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Messages - Phil C

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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?


Singles / Re: First classic
« on: 05 August, 2017, 14:00:32 »
Thanks Bess, Julian and Tim. I followed the link to the A70, which looks a nice bike but I'd say in appearance more 70s than 60s, more Starfire-style than B40, and - taking on board Tim's useful comment about size - a pretty big beast. A7s look nice also, but all these bigger bikes are of course upping the price. I guess I was hoping someone would tell me truthfully that they were 6ft 4ins tall and their C15/B40 was fine for them! Failing that, and unless I saw six inches off the bottom of my legs, which seems a bit drastic, or shell out more cash, which I don't really want to do, this is not easy. I guess I need to do as Julian advises, and take my time, but be ready to snap something up if it comes available - but it's difficult to imagine what might come available that would be suitable.  Phil.

Singles / Re: First classic
« on: 04 August, 2017, 18:18:35 »
Thanks for this, Julian. Good point about mileage. I'm not so keen on the Starfire's looks, and I think the A7 and A10 are twins, and maybe a bit more expensive? Maybe a single would be better to start with, both in terms of price and for ease of learning? Would you say that, or would a twin be fine for someone with no experience of bike maintenance? Maybe I'm just being too fussy/dithery, and I should just buy something and get on with it. Any other thoughts anyone? Phil.

Singles / Re: First classic
« on: 04 August, 2017, 10:09:44 »
And yet....I'm still tempted by a 1960s British single (maybe oily rag , and not electronic ignition)!  Given that a large part of why I'm planning to get a classic is to tinker with it, try to get to know how it works, how to service and maintain it, etc, etc, an inexpensive single with available, cheap spares, a good owners' club to pester for advice, good books (like Rupert Ratio), etc, etc, might be the best way to begin with? Maybe I should sit on a B40 and see if it's definitely too small even just for local miles. If not a BSA of some sort, then maybe Matchless, or what about, say, Norton or Ariel? Hard to please, aren't I?  Phil.

Singles / Re: First classic
« on: 03 August, 2017, 22:34:39 »
Thanks very much, Steve.  Phil.

Singles / Re: First classic
« on: 03 August, 2017, 20:59:23 »
Thanks, Steve - very interesting. Are the old /5/6/7 BMWs easy to work on? And are parts very available even though expensive? (I guess as this is a BSA forum I perhaps shouldn't be asking!)

Singles / Re: First classic
« on: 03 August, 2017, 13:53:54 »
Thanks for all the advice so far - all noted. I'm sad that it appears both the C15 and the B40 are too small for someone as tall as me, as I fancied a BSA, especially given the obvious value of this site, and of Rupert Ratio manuals, and also the BSA's relative affordability.  But anyway, as things stand, it looks like my options are:  1. Get a B40 anyway and put up with being cramped , given that I would probably only use it for short distances (sit on one first of course, as advised by Julian, below);  2. Reconsider a Starfire (would that be any better for someone my height?);  3. Consider other makes (eg AJS/Matchless as suggested by Steve, below. Is it best to stick with a single to start with? What about the old 5/6/7 series BMW flat twins from the 60s/70s - I always liked the look of them, but maybe they're not ideal for a first classic for someone with no bike maintenance experience?). This is not simple, but I suppose I'd better get used to things not being straightforward! Any more thoughts? Phil.

Singles / Re: First classic
« on: 03 August, 2017, 07:40:15 »
Thanks Tim. I thought a B40's seat height was bit  higher than a C15's? Would a B40 or C15 be a bit too small for me, as I'm 6ft 4ins tall?  Phil.

Singles / First classic
« on: 02 August, 2017, 21:41:38 »
I'm a new member. I've recently passed my motorbike test, retired (I'm 63), and bought a bike (2011 Bonneville T100). I have no experience of motorcycle maintenance, but I also fancy buying a classic to tinker with/try to maintain. I guess I ought to try to keep things relatively simple, and want to keep cost down, and I was wondering what bike to look for. What about a BSA B40? Would that be a good choice? I'm 6ft 4ins tall. A C15 would, I guess, be too small. A Starfire I think is a bit bigger (I had one long ago when I was about 17), but I don't like the appearance of that as much as the C15 and B40.  Any advice please?  Phil.

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