is the title of the motor in the name of the person you are buying it from?
Yes he is the original owner. Bought in 2002 and paid off in 2005.
Have him apply for a lost title.
This is the correct answer, and the current owner should be willing/able to handle without question. In fact, TPW may be able it issue one to original owner on the spot, given the level of technology, not sure if they will though, as they have a lot of arcane policies, loosely regarded as rules...