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Singles / Re: B44 oil leak
« on: 26 September, 2017, 07:49:04 »
I have looked for the chain oiler.
On my C15, the oiler is on the back end of  one of the case screws.
My B44 does not appear to have an oiler, but there is a hole, separate from the case screws.
This appears to be empty. Can anyone confirm if this is so?
This bike was built from separate parts, so the year 1969 my not be relevant to the engine.
Mick

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Singles / B44 oil leak
« on: 26 September, 2017, 07:29:57 »
I had ridden my new B44 only a few times, maybe 50 miles.
Apart from a big end clanking, the gearbox sounded noisy.
I used a syringe to get oil in the tiny filler hole, up to the mark on the dipstick.
I wondered if the primary was also running dry.
I could not be sure which was the oil level screw. Rupert ratio did not seem to cover my model.
When I started up, oil was gushing out from the sprocket area.
I did a trip to a jazz concert, four miles away. The clutch was slipping badly, 50 mph max.
On the return it was almost back to normal.
I assumed that one of the seals was leaking, or perhaps missing.
I tried to order two new seals ,but could not find the part numbers for these.
I have difficulty bending down, but finally found the there were two small screws, together under the middle of the primary case.
These must be the level and drain plugs. I drained the excess oil and I think the problem is solved.
Then I read in the ratio book that the chain oiler was a problem, and should be removed. I will try that today.
Mick

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Singles / Re: C15 ss Max speed
« on: 23 September, 2017, 12:48:09 »
no, in march cams
mick

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Singles / Re: Stargazer
« on: 23 September, 2017, 09:10:34 »
LOVELY!
Mick

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Singles / Re: B25 starting problem
« on: 23 September, 2017, 07:11:47 »
Disconnect the fuel pipe from the carb. check that you get a good flow of fuel.
Mick

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Singles / insurance on B44
« on: 23 September, 2017, 07:08:19 »
I insured with BIKESURE.
They have insisted that I use a SOLD SECURE security device at all times.
I bought one of the cheaper options 20
It is a very large chain and padlock.
It weighs 9 lbs.
How am I supposed to carry this on a Scrambles style bike with no room for a carrier?
Mick

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Singles / Re: C15 ss Max speed
« on: 23 September, 2017, 07:02:55 »
My way is to use a satnav on the bike, or get someone in a car to drive at a set speed.
I note the speedo reading, then I stick thin adhesive strips on the speedo at each 10 mph point.
My C15 ss read 20 mph over at top speed, (85 at 65)
Mick

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Singles / Re: C15 Max Speed
« on: 21 September, 2017, 18:43:02 »
My wife absolutely refuses!!
Mick

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Singles / Re: C15 ss Max speed
« on: 21 September, 2017, 18:38:55 »
I have now bought a B44. first quick rides round the block.
It easily reaches 75/80 on the clock. Clock reads about 8 mph fast.
Must try to calibrate it.
Mick

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Singles / Re: B44 VS steering
« on: 21 September, 2017, 18:33:08 »
My tyre pressures (As bought) were far too high.
After 15 miles I am finding it OK.
Mick

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Singles / Re: Advice wanted on choice of BSA model.
« on: 16 September, 2017, 07:14:15 »
I got my 1969 (68) B44 Victor Special..
This has a centre stand, but I dont have the strength to lift it on.
I can start it on the side stand.
I dont like the fact that the gear change is the wrong way round, have to get used to it.
Mick

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Singles / centre stand spring
« on: 15 September, 2017, 09:25:27 »
Fitting is very difficult. hear's how I did it.
Spring on the frame.
Bent pianowire hook on bottom of spring.
Both ends of chain on to wire.
A long crowbar, stuck in ground, pull the top end. 2 to 1 leverage.
Bike was laid over to give access.
Mick

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Singles / B44 VS steering
« on: 14 September, 2017, 08:19:50 »
I have just bought one to replace my C15 SS.
First ride for 1/2 mile, up to 75 mph.
I found that the steering felt very light and I was afraid that a speed wobble might result.
Tyre's are 3.25 x 18 front and rear, normal pattern.
I wondered if a ribbed front would help, or could the fork trail be too little.
Mick

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Singles / Re: B44 centre stand
« on: 14 September, 2017, 08:14:30 »
Yes, I bought my B44 victor special from another member.
The frame has a centre stand, but I am not strong enough to lift the bike on to it.
I find that I CAN start it on the side stand.
I dont need to use the decompressor, just push slowly past compression, then it will start.
There is no choke on the concentric carb, so a tickle is called for. The throttle is left shut for starting, to avoid kickbacks.
Mick

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Singles / Re: B44 centre stand
« on: 07 September, 2017, 09:52:18 »
Thank you.
I guess I will have to check for stand lugs on the frame, and allow for price of a stand.
Mick

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