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Early 70's UK Hondas: Manufacturer’s VIN plate
« on: April 14, 2021, 06:30:20 AM »
I’m viewing a 1973 original UK spec XL250 Motosport later this morning and I’ve always been of the belief that UK spec Hondas in the early 70’s didn’t have a Manufacturer’s VIN plate rivetted to the RHS headstock as UK legislation didn’t require it, and the frame number was just stamped into the LHS.

But I’ve just woken up doubting myself about the VIN plate, am I right? ???

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Andrew
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1972 UK XL250 K0 Motosport
1976 UK Z900 A4

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Re: Early 70's UK Hondas: Manufacturer’s VIN plate
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2021, 06:37:39 AM »
No VIN plate before 1976  ;) Never seen a VIN plate on the headstock of a 70's Honda, they were on the rear frame .
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Re: Early 70's UK Hondas: Manufacturer’s VIN plate
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2021, 07:26:27 AM »
My 1971 US 500 had the vin plate on rh side of headstocķ with stamping on lh side

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Re: Early 70's UK Hondas: Manufacturer’s VIN plate
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2021, 07:28:59 AM »
My 1971 US 500 had the vin plate on rh side of headstocķ with stamping on lh side

Andrew question was about UK units  ::)

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Re: Early 70's UK Hondas: Manufacturer’s VIN plate
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2021, 08:25:09 AM »
Hi Andrew,
Just had a peep at my K0 and there is no ViN plate; only stamped numbers & letters on the left hand side of the headstock.
Let us know what the bike is like.
Cheers
Phil
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1972 Honda CB750 K2 - Now candy apple red - Ex USA, a DK special - needs a lot more work than I thought - very quickly becoming a DS special...

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Re: Early 70's UK Hondas: Manufacturer’s VIN plate
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2021, 08:25:23 AM »
True, but i seem to remember there was a discussion on a different topic where there was doubt as to original country.
If it is UK  there shouldnt be a plate, if its a grey import there may well be

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Re: Early 70's UK Hondas: Manufacturer’s VIN plate
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2021, 10:06:49 AM »
Thanks for the info folks, glad I wasn't losing any more of my marbles!

I'm just off, so hopefully the bike is what I believe it to be - will report back.
1970 US CB750 K1
1972 UK XL250 K0 Motosport
1976 UK Z900 A4

 

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