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I'm glad I looked at this post as it reminded me to get the blue V5C I have for the Thunderbolt renewed with a red one. Just phoned DVLA and bingo! they will send me a new one in a couple of days

The Star and Garter / Re: Refinishing/restoring wheels
« on: 20 September, 2017, 15:15:45 »
Paint them with Silver wheel paint and finish with the appropriate clear lacquer. Sold by most motor factors for doing car alloy wheels. Leave to harden off in a sunny spot (south facing bedroom window is ideal) for at least a week.

Twins / Re: Battery flat after riding with lights on
« on: 19 September, 2017, 18:41:01 »
Re Boyer Bransden ign, I've had one on my Thunderbolt for the past 11 yrs, and it was already fitted when I bought the bike so its really old. I've never had any problems with it and the beauty of them is, once fitted and set up, they don't need any adjustment or maintenance, in fact its a fit and forget job. Highly recommended by me!

The Star and Garter / Re: Lidl Tools
« on: 19 September, 2017, 16:15:50 »
Hi Chris,
How noisy is it? Is it likely to brass of the neighbours?

The Star and Garter / Re: South Derbyshire Bsaoc meeting
« on: 19 September, 2017, 16:07:33 »
I would take this as an event on 20th. Their usual meeting place is now the Shakespeare Inn, London Rd, Shardlow. To find out more email or call Mark Waller, his details are in the National Branches & Groups list on page 41.

Twins / Re: BSA A10 fuel taps
« on: 10 September, 2017, 15:36:02 »
Hi Adam,
As you are going to continue with the cork, I read a tip recently re this. Boil them in water before fitting and fit them as soon as they are cooled down. Apparently, it fills up any air pockets and they seal OK when done this way.

Twins / Re: BSA A10 fuel taps
« on: 08 September, 2017, 18:01:45 »
Does TT John have a Gas Safe Certificate????;D

Twins / Re: Battery flat after riding with lights on
« on: 03 September, 2017, 17:34:24 »
Based on what you said, the charging rate is fine with the lights on. Most likely the Battery

The Star and Garter / Re: BSA clutch cable
« on: 03 September, 2017, 17:30:21 »
Ive recently found two things contribute to this. First and most likely is as Julian says lubrication. I use a screw operated cable oiler with 20/50 engine oil and its amazing what a difference. Second is the clutch springs in the cups. I have a feeling they graunch and that causes resistance. Its the feel that makes me think this, sometimes its stiff so far then gets easier. Its worth giving them a light greasing if you are taking the clutch apart.
It can take time for the cable to free up. I found the cable on my A50 was mega stiff compared to my Thunderbolt, yet they are both 1970 models with the same 'three balls in pockets' lift mechanism. However, after a good 500 miles the A50 has improved significantly. Give it a try!!

Twins / Re: Battery flat after riding with lights on
« on: 30 August, 2017, 15:42:08 »
Hi Drummie,
Try that again with the engine running at about 3000 revs with the lights on. If its showing more than 15.5V then it could be the Zener that's the problem. It may be just the earth on the Zener, not earthing.
Good luck!

Twins / Re: A65 OIF wiring - headlight, handle bar switches etc.
« on: 30 August, 2017, 15:34:22 »
The loom from the headlamp and the handlebar switches all connect up under the tank, poked through the large grommet either side and  tucked up under the frame top tube. I tried linking them all up inside the headlamp once, but space is too tight in there. Best to stick with the way the factory did it.

Singles / Re: Rigid b31 brake pedal spindle retaining nut
« on: 27 August, 2017, 11:44:10 »
Hi Chris,
Sounds about right. BSA were using CycleThread at the time and 9/16 x20TPI is one such thread. This odd size is used on the Ariel swinging arm through shaft. Acme Stainless do them at 2.00 each. if you want to take a look.

All sorted now. Back in BSAOC computer land, panic over!

Message to all BSAOC members.
Our webmail system had problems yesterday and the nett result is I cant access my email (My fault as I cocked up my password). If you have any contributions, branch news, adverts for the bazaar etc. for the October edition would you please send to the usual address but also copy to
Hopefully I will get it sorted but just in case!
Many thanks

Twins / Re: A50/65 - Rear Brake Light Switch
« on: 14 August, 2017, 12:36:44 »
I had the same problem, the only way I could get it to work was to have the travel on the brake pedal so small/short it felt virtually non existant, so I gave up on it and fitted a common or garden spring pull switch hooked on the  'Stop Switch arm, brake pedal' part no. 68-7052.
Jo Barge of the Hampshire Branch has fitted an IP65 DP Microswitch on a home made bracket and its a brilliant idea. He uses a bolt as a peg to stop the brake lever return in a permanent position. If you are interested in taking a look, I have a picture but its loo large to attach so email me on and I will send it to you.

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