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Messages - Ken Oaff

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Twins / Re: A65 OIF conversion to disc front brake.
« on: 25 December, 2017, 20:26:29 »
no yokes on T140 are about 1/2" wider than A65

Twins / Re: A65 OIF conversion to disc front brake.
« on: 24 December, 2017, 09:35:16 »
true, the bikes don't go any faster but the general traffic is quicker and a lot more of it

also brakes on modern vehicles are a lot better

also have a 916 series alfa spider v6, brakes on this were ok when it was built but on todays roads I have to leave a huge gap in front of me because modern cars can stop that much quicker

Twins / Re: A65 OIF conversion to disc front brake.
« on: 22 December, 2017, 09:20:14 »
I think the serious question you need to consider is that 45 plus years later is the conical front brake suitable for modern traffic, the disc option with a caliper upgrade is far more suited to todays traffic

Twins / Re: A65 OIF conversion to disc front brake.
« on: 19 December, 2017, 19:38:09 »
Had a look at that, probably not but its a minor problem to solve on the grand scale of things

Trying to find a decent single seat that mounted to stock seat hinge and latch and decent rear sets was a far bigger issue, ended up making my own seat base and own rear sets

Twins / Re: A65 OIF conversion to disc front brake.
« on: 17 December, 2017, 18:51:31 »
fitting a T140 front end to my 71 A65

made up spacers to fit original front guard

had custom alloy top yoke made up to suit the original wire headlight stays

had an issue with dvla with a bike I imported into the uk

they incorrectly copies the vin number down incorrectly

it took years to sort out and eventually they did rectify their error

however as bike was from nz it had a 17 digit alloy tab with the number pop riveted to the frame, as their computer system will only accept 17 digit numbers

can I get DVLA to change the chasis number to that stamped on the frame, no they insist on continuing to use this 17 digit  number

Have two bikes like this, one is an extremely copllectable model with matching numbers, unfortunately the V% has a garbage number on it.......  but the engine and frame numbers are cherry and they do match

Twins / east mids frame painter recommendations required
« on: 12 November, 2017, 09:15:00 »
Doing a complete ground up rebuild of my 71 Lightning

Its has mismatched numbers so there is absolutely no point in going for 100% originality and I am going down the café racer route - however the frame is not having any mods so it could in future be returned to close to original

Getting frame acid dipped as its oil in the frame, have found a place in Nottingham who can do this

However before I do this I need to organise somewhere to paint (not powder coat) the frame

Colour will be a metallic silver type paint which is what BSA intended before they procured the army surplus paint aka dove grey

I might take you up on that

Shame of it all was it was the local organiser who made me feel very unwelcome when I had previously met him at a meeting a few years back when he wasn't organising said group

wont be returning to that meeting ever again, there is another branch within riding distance

National, Branch and Group Events / South Derbyshire unfriendly?
« on: 24 August, 2017, 21:19:25 »
Went along to a club meeting a few weeks back

Have been a inactive  member of this club  for several years

It was less than a pleasant experience, I was challenged by one person as to why I was there and if I was a member

Hardly impressed and not particularly welcoming

Not in a hurry to repeat the experience

Most bike clubs are struggling to attract members

It refreshing to see the BSA club has so many members it can afford to scare off members from attending meetings

Twins / Re: Scruffy Conical Hubs
« on: 07 August, 2017, 21:04:47 »
got a similar issue with grey coating on my 71 hubs

going to get them stripped somehow and polish them

Twins / Re: stripping backing plate on conical rear hub
« on: 17 July, 2017, 19:50:57 »
thanks f0r the quick response  looks like a nice job ahead of me then

Twins / stripping backing plate on conical rear hub
« on: 13 July, 2017, 07:18:10 »
Rebuilding by back wheel, stainless rim and spokes

Want to do away with the standard grey / silver paint on the hubs and have polished alloy

What is the best way to strip the original finish off

Running a triumph T140 disc brake front end with polished hub stainless spokes and stainless rim so it be nice to have a matching set of wheels

Twins / Re: Aftermarket oil filter
« on: 07 July, 2017, 06:04:25 »
re Norton commando filter heads with smooth pipes

have fitted these to a variety of bikes over the years and never had any issues with them or with using hoseclamps to affix oil lines

Twins / Re: A65 Engine rebuild
« on: 06 May, 2017, 17:43:29 »
Thanks for all the great advice

Except the motobatt battery, wife has one of these on her ducati, even with trickle charger on it lost power over winter ?????

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