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Messages - Mark B

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Singles / Re: B31 chain case
« on: 24 May, 2018, 17:21:01 »
I'm having a similar issue with mine: pressed steel chaincase, not leaking like a sieve, but definitely dripping when it's been used. It's the first time I've taken the chaincase off, so I put on a new cork gasket with a thin bead of generic instant gasket on both sides. Next time I'll be more liberal with the gasket goo, but again, any foolproof solutions welcome!

Singles / Re: B31 Paint Colours
« on: 04 May, 2018, 09:42:27 »
Who knows what's been done to it over its long life?  I think it was unregistered for some time, but maybe it had been repainted green from red at some later stage.

Singles / B31 Paint Colours
« on: 03 May, 2018, 16:26:04 »
My B31/33 is a tele/rigid, first registered in March 1955, so one of the last rigids.  It's currently wearing a chrome tank which I think is an Indian reproduction - it fits fine, but is rather more bulbous than it should be.  I've now got an original tank which needs prepping and painting.  The buff log book says that the colour is Apple Green: is this an official BSA colour or just a nice description by someone at whatever the DVLA was called in those days? 

Thanks for any information. Mark. 

Singles / Re: Thorspark
« on: 01 May, 2018, 13:38:59 »
Thanks for that.  I've got a big voltage regulator where you've mounted the coil.  Looking over the bike yesterday the neatest solution seems to be inside the toolbox.

Singles / Re: Advice on a B31 please
« on: 01 May, 2018, 13:36:42 »
Good decision. Just to back up the other opinions, I bought a B31 with the B33 engine five months ago. (Previous experience with 'British' singles was an Indian Enfield Bullet, just to find out how I would find living with an old single). It's proving to be a very good relationship: the bike is simple and easy to work on - if you can work on a modern bike and read a manual you should be fine. (Buy some Whitworth spanners!).  There's a knack to starting, but it's not difficult to pick up.  And it's a lovely thing to ride on the country roads as long as you plan your braking well ahead.

Singles / Re: Thorspark
« on: 26 April, 2018, 13:20:45 »
Thanks for the responses. I've had good reports from others so I've gone ahead and bought the kit. And thanks for the comments Bles, the wires are rather garish, and the next thing is to decide where to put the coil.  Did you have to make up a bracket to fit it under the seat?

Singles / Thorspark
« on: 11 April, 2018, 14:25:41 »
The condenser/capacitor in the magdyno on my 1953 B31 is breaking down and it's been suggested that this is a good time to fit a Thorspark electronic ignition. Any thoughts from anyone who's done this (for or against)?

Thanks, Mark. 

The Star and Garter / Re: MoT and Registration class changes
« on: 05 April, 2018, 14:51:03 »
Ha ha! Just wait till you get to the post office...   I had to try three before I found one who had the vaguest clue of what needed to be done, even though I'd printed off the instructions from the DVLA to tell them. (They said that the DVLA's information was wrong). Even then the supervisor tried to tell the person serving me that she couldn't do that.

The Star and Garter / Re: Bike recovery
« on: 05 April, 2018, 14:41:36 »
I'm a bit late for this discussion, but Peter James is the answer for classic bikes. They offer free breakdown recovery for all of mainland Europe, and it works. The first time I got caught out in a hailstorm and broke the clutch lever on my Morini as I slid down the road.  The AA were there within an hour and I had a lovely warm ride home in the van with my bike trailered behind.

The second time, on a different Morini, a main bearing broke somewhere along the French/German border. The bike was recovered by a local firm who held it until the AA transporter arrived collecting stricken bikes from Europe, and 10 days later the bike was delivered to my home in Hertfordshire.  Meanwhile Peter James arranged and paid for a flight for me from Basel to Luton.  I don't think anyone could do better than that.  And my insurance premium wasn't bumped up either.

Singles / B31 Luggage Rack
« on: 04 April, 2018, 15:54:07 »
I plan to replace the pillion pad on my rigid B31 with a luggage rack. Before I start ringing round potential suppliers, has anyone got any recommendations?

Thanks for any suggestions, Mark.

Singles / Re: B33 Primary Chaincase Gasket
« on: 27 March, 2018, 08:49:33 »
Thanks. In fact the new gasket is the wrong one, so I've got a few days to find some Loctite.

Singles / B33 Primary Chaincase Gasket
« on: 26 March, 2018, 11:15:11 »
When I removed the steel primary chaincase it looked as though some previous owner had fixed the cork gasket in place with copious amounts of Araldite.  I've got a new cork gasket and the two cork rings for the spacer behind the footpeg.  Will these be oiltight when I put the cover back on or should I use a sealant too?

Thanks for any advice.

Singles / Re: B33 Rigid Tyre Pressures
« on: 14 March, 2018, 10:44:36 »
Great, thanks Dean.

Singles / Re: Front lights not working
« on: 13 March, 2018, 17:09:08 »
A bit of lateral thinking...  As the poof and smoke happened just as you tried to kickstart it, are you sure it wasn't the carb spitting back? That's an entirely separate thing from a dying battery of course.

Singles / Re: Petrol tank removal
« on: 13 March, 2018, 17:05:28 »
You have taken the fuel pipe off the petrol tap haven't you?! (Yes, I had to learn somehow too...)

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