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had an issue with dvla with a bike I imported into the uk

they incorrectly copies the vin number down incorrectly

it took years to sort out and eventually they did rectify their error

however as bike was from nz it had a 17 digit alloy tab with the number pop riveted to the frame, as their computer system will only accept 17 digit numbers

can I get DVLA to change the chasis number to that stamped on the frame, no they insist on continuing to use this 17 digit  number

Have two bikes like this, one is an extremely copllectable model with matching numbers, unfortunately the V% has a garbage number on it.......  but the engine and frame numbers are cherry and they do match

Twins / east mids frame painter recommendations required
« on: 12 November, 2017, 09:15:00 »
Doing a complete ground up rebuild of my 71 Lightning

Its has mismatched numbers so there is absolutely no point in going for 100% originality and I am going down the café racer route - however the frame is not having any mods so it could in future be returned to close to original

Getting frame acid dipped as its oil in the frame, have found a place in Nottingham who can do this

However before I do this I need to organise somewhere to paint (not powder coat) the frame

Colour will be a metallic silver type paint which is what BSA intended before they procured the army surplus paint aka dove grey

I might take you up on that

Shame of it all was it was the local organiser who made me feel very unwelcome when I had previously met him at a meeting a few years back when he wasn't organising said group

wont be returning to that meeting ever again, there is another branch within riding distance

National, Branch and Group Events / South Derbyshire unfriendly?
« on: 24 August, 2017, 21:19:25 »
Went along to a club meeting a few weeks back

Have been a inactive  member of this club  for several years

It was less than a pleasant experience, I was challenged by one person as to why I was there and if I was a member

Hardly impressed and not particularly welcoming

Not in a hurry to repeat the experience

Most bike clubs are struggling to attract members

It refreshing to see the BSA club has so many members it can afford to scare off members from attending meetings

Twins / Re: Scruffy Conical Hubs
« on: 07 August, 2017, 21:04:47 »
got a similar issue with grey coating on my 71 hubs

going to get them stripped somehow and polish them

Twins / Re: stripping backing plate on conical rear hub
« on: 17 July, 2017, 19:50:57 »
thanks f0r the quick response  looks like a nice job ahead of me then

Twins / stripping backing plate on conical rear hub
« on: 13 July, 2017, 07:18:10 »
Rebuilding by back wheel, stainless rim and spokes

Want to do away with the standard grey / silver paint on the hubs and have polished alloy

What is the best way to strip the original finish off

Running a triumph T140 disc brake front end with polished hub stainless spokes and stainless rim so it be nice to have a matching set of wheels

Twins / Re: Aftermarket oil filter
« on: 07 July, 2017, 06:04:25 »
re Norton commando filter heads with smooth pipes

have fitted these to a variety of bikes over the years and never had any issues with them or with using hoseclamps to affix oil lines

Twins / Re: A65 Engine rebuild
« on: 06 May, 2017, 17:43:29 »
Thanks for all the great advice

Except the motobatt battery, wife has one of these on her ducati, even with trickle charger on it lost power over winter ?????

Twins / Re: Silencers
« on: 06 May, 2017, 08:06:11 »
ordered a set of pipes off armours no problem

excellent and they supplied a set of Norton pea shooters with non standard 1 1/2" inlets to suit the bsa pipes at standard list price and offered to build pipes to what ever noise level you like

quality is excellent and will definitely be using them again

For headers I had a one off set made by OS exhausts  - building café racer and wanted TT style headers with Norton peashooters tucked in as tight as possible

Twins / A65 Engine rebuild
« on: 06 May, 2017, 08:00:03 »
Doing a complete ground up bare metal rebuild of my 71 lightning

Bike has been sitting unused and unloved for 20 plus years

Bodywork wise it was 100% correct but had been repainted the wrong colours at somepoint

Numbers don't match, it has a feb 71 engine and a nov 71 frame ?????

Rebuild will not be to original specs, decided to go down the café racer route, however all original parts will be retained and no original pars will be butchered

Bike was taken off road when a knocking noises started in bottom end , motor still turns over

Anyway getting SRM oil pump and bearing conversion done, balancing crank gas flowing head 3 angle valve grings and fitting mikunis because the amals never ever worked properly when it was running

Bile will have oil filter / cooler / electronic iginition

any suggestions  o any other improvements that can be made to engine whilst its apart, ie lightened flywheel  / drilling gears give any real world improvement

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