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The Star and Garter / Re: Blazing sun
« on: 21 February, 2019, 18:42:00 »
Thanks very much. I tried the black tape strip method this afternoon and liked it.  Phil.

The Star and Garter / Re: Clarification on MOT exemption
« on: 18 February, 2019, 09:59:59 »
I see. Okay, I must have done that when I "taxed" it.  Thanks Old Biker.  Sorry to be a bit slow on the uptake!   Phil.

The Star and Garter / Re: Clarification on MOT exemption
« on: 17 February, 2019, 23:10:47 »
I don't remember getting any reminder last year. If it doesn't need an MOT then there's nothing to do, is there?

The Star and Garter / Re: Clarification on MOT exemption
« on: 17 February, 2019, 18:45:44 »
My bike is 1965.

I have got a tax confirmation but did not have to pay anything,  because being 1965 it's a historic vehicle.

I don't need to get an MOT, do I?


Singles / Oil leak (1965 B40F)
« on: 16 February, 2019, 19:34:07 »
Good evening all, I'm thinking, sometime soon, of revisiting an issue I spent some time on, with a lot of help from this forum, last summer. It's an oil leak which only happens when the bike is running.   The oil appears on the inboard side of the primary chaincase, but I can't see exactly where it's coming from (oh no, not that again, I hear you groan!) Last summer I replaced the seal behind the clutch and the one at the gear box sprocket (major operation and great learning experience for me!)but that didn't solve the problem. I'm wondering if the leak is coming from the grommet where the alternator wires go through the inside wall of the primary chaincase.

First of all I'll drain the oil  from the primary chaincase (via the drain screw) and take the bike for a run down the road with the chaincase empty (I was advised this would be okay, I think by AWJDThumper last year.)  If there is still leaking oil then I'll know it isn't coming from the chaincase (assuming draining it via the drain screw gets it all out.) If there isn't any leaking oil, then it would seem it's coming from the primary chaincase. So I will then take off the cover and have another look at the grommet. I looked at it last year, when I was doing the oil seals, and at that time I put on a dab of silicone, but I wonder if perhaps I need to make a better job of that (ie clean it with carb cleaner and put on a bigger dab of silicone.)

Unfortunately I can't see the other (inboard) side of the primary chaincase wall, so don't know for sure whether the grommet is the source of the leak or not.

Two questions I hope someone can please help with:

1.  Does my plan seem sensible?

2. When the alternator wires pass through the grommet in the primary chaincase wall, at the other side of that wall are they in open air? I mean, would any oil which passed through the grommet, then be splashing around in open air? I guess that's really asking is it a possible source of the leak.

Thanks in advance.   Phil.

The Star and Garter / Re: Blazing sun
« on: 15 February, 2019, 18:04:34 »
Evening all. It's been a lovely sunny day here.  Went for a ride this afternoon - great fun on the outrun, but when I turned for home the sun was blinding.  Made riding safely difficult, and spoilt the ride.  Can't understand why more people don't have this problem.   Any further thoughts please anyone?    Phil.

Singles / Re: Battery condition
« on: 14 February, 2019, 11:15:54 »
Just tried to start it again. Click. Think I might replace it.   Phil.

Singles / Re: Battery condition
« on: 14 February, 2019, 10:59:57 »
Thanks Andy. So would you say 12.68 volts (measured after taking off the bike) would suggest a battery problem?   Phil.

The Star and Garter / John Haynes
« on: 14 February, 2019, 08:17:03 »
I was sad to read that John Haynes (of Haynes Manuals) has recently died. There is a very interesting obituary in the Daily Telegraph this morning. Over 200 million copies of Haynes Manuals were sold worldwide. I was a bit surprised to read that the first manual was for the Austin Healey Sprite.

Singles / Re: Battery condition
« on: 13 February, 2019, 18:31:38 »
I've just typed out an update, then as I was about to post it I saw Bees had posted a comment, so I reviewed the thread, and lost my reply! So anyway, here is an update (sorry if you get two!)

Even though the battery was showing 12.68 volts on my multimeter, I put it on my little AA charger and after about twenty minutes it was full (wish I'd checked the voltage at that point, out of interest.) So anyway I stuck it back on the bike, and it started first time. So I don't know if it was the battery or something else. The click sound when I pushed the starter this morning made me think battery, but then the 12.68 volts made me think possibly not. Maybe it was me (eg did I leave the sidestand down, and would that cause a no-start?) Anyway I'll see if it happens again. I don't know how old the battery is - the bike is 2011 and it was on the bike when I bought it nearly two years ago.

A10JWO, Bees, and Bernie, you mention cold winter weather affecting batteries. If the low temperature was affecting the battery, would that show up on a multimeter reading? I mean would it show low volts? (stupid question probably.)


Singles / Re: Battery condition
« on: 13 February, 2019, 14:16:55 »
Quite amusing: the 2011 Bonneville T100 won't start; the 1965 BSA B40 has just fired into life second kick.  So I think I'll take that for a quick run down the road, and mull things over.

But anyway, back to the Bonneville battery: 12.68 volts should be fine, shouldn't it?


Singles / Re: Battery condition
« on: 13 February, 2019, 14:10:33 »
Thanks Bernie. But I've just taken the battery off the bike and put my multimeter acroos the terminals:  12.68V.  That should be fine, shouldn't it?   Phil.

Singles / Battery condition
« on: 13 February, 2019, 12:43:22 »
Hello everyone, I confess this is not specifically related to BSAs. I guess it could apply to any bike, but the reason I'm posting this is because of a problem I have with the battery on my (2011) Bonneville T100. I hope that's okay, this once., given that it could apply to a BSA.

About, say, three weeks ago, when I went to start the bike, the battery was flat (just a click sound when I pushed the starter button.)  I stuck my Optimate 3 on it and charged it up, after which the bike started.

I last took the bike out about a week ago.  This morning I went to start it (having put on my thermals etc etc!),'ve guessed it, the battery was flat (just the click again.) My question is: does that mean the battery needs replacing?

I have put the Optimate3 on it and the Optimate's LED3 light has come on. I find the booklet hard to understand, but I think that means the battery is extremely flat, and (not sure) it might be that the Optimate's recovery mode won't engage unless the battery is disconnected from the bike (at present the Optimate is just connected via the wire which sticks out from under the seat specially for it.)

Anyway, has the battery had it?    Phil.

Singles / Reasons to be cheerful
« on: 11 February, 2019, 17:13:41 »
Hello everyone.  A few weeks ago, several things went wrong with my 1965 B40F, all at once: it didn't start; the headlight didn't work; the throttle twistgrip wouldn't snap back despite being very free-turning; and an oil leak had appeared. 

Thanks to advice from this forum, these things now appear to be sorted. What I've done is: charged the battery; replaced the headlight bulb; fitted a new ammeter; got a new throttle cable made up (and while at it a new choke cable, oh and a new heat spacer for the carb); worked out where the oil was coming from (wet-sumping leading to oil in the outer timing case which was then  leaking out via the gear lever, I think) and fitted a tap to the oil feed pipe (and a string and flag hanging off the bike so I don't forget to turn the tap on when the bikes been standing a while.) 

This afternoon she fired into life. Satisfying.

Thanks very much for all the help I get on this forum. The oft-used expression "I couldn't have done it without you" is most certainly true in this case!

And to make things even better, I have just taken the dog for a walk and I almost thought I could sense spring in the air!     Phil.

Singles / Re: Wet sumping - tap on oil feed or not?
« on: 07 February, 2019, 14:28:51 »
Good idea.

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