By vince
#87843
Hi, any owners out there who can tell me under what name these models are registered with DVLC. Vince
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By Adrian
#87928
A few of the Indian-badged bikes have made it back to the land of their birth, so it's worth a try. Otherwise it's a Super Meteor with funny wheels...
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By Jools G
#87929
As the manufacturer was Royal Enfield, then that's what DVLA will have them down as. You'll need to provide evidence that RE manufactured and sold these bikes under the 'Indian' brand, (essentially as 'export only' machines). However, DVLA seem to be mostly peopled by simple-minded souls who are only capable of pushing buttons (frequently the wrong ones to boot ...) for items over which there is no possibility of confusion. Be prepared for a certain degree of frustration!

The REOC will be able to provide you with full details of date of manufacture, shipment, retailer, etc, so if you haven't already made enquiries, it would be worth doing.
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By Rushour
#87934
Although these bikes were essentially Royal Enfield - they were badged and registered as Indian - and I have seen a V55 for a Trailblazer that clearly stated the Manufacturer as Indian.
By Jools G
#87936
I assume you meant to type in 'V5C' rather than V55?

If a US-imported bike came with it's 'pink slip', then DVLA probably would accord it as being of 'Indian' manufacture, simply transferring the information from one document to the other.

However, following the closure of the old LVLO's, if the bike has no such documentation and needs to be re-registered under DVLA's 'age-related' scheme, then the only thing they'll accept these days is a dating letter from either the manufacturer, or alternatively, one of their recognised dating authorities (such as the REOC). That being so, I can't honestly see DVLA accepting 'Indian' as the manufacturer considering their current approach and mindset.
By vince
#87937
Hi, so bearing in mind how insurance companies have a vehicle list, its a royal enfield ......? Vince
By Jools G
#87946
Exactly so. Royal Enfield (Redditch) never owned the American 'Indian' brand, so could never have produced them under this name in their own right. Essentially, Tomahawks, Chiefs, Apaches et al are just re-badged versions of RE models with americanised fittings.

Thus, as Royal Enfield (Redditch) is the original manufacturer, any company dealing in classic insurance should be aware of this variation-on-a-theme and should be able to accommodate it without any problems.

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