OB­TAIN­ING AN AGE-RE­LATED PLATE

Real Classic - - Mi-val 125 Gs -

Well be­fore the rid­ing im­pres­sions can be writ­ten about, one has to ac­tu­ally ride the thing and make sure ev­ery­thing works well. Be­fore this can be done legally one has to reg­is­ter the bike in the UK.

Well… ev­ery­thing was now in place to get that very im­por­tant agere­lated plate for the bike. So I duly filled in the nec­es­sary forms (V55) and sent off the data to the DVLA ex­pect­ing prob­lems – even though I have been through this pro­ce­dure sev­eral times now. This way I am not dis­ap­pointed when an is­sue crops up. No real is­sues this time ex­cept that af­ter a week I was in­formed that the bike had to be in­spected, pre­sum­ably to ver­ify it was what I said it was. So there was an­other de­lay as un­der the new sys­tem from the DVLA the ma­chine has to be in­spected by the com­pany rep­re­sen­ta­tive from SGS. Some­thing now sub­con­tracted af­ter the clos­ing of all the lo­cal DVLA of­fices and lo­cal in­spec­tion ser­vices. I con­tacted SGS, who ap­pear to have of­fices in the DVLA, as the tele­phone num­bers are very sim­i­lar and the lady was very friendly and help­ful. She in­formed me that within five days I would be con­tacted and of­fered an in­spec­tion date. With Swiss-like ef­fi­ciency af­ter four days this hap­pened – they con­tacted me on the morn­ing of the in­spec­tion 30 min­utes be­fore­hand to let me know the time of ar­rival of said in­spec­tor. The in­spec­tor was very knowl­edge­able on bikes but had not seen or heard of a MI-VAL be­fore.

Soon af­ter, I re­ceived a no­ti­fi­ca­tion from DVLA with the age-re­lated plate ref­er­ence.

So, out and about. As sus­pected the front sus­pen­sion is a lit­tle stiff, the en­gine is a lit­tle smoky – work­ing on the as­sump­tion that a lit­tle more oil is bet­ter than less – but she runs very well. I am try­ing out a Lam­bretta car­bu­ret­tor, just to see if things have im­proved over the years in the car­bu­ra­tion dept…

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