Ok, onto the not fun stuff if I want to get my project bike registered here in Victoria.
The state road authority is VicRoads. Any modifications need to comply with the modification guide (scroll down here in the list to that doc). This points you in the direction of modifications needing to comply with Vehicle Standards Bulletin 14. Stay with me here, people.
And the kicker really is – the bike (or car for that matter) needs to comply with the design standards in force at the time the bike was manufactured. And if you manufacture a new frame today, then the design standards in force TODAY apply to your bike. Awesome, eh…? This is called an “ICV”, which is an individually constructed vehicle.
So, the details mean I have to build a bike that looks old but passes all the regs of the current time. There is a useful checklist as part of VSB 14 for motorcycle ICVs.
So, before I start cutting metal, or talking to a engineering signatory who will approve (or otherwise) my project for registration, I am going to be doing a LOT of planning so I don’t waste any more time or money that absolutely required.
I think this will really involve the purchase of a donor bike that I can use to acquire engine/trans, brakes, switchgear and some ancilliary stuff to use for the planning. Off to eBay….