Machine Data Services

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The Vincent H.R.D. Owners Club Machine Registrar and Machine Researcher offer a range of important services to Members and non-Members of the VOC, ranging from provision of official dating certificates in connection with DVLA registrations to general assistance with enquiries when people are considering buying a Vincent.

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UK DVLA Registrations
Check to see if your Vincent is registered with the DVLA. If you're looking to buy or own a Vincent motorcycle, then to use the machine in the United Kingdom, it needs to be registered with the DVLA. For further information click HERE.

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Age Related Registrations in the United Kingdom
How to apply for an Age Related Registration in the United Kingdom. If the original United Kingdom registration is not known, or if no proof acceptable to the DVLA exists, or a Vincent motorcycle was sold new overseas and so never registered in United Kingdom, then you are looking at an age-related registration application. For further information click HERE.

Where Is My Old Vincent?
The Vincent H.R.D. Owners Club machine database is vast with records dating back to 1928. To tell us about an old Vincent you used to own click HERE.

The Vincent Factory (Works) Records
What Do I Own? History of my Vincent. In 1959 Harpers Engineering purchased the remains of the Vincent Company and not long after that, gifted the Vincent H.R.D. Owners Club the original Vincent Factory Records documents for motorcycle production from 1928. These records cover just over 90 per cent of all Vincent Motorcycles made in Stevenage. For further information click HERE.

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The V765 Scheme: How to reclaim an Original Registration
To apply to reclaim an original registration through the DVLA V765 scheme, the motorcycle needs to be complete as the DVLA will reject any applications for machines that are not. For further information click HERE.

Identifying Engine and Frame Numbers
Most Vincent owners regard the engine as the most important part of the motorcycle. However, in the United Kingdom the DVLA regard the Upper Frame Member headstock number as the frame part used to identify a Vincent or H.R.D. Motorcycle. For further information click HERE.

Purchasing a Vincent Motorcycle
Vincents, like other classic motorcycle marques, suffer from re-stamped frames and engines. Most were done in the 1960s and 1970s when it was common practice when trying to keep an old vehicle on the road, but in the 21st century it presents a real problem – especially with machines of these values. For further information click HERE.

Buyer Beware: Real or Fake?
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. For further information click HERE.

Machine Registry Fees For Services
To see our current pricing structure, click HERE.

Any Other Enquiry Related to Machines, Registrations and Engine/Frame Numbers
For any other queries not listed above that relate to Vincent/H.R.D. motorcycles, we will always do our best to help, and you can contact us by clicking HERE.

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.
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