging56, without him asking about $$ I dont know, But as I mentioned earlier, if somewhat has explained why, has given a decent deposit, and I think as well as some details of picking the bike up, should be safe. I know when it comes down to me closing a deal, I will ensure that all questions are answered for the seller as to why this crap is needed, and to make things go as smoothly as possible.
then again, maybe Im the oddity, Ive never been interested in screwing people over.
Hopefully soon to be a VTX owner,