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    I found a crappy little sealed 6v cell so I've been dicking with the electrics today. Now got everything but a spark. I havent had to play with a set of points in 20 years...

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    A mate rocked up this evening having heard tales of batteries on charge and fuel being bought. A quick tinker with the points and shes a runner! Absolutely hysterical laughter as we tried riding it round the lawn in the rain with a stuck clutch. It's ace, and we were 19 again for a bit. I'm sat in front of the telly now with a cuppa, aching like a bastard but it was so worth it.

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    Clutch sorted, I think I'd best sort out some paperwork. Anyone done the historic vehicle thing for tax and MOT exemption?

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    Clutch sorted, I think I'd best sort out some paperwork. Anyone done the historic vehicle thing for tax and MOT exemption?
    Yep, but I've only done it when I've had the tax renewal notice. Basically fill in the change of taxation class, present to PO with tax reminder and they send the V5 off while charging 0.00p for the tax. Not sure how it would work in your situation though

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidge View Post
    Yep, but I've only done it when I've had the tax renewal notice. Basically fill in the change of taxation class, present to PO with tax reminder and they send the V5 off while charging 0.00p for the tax. Not sure how it would work in your situation though
    Got to sort a V5 first, but it says fill in the form for free tax and present at post office with a valid MOT cert.. but if its tax exempt, its MOT exempt too, isn't it?
    https://www.gov.uk/historic-vehicles...-tax-exemption

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    Got to sort a V5 first, but it says fill in the form for free tax and present at post office with a valid MOT cert.. but if its tax exempt, its MOT exempt too, isn't it?
    https://www.gov.uk/historic-vehicles...-tax-exemption
    Actually I've just read it again, and I can present a V112 for MOT exemption instead. I never was any good at small print.

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    not entirely helpful but my spitfire was sorn and registered as a regular car and after taking whatever forms to the PO, they did everything online and told me i'd receive an updated v5 (I guess) in the post in due course. And indeed I did. I was also able to legally drive it sans MOT et tax with immediate effect (I think).

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    not entirely helpful but my spitfire was sorn and registered as a regular car and after taking whatever forms to the PO, they did everything online and told me i'd receive an updated v5 (I guess) in the post in due course. And indeed I did. I was also able to legally drive it sans MOT et tax with immediate effect (I think).
    It can be done online....

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    Took it for a little trip round the villages today on the excuse that I'd ran out of milk. I can confirm its just as hilarious on the road as it is bombing round the lawn. There is not one single thing that it does well, but the overall effect is great fun. I'm fighting the urge to dig out a tweed jacket and find a boot sale piss pot helmet.. Insurance was 15 quid down and a fiver a month! Including breakdown.

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    Tinker with it, they go quite well, if sorted. I remember seeing an indicated 65mph 2 up on my mates one (the bike was only about 5 years old then though).
    I had the same year CB175 - twin carbs, a rev counter and chrome guards. not a bad little bike.

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    Tinker with it, they go quite well, if sorted. I remember seeing an indicated 65mph 2 up on my mates one (the bike was only about 5 years old then though).
    I had the same year CB175 - twin carbs, a rev counter and chrome guards. not a bad little bike.
    2 up seems unlikely at the moment, never mind 65.. The rear shocks make a squeaky fart noise when compressed, but I think thats all they do. I think the brakes are a placebo too. There will be many tinkerings with it.

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    The rear shocks make a squeaky fart noise
    Yeah right.... the shocks....

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    Yeah right.... the shocks....
    How very dare you....

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    How very dare you....
    More tea vicar?

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    We need to arrange a crappy old jap clap trap ride out.


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