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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?


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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