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Twins / Re: Insurance increase
« on: 29 June, 2022, 16:20:00 »
I have been with Peter James now for about 12  years my premium last year was 101.69 this year 109.73 that is for 2 bikes a1956 A7 and a 1963 A65 both fully comp with breakdown cover and agreed valuation.

Twins / Re: Remote oil filter A50
« on: 12 May, 2022, 17:55:33 »
Ihave always filled the remote filter with oil before fitting on both my bikes A7 and A65 and never had any problems, been doing it now for atleast 10 years.

Twins / Re: Sump oil drainage?
« on: 06 April, 2022, 15:15:48 »
I altered the existing plate on my A7 I made a boss cut it at an angle wlded it to the plate it has a 10mm drain plug works perfectly, but be warned if you attempt this you have to remove the mesh from inside the cover it is soldered in place when refitting be careful to align the hole in the mesh with the scavenge pipe.

Twins / Re: Sump oil drainage?
« on: 04 April, 2022, 08:25:30 »
Now would be a good time to check for wet sumping having been laid up for 2-3 months you will be able to judge by the amount of oil that comes out as Julien says there should be about 100mls if it is there is say 300mls then you have wet sumping and I would suggest you start the bike up at least every 2 to 3 weeks and you should have no problems. I have an A7 and an A65 the A7 doea wet sump but if I start it up every 2 to 3 weeks no problems the A65 does not wet sump even left for 2 to 3 months. Also wet sumping is only minor problem in the winter as the bike gets used in the summer.

Twins / Re: 1953 Plunger A10 starting woes
« on: 24 March, 2022, 16:51:34 »
Always go for the simple things first this could simply be a blocked or partialy blocked pilot jet. I have had similar problems with my A65 and it was a partially blocked pilot jet, you have overhauled the carb  some years ago I assume you are using fresh fuel but after standing for so long there could be sediment in the fuel tank or fuel lines that could cause a blockage in the pilot jet. It only takes a few minutes to remove the jet and clean it of any obstruction.

Twins / Re: indicators on A10
« on: 20 March, 2022, 16:24:29 »
I fitted indictors to my early A65 and the flasher relay emits quite a loud noise which is in time to the flashing indicators and you can't fail to hear it so I never miss turning them off after a turn.

Twins / Re: A50 frame and engine nos
« on: 15 March, 2022, 10:18:06 »
It is not unusual for bikes to stay unsold in dealers for sometime my own A65 was dispatched to the dealer in October 1962 but was not first registered until June 1963 it is a 1963 model.

Twins / Re: A65 tank
« on: 07 March, 2022, 08:41:11 »
Going back to the original post, if money is not a problem there are companies that advertise in the classic magazines who restore tanks back to original new condition but they are expensive the last I heard was that to take out dents rechrome and repaint you are looking at a cost in excess of 500 depending on amount of work required. I mtself on my A65 have an Indian made tank fitted but it did not come without problems nothing major but did require some work. The center hle for fiting the tank was slightly out of position so I had to realigm the chrome strips the hole itself was too tight afit so had to be ground slightly bigger  . The holes for fixing the knee grips were in the wrong position so I had to modify them tofit. The petrol tap bosses were in the wrong position they were in the position for twin carb models not my single carb model so had to make new petrol pipes to suit. I also had to respray the tank as I could not get one the correct colour, but the tank has been on the bike now for about 3 years with no other problems. I di seal it with POR15 which I can recommend.

Twins / Re: Frame number
« on: 04 March, 2022, 11:04:00 »
In regard to frames when a main dealer required a new frame to replace a damaged one they would send the number to the factory and BSA would stamp a new frame and dispatch it to the dealer, but from about 1954 dealers could keep in stock unstamped frames and it became the dealer's responsibility to stamp the frame, How ever when BSA went into administration who knows what happened to all those unstamped frames that were with dealers who were themselves closing down and their stocks were sold off. The only way to get a true identity of a frame is to contact the dating officer of the BSA owners club who will give a written reply  which will be accepted by the DVLA for future registration.

The Star and Garter / Re: Torches
« on: 04 March, 2022, 10:26:37 »
I do use a head torch I find it works great for me  mine has 2 settings one brighter than the other and it shines directly on what I am looking at ,it is also rechargeable with a USB cable and lasts for about 3 hours it cost me 7.99 at a local sports shop. I also have a couple magnetic battery powered torches and a mains powered portable light but they are sometimes awkward to position exactly. where you want them to light  something.

The Star and Garter / Re: Haynes manuals
« on: 27 February, 2022, 08:33:34 »
If it is like other Haynes Manuals it can only be used as a guide I would stick to the Workshop Manual.

Twins / Re: super rocket?
« on: 25 February, 2022, 17:36:45 »
As you did not give engine and frame numbers in your original post And you were not sure if it was a Super Rocket also it has not got an alloy head and it has a non standard tls brake I assumed you were trying to identify exactly what you have and the only positive way to do that is to do as I indicated.

Twins / Re: super rocket?
« on: 25 February, 2022, 15:46:47 »
As has been stated many times on this website and others you will only know what you have if you send the frame and engine numbers to the dating officer and request a dating certificate, this will tell you the exact date it left the factory whhat model it was, to which dealer it was dispatched to and if the engine you have was in that frame when it left the factory. al info about how to go about this can be found on this website. Anything else is just pure speculation previous owners could have altered anything over the last 60 years.

The Star and Garter / Re: Bristol show - metal supplier's stand
« on: 14 February, 2022, 17:33:36 »
I use a company called METAL SUPERMARKETS they have branches in various parts of the country they stock all kinds of metal and will cut to size. I was at my local branch this morning I usually ask to look at their offcuts rack and then pick what I want and pay at the desk, they are cheaper than ebay.

The Star and Garter / Re: Way to sell?
« on: 30 January, 2022, 14:45:08 »
Have considered maybe going to auction there is a one near me that sells cars and motorcycles WB & Sons they charge 50 entry plus vat this covers photos for the catollogue and seelers fee of 5% plus vat.

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