A quick question. If you’re looking to register an imported bike in the UK and there’s a mix of 4LO and 4L1 parts. What designates whether this would be a 250 or 350. ? i.e If you had 350 top end on a 250 can you declare this as a 350? Or if the engine was 4L1 stamped but had a 4L0 frame what would take precedence ? Thanks
It’s the cubic capacity from a legal definition so if you know it’s a 350 it’s registered as a 350, would you have known the difference between a 4l0 and 4l1 before? What you cannot do is then attempt to sell it on as a genuine 4L0 you’d have to declare what the engine and chassis numbers are/were. What you have is registration what is the cubic capacity? Insurance what is the cubic capacity Resale what do you know it to be?
Arguing with idiots is like banging your head against a wall pointless!
There is massive interest around Lc's, Pv's, in fact a lot of the old strokers from the 70's and 80's. Just look at the prices of X7's and aircooled Rd's, and even old Gt250's and you'll see there is a big market for them. Nostalgia is a powerful thing. And the prices reflect the popularity unfortunately. They were never meant to be expensive bikes - they were aimed at youngsters with low incomes, offering an amazing bike at a price most could afford, someway or another. The short production run helped fuel the enigma - roughly 3 years for the Lc, but about 12 years for the Pv's, and then the Banshee engines continued on after that. There are a lot of great bikes out there, but also a lot of lashed together piles that are sold on for maximum profit, by people that have no love for them. Get the best you can, ideally from an enthusiast. The good thing about the Lc is that it's really easy to restore them - in fact, probably THE easiest of all the classic strokers, due to the fact you can buy all the bodywork new, new looms, most engine parts genuine or excellent pattern, loads of options for trick/uprated parts etc etc. So many good people with awesome skills like paint, engine rebuilds, engineering ability - all linked to these bikes. And a lot of these guys are linked to this forum - Muttsnuts, Kenny TSA, Paul from PJME, Rob doing excellent gaskets, Alan, 3d printing parts that are not available anywhere else, etc etc. We really are very lucky, so even if you buy a munter needing work, it's all easily doable. Only issues you will have are pockets - how deep ? And how can you justify another, coz once you get one, you will want more !! Good luck, they are great bikes.
Just been reading this thread having searched "imported". I am probably in a similar position to the op, would like a 350 but have not seen just the right bike for about a year now. I have not been looking solidly because I was not ready to buy but if what I believed matched my requirements, I wouldn't have passed it by. So this makes it very much a waiting game and indeed, it may never happen. I am lucky to have my X7 which I know is all original and had been stored for years by the owner who was a genuine old time biker. If I can find a nice LC along the same lines or close it will be good. I did enquire about one for sale from a London dealer, asked questions on eBay and received no reply so I rang. The sales patter was all there but I could see why I received no response. All of a sudden it was not concours but a tidy import, something that was never mentioned in the ad. So, I will just keep an eye out for what appears genuine and meets my needs. I found this thread very interesting and I imagine a few are in the same boat. As for future values, I am a bit on the side of it is a generation thing just now but they are what they are.