MT500's in use by the UK Post Office?

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MT500's in use by the UK Post Office?

Post by AK-47 » Sat Oct 12, 2019 3:59 pm

Just joined after buying an MT500, and have not joined a site before (must be my age), and trying to navigate my way round.

On cleaning the crud and poorly painted black off the frame I noticed that it was a bright red, and on checking other parts found them to be the same. A local chap who has two MT's mentioned that the Post Office trialled some in the distant past. Is this the case, or was it re-painted after release from the MoD? The finish and quality of the red paint indicates a good job.

Any ideas or information would be useful.

Thanks.
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Re: MT500's in use by the UK Post Office?

Post by MTBrown » Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:24 pm

The VIN number will tell you whether it's an MT and hence army or CV and a civilian version. If MT then probably not Post Office or Fire Service!
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Re: MT500's in use by the UK Post Office?

Post by AK-47 » Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:46 pm

Hello MT,

Thanks for the swift reply. The VIN is 193627, with the V5 showing the engine as the same number!

Is there a database that I can access to check on the VIN?
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Re: MT500's in use by the UK Post Office?

Post by AK-47 » Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:56 pm

Hello MT,

I've just checked the VIN plate and it just has 193627 stamped on the plain plate. On looking at the manual. it's not the same type as shown.

Also, the engine number is 193704. So a new V5 is in order.

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Re: MT500's in use by the UK Post Office?

Post by Wirralman » Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:23 pm

You have a very rare bike
Initially 560 were known to have been trialled by the police, at least one had an Avon fairing, others did not. There are photos of these posted somewhere, ,by Morpeus . My belief is that these frames were labelled MP

Sheffield Parks had about 28 bikes 560 ? These were white ( frame and side panels), had frame numbers starting CV, different front end ?, no panniers

It has been said in the past that the Post Office trialled some bikes- specification and quantity unknown. The Post Office didn't buy any for their service

A batch of about 76 was built for the Canadian Army , believed to be the MTC range. These had electric and kick start

UK military had about 3000, kick start only , rear rack fitted

Side panels were made in green, white, red and I think one other colour. If a bikes frame is red, it's side panels were probably red too
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Re: MT500's in use by the UK Post Office?

Post by yaka » Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:34 am

i run a Post Office, one of the our old Royal Mail collection officers who was scottish spotted my MT parked round back and mentioned that he remebers when Royal Mail trialing them for remote parts like the scottish highlands but the response from the post men was that it was not sutiable for winter.
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Re: MT500's in use by the UK Post Office?

Post by Ser3J » Thu Oct 17, 2019 10:21 am

I’m probably in the minority but I’d actually prefer an MT500 that wasn’t Ex-military.

No reason other than having spent a reasonable time in green it’s sometimes nice to go civilian :)
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Re: MT500's in use by the UK Post Office?

Post by lardmarc » Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:16 pm

Ser3J wrote:
Thu Oct 17, 2019 10:21 am
I’m probably in the minority but I’d actually prefer an MT500 that wasn’t Ex-military.
Get a CV500.
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Re: MT500's in use by the UK Post Office?

Post by Ser3J » Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:59 pm

Perhaps even more rare for a decent example? I’m looking :D
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Re: MT500's in use by the UK Post Office?

Post by lardmarc » Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:26 pm

Ser3J wrote:
Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:59 pm
I’m looking :D
Easier to find one in kit form. ;)
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