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The Star and Garter / Re: MOT changes for historical vehicles
« on: 20 May, 2018, 19:11:04 »
Thanks Derek, tried that but mine is not shown as Historic ? They wanted to TAX it from 1st May, then told me that it is not MOT'd. Back to the drawing board ?

Can the post office not do that for you?

The Star and Garter / Re: MOT changes for historical vehicles
« on: 20 May, 2018, 17:11:11 »
if you go to tax a vehicle and follow the instructions it asks for either a Tax reminder form(V11c i think) which i didnt have or for the numbers on the V5c.

 You put in your registration number and if it is listed as Historic vehicle it will allow you to complete the process on line, it asks you to confirm if the vehicle has been heavily modified, mine hasn't so was straightforward. I think it has to be pretty far from standard to make a difference.

I am guessing there has to be an insurance policy linked to vehicle as well to allow you to tax it.

It was easy to complete and they send the details to your email address to confirm.



The Star and Garter / Re: MOT changes for historical vehicles
« on: 20 May, 2018, 08:30:23 »
I have just completed the process to tax a previously non exempt vehicle on dvla website and it all went really easily!



Singles / Re: Need help with my BSA Shooting Star not starting
« on: 18 May, 2018, 15:48:49 »

there must be a lot of people out there who have been hurt by trying to start British singles.  I would always have a boot on my right foot when i wanted to start it, i had a few close shaves and learned quickly!



Singles / Re: Need help with my BSA Shooting Star not starting
« on: 17 May, 2018, 17:46:50 »
Perfect post some pics as well.

I had a B44 scrambler a few years ago i had planned to do some classic racing on it but didnt happen, it was a handful off road! it ran on methanol and had some other work as well.

Special technique to start taking piston just over compression and good kick and it would usually go for me, but a brute if it kicked back!

Good luck


Singles / Re: Gold Star engine for sale?
« on: 16 May, 2018, 17:04:09 »
I contacted the chap who is selling the 2nd Goldstar engine and he seems legit. Unfortunately, he's based near Inverness and so I won't be taking this any further :(

I sometimes go to inverness and aberdeen with work!


Singles / Re: Need help with my BSA Shooting Star not starting
« on: 16 May, 2018, 07:09:32 »
Derek...thanks so much for the tuning article!  I think that must be the problem...the little drillings are blocked as not gas is getting up into the cylinder head.  Is it necessary after removing the carb to take out the pilot air screw to clean with carb cleaner?  If so is there a number of turns that is standard for screwing it back in so then engine will start?

I would take it out and flush through each hole in turn blocking off with fingers as you go(you'll know what i mean when you start) the airscrew should be adjusted but i would start with 1 1\2 turns out from closed. It will make it easier to start if its fully in as mixture will be richer, but start with 1 1\2 out.

read section 3 in guide its easy when you have done it and makes it easier to understand.



Twins / Re: Misfire
« on: 15 May, 2018, 19:19:55 »
The springs are definitely ok and correct for the job? seems strange after all the changes it wont go past 4000 and still has same symptoms.

Sounds like a real pain, it can put you off a bike for good until you get it sorted or sold!  :-\

good luck


Twins / Re: Misfire
« on: 15 May, 2018, 18:19:12 »
and up to 4000 all is well?

Does it not want to rev out at all? i had issue with needle position but i guess you have tried that.

What colour are the plugs?


Twins / Re: Misfire
« on: 15 May, 2018, 17:56:17 »
fuel flow? are the carbs getting enough fuel? what about breather on tank.

Sorry if its too obvious.



Singles / Re: Gold Star engine for sale?
« on: 15 May, 2018, 17:51:18 »
Did you see the other goodies? I asked about the t120 8 valve rickman engine at 1500 and was told it was still for sale. 

or JAP instead bargain at 2400!


Singles / Gold Star engine for sale?
« on: 15 May, 2018, 16:57:25 »

I think this looks suspicious apart from the price, if you check the other listings there is some pretty exotic stuff there!


Singles / Re: Need help with my BSA Shooting Star not starting
« on: 15 May, 2018, 16:09:08 »
The pilot circuit(pilot jet and airscrew) are crucial for starting. The pilot jet i can get blocked very easily, attached document is handy.

I assume its a Mk 1 concentric carb


The Star and Garter / Re: Floor covering
« on: 11 May, 2018, 10:35:06 »
Derek, In case I do end up going for the tiles you have suggested, could you tell me please: are there chamfer bits provided so that the bike would run up over the edge without damaging the tile?  Phil.

Hi phil the tiles are about 10mm thick and quite soft so you wouldn't have any trouble getting a bike on to them.

I would if had the choice i would paint the floor, my old garage floor was painted.

I am hoping to get this one painted in the summer.


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