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Well, people can't accuse you of not trying Simon.So far not a single person interested in bidding on any of these bikes has asked either Jon or I for the numbers to be checked and Mercum never ask the VOC about a bike they are selling. Obviously bidders are willing to throw money at bikes they have done no due dilligence on.
Bill,What a shame, You can't buy a cheap old Vin' And mess about with it, Like I Did/Do !.
Don't let the truth get in the way of a good story.Lot F203, one of the Red/Black Touring Rapides, is not a one owner bike as stated in the listing. That bike did have one long term owner from new until a few years ago, but it went from the original owner to his brother, then was sold to another. The third owner contacted the VOC, as photos were included that have my father’s name written on the back. The original owner was a member of the old LA section. I have some other photos from my father of this bike.
Thats the least of their problems. Suspect numbers & replica crankcases are circulating.As always, fun to pick out odd features of restorations. Two of the late Series C Shadows with engine numbers above 10000 have tommy bars for the mudguard flap and hinge. I believe they should have the knurled knob and long nut instead.
One of the great advantages of a non matching numbers bike, is that you can ride it mod it(so long as it stays within the DVLA 'not substantially modified' area -what ever that means) Ride with its improved lights,ignition steering suspension etc etc,( keeping the old stuff on the shelf) and free of the'extraneous rubbish' as you call it of a modern bike.Bill,
I'm becoming of the opinion that those days are long past regardless of what make you choose. Those vehicles that are old enough to be free of mandated extraneous rubbish are to highly prized now to be messed about with. Those that are relatively inexpensive have so much mandated stuff on them that you are not allowed to change or alter, messing about with them is nigh on impossible.
Better value for money, for sure!One of the great advantages of a non matching numbers bike, is that you can ride it mod it(so long as it stays within the DVLA 'not substantially modified' area -what ever that means) Ride with its improved lights,ignition steering suspension etc etc,( keeping the old stuff on the shelf) and free of the'extraneous rubbish' as you call it of a modern bike.
I must admit every time I drive in my fairly modern car with the idiot bleeps with an engine I can hardly see for the plastic covers and inaccessible items I think perhaps I should apply the same logic and look for a low mileage 1980-90 tin box
Bill, I referred to vibrac´s notion abt modern cars and 1980 -90ies tin boxes. I am driving a Volvo V70 in pristineI don't understand, My Special is matching numbers, Never gave it a thought.