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The Star and Garter / turn indicators on bikes.
« on: Today at 06:48:58 »
I feel that hand signals for turning, on today's crowded roads, are not good enough, especially after dark.
(How many of you ride your BSA in the dark?)
Winkers are the only safe way. The action of the light going on and off, is equivalent to movement
in ones perception, is noticed. So, I have them on both my bikes.

This switch is available on Ebay for only 7, including post!  (I like to keep my spending on bikes low,
As a matter of principle. Why? I dont know!!
The switch has - lights on, main/dipped, left right winkers , hooter, and  lamp flash, (Or kill switch for the C15.)


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Singles / Re: DB killers
« on: 14 March, 2019, 07:36:17 »
Yes, I have tried several patterns of added baffles. The more restricted - less noise, less power.
I now run without the baffle. This has a benefit. coming up behind a row of cars, they must hear my C15,
and they will often pull over to the kerb to let me pass!
We live on a main road and hear the traffic go by. most cars are near silent,
but motorbikes can usually be heard. some are very noisy
 One can be heard  (in our 30 mph limit) all the way to the roundabout half a mile away.
When I rode as a lad, the police would sometimes check noisy bikes by poking a stick up the exhaust.
I think I had to explain that my silencer was an absorption type, and had no baffles.
Mick

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Singles / Re: 1958 C15 factory colours
« on: 14 March, 2019, 07:22:05 »
lets see a photo.
Mick

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The Star and Garter / Re: Blazing sun
« on: 13 March, 2019, 10:13:43 »
when I rode bikes in my twenties, i dont remember having  much problem with sunlight.
Now i'm 80.  Perhaps old eyes are less able to deal with the situation?
What is the average age of this clubs members??
 Interesting.
Mick

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The Star and Garter / Re: bsa badge transfer. help needed.
« on: 13 March, 2019, 10:06:35 »
I found that having a subtitle  was charged for. Removed it and - now cost free ad
Mick

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Singles / Re: BSA Starfire tank colour
« on: 13 March, 2019, 06:47:53 »
RS paint was to cost 33.
I found a spray in Halfords that was a very near match
Ford Electric Monza Blue. About 9.
Mick

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Singles / Re: Wiring B25 Starfire
« on: 12 March, 2019, 11:53:12 »
This is good for my B25.
Ta!
Mick

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Singles / Re: 1958 C15 factory colours
« on: 12 March, 2019, 08:36:56 »
Ive' painted my tank gold, (with chrome mudguards) because I like it!
Mick

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Singles / Re: Starfire speedo drive
« on: 06 March, 2019, 20:00:57 »
I think the cheap speedos you see on Ebay, are just a poor copy which does not give correct results.
Mick

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The Star and Garter / bsa badge transfer. help needed.
« on: 06 March, 2019, 08:06:12 »
I am trying to sell a two inch 'piled arms' bsa waterslide transfer transfer. on ebay.
Price is 1 each, but ebay is charging 2 for each insertion, which only lasts for one, 1 sale!
How can I get round this?
Mick

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Singles / Re: Fork tube tap size
« on: 27 February, 2019, 06:49:54 »
British Standard Cycle threads are usually 20 or 26 TPI.
I know that the thread that hold the wheels axle in, are 5/16 x 26 tpi.
I am waiting for a tap to clear one of the threads on my B25
Mick

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Singles / Re: Starfire speedo drive
« on: 26 February, 2019, 07:19:35 »
I think that all speedo drives on the rear wheel are a standard 2:1.
Therefore the only variable for different bikes, would be the wheel diameter.
As this does not vary very much, it follows that any speedo would work on any bike
and would be somewhere near to correct readings.
I am correct is this Idea?
Mick

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The Star and Garter / speedo cable
« on: 26 February, 2019, 07:14:55 »
I have a C15 and a B25.
I ordered a new speedo cable on Ebay, but the speedo did not have the correct fitting for my bikes.
It had a smaller thread for the outer, and a smaller inner, with no square recess.
Is this normal, for use on modern bikes?
Mick

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Singles / Re: B25 speedo
« on: 23 February, 2019, 16:39:45 »
I tried a new speedo from ebay. 17.50.
It did not have the normal square hole for the cable.
Refitted the original, quick test in the workshop - readings now seem more reasonable.
Perhaps the speedo has got a bit out of sorts after a 40 year lay-off!
Mick

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Singles / Re: C15 SS, top speed?
« on: 23 February, 2019, 16:34:26 »
bought one on Ebay.
120 mph, new  17.49.
spent hours getting it to fit on the bike, then found the speedo input was not for the normal square section
cable, but much smaller??
No Good.
checked bike again on its original speedo. now starting to read a more correct reading.
Ill give it some more milage and see what happens.
Mick

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