Q: I bought an old motorcycle at a garage sale. Can you tell me what it is ?
Q: I just got a Triumph, can you tell me what year and model it is ?
A: A photograph enables a best guess. Engine and frame numbers may help. Bring the photograph and information to an OVM meeting.
Q: I have a 1956 Matchless G6 that I got from my father-in-law, can you tell me how much it is worth ?
We are not qualified to provide appraisals, sight unseen or otherwise.
Q: I’m looking for a chainguard for my 1962 Sportster, do you have any for sale ?
A: OVM does not sell parts. As a club member, you can advertise in our newsletter. Join OVM.
Q: Can you send me a registration form for the Seattle Swap Meet in October ?
A: We cannot send you registrations for events organized by other groups. If the group has a website, we may be able to direct you to it.
Q: How much will it cost me to restore my [make/model] motorcycle ?
A: Our Newsletter Editor has tracked some costs for a few restoration tasks. These are posted on his web page. To help you answer the question yourself, we have some information resources here on our web site, and we can sometimes direct you to other locations on the web that have more information. Note that the total cost of restoration, including the original value of the bike, will probably be more than your bike will be worth when it’s done.
Here are some tips to collecting answers to questions about your motorcycle:
Check the Links, and Other Clubs sections of our web site for clubs specialising in the motorcycle you’re interested in. Write or email your question to them, they will probably have more knowledge about your specific bike than we would. We also list links to many of the better known vintage motorcycle and parts dealers. You might also want to check out some of the M/C index pages that are listed, such as Ronnie Cramer’s M/C Index.
Classic Bike at Barnes and Noble, or Border’s Books, or any other bookstore or newsstand that carries a good selection of magazines. This publication runs classified ads that will give you a good idea of price and availability of almost any old bike you can imagine. They also run commercial ads for all the important vendors of parts and services for old bikes worldwide. Another good source for pricing information, or purchases is Walneck’s Classic Cycle Trader, usually available at quick-stop markets like 7-11, or Circle-K stores.
The above doesn’t look like much, but with a little perseverance, you can get all the information you need on your own, and you’ll have the confidence that you can solve any future problems with the same kind of research.