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Issuing frame numbers in the UK is tricky as the UK registration authority (DVLA) takes the frame number as the vehicles identity and links the frame number to the registration. The engine number is recorded as well, but engines can be swapped, and so its the frame number that is important.Are they assigned a number and stamped?
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Yes it did end up with a UK registration. After a lot of negotiations by my predecessor Gordon and other VOC members the DVLA allowed it as a one off. It was not classed as historic, but as a new modern bike and still had to pass quite a few of the regulation as of 10 years ago. The DVLA & DOT said they would not allow another hence the reason no more have been built. Today the rules are even tighter as emissions have been tightened up. I believe it's very difficult to get an air cooled engine pass even with fuel injection etc.The Spares Club built Black Shadow that was auctioned off and now resides in a museum in New Zealand, Nelson I believe, was built entirely from new parts, did not that end up with a UK registration giving it legal access to our roads, or have the rules changed in the intervening years.
I would have thought that was what was done by Vincents in the old days, Seems a good idea to me.In the course of my business, we frequently replace frame members.
They do not come numbered from BMW, we have to get them professionally engraved with the existing number..
There is no requirement to inform DVLA or return the old frame member.
It's fantastic that most spares can be bought that are brand new and of a good standard, but it does carry risk. A pair of new crankcases can now be had that are better quality than the ones that came out of Stevenage, yet a pair of originals usually cost more. This suggests most owners are more interested in originality than quality of the part.At the end of the day all their smart ass answers mean nothing except the huge feeling of importance they must feel when they can knock something back. Who in the hell is going to mass produce these bikes.............have you actually ever sat down and added up the total cost of parts to produce a new one, plus the cost of labour these days to assemble and fine tune one ready to sell................It's never going to happen............. The facts are that these parts that represent the main back bone of a bike are not going to be available too much longer. The best thing anyone can do is put some form of numbers on them that is similar to the originals, and tell the authorities as little info as they need to get the machine registered.......The more you tell them the closer you are to hanging yourself. I go out of my way to make sure the original numbers are visible...........When you get some high paid white collar worker at the registry office telling you to sand off the paint on the Shadow engine so they can read it ..................That does not go down well with me.