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The Star and Garter / Re: Historic Class Change - DVLA Website
« on: 06 June, 2018, 10:26:50 »
Just clarified the situation with DVLA (sort of). It appears as though some of my bikes were registered many years ago as HISTORIC CLASS as far as road tax is concerned by virtue of them being pre-1978. It was these that were accepted by the online system. However, others were not previously registered as being HISTORIC CLASS and so need the V112 form being submitted. So it looks as though if it a bike was already registered as being in the HISTORIC TAX CLASS before the new rules came out, it doesn't need the V112 form submitting to qualify for MOT exemption.

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The Star and Garter / Re: Historic Class Change - DVLA Website
« on: 06 June, 2018, 10:04:04 »
Managed to change most of my BSA bikes to Historic Class online but a number failed. In one case this was due to the date of manufacture not being recorded on the V5C for some reason - may need a Dating Certificate. However, in two other case, it recognised the bikes as being of Historic Class but then tried to charge me for road tax - will need to phone DVLA to sort out. In the main, a very easy way to get TX/MOT exemption. :)

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The Star and Garter / Historic Class Change - DVLA Website
« on: 06 June, 2018, 08:25:52 »
I decided to have a go at taxing a 1971 B25, which has not been on the road since I restored it many years ago, using the DVLA website. To my amazement, the website recognised that it should be in the Historic Class and it is now fully tax and MOT exempt after simply putting a tick in the right box. Couldn't have been simpler. I might do the same for all the other BSA bikes I have in my collection. However, not sure this will result in a new V5C being issued with the change of class but will see what happens.

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The Star and Garter / Re: Another registration question.
« on: 06 June, 2018, 08:17:18 »
Simply do it online on the DVLA website using the 12 digit reference number on your new keeper supplement (V5C/2). You can confirm the Historic Class at the same time.

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Singles / Re: B40 star best set up for wrong carburetor
« on: 06 June, 2018, 07:50:45 »
They differ in the spray tube and pilot jet configuration. I'm sure it will run with a 2-stroke carb but not as well as with a 4-stroke carb.

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Lightweights / Re: Dandy spares
« on: 05 June, 2018, 22:56:16 »
Very few of the Dandy's produced had the sculptured seat as opposed to the the flat deeply padded one, possibly on those produced in 1959. My 1960 Dandy has the latter type as did the earlier ones. Unfortunately, the sculptured ones are extremely rare and difficult to find - hopefully, you have enough of the original seat to get restored.

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Lightweights / Re: Dandy spares
« on: 05 June, 2018, 19:41:50 »
The diameter of the wheel has to be measured at the inside shoulder on which the tyre bead fits. The external diameter of the wheel will be ~1" larger. The situation may have changed but when I checked with the suppliers a couple of years ago (including Central Wheel Components of Coleshill) they didn't do any 15" x 2.5" rims - hence the need to get them re-chromed.

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Singles / Re: Gear oil grade
« on: 05 June, 2018, 16:18:23 »
Modern practice is to use the same oil in motorcycle engines and gearboxes (actually, the same oil) and so, if it's good enough for these, it's going to be good enough for a B40. As indicated by RR, a heavier oil (eg EP90) will give the gearbox a longer life in principle but the rest of the engine (valves, cylinder, etc) will probably have worn out a long before that!

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Singles / Re: Gear oil grade
« on: 05 June, 2018, 13:43:02 »
Having just checked the owners manual, it surprisingly seems to recommend the same oil in the engine and gear box!

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Lightweights / Re: Dandy spares
« on: 05 June, 2018, 13:23:21 »
Do you actually mean 16" rims because the Dandy's rims are 15"!

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Lightweights / Re: Dandy spares
« on: 05 June, 2018, 11:48:19 »
I don't think replacement rims are available in the required size - hence the need to consider re-chroming them.

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Singles / Re: Tyre change time
« on: 05 June, 2018, 09:26:06 »
That is complete overkill - the B40WD only had 1 rim lock fitted originally. You will definitely have fun fitting the front tyre ;)

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Lightweights / Re: Dandy spares
« on: 05 June, 2018, 09:20:23 »
That doesn't sound too bad - if you keep your eye on eBay, a surprising number of NOS parts do appear from time to time including headlight reflectors. Are you going to have to get the wheel rims re-chromed?

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Lightweights / Re: Dandy spares
« on: 05 June, 2018, 07:54:10 »
Hi John. Unfortunately, it's difficult to get spares for a Dandy from the regular suppliers but, fortunately, second hand spares are generally not too difficult to find with a bit of patience. What's the general state of the bike and are there any particular spares you think you might be needing?

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Singles / Re: B40T swinging arm bushes...
« on: 05 June, 2018, 06:40:22 »
The C15/B40 swinging arm spindle is drilled through from either end about 1.5" or so and then tapped. I think the Bantam spindle is exactly the same and so when I drifted one of these out recently I simply inserted a long 3/8" bolt (I believe) into the bottom of the drilled hole and used a club hammer to drift out the spindle. The alternative is to use a ~3/4" bar of metal against the end of the spindle but you risk damaging it this way.

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