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34 minutes ago, Ugg10 said:

Out of interest, having been through registering a kit car, do home brew bikes have a similar test to the IVA (formerly SVA) and is there a points system to get an age related or non Q reg? 

Rarely, if ever, see a custom Harley on a Q plate. Most of them cheat, just use a V5 from a donor bike. Who knows anyway?

Building something from scratch without a donor V5 would be a problem. My nephew imports from the USA and they have to have a certification. Mods include orange to white marker light, orange indicators, no bar end mirrors and so on.

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That’s in there sting because as soon as you change a car chassis, even using all of the donor bits, you are into an IVA but will get an age related plate due to the points system. So what happens when you are pulled over by the police or have an insurance claim and you log book say Harley Electroglide and it is a Hardtail Chopper with Apehanger bars? For cars Ophir you have Ford Escort on the log book and it is a Dutton Melios you are in for a real fight. 

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1 hour ago, Ugg10 said:

That’s in there sting because as soon as you change a car chassis, even using all of the donor bits, you are into an IVA but will get an age related plate due to the points system. So what happens when you are pulled over by the police or have an insurance claim and you log book say Harley Electroglide and it is a Hardtail Chopper with Apehanger bars? For cars Ophir you have Ford Escort on the log book and it is a Dutton Melios you are in for a real fight. 

Insurance is not a problem as they are mostly insured for 'agreed value' which involves sending pics etc. Most customs are based on Dynas or softails but I don't have the definitive answers.

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I have spent most my life, work and leisure, in and around motorcycles, and I have seen some absolutely frightening "home builds" . There are many loopholes which I won't go into, that enables the builder to get them on the road, which usually, if not always, involves not disclosing the truth to the insurers, which is ok until an accident. When anyone came to me with this rubbish, I turned them away. I have personally witnessed a bike that that featured in various web pages of "fashion" , that was purchased for a 5 figure sum, that then had to undergo almost another 5 figures worth of work, to make it correct and safe. One of the minor faults was the rear drive chain running over an inch out of line. So you can imagine what the rest was like. The whole rear section of the frame had to be removed, remade/fabricated from suitable materials, and welded in place by a coded welder. A lot of this stuff looks good to those who don't know any better, but for those who do, the tell take signs are usually visible from a distance. 

Now this man knows his stuff

30 horsepower doesn't sound much, but the last one I did, in standard form, was tight to make 12 at the back wheel on the dyno. I managed to double that and a bit more by the time I'd finished.

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