Went for a ride today...

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Ogribike, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. Ogribike

    Ogribike Vagabond

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    It was kind of bittersweet, I just removed the "Ogri" tag and replaced it with an "Antique" tag. So my trips will be limited on her now. I did a nice tour with her last fall, here is the Ride Report.

    It was a good ride today on familiar roads with big smiles.

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  2. tennessee thumper

    tennessee thumper now in Mt. View, AR

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    Great looking ride. For what it's worth I ran antique tags on my /5 for years in Memphis without issue from law enforcement. Maybe different in your neck of the woods...If pulled over, which I never was, I planned on telling the officer I just got the bike out of the shop/or finished a wrenching job and was doing a road test to check the work.
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  3. hardwaregrrl

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    Why, is that not an issued plate? Just curious, I used to have an antique tag on the ST but last year Georgia raised the rate 35$ for special tags and I was out.
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  4. Ogribike

    Ogribike Vagabond

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    Yes it's issued but with restrictions on everyday use. In VA it's only a one time fee of $50, for the tag. A lot of folks were using them on their old everyday use cars to avoid paying the yearly fee or having the state inspection.

    Here are the limitations for use:

    1) Participation in antique car club activities, exhibits, tours, parades, and similar events.

    2) Testing its operation, obtaining repairs or maintenance, selling the vehicle or trailer, transportation to and from events as described in number 1 above and for the occasional pleasure driving not to exceed 250 miles from your residence.

    3) Carrying or transporting passengers, personal effects or other antique motor vehicles being transported for show purposes.
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  5. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    I think I'd tell 'em where they can stick that tag :D Seems like you've got some other cool bikes to put around on though.

    man I love those valve covers :drif
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  6. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    As I am not from the USA, I am confused by this whole Antique shit! :huh please explain.

    Over here in the UK, we just have motorcycles, we can get classic insurance, but there are no restrictions with that. Also if it was made up to 1972 then it is free to licence it too.:evil
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  7. fishkens

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    It doesn't matter if you're from the USA, it matters which state in the USA you're from. :D

    In some states these plates are the same in every way (fees, etc.) as normal plates with the exception that they're vanity plates offered for vehicles > 25 years old. Other states have lower fees with significant restrictions. For the owner of many antique vehicles the restrictions can be reasonable.

    Ultimately, it depends on which interest group got to the legislators in a given state.

    Does that help?
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  8. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    Sort of, so some states limit the mileage you can do on an "old" vehicle. when fitted with these plates, and some don't? What a load of bereaucratic bollox! I ride a historic bike (in fact all my bikes are that old!, i can ride them when I want, as far as I want, in whichever country I want, with no restrictions imposed, I even get free, recovery to my home in case (when) I break down:clap
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  9. fishkens

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    Think of it this way:

    1) Folks with old vehicles that they ride only a few times a year to the parade have the option of a low, one-time license tab fee.

    2) Folks with old vehicles that they ride regularly can get the regular plate and ride all they want.

    I'm sure that the low cost antique plates came about after some clubs called their local rep and said they shouldn't pay the same price for tabs as people who ride everyday.

    Bureaucratic? License plates here have become special interest revenue generators. I can't even recognize the special interest plates in Washington state. Bicycles (yes, for a plate on a car), parks, colleges, square dancers (yes, I said the square dancers have affinity license plates!), a few dozen military types, bears, lighthouses, pets, etc.

    Granted, these plates all grant the same rights, they just cost more so you can make a donation to your cause and you can advertise your affinity on your license plate.

    http://www.dol.wa.gov/vehicleregistration/specialdesign.html

    Now, if that doesn't confuse you I didn't try hard enough.:lol3
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  10. HappyRiding

    HappyRiding Luddite

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    :clap:clap:clap It's not often that you see an antique tag on a one owner vehicle.

    I'd love to hear the stories ole Ogri could tell...and see all the country Ogri has seen.
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  11. lancruza

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    Hey, good looking BMW. What's the other good looking bike sitting on the right side in your garage?
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  12. hardwaregrrl

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    Yeah, sorry Ogribike....I f'ed up your thread. Lets see some more pics of those beauties!!
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  13. HappyRiding

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    Thruxton :drif
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  14. Ogribike

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    Okay, the deal is I have a few more than one bike, so to drop the cost of yearly tag fees in Virginia I can tag it as antique after 25 years and pay a one time lifetime fee of $50 and not be required to have a yearly state inspection. I save a few beans but limited to use. If I am stopped I just need to state the reason I'm riding that day. If the bike is pretty much pristine they normally will not stop you. If it's just a junker and looks like you are trying to avoid fees then you will most likely get stopped. I have owned the R80 since I bought it new in 1986.:evil

    It is up to me if I want to tag it with a regular tag and pay the fees, that way I can ride it at all times. This is not mandatory. Since I do have other bikes to ride I chose this venue.

    The bike next to the R80 is a Thruxton, thanks Sara, with D&D pipes and a few other mods. As for old school, I also have a '76 R90/6, a '70 Triumph T140, a '84 HD FXWG and a '92 R100GS plus a few newer machines.

    It was nice passing a couple guys on newer bikes in the twisties today and all they saw was an antique plated bike going by. :lol3
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  16. DaveBall

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    Sure glad I live in B.C. Canada. All of my bikes are registered as Collector and get plates that say that on them. Here we can register any bike older than 25 years as either a standard bike, Collector or Vintage. There are some restrictions on getting the Collector or Vintage plates.

    Collector - Bike must be stock as orignal for the era. i.e. stock paint colors, stock wheels, stock seat, stock exhaust, etc. Any of that can be reproduced to the era. Pictures must be supplied to register the bike this way. Any changes made after the pictures are submitted can and will void insurance coverage. You can ride the bike anywhere at any time, except to and from work or school. You must have a regularly insured vehicle (can be for pleasure use only) before you can register a Collector or Vintage bike. There is no restriction on how many miles riden nor where, I have ridden all over North America with these plates and never had any problems at all.

    Also, Collector insurance is dirt cheap compared to regular insurance.
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  17. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    I've got an antique plate from GA and haven't had any problems. Heck, I got a reckless driving charge a few days ago for kicking wheelies on the damn thing and the cop didn't bother me about it. I bet you can ride it as much as you want and be fine.

    That's incredible. Yep, now you owe us bike stories :lurk
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  18. camgregus

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    here in AR you can do whatever with antique tags.....

    You see people driving old work trucks with them all the time.
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  19. danedg

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    The bollox came from the insurance company, not the State.
    The insurance company ASSUMES an antique bike cannot ridden more than a few miles a year, and only then to the show.
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