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The Star and Garter / Re: Mororcycle Insurance Advice
« Last post by LightningJames on 20 January, 2018, 11:12:30 »
I use Carole Nash and I would recommend them. I did an agreed value, I sent in photos and also examples of the same bike in similar condition that had sold or were being advertised online. I had no problem getting the value agreed.

 I also spoke to them recently and they are going to honour the Ďno mot for bikes over 40 yearsí rule that looks set to happen in May. Itís worth checking that your insurance company is going to as well.  🍻👍🏻
The Star and Garter / Cables
« Last post by LightningJames on 20 January, 2018, 11:04:36 »
Iím looking to buy a few new cables (brake, clutch and throttle) I hear lots of people talking about Venhill cables. They seem quite expensive. I donít mind paying out if they are worth it?  Or can anyone recommend a good company?
I would like to learn how to make my own one day, I have never done it before. 
Many thanks.
The Star and Garter / Re: 60th Anniversary Calendar
« Last post by LightningJames on 20 January, 2018, 10:53:28 »
Many thanks for the calendar. A nice surprise this morning! Some brilliant pictures in there.
The chap in the middle picture of November is particularly dashing.... ;) ahem....
The Star and Garter / Re: 60th Anniversary Calendar
« Last post by TTJOHN on 20 January, 2018, 10:35:31 »
Many thanks to the committee for the calendar, it was a complete surprise but a very nice one.

Regards TTJohn
Singles / Re: Kickstart cotter pin
« Last post by JulianS on 20 January, 2018, 09:53:27 »
The pin is probably a soft one - the hard edge of the shaft digs into the soft material and the ultimate result it you cant tighten it, it just rocks. If the edge has dug in it makes it  harder to drift it out and you might need to carefully drill.

Source a good quality cotter when refitting, they come with different degrees of machined flats to suit different shafts/levers. I got some very good and hard ones form Dave Flintoff the Gold Star man.
Singles / Re: Kickstart cotter pin
« Last post by Phil C on 20 January, 2018, 09:45:59 »
Okay thanks. No left-handed friends around, I'm afraid. I thought for a moment you were going to recommend a left-handed hammer ( bit like a long weight, etc.) But seriously, it's a tricky angle, and of course the surface of the pin I'll be hitting against, which is where it broke off, is uneven. Anyway, I'll see if I can find a parallel punch, take the silencer off, and give it a sharp tap. I've put WD40 on. But it felt very stuck when I was trying to get it out the other day. How I'd love it to pop out, and there be no damage to the shaft. At the moment I can easily move the kickstart both ways about, say, an eigth of a turn with no resistance - so I guess there's something amiss down there - I'm hoping it's just the pin and not the shaft aswell. Of course not knowing anything about kickstart mechanisms doesn't help!
Singles / Re: Kickstart cotter pin
« Last post by AWJDThumper on 20 January, 2018, 09:15:51 »
It is not advisable to use a club hammer to remove the cotter pin - a smaller hammer and sharp blow should be sufficient. Main challenge is to sort out the geometry for delivering the hammer blow. If you've got a left-handed friend, that would make it easier ;D
Singles / Re: Kickstart cotter pin
« Last post by Phil C on 19 January, 2018, 22:49:02 »
Okay, thanks. I'll get a parallel punch and try again with the club hammer - maybe take the exhaust off first to get a good straight blow.
Twins / Re: A65 rebuild
« Last post by MITCHELL on 19 January, 2018, 22:27:33 »
Ah, should always read what you've written, cheers Bess.
Singles / Re: Kickstart cotter pin
« Last post by OVERTHEHILL on 19 January, 2018, 22:19:31 »
Forget the heat gun, as someone has already said a parallel punch and a smart blow with a hammer.  A fairly heavy hammer if you have one or can borrow one.
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