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Singles / Re: Thorspark
« on: 11 April, 2018, 14:41:26 »
Is a 6v dynamo the ideal charging setup for electronic ignition? A magneto overhaul will last 25 years +. I would suggest just biting the bullet and getting the mag fixed.

Singles / Re: Pannier bags for 15 from Argos!
« on: 11 April, 2018, 14:39:34 »
Tell us more about the fuselages in the background.

The Star and Garter / Scottish Motorcycle Show 11 12 March
« on: 08 April, 2018, 19:14:05 »
Busy once again. There were some exotic BSAs to be seen as well as the odd everyday workhorse. Spot the oil drips - this one was ridden to and from the show

The Star and Garter / Re: Where shall I get my exhaust system ?
« on: 30 March, 2018, 18:02:21 »
I still get my exhausts from Armours. They're fine.

Singles / Re: Tyre levers: how big ? How many ?
« on: 07 March, 2018, 06:44:08 »
You really should not have to use long levers. If you do, you are getting it wrong. My bike toolkits hold 2 6" levers which are perfectly adequate using the right technique. I do possess longer levers, but they are only used for changing tractor tyres. 

The Star and Garter / Re: New MOT Rules
« on: 04 March, 2018, 06:32:21 »
When I took the sidecar off the Gold Flash, the front tyre in particular had plenty of tread left on it. The handling for the next few hundred miles was interesting, to say the least.

Twins / Re: What spark plug caps? (And plugs)
« on: 04 February, 2018, 17:57:49 »
I use NGK non-resistor plug caps and NGK B7ES plugs. THe Green Spark Plug co is an excellent source of all things ignition. Beware cheap NGK plugs - there are counterfeits out there.

Twins / Re: Useful A10 valve info.
« on: 22 January, 2018, 22:19:00 »
It has certainly been the case for many years - 50 that I know of and probably many more.

The Star and Garter / Re: Mororcycle Insurance Advice
« on: 18 January, 2018, 06:14:49 »
Carole Nash will do it. They need 6 photos.

Singles / Re: Grease
« on: 17 January, 2018, 07:36:25 »
A half decent grease gun won't break the bank. Halfords or anywhere really.

Singles / Re: Newcomer
« on: 15 January, 2018, 07:37:10 »
A single is a joy to ride. After a long riding career on twins, it's the singles that get all the use now. Well, almost all.

The Star and Garter / Re: Painting Barrels black
« on: 14 January, 2018, 06:49:57 »
Of course a hot engine will bake it on for you - keeps the kitchen fume free.

The Star and Garter / Re: Painting Barrels black
« on: 13 January, 2018, 17:42:52 »
Hammerite smooth seems pretty resilient. I find other high temperature aerosols don't last the first rain shower. Brushing gives a decent coat though a few coats of the spray can is pretty good.

Singles / Re: M33 Electronic Regulator
« on: 13 January, 2018, 14:16:53 »
Is your dynamo polarity correct? Try flashing it.

The Star and Garter / Re: Feartherbed frame.
« on: 05 January, 2018, 17:37:39 »
Having a featherbed framed Norton and swinging arm BSAs I am in a position to give my thoughts. The Featherbed frame is good, no doubt about it. However, if it breaks away, it goes. Rarely do you get away with a slide. Having said that, when racing it I could get a 2 wheel drift going on bends but that's unusual. The BSA frame is more forgiving. Hit a spot of gravel on a bend and it will give a a shake and then sort itself out and on you go. The scrambles heritage perhaps? There is not much to choose between them really. An eye opener is the Enfield Bullet. My 1998 one really does corner as if on rails. Most unexpected!   

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