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Twins / Re: Carb cleaning
« on: 12 January, 2022, 16:31:41 »
Doesn't it spoil the flavour?

Singles / Re: Petrol tank resin/liner issue
« on: 26 October, 2021, 14:46:55 »
:) :) :)

I get out as much as possible by just shaking, Then I use a length of chain on a piece of cord instead of stones or nuts and bolts cos its eaier to get out. Shake like the devil the tip the bits out---shouldn.t be any big bits now.

Then Put it under water and derust it with a battery charger.

Mike 8) 8) 8) 8)

I'm intrigued, can you explain more about this? What do you do and how does it work?

Which BSA do you ride? / Re: A10 plunger - new to this forum
« on: 21 October, 2021, 13:54:23 »
Completely off the original topic, can someone please explain how plunger suspension works? I've only ever owned bikes with swing arm suspension, so I have not had the opportunity to look at a plunger in detail.
Looking at the pictures of Graham's fine rebuild it looks to me that the rear wheel has a linear movement, constrained by the top and bottom spring. Is the resultant variable distance to the gearbox sprocket accommodated by the slack in the chain?
Does braking and acceleration cause added friction/binding in the plungers?
Is the principle similar to the Morgan sliding pillar front suspension? 

Twins / Side covers
« on: 13 October, 2021, 16:38:53 »
I have just started rubbing down my side covers prior to paint and noticed that they are different - one has a recessed badge, the other doesn't.

Can someone advise me which is correct for a 65 Lightning please.

Twins / Re: Lightning forks
« on: 30 September, 2021, 10:41:27 »
This might be a dumb question, but I've not stripped my forks down. 
Given that the drain screw should be a leak tight seal, and the top nut is secured against a washer, can someone tell me how the air in the forks vents during compression/rebound?
Thanks in anticipation of a wise reply

Singles / Re: noisy silencer
« on: 18 September, 2021, 13:25:53 »
How about stainless steel scouring pads? You will need to ensure that thay are trapped and not blown straight out.

The Star and Garter / Re: GOV E10 checker
« on: 07 September, 2021, 21:47:44 »
Thank you bikerbob, a very learned appraisal of the effects of ethanol.
Like we saw when unleaded petrol was introduced, there has been a lot misinformation  spouted about E10 by supposed experts. I will print this off and use it to introduce some common sense into future conversations.

The Star and Garter / Re: Roll pins
« on: 13 August, 2021, 14:02:31 »
:) :) :)

When fitting roll pins is it correct to drill to stated size or the next size down as if you were going to tap the hole. I simply cant remember. Long time no use.

I think it should be stated size

Mike 8) 8) 8)

Hi Mike,
You woke my brain cell up! I was thinking that a tapping size would be way too tight, so  googled it(where would we be without google?), with the following result

So, about 3 thou undersize ;)

Singles / Re: Just like old times...
« on: 02 August, 2021, 15:43:48 »
Fuel evaporation maybe, caused by heatsoak from the engine to the carb?

Twins / Re: A65 Lightning project......
« on: 28 July, 2021, 11:46:11 »
Hi Martin, the colour I used was
Top coat: Honda Inca Gold Y61P  M5-32000 (Flat (not glossy- the lacquer will give it the gloss)
(not sure if it's the correct colour but I took the unrepaired tank and kinda matched it up)

Lacquer:  1 Litre Colour tone COL 800   2K  800 Clear SR
               500mL                  COL 710   2K  710 Fast activator

2 pack (take care with the 2 pack)  ought to be fully sealed, air fed suit..... (I used a normal face mask ( ) and held my breath... ish)

If you need any more info just ask.

As has been said, if your tank aint broke, don't fix it....

Best of luck.

Many thanks Gerald, I'll use the pictures of your tank as my quality reference


Twins / Re: A65 Lightning project......
« on: 27 July, 2021, 11:49:43 »
Anyone know the paint code for the Lightning Clubman Gold. please?


I'm about to get my tank and side panels painted; did you get a paint code for the gold? If not can you tell me what you used please.
I read a lot on the forum about sealing the inside of the tank; mine currently has petrol in it and it's not leaking. Can anyone advise me what would be the benefit of sealing it please.

Many thanks


Twins / Re: What's wrong A65 silencer fitting issue
« on: 26 July, 2021, 21:35:12 »
Hi Dave,
Whoa! That's not my bike (although I wish it was), It belongs to member James Rushton and we featured it in the January 2016 edition.
Look it up in the members area.
I must confess I did take the photos, my first go at doing pics for an article.

Can you give me some guidance on finding James's bike pics please?

Twins / Re: 1965 A65 Lightning side stand length.
« on: 07 July, 2021, 21:16:01 »
PS, can we have some more pictures please?

Martin, I have just seen a couple of photo's of 'Editors' LC.....

Ask him for some pictures mate (I'm a total amateur)......


P.S. Nowt from the Classic Bike Show.... ('Cept a polishing mop and a couple of magnets on sticks... And I locked my keys in the car..... Overall, a jolly good day)

Taint easy being an eejit...

As Gerald's suggestion, can we see some pictures of Editor's Clubman please? They might provide inspiration to get back on the case......

Twins / Re: 1965 A65 Lightning side stand length.
« on: 03 July, 2021, 21:14:43 »
PS, can we have some more pictures please?

Twins / Re: 1965 A65 Lightning side stand length.
« on: 03 July, 2021, 21:12:41 »
Apart from the side stand, that's a fine looking bike, a credit to you.

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