What US registration number did my '77 GL1000 have?


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What US registration number did my '77 GL1000 have?

Postby Paul Narramore » Wed Mar 09, 2016 9:22 am



My 1977 GL1000 was imported from the US and was examined by HM Customs & Excise at Felixstowe Docks, Suffolk on 18 July 1994. I wonder if the bike was still carrying it's US license plate or would this have been removed in the US and returned to the local licensing authority? Is there a way of discovering what her original registration number was and previous American owners were? Just curious.


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Re: What US registration number did my '77 GL1000 have?

Postby brettchallenger » Wed Mar 09, 2016 9:36 am

As far as I am aware, it is not the bike or vehicle which is registered (as in the UK) but the owner, ie the plates are the licence number of the owner. So if the bike changes ownership, the plates change too. I am sure our American friends will put us right about this.
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Re: What US registration number did my '77 GL1000 have?

Postby PoolDude » Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:10 am

It depends on the state, in some states the plates belong to the state and go with the vehicle and in others like Arizona the plate belongs to the owner and is retained. Should be able to use one of the vehicle tracking sites and use the frame number to get some history though with the shorter vin numbers used back then it might not work.

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Re: What US registration number did my '77 GL1000 have?

Postby Paul Narramore » Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:14 am

Brett, I'm certain you are partially correct. Some states do and some don't. I am building up a collection of US licence plates, one from each state, (up to 25 now) and some are almost impossible to obtain as the actual plate has to be sent back if the bike is destroyed or exported. But, as you say, others stay with the owner to go onto his next vehicle.

PD Can you recommend a US-based vehicle tracking site?
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Re: What US registration number did my '77 GL1000 have?

Postby Paul Narramore » Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:31 am

I came tried four US-based websites and none recognise the bike's VIN number - GL13024822 or GL1E3024822.
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Re: What US registration number did my '77 GL1000 have?

Postby DarthJ » Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:12 pm

You're halfway there, which ones do you still need?
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Re: What US registration number did my '77 GL1000 have?

Postby PoolDude » Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:33 pm

The problem is since 1981 the length of the VIN has been standardized at 17 characters, before that they could be any length and most of the services are set up to trace the 17 digit numbers cause that's easiest. I would advise if you know where the bike was registered to contact the states DMV office to see if they can give you any help. Also if you the last owner see if he/she can give you the name of who they got it from and so on. Good luck.

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Re: What US registration number did my '77 GL1000 have?

Postby Paul Narramore » Thu Mar 10, 2016 5:10 am

DarthJ wrote:You're halfway there, which ones do you still need?


Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, North Virginia and Wyoming.

Thanks PD. I am the tenth UK owner and I'm pretty sure that the mileage of 28,000 miles is genuine, amazing for a 39yr old bike, but it seems past owners clearly didn't like or ride her much. I know the first UK owner no longer lives at the address I have but I shall still write to all of the owners to discover something about the bike's history. I got a list of previous owners and their addresses from our DVLA. She's had an engine swop during her life too. The tyres are 20yrs old too and must have been fitted the year after she arrived here.
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Re: What US registration number did my '77 GL1000 have?

Postby OldZX11Rider » Thu Mar 10, 2016 7:29 pm

If a body had one of those license plates you need for your collection, how would he go about getting it to you? :D

(Yeah I know, the mail.) :lol:
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Re: What US registration number did my '77 GL1000 have?

Postby Paul Narramore » Fri Mar 11, 2016 4:46 am

The 'body' would read his PMs and all would be revealed :D I'd be happy to send in return a UK motorcycle licence plate, not that they are much to write home about. Yellow reflective plastic with nothing to indicate where they are from.
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Re: What US registration number did my '77 GL1000 have?

Postby OldZX11Rider » Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:53 am

Sounds like a good plan to me. :D

It's the plate off my old bike and I've kinda been keeping it hidden away. I've got relatives that would slap it on their bikes and not go through the proper channels. :lol:

I'm not going to aid them. Scratch South Dakota off your list! :D
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Re: What US registration number did my '77 GL1000 have?

Postby OldZX11Rider » Fri Mar 11, 2016 12:45 pm

It's in the mail. :D
I hope it gets delivered okay. The little old lady at the post office didn't seem too sure of what she was supposed to do. :roll:
She was starting to give me my change back when it dawned on her the United Kingdom wasn't a state! :lol:

She's a sweet little old lady, it just takes a minute for things to sink in sometimes, like me. (But it was funny!) :lol:
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Re: What US registration number did my '77 GL1000 have?

Postby Joe in SD » Fri Mar 11, 2016 7:58 pm

OldZX11Rider, I had only one license plate to send to him and you beat me to the punch! At least I joined this forum before you. Have a good day. Ride safe, Joe

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Re: What US registration number did my '77 GL1000 have?

Postby OldZX11Rider » Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:18 pm

Well, I can't be first at everything, unless it's asking that dumb question or sticking my foot in my mouth. :lol:
You ride safe too. :D
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Re: What US registration number did my '77 GL1000 have?

Postby Paul Narramore » Wed Apr 06, 2016 9:09 am

Many thanks for the South Dakota licence plate which arrived today after three weeks in the Bermuda Triangle :D So my collection has passed the halfway mark with 26 states collected and 24 to go. Anymore or anymore? ;)
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Re: What US registration number did my '77 GL1000 have?

Postby OldZX11Rider » Wed Apr 06, 2016 2:52 pm

Well I reckon no one wonders why it's called "snail mail" now, (if anyone ever did). :lol:
Glad it finally made it. :D
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Re: What US registration number did my '77 GL1000 have?

Postby Paul Narramore » Wed Apr 13, 2016 3:13 am

I remember staying the night at the Blue Ridge Camping Ground back in 2006. There was a large shelter in the grounds with dozens and dozens of US motorcycle plates including such rarities at Hawaii, screwed on the wooden beams, and I was sorely tempted to 'borrow' a few but being a guest in your country, I felt it was wrong ;-)


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