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Messages - Ken Oaff

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Twins / Re: A 65 Rebores and re-sleeves
« on: 12 June, 2018, 21:04:21 »
best solution and most expensive is a new set of barrels from SRM and take it out to 750cc

given you are looking at buying another set of barrels and pistons this may not be that much more expensive

Twins / Re: Thunderbolt Exhaust Brackets. OIF
« on: 19 April, 2018, 21:28:46 »
had a complete set of original factory header pipes  you could have copied

sold them on ebay a while ago for pennies

Twins / OIF steering head bearing cups
« on: 15 April, 2018, 17:45:02 »
Is their air trick to getting these out / special tools required

Or just a drift and gentle persuasion with a hammer all that is required

Twins / Re: A65 OIF Front footrests.
« on: 18 March, 2018, 20:36:28 »
none on my bike either

Twins / Re: Conical Rear Backing Plate
« on: 16 March, 2018, 07:41:46 »
thanks for all the replies

looks like hand sanding will be the way forward

and less the painted surface was cheaper than polishing.............

Twins / Conical Rear Backing Plate
« on: 15 March, 2018, 14:55:13 »
Is there any easy way of stripping the original silver paint off the alloy backing plate on a conical rear hub

Want to polish this to match the hub which is in the process of being polished

Tried Niromors it wouldn't touch the silver paint

Twins / Re: A65 OIF conversion to disc front brake.
« on: 25 December, 2017, 20:26:29 »
no yokes on T140 are about 1/2" wider than A65

Twins / Re: A65 OIF conversion to disc front brake.
« on: 24 December, 2017, 09:35:16 »
true, the bikes don't go any faster but the general traffic is quicker and a lot more of it

also brakes on modern vehicles are a lot better

also have a 916 series alfa spider v6, brakes on this were ok when it was built but on todays roads I have to leave a huge gap in front of me because modern cars can stop that much quicker

Twins / Re: A65 OIF conversion to disc front brake.
« on: 22 December, 2017, 09:20:14 »
I think the serious question you need to consider is that 45 plus years later is the conical front brake suitable for modern traffic, the disc option with a caliper upgrade is far more suited to todays traffic

Twins / Re: A65 OIF conversion to disc front brake.
« on: 19 December, 2017, 19:38:09 »
Had a look at that, probably not but its a minor problem to solve on the grand scale of things

Trying to find a decent single seat that mounted to stock seat hinge and latch and decent rear sets was a far bigger issue, ended up making my own seat base and own rear sets

Twins / Re: A65 OIF conversion to disc front brake.
« on: 17 December, 2017, 18:51:31 »
fitting a T140 front end to my 71 A65

made up spacers to fit original front guard

had custom alloy top yoke made up to suit the original wire headlight stays

had an issue with dvla with a bike I imported into the uk

they incorrectly copies the vin number down incorrectly

it took years to sort out and eventually they did rectify their error

however as bike was from nz it had a 17 digit alloy tab with the number pop riveted to the frame, as their computer system will only accept 17 digit numbers

can I get DVLA to change the chasis number to that stamped on the frame, no they insist on continuing to use this 17 digit  number

Have two bikes like this, one is an extremely copllectable model with matching numbers, unfortunately the V% has a garbage number on it.......  but the engine and frame numbers are cherry and they do match

Twins / east mids frame painter recommendations required
« on: 12 November, 2017, 09:15:00 »
Doing a complete ground up rebuild of my 71 Lightning

Its has mismatched numbers so there is absolutely no point in going for 100% originality and I am going down the café racer route - however the frame is not having any mods so it could in future be returned to close to original

Getting frame acid dipped as its oil in the frame, have found a place in Nottingham who can do this

However before I do this I need to organise somewhere to paint (not powder coat) the frame

Colour will be a metallic silver type paint which is what BSA intended before they procured the army surplus paint aka dove grey

I might take you up on that

Shame of it all was it was the local organiser who made me feel very unwelcome when I had previously met him at a meeting a few years back when he wasn't organising said group

wont be returning to that meeting ever again, there is another branch within riding distance

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