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Messages - ANDY HIGHAM

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Singles / Re: Whats good about motorcycling?
« on: 10 February, 2018, 21:22:56 »
The greatest feeling is when you go hurtling into a corner much too fast, your brain thinks for a split second "I'm not going to make it". A fraction of a second later your brain says "scrub that, I could have gone round that corner even faster"

Singles / Re: Grease gun
« on: 09 February, 2018, 22:02:37 »
Most of the grease nipples on BSAs are as much use as a chocolate fireguard
The ones in the middle of the hubs when the bearings are at the outer ends of the hubs. Filling the hubs just causes drag. Same goes for headstock grease nipples.
The only useful ones I have ever encountered are on the ends of c15, tiger cub, bantam etc swingarm pivot

Singles / Re: 1972 B50SS tyres
« on: 03 February, 2018, 17:55:59 »
OK put a prehistoric Avon SM Mk2 on the back, It will be squared off from day 1

Singles / Re: B25 Difficult Starting
« on: 02 February, 2018, 23:17:27 »
The choke slide will have no effect at all when starting with a closed or slightly open throttle as it will be hidden inside the main slide

Singles / Re: 1972 B50SS tyres
« on: 02 February, 2018, 23:13:22 »
I have roadriders on my B31. The grip is amazing wet or dry and the handling sublime.
If you square a rear tyre off you are not cornering fast enough

Singles / Re: C15S 1959 Clutch cable route
« on: 26 January, 2018, 19:42:00 »
I make all my own cables. I always use nylon lined outers, they just need a squirt of WD40 occasionally.
I fit angled tubes to carb tops to stop the cable kinking, I also fit angled tubes to the twistgrip so the cable runs close to the bars instead of dangling
I buy the components here

Singles / Re: C15 timing/gearbox cover puzzle
« on: 15 December, 2017, 14:56:33 »
I used to have a Cub with a blind grommet there, It was for access to the clutch cable

Singles / Re: B44/C15 tool box under seat.
« on: 12 December, 2017, 19:20:38 »
An insecure seat is an MOT failure as well as extremely dangerous

Singles / Re: B44/C15 tool box under seat.
« on: 10 December, 2017, 21:17:12 »
Will it still move carrying all that weight? I prefer to do my maintenence in the workshop. I carry an RAC card and mobile phone for emergencies

4" badges with BSA and a star background are available in Black, Green (A7SS) and Red (Gold star)
I have the black ones on my B31 with polished alloy tank, they look rather good
20170908_145312 by Sigma Projects, on Flickr

The red badge with the 3 rifles was fitted to all B31/33 with round badges. The Bantam badges with BSA and a star also fit

Singles / Re: new look B44
« on: 30 November, 2017, 19:45:40 »
I would only change one thing.
I would fit a throttle cable with a bend at the end so it runs parallel to the bars instead of dangling

Singles / Re: C15 No Spark
« on: 25 November, 2017, 11:57:00 »
Via the condensor

Singles / Re: C15 No Spark
« on: 25 November, 2017, 11:13:56 »
The ignition coil body needs to be earthed (connected to frame) to complete the HT circuit.

No it doesn't

Singles / Re: C15 No Spark
« on: 24 November, 2017, 15:31:25 »
Hi, not running but I have managed to get a spark, I added an earth lead from the coil to the engine and also found some perished wires coming from the alternator which I wrapped insulation tape around as thought they may have been dragging it down, I'm planning to put a teaspoon of petrol down the barrel tonight to see if she will fire over.
Thanks for your help.


There should be no electrical connection between the coil and earth. The coil circuit from the battery - ignition switch - coil - contact breaker / condensor - earth

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