YOUR NUMBER’S UP
Paul Huxley found an old black and silver number plate and asks how he can find out what bike it came from.
First step is the ‘vehicle enquiry’ section of the DVLA website, which can provide make, year, capacity and taxation status – but only if the bike’s on the DVLA computer; if it doesn’t come up, it’s either no longer around or has been off the road for over 35 years. The only chance then is that the letter prefix will perhaps reveal when/where the number was issued and checking the BSA Owners Club’s list of surviving vehicle registers (bsaownersclub.co. uk/listexistingregisters.html) will tell you where to find the original register – if it survives, in which case a visit to whatever local history centre may provide the answer.
However, then Paul sent the number – 08 KC 11 is a military number and looking at a military vehicle website, I found that letters KA to KZ were issued to all services from 1982-94. With KC presumably being closer to ’82 than ‘94 I’d say it came off a Can-am Bombardier, removed when the bike was sold off and registered for civilian use.
ABOVE: Glass’s guide books help to date old road bike numbers