This is my first post having taken delivery of a European imported 850T just yesterday.
Unfortunately when I came to enquire about a dating letter to go towards a UK registration, I was told the engine fitted is a T3 and therefore unacceptable - the DVLA insist the bike is standard. This is a major setback as the only alternative is a Q plate.
So I need a “VC” prefix engine or an engine case to transfer my internals into.
I have e-mailed every breaker on Google and posted on our Facebook page, but can anyone on here help?
My bike has a V1000 convert engine in it now but was an 850T originally. I have the original crankcase but want to hang onto it to build an 850 engine again. What Don says is correct to my knowledge, your 850T3 engine is a period replacement and the DVLA should be educated. Maybe ask the dating officer (contact details in Gamgalunga on page 4) to confirm the dates of the bike and engine?
As far as I know on the early models the engine number bears no relation whatsoever to the frame number, it’s just a number as they were on all old vehicles, so no it don’t even have a 2-letter prefix either. Well mine didn’t. I suspect DVLA know not what they’re torking about or are torking cobblers. Think it would be impossible to cross match any of the old style engine numbers to a particular frame number as the marriage was arbitrary. Factory had a row of finished engines and a row of frames to put them in, and whichever of each reached the end of the line got bunged together.