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Singles / B44 centre stand
« on: 07 September, 2017, 07:52:52 »
I am looking to buy a B44, 441.
Do they have a centre stand, or can one be fitted?
I start my c15 on its centre stand. It is much more difficult off the stand.
I doubt I could start the bigger engine that way.
Mick

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Singles / Re: Front brake
« on: 07 September, 2017, 07:38:49 »
Yes, they are cast iron, and very heavy.
Mick

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Singles / Re: Advice wanted on choice of BSA model.
« on: 04 September, 2017, 06:59:47 »
I dont know about that, I have never tried. I have a replacement knee on the KICK side.
I have no problem with my C15 ss with 8.5/1 piston. First kick every time from cold.
I am going to try a 10/1.
I would like to find a B44 close by, that I could have a try at starting.
I an in March, cambs.
Mick

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Singles / Advice wanted on choice of BSA model.
« on: 03 September, 2017, 08:29:24 »
I am 78 3/4 years old (The three quarters are important)
I rode bikes  in my youth, finally a Norton featherbed with super-rocket engine, built from parts.
I recently bought an A10, but it was too heavy for me to manhandle.
I bought a Bantam D175. Its top speed was 65 mph. Too slow for modern traffic.
I restored a C15 SS 80 mph machine, but it was no faster than the bantam. (but sounded much nicer)
I tried a Yamaha virago 250, which easily did 80 mph and was good, except for very heavy  low speed steering, and silly riding position.
I want that sort of performance from a lightweight British classic.
I am thinking B44.
What advice?
Anyone got one for sale?
I am in east anglia. There are several for sale, mostly 4 hours drive away.
Mick

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Singles / Whats good about motorcycling?
« on: 24 August, 2017, 07:53:33 »
Whats good about motor cycling?
Forgetting that its cold (even in summer), its noisy (I like the noise).
Its dangerous. I like to pit my skill and roadcraft in riding.
Its uncomfortable. (I only do short rides now).
Whats good.
Getting it to start first kick every time.
Bends are fun. I feel I am using my body in a natural way
.similar to skiing or surf riding but much easier to do, at any time.
Leaning over. not just turning a steering wheel.
Overtaking any slow traffic stuck behind a Lorry.
Straight to the front at traffic lights.
But mainly nostalgia! When I was a Lad------.
Mick

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Singles / Re: C15 Tickover
« on: 22 August, 2017, 09:25:03 »
Did you mean leaning over when riding?
Or on the side stand?
The latter would be expected - the float chamber would be at a different height.
Mick

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Singles / Re: Front brake
« on: 22 August, 2017, 08:51:22 »
Both my brake drums showed rust on the fins!
Mick

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Singles / C15 bore size.
« on: 22 August, 2017, 08:50:15 »
A quick question.
C15 bore is 67 mm. Mine is plus 40 thou. = 68 mm?
Is this correct?
I have found for sale, a 10:1 piston with a 70.85 mm OD.
Mick

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Singles / Re: Front brake
« on: 21 August, 2017, 07:27:09 »
Some thoughts on brakes.
My rear brake will easily lock the wheel. The brake lever is longer and my foot much more powerful than my hand.
I am happy with the power of my front brake, but, It is always fun to try different ideas for improvements.

With the normal brake, the leading shoe is being pushed ON by the rotation of the wheel, whilst the trailing shoe
is being pushed away. So the leading shoe is the most effective, gets hotter, and wears out quicker.
With twin leading shoes, both are more effective and so giving more powerful braking and need less hand strength
for normal use. This is with the normal brake cable anchored on the forks and both brake arms working together.
If the brake arms are moved in opposite directions, with the cable end on one arm, and the cable outer on the other,
then the brake pressure will be doubled for the same hand pressure.
I have ordered a cheap front brake plate and may try the conversion.
Mick

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Singles / Re: Front brake
« on: 21 August, 2017, 07:10:35 »
Thanks for that. The Enfield parts are remarkably cheap.
Is that a steel drum ,or alloy? I would like to make my bike lighter.
Mick

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Singles / Re: C15 primary drive oil level - question rephrased
« on: 20 August, 2017, 22:01:49 »
I think the rupert ratio book explains this
Mick

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Singles / Re: C15 primary drive oil level - question rephrased
« on: 20 August, 2017, 14:35:23 »
You could remove the case to check that the level screw has a cutaway for the oil to issue.
Could be blocked or the wrong choice or screw or wrong outer case!
Mick

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Singles / Re: Trial run
« on: 20 August, 2017, 14:32:01 »
My C15 starts cold first kick every time without fuel on, choke, or tickle.
The throttle stop is screwed up to a known position.
With engine hot, the stop can be lowered.
To start hot, it needs throttle open the right amount. Too little = nothing. Too much = kickback.
Mick

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Singles / Re: Trial run
« on: 20 August, 2017, 07:27:19 »
My C15 SS has the needle fully down on the slots.
Mick

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Singles / Re: C15 - another oil feed problem
« on: 20 August, 2017, 07:10:41 »
You  should be able to find the Rupert Ratio book on Ebay.
Mick

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