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Can anyone recommend an insurance company that will insure on the vin plate ?

My son has just got a bike from Germany and after some insurance before getting it registered.
He's already had a few silly quotes and even a few that said would insure it but won't let him ride it until it's registered,
So how the bloody hell can he get an mot ??????
The law states that he could ride it to an mot before it's registered.

So any ideas chap's?
Cheers Bob.
 

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This is the process...

You get the bike insured on the VIN number. But you can't ride it yet.

Then you book it in for an MOT. You can MOT on the VIN number, and are allowed to ride it to and from the MOT.

Once it's MOT'd take all the paperwork to a local DVLA office. They will give you a number plate authorization letter so you can get a number plate made up. You tax it at the same time. So once the number plate is on, you're on the road.

Then call insurance company and tell them what the number is. Job done.
 

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This is the process...

You get the bike insured on the VIN number. But you can't ride it yet.

Then you book it in for an MOT. You can MOT on the VIN number, and are allowed to ride it to and from the MOT.

Once it's MOT'd take all the paperwork to a local DVLA office. They will give you a number plate authorization letter so you can get a number plate made up. You tax it at the same time. So once the number plate is on, you're on the road.

Then call insurance company and tell them what the number is. Job done.
Ok thanks.
He did get a quote but they wanted over 300 quid to insure it ! (It being a DR 800 big)
He had a nearly new GS 1200 a year ago before his 25th birthday and paid less than 100 quid for the same cover,so was just wondering why the price hike ?
 

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Peter James added a Honda CT90 to my multibike classic policy no problem using the VIN. The DR if 1995 or older would be classified as a classic, my Harley 1995 Ultra is on the policy, some classic insurers will take 15 year & older.
 

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not quite sure waht the new procedure is , but the local reg offices have been closed , i think they have done away with the inspection or you have to take it to a DVSA LGV test station for DVSA to inspect , i will look this up ,
https://www.gov.uk/vehicle-approval
 

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I've got to do this with an NX650. It can only be now done by sending a V55/5 Application and relevant doc's + payments to DVLA............ I've got everything,just need to synchronise the insurance with everything else. Note to self : Must pull finger out ! :rolleyes:
 

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I registered my BSA A7 last year, got a dating certificate via the VMCC (there are other sources-owners clubs etc). They needed pictures of the machine and of the engine & frame number (VIN) and rubbings of the numbers if possible. They will do a search and if satisfactory will send a dating certificate, this takes some weeks. These were included in the pack sent to DVLA, you need insurance then as the bike is then registered on the road. You will need a NOVA or explain why you have not got one, the BSA was a UK bike and I have one for the CT90 when it is ready to be registered.
the VMCC search form (last year)also gives instructions on completion of V55/5 form is View attachment Statement of search form 2014.pdf
You can get a bike MOTd without insurance by trailing it to the test centre instead of riding it, has to be taken off the trailer for the test obviously. The old MOT system could cope with a VIN assume the new system can, not tried it, that's next year with the CR90
 

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That pdf link "https://www.xrv.org.uk/attachments/statement-of-search-form-2014-pdf.84737/"
Was so massively helpful to me, thanks dod 👍, been searching the internet most of the day trying to find help on how to fill out the v55/5 form, and would you believe there was no useful info on which questions on the form I had to answer and which questions I could leave blank. Searched hi and low and even the dvla's website was utterly useless. I needed to know if i had to answer the type approval question on the form for my 1982 bike and could not find the answer at all. I even Tried phoning dvla helpline but with this coronavirus situation they have shut down all services to anyone except essential workers. You cant even order the v55/5 form online from them.
But at least now when I can get hold of a form I will at last be able to fill it in even though I wont be able to get it processed by dvla. Cheers dod 👍
 

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An update as my post is over 4 years ago.
VMCC dating is here The Vintage Motor Cycle Club Ltd - Library and DVLA Forms with info on the licensing procedure,
it has become expensive (£120) relative to other source as it takes a lot of work to date some pre war machines from long lost makes and includes a machine examination.
For Jap bikes (Honda) in UK I have used VJMC Classic Motorcycle Dating Service .The VJMC have been quick but the bikes (Honda) are generally easy as you can find the number info online so VJMC are confirming the info, fee £55.
British or European makes try the owners clubs, info on filling out V55/5 is (was?) on the BSA & Ariel websites, probably on others.
Current lockdown etc will limit inspections, my recent bike Honda ST90 did not require inspection but you do need good clear photos of machine and number. I also do number rubbings (often not very successful but still send them, it shows you tried!)
The number pics I sent to VJMC & DVLA, the numbers are fully visible in their copy.
164822
164823
 

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Probably too old a bike but you could try emailing Honda directly for a Certificate of Conformity (CoC)

certificateofconformity 'at' honda-eu.com

Tell them the VIN and Engine no.s along with your your address - and they'll write back with all the details of the bike on record.
 

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An update as my post is over 4 years ago.
VMCC dating is here The Vintage Motor Cycle Club Ltd - Library and DVLA Forms with info on the licensing procedure,
it has become expensive (£120) relative to other source as it takes a lot of work to date some pre war machines from long lost makes and includes a machine examination.
For Jap bikes (Honda) in UK I have used VJMC Classic Motorcycle Dating Service .The VJMC have been quick but the bikes (Honda) are generally easy as you can find the number info online so VJMC are confirming the info, fee £55.
British or European makes try the owners clubs, info on filling out V55/5 is (was?) on the BSA & Ariel websites, probably on others.
Current lockdown etc will limit inspections, my recent bike Honda ST90 did not require inspection but you do need good clear photos of machine and number. I also do number rubbings (often not very successful but still send them, it shows you tried!)
The number pics I sent to VJMC & DVLA, the numbers are fully visible in their copy. View attachment 164822 View attachment 164823
Thanks dod, good post, always more helpful with Demostratativ photos. The guy who I purchased the bike from did say he had the Californian title document and nova certificate but as of yet has not supplied them, think eventually I will get them as he seemed like a genuine guy, so think as long as I can get my hands on the title doc and nova cert will make things a little easier for me.
 

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Probably too old a bike but you could try emailing Honda directly for a Certificate of Conformity (CoC)

certificateofconformity 'at' honda-eu.com

Tell them the VIN and Engine no.s along with your your address - and they'll write back with all the details of the bike on record.
Cheers wicky, 👍
 
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