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Should be five pics. Don't know why there is only one..Are, I see I might have exceeded the size limit.

Some up to date pics of my M21. Now up for sale.

Singles / Re: Value of an M21
« on: 10 October, 2020, 11:06:01 »
I've put up some up to date pics in the owners photos section,

Singles / Re: Value of an M21
« on: 08 October, 2020, 19:22:36 »
Thanks Glenn.
I had forgotten about that earlier post in your link.
Its been a difficult decision to sell the bike because of course I am emotionally involved with it.
I could probably put it on an auction site, but if it is to go, I would rather an enthusiast had it than someone who just saw it as a money making buy. As you are aware I am only the third owner of the 68 year old machine and have quite a large history file.

Singles / Re: Value of an M21
« on: 08 October, 2020, 15:04:01 »
Missed this pic of Berlin for some reason

Singles / Value of an M21
« on: 08 October, 2020, 15:02:18 »
I am reluctantly considering selling my much travelled 1952 M21 but have no idea what a realistic asking price would be.
This is the bike that started life with the AA, was purchased by my friend in around 1960 as his daily transport. In 1964, with wife on the pillion and well loaded up they left London bound for Australia and returned home by sea in 1967. Since then it spent time in a museum (long story attached to that), and in various sheds etc until 2015 when the owner died and it came into my possession. I have done the minimum to get her (Betsy) back into operation, in an attempt to keep it as it was at the time of the trip to Aus.
I have attached a couple of pics. First in Berlin well laden, second a newspaper report of when they were in N.Zealand.

Singles / Re: M21.
« on: 02 August, 2020, 17:19:09 »
Its ok I've got the size now. Its 3/16 inch in case anyone needs to know.

Singles / M21.
« on: 01 August, 2020, 19:48:19 »
Good evening.

Can anyone tell me the size of the spring loaded ball in the timing chest of an M21 please?

Singles / Re: Fuel Leak
« on: 11 May, 2020, 21:49:45 »
Thanks Chaps.

Dave. I did just replace the corks. I will try your suggestion to tighten the corks up a bit. However, with the fuel lines disconnected from the carb, I only get an occasional drip from the fuel pipe. I have in the past left the fuel turned on by mistake but the float has always stopped the carb from flooding. So with the fuel turned off and just the aforesaid occasional drip getting to the float chamber, the fact that overnight the carb floods seems to point to the float needle valve.

Dean. It is a 276 carb, and has tight joints with new fibre washers.

Bess. The link you gave me looked promising but is for a 376 carb and I have a 276 fitted as standard with the remote float chamber.

I guess I'd better give Draganfly a ring and see what they suggest.

Singles / Fuel Leak
« on: 11 May, 2020, 16:18:05 »
My M21 has developed a fuel leak. 
The petrol tap corks were replaced some time ago but with the fuel lines disconnected from the carb there is a drip from the pipe about once every 5 to 10 minutes, so not a lot. But over night, the carb is wet with petrol so it suggests the float needle/seat is letting by. The float itself is good. So, can the seat in the bottom of the float chamber be removed/replaced? I haven't been able to find this on the exploded diagrams I have seen. Or is it a case of lapping the needle and seat with some metal polish. I should add that this leaking has only just started after some 5 years of ownership.


The Star and Garter / Re: Matching Numbers.
« on: 13 April, 2020, 08:27:35 »
Yes Its such a shame they never wrote a book about their travels.

The Star and Garter / Re: Matching Numbers.
« on: 12 April, 2020, 22:26:25 »
Have also relocated the air filter.

The Star and Garter / Re: Matching Numbers.
« on: 12 April, 2020, 22:24:40 »

No plans to restore Betsy, though I have recently fitted a single sprung saddle to ease my dodgy spine. Rear wheel spokes are black, front ones may well have been but are a bit  corroded.

The Star and Garter / Re: Matching Numbers.
« on: 12 April, 2020, 20:00:06 »
I should add that although his name was Malcom, he was always known as "Fred".

The Star and Garter / Re: Matching Numbers.
« on: 12 April, 2020, 19:43:06 »
This is a brief history of Betsy. M21.
My good friend Fred bought the bike for 40 when the AA pensioned it off in around 1960. (Its a 1952). He had a sidecar fitted and was used as daily transport  including a couple of trips to scotland from London. In 1964 after a few mods, It took Fred and his wife (sidecar removed) to Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand. They were away for 3 years, working at various places and times to get funds to move on. They returned to England by sea in 1967 and Betsy resumed the role of daily transport for a couple of years. By around 1970, Betsy went into storage and remained there in various sheds, garages and even a museum at one point, until Fred sadly died in 2015. It was then that Freds wife asked me if I would like to  have the bike which at this point was not running. I of course said yes please and have just done what was necessary to get it up and running.
People often ask if they had any problems with the bike .during their trip to Aus, and yes they did. They had a puncture in NZ that required a new rear tyre but nothing else. The first photo is a stop in Berlin, the second in NZ and the third when I got her.

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