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picked up a 1975 cb750 locally...


the vin on the title is one letter off from the vin on the engine. but isn't really close to what is on the neck of the frame. he had it titled and registered and all, but what possible issues could i have with this? worth worrying about?

so the bike has a dyna ignition, new filters and jets to match. pretty clean and runs very very well. he had the 3 ohm coils but said they kept draining the batery so he put the stock back on. is this normal?

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There should not be a problem for you to register that bike as long as you have the title. The DMV will not do an inspection on the bike if there is a title and bill of sale.

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the vin on the title is one letter off from the vin on the engine. but isn't really close to what is on the neck of the frame. he had it titled and registered and all, but what possible issues could i have with this? worth worrying about?

so the bike has a dyna ignition, new filters and jets to match. pretty clean and runs very very well. he had the 3 ohm coils but said they kept draining the batery so he put the stock back on. is this normal?

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Honda engine vin's and frame vins are not supposed to match, these are not like harley's or brit bikes which did match. Sounds to me like the previous owner registered the bike to the engine which sounds fishy. Although there were certain mid-western states I have heard of doing this practice until up till the 1970s (but can't confirm), the #1 and #2 reasons someone would do this is if there was a previous bad title issue (bike abandoned, salvaged, or past owner deceased) on the frame or the bike was stolen.

They aren't going to check and a not-particularly bright cop would probably be fooled buy the engine and title numbers matching, but the title issue makes the bike suspect and devalues it a lot.

AS far as the 3 ohm coils draining the battery, well it is not uncommon, but it sounds like the p/o did a lot of city riding and idiling where the bike would not get above 2500 rpms as much as it needs to. With stock coils a honda's break even charging is 2000 rpm, with reduced resistance coils the number becomes slightly higher (no idea what it is). If it is a commuter I would leave the stock coils in place, if a weekend warrior where you will be thrashing it, switch it back.

I can;t tell if those pods are real K&Ns or the emgo metal mesh pods. If they are the metal mesh they are garbage and you should probably think about getting a real set of K&Ns or going back to the stock airbox with K&N in it.

those mufflers look loud.

If you decide to part it out I will buy all the bodywork off you right now no questions asked. Heck, if you were closer I'd make you an offer on the whole bike....

and fer godsakes ditch those clubmans.
 

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be really careful. having the bike registered wrong can lead to big problems. you title the frame, not the engine. if youre in an accident, it could be an insurance problem. if the bike gets stolen, you need to have the title for the frame. (not likely to be stolen). ive seen old cars with issues like this. where people cant find the vin, they use a number on the vehicle from anywhere. i saw a rambler that had the doorpost part number as the vin since that was all they could find. the dmv issued a title based on it somehow. there should be a way to get the issue rectified. you could register it, then make some calls and tell them there was some kind of a screw up with the title being issued previously and youd like to resolve it. you know, play dumb. see where it gets you. and dont forget, if you dont get the answer you want, keep calling back and trying til you do. someone will most likely be willing to help.

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almost forgot...

in the old days of pre computer and real paperwork the DMV made all kinds of small numerical errors where one or two letters or numbers would be deleted or incorrect. There is a DMV form that allows minor corrections but I would not be rushing into doing this. In NY this was as simple as showing up to the DMV and saying that there was a mistake and they would correct it on the spot. Unfortunatly this led to abuse where by a lot of plain jane old cars got turned into muscle cars. The best example I can think of this is the difference between a GTO and a Lemans is the numbers 242 vs 237 as the first three digits of the vin. Consequently there are a lot of fake GTOs in NY (Mine is real<img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>). This lead to inspections by a sheriff now whenever you have to have a vin correction, no matter how small. So becraeful, ask your DMV what the protocol is before you try to make changes since you might be inviting an inspection. At the same time NY is still kinda loose about old cars and bikes (pre 73) without paperwork and I was actually able to register my old 1957 Corvette by the crossmember part number until I found the vin (the plate was under 3" of body filler) and re-registered it.

If you have a close friend who is a cop, I would have him run the frame number for you through the computer. That way if it comes up stolen you won't automatically get arrested and the bike impounded if it comes up stolen (my buddies on the force usually give me a week to turn it in voluntarily before they come to my house and take it).
 

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i'm going to have my sister (cop) run the vin on the frame and see what it says. i'm not selling this one until spring time so i'll do my homework in the meantime on all of this.
yeah they are the cheap emgo filters i think. Definitely not K&N. I have an extra set of rea K&N's i'll throw on. The Exhaust is actually really quiet. and seems to be in good shape.
I'm pretty sure that the gastank isn't original, the petcock is on the left and makes adjusting the idle difficult.


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