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The Star and Garter / Re: Cardurettor sealing
« on: 12 May, 2017, 16:00:36 »
Julian is spot on. I had a C15 and exactly the same thing happened, when I looked at the joint face on the cover, the distortion is obvious. I have had many Monoblocs over the years and had never come across that before. Hitchcock's do a replacement, if you're quick they might be able to despatch today.
Chris

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Twins / Re: battery conditoner on pos earth
« on: 06 May, 2017, 18:28:10 »
Ctek chargers are really good and they keep the battery topped up nicely. Just use them as you would any charger. i.e + to + and -ve to -ve. If you get them the wrong way round, the charger will error and shut down so wont melt the battery.
Hope this helps
Chris

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The Star and Garter / Re: BSA B31 1957
« on: 06 May, 2017, 18:16:10 »
I just checked the DVLA system and they dont show a record of that number for a BSA. Its therefore likely that if the bike is still in existence the original number may have been sold as a cherished plate or a subsequent owner lost the log books etc. As such it will have an age related number which makes it difficult to identify. The only hope is that the present owner knows the original number and he gets your request.
Chris

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The Star and Garter / Re: No v5/c
« on: 30 April, 2017, 13:04:26 »
Chris, if the local authority do still have the records, you will need to ask if they include the frame no. as the DVLA need this part of the evidence and a picture and rubbing of the actual frame no. otherwise they will not give you the original number.
Chris

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The Star and Garter / Re: Oil control Valves and Ignition coils
« on: 30 April, 2017, 13:00:34 »
Mike, by all means buy an inline check valve if you wish, Polly Palmer still sells them for around 40, but first I would re seat the ball valve that is behind the Oil Pump and fit a new ball 1/4" dia and spring part no. 68-353 and see how it goes. The spring does weaken as time goes on. I don't get any wet sumping on my A65 or A50 and this is after being laid up for three months or more. 
Re the where do the oil in the crankcases come from, well the timed breather mostly but also, anywhere else it can find a way, via the main bearings into the timing side cover and the chaincase as it blows past the seal. It all depends on how much is in there.
Hope this helps
Chris
 

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Hello Ted
Are you reasonably close to Birmingham? If so, the Birmingham branch may like to be exhibit this on their stand at the NEC Classic Motorcycle show in September.
Also, I would like to do a feature in The Star on this bike. If you agree, please send me some more details and pics to editor@bsaownersclub.co.uk
Chris

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Twins / Re: Gear 68 3120
« on: 11 April, 2017, 16:06:53 »
Hi Andy,
Try Dave Wilson on 0161 431 3687. He has advertised A65 gears many times in The Star. He may just have what you are looking for.
If he doesnt answer, leave a voicemail message and he will get back to you when he gets in from work.
Regards
Chris

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Twins / Re: Supplier problem.
« on: 11 April, 2017, 16:01:16 »
Hi Andy,
I have heard the same. There are quite a few using the words Classic + Bikes -Etc, and its difficult to work out what your dealing with. Where did you find him from? If it was via ebay, report him and claim a refund quickly. 
Chris

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The Star and Garter / Re: C15 Electrics
« on: 11 April, 2017, 15:54:19 »
Hi Calvin,
Is it a side points model or the earlier mushroom contact breaker housing (I know some call them distributor but it does distribute HT spark)? 
I have fitted one to a Starfire and head a few problems, so I called Boyer, and the guy was very helpful. Its worth trying them first.
Dont give up on the Boyer, as when they are set up they just keep on working! I've had my Thunderbolt for 11 yrs and the Boyer that was fitted when I bought it looked like it had been on the bike for quite a long time.
Hope this helps
Chris

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The Star and Garter / Re: TYRE SIZES/PRESSURES FRONT AND REAR
« on: 30 March, 2017, 14:56:08 »
Malcolm,
Re the tyre pressures, I was advised by Avon Tech dept to pump up to 32psi rear and 28-30 front. This works weel on the Thunderbolt, anything less and the tyre wears in a strange way with the tread 'platforming' which I  think means, the chunks of tread wear down more at the front than the rear. However, the tyres are good to 44psi so its best to try what suits you best, i.e what you feel is comfortable.
Chris

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The Star and Garter / Re: TYRE SIZES/PRESSURES FRONT AND REAR
« on: 29 March, 2017, 17:06:45 »
The above posts have just answered a couple of questions about tyres that were bothering me. Firstly, the low pressures on Vintage bikes. Members will see a feature in the forthcoming edition of The Star about a 1927/28 BSA Combination and the rear tyre looks decidedly low in pressure to me. I now know the reason why- Comfort!
Next was the Roadrider on the front as per my Thunderbolt and the 'ponderous' steering. This doesnt happen when the rear tyre (Roadrider aswell) is new but as the crown wears flat, the problem becomes more apparent until it gets to the stage when the ride becomes, lets say, less enjoyable. As Julian says this starts about 2500 miles and at 4500-5000, although legal treadwise, its time to renew. At 80 a pop this may be considered by some as uneconomic, but when the new one is fitted, the bike handles brilliantly. TT100's give the same effect.
Also, be aware, if considering to fitting a Road rider or TT100 to the front of an OIF B25SS or B50SS as its likely to rub against the wire mudguard stays.
Chris

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