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Hi Charles,
I too would like more technical articles. However, we are grateful to all those who do contribute as many of us lead busy lives and finding time isn't always that easy. However, I will put an appeal for more in the March edition.

Thanks also to Bess who has contacted me and will be writing a feature in the future, as time permits. Much appreciated!

Twins / Re: Where to fit an external oil filter on my A65L (pre OIF)
« on: 15 January, 2018, 13:45:44 »
This is for Bess,
Would you like to share this with all members via The Star? If so, would you send me, by email, the pictures and if you have any sketches with dimensions, that would be great, with a brief write up of how you did it? It would be really appreciated.

Twins / Re: A65 OIF Wiring
« on: 15 January, 2018, 13:38:41 »
Yes, they connect into the main loom and headlamp loom at the point above and just forward of the engine. I tried to be clever and fitted them in the headlamp itself but there isn't enough room and it was a bloody nightmare. So I reverted back to the factory method!

The Star and Garter / Re: Help needed in the spring.
« on: 15 January, 2018, 13:34:51 »
Whilst putting the engine back together remember to put the rear mounting studs (3 off) in place in the rear of the gearbox housing before joining the crankcases as they wont go in afterwards. Also, if you have the rear chain cover (black plate that fits behind the gearbox sprocket area, that keeps road grit and muck from getting behind the primary chaincase) fit that before plonking the engine in the frame as its nigh on impossible to fit afterwards. That's why you dont see them on there very often.

Twins / Re: 389 Monobloc choke sliders
« on: 07 January, 2018, 12:06:38 »
Good to hear from you James,
Did the article about your LC ever appear in the Classic Motorcycle? If not, I will be seeing James Robinson at Mortons at the end of this month and I'll remind him!!

The Star and Garter / Re: BSA registered "975CDH"
« on: 07 January, 2018, 12:00:49 »
As it has a Walsall registration, it would most likely have been sold by Motorcycle Mart (Walsall) Ltd in Ablewell Street. Being 1958, it could be a D5?
There must be thousands of Bantams still left mouldering in sheds, its likely this is one of them.

Twins / Re: Tank Decals
« on: 04 January, 2018, 18:03:54 »
I bought the correct decals from Graham, the Regalia Officer BSAOC and the are the stick on type which are much better than the water slide. However you only get one chance so make sure its in the correct position before it touches the tank as you can't reposition them. The benefit is, they look great and as its only the gold line that is actually stuck on, there is no oblong clear patch to crinkle up when lacquering over the top.
They are ref 005 and are 2.50 a pair (+ 1 postage) contact

Singles / Re: The big boot
« on: 01 January, 2018, 17:03:24 »
Straight Grade 40 is more suitable for the B31. Without sparking off the age old debate, the main difference is that classic monogrades do not contain detergents and the crud falls gently to the sump and stays there. Multigrades have detergents which hold the crud in suspension and transport it until it goes through the cartridge filter and is trapped there. So, assuming you don't have a cartridge or felt type filter, you're best off sticking to straight grade 40. If you have an external filter then by all means use either, Both are available in the Castrol Classic and Morris's range from most motor factors.

The Star and Garter / Re: BSAOC future .
« on: 24 December, 2017, 14:59:27 »
Regarding the price of Classic bikes, as those of you who read my ramblings in The Star will know, I've been quietly banging on about this for a long time.
Its great that they are increasing in value to enable those of us who restore to know that we are likely to get some if not most of what we've spent on them back if and when we sell them, to fund the next restoration. However, the price people are paying for incomplete or basket cases which no-one (including the owner) knows the history of is ridiculous.
If only people would stop and make the simple calculation of 'what will it cost me to restore to a useable, on the road machine?' then 'what are they currently selling for (not asking prices)?' Take one from t'other and that's what its really worth!
I doubt this will happen sometime soon.
Have a good Christmas day tomorrow folks!

Singles / Re: B44, Bigend, Piston. Bad vibration.
« on: 23 December, 2017, 13:59:28 »
My B44 was tooth loosening and finger numbing at around 60-65MPH which was very uncomfortable at the time.
The Norton Commando's problems were Front Disc Brake (original lockheed) was useless, the oil tank bottom mounting cracked and all the oil flooded the garage floor, the head gasket leaked oil all over my left leg, the RH Exhaust ring came out, not surprised it was held in with araldite, (both issues fixed properly). It was the Interstate and the seat width meant I struggled to reach the floor, fell over when stationary twice, plus, as I wear specs, revs below 2500 meant the specs shook and my vision was blurd, isolastics were shot so it wallowed alarmingly when taking a bend at speed, I could go on. All these things could have been improved and some eliminated but that would have cost 1500+ and at the time, the bike was just not worth it!

The Star and Garter / Re: my old BSA A65 DRC 653 B
« on: 23 December, 2017, 13:44:16 »
Hi Les,
Have you contacted the purchaser and see if he still has it? If it was a non runner then, it may be in his shed!

The Star and Garter / Re: BSAOC future .
« on: 22 December, 2017, 10:59:19 »
Hi Calvin, the membership has been increasing steadily since I took over as Editor some 6 years ago. It was around 2500 then and it's now just under 3500. I don't know how we can encourage younger people to join as a) it means them investing in relatively expensive classic bikes and b) the main reasons we older members ride and restore them is because we have experienced them since our youth and we want to keep reminding ourselves of the good times?
Anyone else got any suggestions?
Regarding the branches, maybe we ought to encourage the formation of groups in areas which aren't readily served by a Branch or Group. They did this in Dorset a year or so ago and it took off with resounding success. But, we need people in those areas, to get together and start these up.

Twins / Re: A65 OIF conversion to disc front brake.
« on: 22 December, 2017, 10:45:16 »
Each to their own Ken. The bikes don't go any faster and idiots use to pull out in front of you back then but I suppose the car in front stops quicker these days. That's why I always leave plenty of room in front.
Both my conical hubs the A65 and the B25SS work really well. The B25SS is really effective but then it has the standard, longer brake levers on the plate. Why they didn't make these standard on all, we'll never know.

Singles / Re: B44, Bigend, Piston. Bad vibration.
« on: 21 December, 2017, 16:27:26 »
I had a B44 back in 1997 and it suffered from serious vibration. I asked around and was told they all do that sir, mainly due to the high compression. So I sold it and got my self a Norton Commando - Big Mistake!

Singles / Re: B44 riders
« on: 21 December, 2017, 16:21:35 »
I think they have always been 'optimistic' but as all out bikes were of a similar age, they all read the same speeds so we all were led to believe we were doing 70+ in the outside lane overtaking other vehicles, when in reality most cars wouldn't do 70 anyway.
The other issue today is the tyres we use such as Roadriders are different OD's to the K70's back in the 60's

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