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Messages - Phil C

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Singles / Re: B25 starting problem
« on: 13 September, 2017, 14:15:54 »
Hello TTJohn, Just curious - did you find out the cause? (I have no idea, being new to this.)   Phil.

Singles / Re: Starfire?
« on: 03 September, 2017, 10:18:23 »
I don't remember the colour (memory going, getting old) but it was the only one there that morning as far as I saw - and very nice. I'm keeping an eye out for a Starfire amongst a few other possibilities. It's probably favourite at the moment. Thanks for the tips about revs and gears.  Phil.

Singles / Re: Torque wrench
« on: 25 August, 2017, 11:23:19 »
Many thanks everyone.  Phil.

Singles / Re: Torque wrench
« on: 24 August, 2017, 08:19:50 »
Thanks.  I'm guessing that, unless specified otherwise in the manual or service sheets, we would normally a) assemble dry, and b) assume torque settings given are for dry?  Phil.

Singles / Re: Torque wrench
« on: 23 August, 2017, 22:33:49 »
This is all very useful and interesting - thanks everyone. As I say, I've no experience of motorbike maintenance, although years ago I had quite a lot of experience of screw threads, having made lots of them by various means,  (tap, die, lathe tool, etc), but I'm not sure I understand what you mean, Star Twin, when you say " have to allow for clean thread vs lubricated thread and so on." Could you enlighten me please?  Phil.

Singles / Re: Torque wrench
« on: 23 August, 2017, 19:48:17 »
Thanks om15. I have, years ago, worked in engineering (turning, milling, sheet metalwork, welding, etc) but have no experience of motorbike maintenance. From what you say, it appears a torque wrench is desirable but not essential?  Phil.

Singles / Torque wrench
« on: 23 August, 2017, 17:18:21 »
I hope in the coming months to get a first classic (maybe a Starfire or B40 or such like). I am a beginner at this (it's a retirement thing) and know pretty much nothing. Obviously I'll need to find some suitable tools, eg BSW combination spanners or whatever is needed for the particular bike, which I guess I can do online, but I was wondering: will I need a torque wrench?  Phil.

Singles / Re: Starfire?
« on: 18 August, 2017, 22:04:34 »
Thanks Sam.  Phil.

Singles / Re: Starfire?
« on: 16 August, 2017, 18:38:42 »
Thanks Sam, I'm delighted to hear that. You also ride the Bantam with no problem? What other old bikes have you had, and have you found any of them too small?  Phil.

Singles / Re: Starfire?
« on: 15 August, 2017, 19:10:08 »
Thanks Terry. A Starfire is a definite possibility.  Phil.

Singles / Re: Starfire?
« on: 14 August, 2017, 18:18:23 »
Thanks Dean.  Helpful and interesting.  Phil.

Singles / Starfire?
« on: 13 August, 2017, 11:19:33 »
Following on from my recent deliberations as to what bike to get as a first classic, being someone with no motorcycle maintenance experience, six foot four inches tall, and wanting to keep costs down,  I went to the Somerset VMCC autojumble at Shepton Mallet yesterday morning and saw a Starfire parked outside. I had previously thought I didn't like them appearance-wise (although I had one in about 1971 when I was 18) , but I must say I thought this looked nice. Maybe I should get one. Any thoughts,  anyone?  Phil.

Singles / Re: First classic
« on: 06 August, 2017, 16:28:02 »
Thanks om. Yes, I was thinking of a runner, that I could get to know by servicing, fixing, improving here and there as I go along. I'll bear in mind AJS. Why are they so much cheaper than a BSA, would you say? By the way, what about a Triumph 21/3TA, or are they too small for me at 6ft 4ins?  Phil.

Singles / Re: First classic
« on: 06 August, 2017, 14:06:20 »
Thanks Julian and Bess.  Phil.

Singles / Re: First classic
« on: 05 August, 2017, 18:22:24 »
Thanks Tim.

Bess, I think I was wrong in my earlier comment about the A65/A70 looking more 1970s than 1960s, as I expect you know. I was going just by the photo on the link (which I think is an early 70s bike perhaps), but looking elsewhere I see there are plenty of earlier A65 models which look what they are: 60's bikes - a bit like  the A7/A10 - or  a C15/B40 but bigger. Sorry about that, and thanks again for your idea and the link.

When I was set on a single, I envisaged using Rupert Ratio manuals - fairly easy to understand, even for me. Is there anything similar for twins, if I were to get something like an A65?


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