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The Star and Garter / Big bike prices....
« on: 23 May, 2022, 09:21:24 »
  I don't want to be a herbinger of doom and gloom but have you noticed the price of big UK bikes has dropped somewhat. Yes there are many high asking prices but also there are some rather low prices about of which neither seem to be selling. A friend has just bought a DB34 (genuine bike) with all the bells and whistles for 13500 . I've had a genuine low mileage , 2 owner A50  for sale at 3.5k and no enquiries. Advertised  in most national magazines . Also an A65 Hornet , immaculate, at 4.5 and no enquiries for either bike... Seems the Crapanese are now taking over the used bike market.  When you look at it in perspective the younger riders were brought up on the Japs where as us senior riders were used to the better looking bikes (I'm not too keen on the crotch rockets) that are heavier and don't have an electric leg.
            A couple of trials bikes , bantams and a C12 are my most used bikes though (rinse my mouth out) I do long rides etc on a 400 Burgman. Yes an old mans bike where you put you leg through, press a button and go. Sadly it's harder to keep it down to 70 on a dual carriageway than get up to that speed. Plus 80mpg tootling about.. Ah well technology and times change though my love of BSA's will never diminish. The C12 is destined to come with me when I go though a granddaughter has claimed it already....     Griff

The Star and Garter / Re: New BSAOC group
« on: 18 May, 2022, 08:05:03 »
Yes you have that one right Admiral. We need some of the branches already formed to get out more rather than sit in a quiet corner in a pub discussing what they might do. Lets get out and try to get a bit of youth into the riding idea. I often get some of the local lads on their crapanese tiddlers out for a ride. Slowly but surely they are cottoning on...  It's more fun going somewhere rather than sitting looking at a pint pot...   (or coke can)    Griff

The Star and Garter / Re: Gold Star - new.
« on: 18 May, 2022, 07:59:43 »
  Does that mean we should abandon curries etc so as not to help the Ruskies ? Just to think we send money to India to help with their poor and they are better off than we are.. Think I'll stay with my old clunkers and smokey Bantams....   Griff

The Star and Garter / Re: FBHVC Ride It Day
« on: 25 April, 2022, 21:42:51 »
  We missed you dear Admiral at Stafford. The banter was light without you to wind folk up... Save it for Founders Day....

Singles / Re: B31 valve lifter...
« on: 20 April, 2022, 19:44:08 »
Thanks mate. Might see oyu at Stafford

Singles / B31 valve lifter...
« on: 20 April, 2022, 08:01:40 »
  Just a quickie.. What sizeand thread nut is it that goes on the valve lifter where it operates ? Vibrated lose and  gone on walk-a-bouts... Thanks

The Star and Garter / Stafford Show 2022
« on: 19 April, 2022, 08:40:53 »
  Well 23rd and 24th the club has a stand at Stafford show. Colin has has a well sorted pitch and the memory of Tom Shuker will be shared in various forms. Are many of our club members likely to call in on the stand and say hello. we 'll be looking forward to seeing you all and enjoying a little chat. Though there will be one member who is likely to cause mayhem on the stand...  See oyu there ..   Griff

The Star and Garter / Gold Star
« on: 24 March, 2022, 17:37:09 »
  Looking for Gold Star MDK 799  Yes it is still on the road (well it's taxed) It is for a cap that would like his dad to see his old DB32.. I'm just wondering if anybody on here knows of it or even owns it....  Thanks lads...

The Star and Garter / Re: Bristol Show
« on: 07 March, 2022, 09:08:28 »
 How can us wrinkleys understand the world when most of us were at school the official first day of the week was Sunday but now , to please the Americans it is Monday...  Mind you the god botherers kept quiet as the biblical last day of the week is Saturday, to be known as the sabbath as the world was supposed to have started on the Sun day... I'm confused and think after reading all this confusing matter I'll go and lie down... Nurse. nurse, please take another cork out of the red !!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Griff 

The Star and Garter / Re: pictures
« on: 07 March, 2022, 09:01:15 »
 With reference to re-sizing photos.. Paint it onto a phone ... Do you use oils, water colours or wallop ?  To some of us wrinkleys pfaffing about with such things is mind bending. My granddaughter once showed me what ot do but a week later I'd forgotten. How about this system automatically re-sizes photos automatically as all the other sites I use do.. Perhaps some bright spark might be able to enable this onto our site. ?   Lets se as some of the elder members might just have some interesting things to post and liven up the site....   Griff

The Star and Garter / Re: Bristol Show
« on: 02 March, 2022, 17:54:08 »
 Phil C   In my days Spring always started on the 21st of March..... Seems I was told the wrong details by my teacher....

Bantam / Re: Sport headlight switch..
« on: 27 February, 2022, 13:08:08 »
  Had a suggestion of fitting a spade to each wire then heatshrinking it onto the switch. Might try that  but making sure all works before shrinking into place...

Bantam / Sport headlight switch..
« on: 25 February, 2022, 17:27:00 »
  Does the female part of the switch come as part of the loom or are they sold seperatly ?  Mines cream crackered and bio degrading...

Singles / Re: Frame powder coating
« on: 25 February, 2022, 17:22:10 »
  I had my C12 powder coated  at a place near Crewe, Close to J16 M6. They were brilliant and did a superb job. They stripped all the gunge off (bits I must have missed) and did a turn round in 2 weeks as I wasn't in a rush... Wilkinsons Powder Coating at Shavington is the place...

Singles / Re: Anti Wet sumping valves
« on: 08 February, 2022, 08:08:53 »
  For me the anti wet sump valve is the perfect answer. I have used one on A50,A65,B31, c15, C12 and DB32 . If fitted correctly they just do not fail or drain and leave an air gap. To do this you ALWAYS fir the return valve below the pump . That means gravity cannot empty the pipe. Yes all the bikes have done lots of miles with the said valves.. There are some nasty tales going round about them . It's not the valves , usually the fitting of same....

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