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Mike P
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May 15, 2018 - 7:52 am
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Hello folks,

My name is Mike and I'm new to this forum. In fact, I'm new to motorcycling altogether!

I've just bought my first motorcycle which is a 1950? D1 plunger. I hadn't planned to buy it at all but happened to drive past it parked in someone's garden with a 'For Sale' sign on whilst on holiday on Anglesey. 

I stopped and chatted to the vendor and on the proviso that it would fit in the back of my VW Golf a deal was done and I brought it home!

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I would describe it as an older amateur restoration, it looks good at a distance but is a bit scruffy up close. Importantly for me it's a runner but needs some TLC.

The major issue is that it has no V5 so I'll have to apply for a dating certificate from the dating officer here. 

I have my CBT booked for a few days time and I can't wait to hit the open road!

I'll no doubt be posting in the technical forum over the coming months as I work on restoring it to rude health. Wish me luck.

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Welcome to the forum. If you know the old registration number it’s worth doing a quick vehicle check on the DVLA website. If it’s there, send in a V62 and a cheque for £25 and its sorted. If it isn’t in their records have a look on the dating pages on this website, it explains the whole process. It may be worth your while joining the club, dating certificates are cheaper for members.....

Current bikes......1958 D5, and a 77 Suzuki GT250 being MOT'd. I have a 74 Kawasaki KH400 in the queue, along with a 58 Tiger Cub.A 1980 Honda CB400N in the workshop and almost ready. A 1978 Honda CB125S on the road and  I currently ride a 2011 Harley Davidson 883 Sportster. I might have just bought another Bantam...….

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Welcome to the Bantam fold Mike.Nice find......all I usually come back from hols with is sunburn 🙂

A bit of cable re-routing and rubber cable ties,and Bob`s your uncle.

Blue

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Mike P
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Thanks for the warm welcome folks.

I've already joined the club and I'm in the process of applying for a dating certificate with a view to getting an age related reg plate. Unfortunately I have no record of the original registration. 

Blue, what are these rubber cable ties you mention?

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Hi Mike,

Here`s one of the various sellers:-

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...or you can make your own like I do out of tractor innertube.There are cheaper black Velcro ones available,but not tried them myself.Some people use black plastic cable ties or black electrical tape.I use rubber ties because they allow some movement of cables/wiring harness when bars are moved from lock-to lock etc.

Looks like speedo cable and front brake cable could do with re-routing...and clutch cable will wear paint off your front guard if it`s not strapped to your downtube.

Blue

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Thanks Blue, rubber cable ties now purchased.

I could do with a picture of a bike with correct cable routing for reference.

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Hi Mike and welcome,

Don't worry to much about obtaining the V5. My D1 was put on the road last year, all I had were engine and frame numbers.

Great looking bike you have got there.

Nick

                           Kind regards,  Nick     Bolton, Greater Manchester

                              1950 D1 Plunger Frame with 1958 D5 Engine,

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