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Gallery - Best Selection Around => Which BSA do you ride? => Topic started by: Happyhenry on 20 August, 2019, 21:48:48

Title: A7 Longstroke
Post by: Happyhenry on 20 August, 2019, 21:48:48
Here's one of mine - recently sparkless on the Mendips.
Hot old capacitor - now fixed thanks to Brightspark Magnetos...and some keyhole surgery.
Title: Re: A7 Longstroke
Post by: DG on 21 August, 2019, 08:42:02
That's nice.   Did you get home once the mag cooled down ?
Title: Re: A7 Longstroke
Post by: Happyhenry on 21 August, 2019, 18:59:34
That's nice.   Did you get home once the mag cooled down ?

Called the AA - and guess what? They arrived about an hour and a half later and it started, despite me having tried it every 10 minutes up to that point. Chap had a folding trailer in the back of the van so he gave me a ride home rather than me risking doing it in several stages.

Now all running fine after a condensectomy and the fitting of a Brightspark condensor. Although I have since fitted a fully rebuilt spare magneto. Otherwise it's a very pleasant ride. The engine is, I think, on the standard 6:1 pistons and it pulls very well since I put it on solo gearing.

It looks better in the photo than in real life. It's an un-restored survivor having obviously been maintained on a budget (remould quality tyres when I got it) and having had a chair on it for decades. I like them like that - there are plenty of shiny bikes about.
Title: Re: A7 Longstroke
Post by: DG on 22 August, 2019, 18:28:52
Hi HH,
Sod's Law it finally starts when the AA roll up!
I like seeing unrestored old bikes , especially as there are less about now.  I agree about the soft-tuned parallel twins being pleasant to ride,  I've always had single carb BSA and Triumph twins and gone for lowish comp. pistons when a rebore was needed.  I helped a friend long ago collect a Spitfire tune Lightning by riding it from Leeds to Nottingham;  it was very fast for a BSA but the vibration was "noticeable" compared to my Royal Star.