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The Star and Garter / Re: Changing taxation class to historic
« on: 03 June, 2018, 11:02:03 »
People do some really strange things to bikes, about 10 years ago I bought a complete BSA C12 except for the seat also with the deal came another C12 in bits minus the mudguards no paperwork.. Now the complete C12 still had what looked like the original number plate so I was thinking to go down the route of reclaiming the original registration, but on examining the frame number some idiot in the distant past had stamped the frame with a C15 frame number why? Bang went any hope of original registration. I ended up using the frame from the dismantled bike with the engine from the whole bike and obtained an age related number.

The Star and Garter / Re: Vehicle registration
« on: 02 June, 2018, 14:46:18 »
I have been through this process 3 times over the years and whilst you now may not need insurance to register the the bike  you still I believe need an MOT now you can transport the bike to and from the test centre but if you ride it there which you are allowed to do provided it is pre booked in you certainly at least need third party insurance.

The Star and Garter / Re: Motorcycle insurance for a novice
« on: 24 May, 2018, 15:20:50 »
I have been insured now for a number years with Peter James and am really satisfied with the cover and price I have an A65 and an A7 both insured fully comp with agreed valuation legal cover and breakdown cover just paid my annual premium which was 93 for both bikes. I did have to call the breakdown people out about 4 years ago and they arrived in about 30 minutes and sorted everything out very satisfactory.

Twins / Re: Electronic Ignition
« on: 22 May, 2018, 11:02:23 »
I have a Pazon system fitted to my A65 been on for approx 6 years with no problems so far simple to fit just follow the instructions provided.

Twins / Re: A65 rebuild
« on: 10 May, 2018, 13:51:43 »
It all depends on the model and year of your A65 my A65 is 1963 and has 18" rims whch were used until 1964 then things changed to 19" rims but some models still had 18" rims  on the rear wheel  right up until the end in 1973

Twins / Re: You gotta be kidding me....
« on: 27 March, 2018, 09:11:20 »
I do seem to remember some years ago when I restored my A65 from a basket case that I fitted the rear mudguard and wheel then had to remove them to fit the oil tank.

The Star and Garter / Re: Bike recovery
« on: 17 March, 2018, 17:40:07 »
I am insured through Peter James and have 2 bikes a 1963 A65 and a 1956 A7 both with agreed valuation unlimited mileage legal cover  breakdown cover fully comprehensive and for both bikes I paid 89.39 for one year I have been unable to find a better quote. I did breakdown once and rang their help number, the AA came out and got me running again they came out in about 40 minutes but apologised for the delay as they were stuck in roadworks.

Twins / Re: Engine numbers
« on: 09 March, 2018, 17:05:50 »
That number would indicate a 1961 engine. 1961 engines began DA10R-3001. 1962 engines began DA10R-5958 the HC does stand for high compression. You can check this out for yourself on the homepage for this site just click machine dating and follow the links.

The Star and Garter / Re: Original Registration Numberplate
« on: 06 March, 2018, 19:17:33 »
If you have no documents for your M20 then it would seem that your best route would be to go for an age related plate I suggest that you go to the home page on this site and click on machine dating then click on age related plate that will tell you how to go about getting an age related plate. I believe the fee for age related is 55 but reclaiming original registration is still free but if you have not got the relevant documents then that route is not available to you.

The Star and Garter / Re: Original Registration Numberplate
« on: 06 March, 2018, 14:18:06 »
The main problem with Mascot 910 is he does not have a V5c he only has the buff log book so his bike will no longer be on the DVLA records. So the bike will have to be reregistered and part of the process is it will have to be roadworthy if you already have a V5c for a bike then it is on the DVLA records and even if it has not been on the road for some time it can be easily taxed and will if applicable be MOT exempt.  I have been through this process of not having a V5c but a buff log book I mistakenly thought that the DVLA had all records but when I rang them up I was told that they only have records for vehicles with a V5c. Any vehicle that did not change from the old buff log books to the new  V5 back in the early1980's. At that time the vehicle records were held by the local authority but when these were transferred to the DVLA you had to apply for a new V5 which later became the V5c.
 As regards sending your Buff log book to the DVLA I would also be reluctant to send it by post when I did my new registration which was 6 years ago the local DVLA offices were still open they advised not to send it by post but what they did was to photocopy it and stamp the photocopy with an official stamp, sadly they said because of possible fraud you are not allowed to photocopy any documents yourself. I would ring the DVLA and find out what their proceedures are now they may have some way of allowing your log book to be photocopied.

The Star and Garter / Re: Original Registration Numberplate
« on: 04 March, 2018, 15:29:51 »
Even though it is MOT exempt because it has been off the road for such a long time before you can reclaim the registration with a new V5c as well as a dating certificate it has to be roadworthy so you will have to get temporary insurance then an MOT which will in the first instance  be given on the frame number then if the DVLA accepts your documents they will issue you with an MOT with the new registration. Also you will have to apply for MOT exemption I think the form is V112.

The Star and Garter / Re: New MOT Rules
« on: 27 February, 2018, 14:32:48 »
I have been doing some more reading on this  and there was an update in Dec 2017 which states that if a vehicle is now currently exempt from an MOT because it is pre 1960 and has has been substantialy altered, if those alterations were carried out more than 30 years ago then it is still MOT exempt but if those alterations were done in the last 30 years even though at present it is exempt then from May it will require an MOT. Now as I said earlier what is substantial also as indicated in the Star article is fitting a sidecar less than 30 years ago going to be classed as a substantial change. In addition every time you tax your vehicle you will have to declare it MOT exempt and the way I read it you can only claim exemption when you tax the vehicle. MY current bikes are a 1956 A7 MOT exempt a 1963 A65 currently needing an MOT the Tax expires 30 April. MOT expires May 16th. So if I tax it from  the beginning May I cannot apply for Tax exemption until May 2019 or I could keep it off the road for all of May the apply for Tax and MOT exemption from June 2018. I think I will tax from May and get another MOT when the current one expires on 16th May.

The Star and Garter / Re: New MOT Rules
« on: 27 February, 2018, 11:54:56 »
This thing about the new MOT rules is getting more confusing as time goes by the BSA owners club recently printed an article in the Star magazine. Avehicle that has been substantially changed is not entitled to exemption even if it is over 40 years old but only if this change took place within the previous 30 years (after 1988). Sadly the DVLA has not as yet defined what substantial means.Here is a copy of the article. I do not think that your bike Straw Bear would have any problem with exemption.

Twins / Re: No access
« on: 25 February, 2018, 10:18:55 »
Here are 2 photos of the set up on my early A65. I had to make my own version of the tickler as when I restored my A65 I could not find a supplier for the parts this may have changed now. It is not an ideal situation as when tickling the carb prior to start up you cannot see when the carb is flooding due to the design of the panels, I tend to hold the lever down for about 8 seconds then try to start it, most times it does but if after a few kicks if it does not then I hold the lever down for an extra 3 seconds and then it always starts.

The Star and Garter / Re: New Ebay Scams on motorcycles
« on: 11 February, 2018, 10:21:52 »
That does clarify  the paypal process and I agree with the previous post about cash on collection or delivery after inspection, I have sold a bike on ebay and bought a bike on ebay and in both cases it was cash on collection after inspection in my opinion it is the only safe way to carry out these type of transactions and if a seller did not agree to to it I would back off. Even with a reputable dealer no money would be spent until the bike had been seen and inspected but I suspect any reputable dealer would agree to that.

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