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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-04-2010, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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Antique Motorcycle Plates?

I have an 84 Harley XR 1000 that I don't ride much because of it's rarity and unavailability/extreme cost of replacement parts, and I have other bikes. I'd like to be able to ride it to bike nights, cruise nights, Slimey Crud Run and things like that, Antique Plates seem like the way to go.

Antique plates are $30 for a 5 year plate, but there are restrictions on use. Insurance is also cheaper because of the restricted use.

Here are the restrictions

Antique Vehicle License Plates are issued for a five year registration period expiring Dec. 31, 2014. To qualify for Antique Plates, motor vehicles, including motorcycles, must be more than 25 years old. Firefighting vehicles must be at least 20 years old.

Vehicles displaying these plates may only be driven to and from an antique auto show or exhibition, service station or demonstration. The mechanical and physical condition of the vehicle, including brakes, lights, glass and appearance, must be the same or as safe as originally equipped. An antique vehicle may be a "bona fide replica" - an exact copy of the original in design, frame and mechanical operation. "Facsimiles" - close, but not exact, reproductions of the original - do not qualify for Antique Vehicle plates.

Anyone running Antique Plates? Any problems? Should I just get regular plates?

Here's the fun part

Historical License Plates, representing the model year, may be displayed on an antique vehicle, provided the owner has valid, current Antique Vehicle Plates. Plates and registration must be kept in the vehicle at all times.

You can run any old plate as long as you have the real one with you?

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-04-2010, 10:56 AM
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Nope I have one of them "Facsimile" jobs.

I did see a guy with one of those on his Velocette at a bike show though. Looked pretty cool
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