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Which BSA do you ride? / B31
« on: 13 October, 2017, 18:39:25 »
My old single taking a pounding at Jurby

  Bit of success.. Got Nova certificate so now just got to get Bultace to re-write the conformation letter and say the proof of age etc. was by photographic evidence. They have signed the photo's as correct for the bike but not put it in the letter.. Must check all full stops and commas before re submitting. Ah well they are looking after their jobs ? ? ?    ::)   Griff

Having fun registering my Bultaco Sherpa from 1972. Had it for years and it has never been registered. Got so far but Swansea want a Nova certificate...  Who in turn want full certificate of confirmity in English . As Bultaco ceased making these or any bikes in the seventies , more chance of plaiting fog. Got a copy of the Spanish import doccuments that relate to year of manufacture , possibly acceptabe they say. Last thing from them was please telephone us... Number is not accepting calls at present... Think there are 'jobs worth' type working in government departments trying to keep their jobs....  >:(   Griff

Singles / B31 breather
« on: 08 October, 2017, 19:34:24 »
 On a standard B31 is the breather necessary from the timing case cover ? Occasionally mine just pumps oil out. Most bikes from the same age (55/56) do not have the breather just a blank space. So I thought I could do away with my oil trail. Is it safe to do so ?    :-\   Griff

The Star and Garter / Re: B31
« on: 08 October, 2017, 19:15:23 »
  Julian, the 'rivet counter' has been informed that he was out of order. He sudddenly remembered that the Earls Court Show was when the new models were introduced. Yes the same year as the first moped, Hercules Grey Wolf at a cost of just under 62. Just think how much one of those would fetch now ?
     Sad to say the conter of rivets would not back off as he was convinced that BSA waited 'till 56 for the change of front brakes  but he conceeded the odd one could have crept through,in late 55. Suppose we had a minor win there but wait 'till tomorrow night when we get him at a "club night"... There are half a dozen waiting for him. Thanks for the conformation and EB31 will be there hail ,rain or shine... I like to stir a bit...  ;D   Griff

The Star and Garter / B31
« on: 08 October, 2017, 12:33:56 »
  Been having a debate about front brakes. At a show a 'rivet counter'  reconed my B31 could nor have in been registered late December '55 as it had the Ariel front hub and he recons they were only available from 1956. Surely the bikes were made in 55 for Jan.56 registration and a few were released before Jan 1st. Anybody got an opinion ?   :-\   Griff

The Star and Garter / Re: Steve Foden contact ?
« on: 05 October, 2017, 17:33:44 »
Got the certificate... Thanks Steve , great job... Griff

Twins / A65 seat.
« on: 19 September, 2017, 20:10:58 »
Silly question, can you change the hump seat cover for a flat one on an A65 1965 model , or is it easier to change the seat ?  Any body for a swap ?...Griff

The Star and Garter / Re: Stolen bikes
« on: 15 September, 2017, 08:22:12 »
I regularly travel back and to to France with bikes in a trailer. Never once been asked for any paperwork for them. Yes a varity of bikes, some my own and other delivered to people who want a bie transporting... Makes you think ? ? ?    ???  Griff

The Star and Garter / Steve Foden contact ?
« on: 15 September, 2017, 08:19:30 »
  Just sent a form off for dating purposes and realised that I had not enclosed the cheque. (Must be an age thing)  So if Steve looks at this page, or somebody who regularly contacts him, 'the cheque is in the post' , a day later than the other paper work.  Thanks..   :o Griff

Singles / Re: To polish, or not to polish - that is the question
« on: 09 August, 2017, 07:49:47 »
My original 1961 C15T had a part painted tank (Blue and chrome) with chrome mudguards. After running it in I was dubious at taking in on a trial but after the first couple of tumbles in the rocks the newness soon wore off. Grand little bike though a tad on the heavy side..... :-[   Griff

Singles / Re: B31 Front wheel
« on: 08 August, 2017, 20:03:11 »
Got windows 10 but the only paint bit I can see is the hall which I did to-day. Sad to say I'm one of the many three score and ten plus that struggle with modern technology... Sorry ...  Griff

Singles / Re: B31 Front wheel
« on: 08 August, 2017, 07:56:26 »
Can't post any pictures as it comes back 'too big'... (If only ! )  Sad to say my computer skills won't let me furtle with the system and shrink the pictures... I'll look on Fleabay to see if there is simular to look at.. Griff

Singles / Re: B31 Front wheel
« on: 07 August, 2017, 20:42:19 »
 Hope these help....

Singles / B31 Front wheel
« on: 07 August, 2017, 17:10:17 »
  Looking at the front wheel on my B31 it has a 21" rim and tyre . The brakes are not good to say the least. Seems to be the right back plate but the new shoes only touch lightly in their centres. Looking at the wheel and the drum in marked , inside as GP 5554  with the letters HC  higher inside . Is this the correct wheel for the bike and if not what is the wheel I have ?  Some body suggested it was off a scrambler as the hub outer rim goes outside and the rim flange , with a futher rim on the inside. i.e. the brake plate rim goes in a chanel... If you can understand that jibberish you deserve a pint...    :o   Griff

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