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Singles / B40 for sale
« on: 20 June, 2022, 21:19:44 »
In for sale section

Bantam / Bantam for sale
« on: 20 June, 2022, 21:19:13 »
In for sale section

Singles / Re: C15 Breakdown, Hot Engine
« on: 19 June, 2022, 17:15:28 »
Thanks for all the suggestions, yes, oil is returning. Spaceman, I will do that, many thanks for the explanantion.  Sorry, not sure what "nipping up the bore" means.

Ive always like old, classic vehicles and bought this to dabble with, with the intention of possibly getting a twin in the future.  But so far experience has not been all positive.  Good job I still have a couple of reliable Jap bikes I can still get out and ride.

You are right about Jap bikes. They were far more advanced than anything we had to offer. I have 3 BSA bikes as thatís what I had as a student in the 70ís. If you keep British bikes, you have to accept their problems. I donít blame anyone for jumping ship to have a bike that works, doesnít leak oil and you can use. Have you seen the price of Jap classics!

Twins / Re: A65 Alternator wiring
« on: 19 June, 2022, 09:56:02 »
Interesting to see how well this lasts but only time will tell.
Would it have been possible to join with bullit connectors and a rubber covered joining sleeve?
It would take less room and still allow for removal. Iíve seen old connectors covered in oil and grease and they still are intact so may survive inside a primary drive case!

Twins / Re: A50 alternator stator
« on: 18 June, 2022, 17:55:55 »
The conclusion was not what I expected or wanted!
Turned out that the timing side bush was that worn the crankshaft was at a very slight tilt causing very little clearance around one part of the rotor. New bush fitted and line reamed and the clearance around the rotor was pretty even and was what it should be.

Twins / Re: Insurance increase
« on: 18 June, 2022, 17:52:01 »
I used to be with CN but every year they upped the premiums by an appreciable amount so I changed.
Now with Adrian Flux who were far more competitive and this year my premium for my 3 BSAs was actually cheaper than last year - about £100 fully comp for the 3 bikes on a classic policy. They were also very competitive for my new Triumph Speed Twin.

Twins / Re: Rear Wheel Removal
« on: 18 June, 2022, 17:47:13 »
Planks under centre stand at home. AA breakdown service when out on the road!

Singles / Re: C15 Breakdown, Hot Engine
« on: 18 June, 2022, 17:44:30 »
I would also check the coil and possibly change the condenser if it is breaking down when hot.

The Star and Garter / Re: Upper cylinder lubricant
« on: 28 May, 2022, 08:34:53 »
I always put a drop of 2 stroke oil into my old 4 stroke petrol tanks. Never caused any problem. I also feel it may offer a tiny bit of protection to the inside of the tank.

I also remember in the 70ís reading somewhere that a condom was an essential part of your tool kit on the bike. It said it could carry a few pints of petrol if you ran out, carry water if necessary and also be useful if you got lucky!
It also said that the sensitol lubricant was dynamite upper cylinder lube!

The Star and Garter / Re: Puncture repair kits
« on: 28 May, 2022, 08:30:10 »
Iíve used those sticky string repairs mainly on car tyres. Done lots over the years for family and friends. Never had one fail. Cheap as chips to buy. Iíve left them in car tyres for the life of the tyre, for a bike I get the tyre vulcanised if there is life left or a new tyre.
I think the reason they are not advertised ( like all safety related items) is that most people are incapable of using them properly?
Sign of the times unfortunately - how many youngsters could wire up a 3 pin plug properly or safely?

Twins / Re: Choke operation
« on: 27 May, 2022, 21:52:29 »

Twins / Re: Fork Oil
« on: 21 May, 2022, 10:31:56 »
The drain plug can be a little bu**er to seal. I use a new washer and usually put some blue hylomar on it to seal. Not tried PTFE tape myself but a new washer and a bit of blue hylomar seems to work.

Singles / Re: B40 choke or not?
« on: 16 May, 2022, 14:58:39 »
I donít think the decompressor is not needed. It does make the bike a lot easier to start and kick over by kicking the engine just over tdc using the decompressor and then allowing the engine to turn over twice before firing. It also helps protect the kickstart mechanism which is a bit of a weakness on these engines.
I have also found the choke not really necessary but useful on very cold days. I have got an original air filter and connecting pipe and this set up works well.

Bantam / Re: Bsa 250cc need help
« on: 13 May, 2022, 15:47:38 »
I didnt think there was a 250 D1 1933 Bantam?
I dont think you have got the right machine or if it is a D1 then it will be 1948 onwards and be a 125 machine.

Twins / Re: Remote oil filter A50
« on: 13 May, 2022, 15:29:50 »
The reason I asked was that I had problems with the oil supply when first starting the rebuilt engine. I couldnt get the feed side to suck with the srm pump even after releasing the pressure release valve and kicking over numerous times. I had to resort to sticking my air line into the feed pipe when full of oil to prime the pump. Just didnt want another air lock on the return side by filling the filter leaving a big bubble of air in the return pipe!
With regard to the comment not to worry about starting the engine and waiting for oil to flow as everything is covered in oil, if I remember, Top Gear many years ago drained all the oil from an old car and it ran for about 50 miles before the engine seized!

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