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Twins / Re: What spark plug caps? (And plugs)
« on: 04 February, 2018, 17:57:49 »
I use NGK non-resistor plug caps and NGK B7ES plugs. THe Green Spark Plug co is an excellent source of all things ignition. Beware cheap NGK plugs - there are counterfeits out there.

Twins / Re: Useful A10 valve info.
« on: 22 January, 2018, 22:19:00 »
It has certainly been the case for many years - 50 that I know of and probably many more.

The Star and Garter / Re: Mororcycle Insurance Advice
« on: 18 January, 2018, 06:14:49 »
Carole Nash will do it. They need 6 photos.

Singles / Re: Grease
« on: 17 January, 2018, 07:36:25 »
A half decent grease gun won't break the bank. Halfords or anywhere really.

Singles / Re: Newcomer
« on: 15 January, 2018, 07:37:10 »
A single is a joy to ride. After a long riding career on twins, it's the singles that get all the use now. Well, almost all.

The Star and Garter / Re: Painting Barrels black
« on: 14 January, 2018, 06:49:57 »
Of course a hot engine will bake it on for you - keeps the kitchen fume free.

The Star and Garter / Re: Painting Barrels black
« on: 13 January, 2018, 17:42:52 »
Hammerite smooth seems pretty resilient. I find other high temperature aerosols don't last the first rain shower. Brushing gives a decent coat though a few coats of the spray can is pretty good.

Singles / Re: M33 Electronic Regulator
« on: 13 January, 2018, 14:16:53 »
Is your dynamo polarity correct? Try flashing it.

The Star and Garter / Re: Feartherbed frame.
« on: 05 January, 2018, 17:37:39 »
Having a featherbed framed Norton and swinging arm BSAs I am in a position to give my thoughts. The Featherbed frame is good, no doubt about it. However, if it breaks away, it goes. Rarely do you get away with a slide. Having said that, when racing it I could get a 2 wheel drift going on bends but that's unusual. The BSA frame is more forgiving. Hit a spot of gravel on a bend and it will give a a shake and then sort itself out and on you go. The scrambles heritage perhaps? There is not much to choose between them really. An eye opener is the Enfield Bullet. My 1998 one really does corner as if on rails. Most unexpected!   

Twins / Re: A65 problems
« on: 04 January, 2018, 14:32:46 »
it looks like it was seized badly before you bought it and ham-fistedly freed off to make it turn over prior to sale. It does require a total strip down. The Rolls Royce approach is to go for an SRM bottom end conversion and oil pump BUT the standard bush and pump (assuming your pump is OK) are perfectly adequate as long as the bush is fitted properly and line reamed.
Too often heaps of junk are advertised on eBay which does the classic bike movement no favours. I had intended to put my Velocette on eBay but it needed a fair bit of work done to make it fit to sell. I wasn't going to let some poor buyer discover its faults. So I fixed everything and behold, it has turned out to be a cracking bike that I now wouldn't part with. Hopefully your A65 once sorted will turn out to be a great machine too.     

Singles / Re: The big boot
« on: 01 January, 2018, 14:32:18 »
I use an NGK B6HS.

The Star and Garter / Re: BSAOC future .
« on: 23 December, 2017, 17:17:20 »
Must agree there. How many kids get Meccano for Christmas? No more budding engineers and bike tinkerers out there. I can certainly see values plummeting for run of the mill classics. As my generation dies off, the markets will be flooded. How many bikes does the average older git have? 7 if I remember from the survey. At least one or two of mine have an assured future having produced a couple of biking sons.     

Twins / Re: LED h/light conversion
« on: 10 December, 2017, 07:30:33 »
You really need that armature rewound for 12 volts. And why not a 12 Volt field coil while you are at it? The E3L weak point in these circumstances is the soft soldered commutator. A decent 12 v armature should have silver soldered commutator connections.

My shed does indeed have most mod cons. Kettle, comfy chair etc. How it was constructed can be seen here: 

Twins / Re: LED h/light conversion
« on: 08 December, 2017, 07:02:56 »
Much depends on how you did your 12v conversion. If you take a standard 6v E3L and use a 12v regulator it will work but in my experience with prolonged night riding the commutator soldering can fail, as happened on the A10 more than once. The A10 has reverted to 6v and is actually pretty good at night. The 12v conversion on my Star Twin uses a 12v field coil and armature and has been completely trouble-free.  All my bikes now have LED stop/tail bulbs but I have stuck to BPF headlight bulbs. Even my Velocette with its somewhat poxy 6V 40W Miller dynamo is fine at night with as 30/24 BPF headlight and a LED tail light.     

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