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The Star and Garter / Re: The Nuts and Bolts of Good Vibrations
« on: 10 April, 2020, 17:00:38 »
You can shock the purists and use nyloc nuts. Not usually necessary rhough.

The Star and Garter / Re: Dire warning for all bike owners
« on: 29 March, 2020, 10:09:22 »
My wife would haunt anyone who tried to sell her bikes cheap. She knows exactly how much is spent on the bikes - and no complaints!

The Star and Garter / Re: Paint
« on: 18 March, 2020, 18:56:58 »
Japlac enamel is pretty good. Reasonably petrol proof too. If sticking with aerosols, try warming the can and if possible the chainguard first. I keep a kettle and a hot air gun in the shed for this.

The Star and Garter / Re: Vmcc
« on: 11 March, 2020, 10:10:38 »
No BSAOC branches in Scotland so it really has to be VMCC. It's going through a transformation just now and will hopefully emerge all the better.
In my experience, a good bunch but is it worth 47 (soon to be 50) a year?
Having other bikes as well as my BSAs, the VMCC makes sense. 

Singles / Re: A true story of youth
« on: 24 February, 2020, 07:02:14 »
Missed the worst of the Mods and Rockers era due to youth at the time. Funnily enough there was a small group of us at school that used to go out for rides - My C11G, one C10L, one Honda 90, one CB 160 brand new (!) one Lambretta and one Vespa. I was particularly envious of the scooters' reliability. My C11G never quite made it up Porlock Hill.  Replaced it with an Enfield Crusader which was even more unreliable if you can imagine.   

The Star and Garter / Re: True or false
« on: 24 January, 2020, 14:37:44 »
So often there are solutions, often heavily advertised, looking for problems whose existence is questionable.
This leads to the hackneyed saying "If it ain't broke, fix it until it is".

Twins / Re: exhaust on a 59 super rocket
« on: 21 January, 2020, 14:55:16 »
RTV sealant is pretty good for sealing exhausts.

Singles / Re: B31 exhaust
« on: 14 January, 2020, 15:04:23 »
Generally good, thought the only unusable exhaust they sent me was for my B31. The were pretty grumpy about replacing it, implying it was my fault (the exhaust pipe hit the ground when fitted) but they did eventually replace it with a good one.

Twins / Re: noisey
« on: 07 December, 2019, 06:00:37 »
I live near one of the UK's best biking roads and also Scotland's most dangerous stretch of road (as was featured in a TV advert on hazards and safe driving).  As you can imagine, both are favoured by bikers, not all of whom live to tell the tale. Blue flashing lights are all too common.
Despite being a lifelong all year round biker, the racket every decent evening from poorly silenced and unsilenced bikes howling over these roads really annoys me. It really does not do the whole movement any favours to add to noise pollution. It's just adding ammunition to the anti-bike lobby which is increasingly powerful. We can be our own worst enemies.
And you'll go deaf!

The Star and Garter / Re: Scotland
« on: 10 November, 2019, 13:35:53 »
Clyde Valley VMCC doesn't give a monkey's what you turn up on as long as you like bikes. A nice bunch. As an aside, just back from a Remembrance day parade in Biggar. The highlight? A green A10 being ridden past.

The Star and Garter / Re: Scotland
« on: 09 November, 2019, 14:58:55 »
Over the years I have discovered that most BSA owners interested in club activities up here are in the VMCC. I did try many years ago to gauge interest in setting up a Scottish branch but couldn't get the numbers.     

The Star and Garter / Re: Enjoying old motorcycles
« on: 09 November, 2019, 14:56:21 »
Fairly new Michelin - failed by the valve (no, the valve hadn't pulled out, I have a security bolt fitted).

The Star and Garter / Re: Enjoying old motorcycles
« on: 09 November, 2019, 06:57:36 »
Definitely less fun, depending on your definition of goes wrong. I use my BSAs for long distance and critical journeys. Anything going amiss would be most unwelcome. My last breakdown recovery in 30 years was with my Norton. A none too old rear tube split and I didn't have the appropriate spanner in the toolkit. My fault entirely. The plus side was it happened outside a cafe so I could sit and eat an ice cream waiting for the van to arrive. Had it happened an hour earlier I would have been on tiny seldom used roads in the Highlands far from habitation or mobile coverage. Sobering.

Twins / Re: A10
« on: 26 September, 2019, 10:05:20 »
No, and I don't expect to see one. The s/a engine and gearbox are longer than the plunger bolt up setup and wouldn't fit. You can fit s/a crank, rods and barrel to a plunger engine. Not an alloy head though, well, not easily anyway.

The Star and Garter / Re: To sell or not to sell
« on: 22 September, 2019, 06:35:35 »
The B40F is a bike that grows on you. Hang onto it and ride it. I miss my B40...

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