Buyer Beware: Real or Fake?

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The best advice when buying a Vincent is to contact the Club’s Machine Registrar or Machine Researcher BEFORE you buy it, to make sure it is legitimate.


We offer a FREE service for general assistance such as enquiries associated to buying a Vincent motorcycle, and once we have good, clear photographs of the relevant numbers, we can quickly tell you if what you are looking to buy, agrees with the Vincent H.R.D. Owners Club machine database. By just doing this one thing, you can potentially save yourself from losing a lot of money and your pride.

Like the UK Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), the Vincent H.R.D. Owners Club realised what had been happening with classic bikes in the past and as a result we changed the way we operate.

Over the years, machines have been restamped, documents forged, bikes cloned, and even photographs altered in order to legitimise a machine. Many people, including the Vincent H.R.D. Owners Club, have fallen victim to these practices.

Unfortunately, the Vincent H.R.D. Owners Club have no control over what happens to a machine after a certificate has been issued. Bikes get rebuilt and parts swapped around, so never rely on old certificates as proof of legitimacy. Don’t take anything for granted.

So, buyer beware — get it checked before you buy! Simply click HERE.

Click HERE to see all of our Machine Data Services.

Never rely on Certificates of Authenticity or Dating Certificates issued years ago, nor information provided by sellers. You should always satisfy yourself that you know what you’re buying before you bid/buy. Always contact the Machine Registrar or Researcher before buying a Vincent. Always do your own due diligence.

To contact the Vincent H.R.D. Owners Club Machine Registrar and Machine Researcher click HERE.
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