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The Star and Garter / Re: Motorcycle insurance for a novice
« on: 24 May, 2018, 09:37:35 »
Hi RobT
Footman James will be at the Open Day this weekend and will be able to offer advice. They have been excellent in supporting Club Members over the years.
Peter James is probably the preference of many of us - very knowledgeable staff, very reliable & more than willing to help awkward cases by direct negotiation with underwriters.
Lynbrook seem to be rising stars with classics, too.
There is a limited number of actual insurance companies, the differences for us are the deals that brokers can do on our behalf. Post code seems to be an influence on different deals.

Some of the things to watch out for with less-favoured brokers:
1. allegedly invalidated insurance if you carry a passenger (pillion cover is a legal requirement)
2. horrendous mix of compulsory and voluntary excesses to get an artificially low premium
3. loss of bike in the event of a claim. In essence, even a minor claim results in a "not economic" repair estimate, they pay you a reduced claim & sell the bike on ebay or through a reclaimer.
good policies allow you to do your own repairs, or get them done yourself, with an Engineer's report for big jobs, perhaps.
4. no cover for riding other bikes - usually "other bikes cover" with better brokers only covers legal minimum 3rd party cover, sometimes also fire & theft whilst in your care.
5. no cover if parked on driveway - even if you're working on it! i.e garage cover only at home.
6. no cover for garaging in anything other than brick or block building, i.e. no timber sheds, no matter how robust.

The Star and Garter / Re: Floor covering
« on: 19 May, 2018, 21:08:12 »
A few houses ago I built a garage and sealed the new concrete floor with an old tin of polyurethane varnish diluted 50-50 with white spirit. It soaked in & took at least 3 or 4 days to dry properly in summer heat, but was good afterwards - I never got around to doing a coat of garage floor paint before I moved again.

The Star and Garter / Re: Congratulations Norma!
« on: 18 May, 2018, 14:13:22 »
Yes, Congratualtions are more than deserved.
I'm just a bit unsure if she'll still be Norma or Madam President to the rest of us mere mortals!

The Star and Garter / Draganfly & The Diamond Rally & Open Day
« on: 18 May, 2018, 07:53:08 »
Draganfly are really putting a great deal of effort into supporting and sponsoring the whole weekend.
Phil & Merv & I visited them and were most impressed with the investments and developments Iain has and continues to make, including very impressive increased in-house manufacturing. Draganfly-Craven luggage is ideal for our bikes, too.
Iain hopes to bring a couple of bikes and his Dad to meet those of us who dealt with him for so many years. And he's bringing their big van, stuffed full of goodies.
Advice will be free!
Here's a thought; if you know you want anything soon, why not go to the Draganfly website, look up the part numbers and order for delivery to the Rally & Open Day?

Looking forward to another brilliant weekend - see you there!

Twins / A10/Early A65 Oil Tank Cap
« on: 11 April, 2018, 16:39:07 »
I've come across 1/2 dozen new oil tank caps, plain no writing on them & no dipsticks (later dipstick ones are larger, I believe).
A check with my own A10 & 1964 A65 confirm a fit.
They'll need a fibre washer & if you need a new one Draganfly sell the right ones - see them at the Open Day if you're not in a rush.
I've been offered the caps at 5 each & can bring them along to the AGM if anyone wants to order - just bring the cash with you.
let me know if you want one -

The Star and Garter / Re: New MOT Rules
« on: 03 March, 2018, 17:33:52 »
That would have been luxury Royc!
When I think of some of the tyres we used to race on...

The Star and Garter / Re: Gold Star admirers in the sixties
« on: 03 March, 2018, 14:53:05 »
I'd have had my nose to the window & my tongue hanging out  ;D

The Star and Garter / Re: New MOT Rules
« on: 03 March, 2018, 14:50:30 »
Any changes made after registration will require notification to your insurer. It is up to the underwriters whether they accept them at the original risk premium. This has nothing to do with DVLA rules. Failure to notify will probably invalidate your insurance.
Sidecars are not an addition in the normal course of life, they are technically treated as a trailer connected on the side. This suits us all, so best not to seek a more precise definition. Sometimes Local Authorities registered a new combo as a motor bicycle and sidecar or as a motorcycle combination, both common terms back in the day. When records were centralised and computerised the youngsters involved didn't know and so didn't create a definition that covers an outfit - it's not a 3 wheeler and its not a trike. So generally, our sort of sidecar is treated as a trailer for DVLA purposes and can be attached and detached at will. If a combo, as recorded on V5C, is split permanently, it's probably best to get DVLA to amend the V5C and notify your insurance.
DVLA are interested in modified vehicles where a sidecar and the bike are enclosed in a common bodywork, as is the case with some modern outfits.
If a sidecar was permanently attached to a bike for normal use, underwriters used to recognise the low accident rate (not everybody went through a hedge backwards) and offered up to 50% discount. They were also sensible and allowed occasional riding with the chair left at home for "road testing" or sidecar maintenance. I insure with Peter James, who understands bikes as well as insurance & his carefully chosen underwriters allow me to use/not use a sidecar, providing nothing happens to compromise the safety & Construction and Use Regs compliance either way. This is because I asked. Trying to game/get one over on an insurer is not worth it.
The last time I got a sidecar discount on a bike premium was in 1973, so don't hold your breath for that one!

The Star and Garter / Re: dvla new commitie
« on: 03 March, 2018, 14:08:51 »
I used to visit the factory early 1970s & believe/confirm that the despatch date was the manufacturing date as bikes were shipped to get payment asap, not held in stock. It was motor industry practice for stock to be held at dealers, not at the factory. The practice of filling acres of tarmac with unregistered cars until dealers call them off stock is fairly recent and certainly didn't happen with BSA and still doesn't happen with bikes.
What's more, there wasn't the computerised standardisation that there is now. If a customer wanted something different for their bike, the dealer could either swap bits before release, or order the bike with those bits from the factory.
The problem we have today is that most of the population, including some owners (not just DVLA) do not know how factories worked in those days.

The Star and Garter / Re: DVLA Woes
« on: 08 February, 2018, 18:49:07 »
I got a Special Delivery letter back via "lost Mail sorting" in Belfast after 4 months. I'd claimed from Royal Mail as it had been a very important work document. I got the fee back and a book of 12 1st class stamps as compo after a few weeks "normal" delay.

The Star and Garter / Re: Painting Barrels black
« on: 08 February, 2018, 18:43:09 »
I'm late for this one, but I prefer soda blasting as there's no chance of blasting grit getting anywhere & the rust & crud can be washed away with the remaining soda. I also prefer to treat with Kurust before painting. I have found BBQ paint in aerosols to be very good.

The Star and Garter / Re: Vale Onslow Fire
« on: 08 February, 2018, 18:38:57 »
Sadly, another place of memories gone.

The Star and Garter / Re: Barry Harper
« on: 08 February, 2018, 18:37:03 »
Please pass on my condolences to all family and friends. I will spare a thought for Barry on the day.

The Star and Garter / Re: Bike valuation
« on: 08 February, 2018, 18:34:36 »
I'd suggest collecting ebay listings, especially completed, i.e. sold bikes, with dates & condition, then collect adverts from wherever you can. This will help to guide whoever does it for you, a classic aware bike shop is a good idea.
Peter James's insurers accept valuations up to 5k with photos of both sides of the bike.

The Star and Garter / Free Online Copy of RealClassic Magazine
« on: 08 February, 2018, 18:05:44 »
Nice message from Rowena at RealClassic. Enjoy!

It's been a while since we shared this - a free sample digital issue, so you can see what the magazine is like in this format.
It's an older issue, but will let you see how RC looks on your device. Can't say I'd recommend reading it on a phone (!) but it looks pretty good on a tablet, I think.
Might be the ideal solution for folks fed up with stacks of magazines scattered around the place, or who doesn't want to wait for the postman to deliver!
Here's the link - you're welcome to share it:

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