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The Star and Garter / Re: BSA clutch cable
« on: 03 October, 2017, 16:52:28 »
Took side cover off & greased the "three balls in pockets mechanism".  Seems better.  A ride will confirm....

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The Star and Garter / Re: Refinishing/restoring wheels
« on: 22 September, 2017, 14:46:47 »
Much appreciated!

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The Star and Garter / Refinishing/restoring wheels
« on: 20 September, 2017, 00:43:25 »
I have stock original spoked wheels on my '71 Lightning. The chrome rims are in good shape but the spokes and hubs could do with a refresh. Anyone done this? Advice?

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The Star and Garter / Re: BSA clutch cable
« on: 06 September, 2017, 00:39:54 »
Lubricating the cable didn't help much. I believe the cable on this bike is the original. So I replaced it with a new one which, as it turned out, wasn't too bad a job. The inspection cover which provides access to the cable made it quite convenient. Thanks all for your input.

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The Star and Garter / Re: BSA clutch cable
« on: 04 September, 2017, 21:02:51 »
Lubed the cable a little with Silicone Lube.  It's much improved but could be better.  I'll get some proper cable lube and do it some more.

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The Star and Garter / Re: BSA clutch cable
« on: 04 September, 2017, 01:18:29 »
The bike is a '71 Lightning 650. Changes gears nicely, just a really stiff clutch handle. I have a new replacement clutch cable and I'll try installing it. haven't done this before but doesn't look too challenging. (I think)

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The Star and Garter / BSA clutch cable
« on: 02 September, 2017, 23:23:06 »
My clutch (cable?) is VERY stiff.  Is changing a clutch cable a big job?

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The Star and Garter / Re: Dove grey paint 71 A65L
« on: 12 July, 2017, 17:25:31 »
Thanks Ian. I'll have a look.

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The Star and Garter / Dove grey paint 71 A65L
« on: 07 July, 2017, 01:04:08 »
Any suggestions as to what I could use to match this paint?

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The Star and Garter / Re: Correct number plate format
« on: 04 July, 2017, 16:18:05 »
Great info all - thank you.
So if I have it right, a correct example for an early 1971 plate issued in Essex, might be "FVX 653J"?

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The Star and Garter / Correct number plate format
« on: 04 July, 2017, 01:17:22 »
Hello.  I've recently purchased the second BSA Lightning I have ever owned (hence the user name).  It has been several decades since I owned my last one - a '66.  It's a '71 OIF model, very low miles and in very nice condition.  I may take it to some local shows (we have them here in Canada too!) and I'd like to get a period correct "show only" U.K. number plate made.  What I would like to know is what format would be correct for a number plate that would have been issued in the U.K. in 1971 for this bike.  For example, if the bike had been licenced in Essex in July 1971, what would the letters and numbers format be? Much appreciated!

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