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Singles / Re: B44/C15 tool box under seat.
« on: 12 December, 2017, 15:10:40 »
I like a coffee when I'm riding so I built this.... ;) ;)

The Star and Garter / Re: heated gloves
« on: 11 December, 2017, 12:05:40 »

Can anyone recommend a good, reliable pair of heated gloves?
:) :)

The Star and Garter / A65 - first registration help...
« on: 09 December, 2017, 13:36:34 »
Hi All,
         Has anyone had experience of the following and found a solution?

I have completed a A65 with a 1968 engine and 1966 frame. I have a dating certificate and vehicle report informing me they were both exported to the USA on 7.11.1968 and 10.6.1966 respectively. I bought engine cases only and a bare frame from Ebay about 8 years ago at different times from sellers in the UK, collecting and buying the necessary parts to complete a full bike.

I have contacted HM revenue and customs (HMRC) for the documentation required to apply for a registration with the DVLA. HMRC will not issue the document until I forward:

1. C88/E2 import entry document
2. bill of sale, purchase invoice or a valuation from a local garage
3. Evidence if VAT has been paid.

Item 1 will be impossible to obtain, a valuation of the frame and engine casings should be okay and VAT paid will never be discovered.

Any advice or help would be welcomed.

Best wishes...

Twins / Re: A65T Fork Slider Length
« on: 03 December, 2017, 10:32:38 »
Hi Dodge,
                I don't know, I have researched without success.

Best wishes...

Twins / Re: A65T Fork Slider Length
« on: 02 December, 2017, 20:12:26 »
Hi Dodge,
               Yes, at an angle, as you can see from the number of people experiencing the issue it cant be anything else.

The sliders were made in one piece, the spindle hole was drilled at an angle then the ends sliced off with the hole in the middle to create the clamps. That's why one side is longer than the other.

Best wishes...

Twins / Re: A65T Fork Slider Length
« on: 02 December, 2017, 15:46:39 »
     That's the way its designed, adjust the spokes to bring the wheel central to the forks, the rim 90 degrees to the spindle.

This may be worth a read, they found the lean and thought it was a manufacturing fault: Forks Revisited

If it is still worrying you buy a set as shown in the attached image, these are drilled so that the spindle sits 90 degrees between the forks, they do not have the counter bores.

I have a set with counter-bores on my A50 and 2 sets without on my A65's, I haven't had a problem with either.

Best wishes...

Twins / Re: A65 extreme spark plug thread repair
« on: 30 November, 2017, 14:42:37 »
    By the look of the images, I would source another or send to SRM in Wales, they give an estimate and recommendations before starting.

Best wishes...

Twins / Re: A65T Fork Slider Length
« on: 26 November, 2017, 13:49:00 »
     I suggest you adjust the spokes to align the rim 90 degrees and central to the fork tubes.

Best wishes...

Singles / Re: C15 Rear Brake pedal Pivot Pin
« on: 25 November, 2017, 16:52:24 »

Twins / Re: A65 - 3 ball clutch operating mechanism
« on: 22 November, 2017, 19:53:18 »
     All three have bikes have been made from parts sourced from around the globe. I particular like the top entry clutch cable so I have used them on all 3 bikes.

I did find this statement on another forum, "The ball mechanism on a Triumph and the lever mechanism on a BSA used to actuate the clutch rod was designed to be used with a clutch lever with a 7/8" fulcrum. Using a clutch lever with a 1 1/8" fulcrum will rotate the ball mechanism, or move the lever, beyond their design limits. The problem for a lot of British bikers is the lever most commonly sold in the after market, and the cheapest, is one with a 1 1/8" fulcrum".

Sort of explains my problem and bears up when I changed the levers around and the problem disappeared.

Best wishes...

Twins / Re: A65 - 3 ball clutch operating mechanism
« on: 22 November, 2017, 08:31:46 »
Thanks Editor,
                      I have another A65 and A50, they do not suffer from the same problem.

After reading your post I compared the handle bar lever, the pivot distance (end of cable to pivot bolt on the lever) is a few mm longer, the distance between the lever closed and lever fully open is 5mm longer.

So it seems the cable travel is longer on the new lever is causing the problem you describe, different levers will be the cure.

Thanks for you input.....

Twins / A65 - 3 ball clutch operating mechanism
« on: 21 November, 2017, 10:36:10 »
     Has anyone experienced a clicking issue with the 3 ball clutch operating mechanism.

I have one where the balls move with the plates and full back into the depressions with a loud clicking sound. I have tried lubing with oil only and grease only without effect. I guess the plates are worn so I'm thinking of changing the balls from 3/8" to 10mm to see if that works.

Any ideas gratefully welcomed..


Pre War / Re: 1937 B22
« on: 19 November, 2017, 19:19:09 »
Hi Phil,
           Could be a weak mixture, screw in pilot and try again.

Best wishes...

Twins / Re: A65T Fork Slider Length
« on: 17 November, 2017, 18:56:27 »
    To put your mind at rest the spindle hole in the sliders is not bored at 90 degrees. See attached images, the angle I have been told is 89 degrees (thank-you, John Phelan).

I was going to buy a set with a shallow counter-bore but was told the normal fork sliders were also used on some "A" group twins before the change (97-3641 & 97-3645, 1969 and before shown in the attached images and 97-3933 & 97-3934, 1969 and after, shown in your images). So I won't be changing mine, saving some cash for other projects.

This angle will bring the sliders inline when the wheel is fitted. No need to add shims or alter the arrangement, it is as BSA intended. It also tilts the fork slider brake lug into the brake plate.

The poor chap in the photos actually machind his sliders to 90 degrees and fitted caps of equal length.

Best wishes...

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