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Post  Vespa200 on Sat Feb 28, 2015 11:36 am

Have a Norman Autobyke with an engine number of XXA32509 and an original registration number of KPB 707. However there is no evidence on any frame number anywhere. Usual;y it is I beleive located on the seat post,but nothing and no signs of any attempt to remove it.
I will have to register the machine with the DVLA and without a frame number it might be a problem.
Anyone have any ideas of advice.
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Re: Machine dating

Post  JohnMac on Sat Feb 28, 2015 1:35 pm

Vespa200 wrote:Have a Norman Autobyke with an engine number of XXA32509 and an original registration number of KPB 707. However there is no evidence on any frame number anywhere. Usual;y it is I beleive located on the seat post,but nothing and no signs of any attempt to remove it.
I will have to register the machine with the DVLA and without a frame number it might be a problem.
Anyone have any ideas of advice.

Hi Nicholas

I have two Motobyks, a 1947 model with pressed steel forks and the frame number on the seat post and a 1948 model with tubular forks and the frame number on the headstock, on the right hand side near the bottom. The engine number on the 1948 bike is not that far away from yours, XXA49345 and the frame number 4 digits starting with 78xx.

I couldn't find the frame number on this bike until Ron Warrener on this forum was able to speak to a former employee of the works and told me where to look. Your bike may be one of the last of the Motobyks. The forks on my 1948 model are the same or very similar to those used on the later Model C with the Villiers 2F engine.

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