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Singles / petrol gauge for any bike
« on: 17 May, 2018, 10:59:32 »
Easily made gauge. I cant see how much fuel I have in tank below 1/2 full.
Picture 1.
A plastic T junction is fitted in the petrol pipe.
Picture 2.
A small strip of tinplate is trapped under the tank fitting, holsd the pipe, with air bleed.
Picture 3.
In action. tank about 1/2 full.

The Star and Garter / Spanners!
« on: 11 May, 2018, 06:56:11 »
I like to carry a full tool kit on the bike, in case of breakdowns.
I want to keep it as light as possible, so ..
I use an open ended set,  with different sizes each end. 1/4" x 5/16", 5/16" x 3/8", and so on.
This gives me two of each size, to work on a bolt and nut at the same time. A short set for space
and weight saving. I can always get extra leverage by linking two spanners, end to end.
Buying new? 
It seems that now, spanners are sold as ring one end, open ended the other. So, to work on a nut
and bolt, you need two sets of spanners!! Also (of course) Whitworth ones are rare.
My solution was to buy second hand from Ebay, not buying each one seperately, but a whole set
which is cheaper. I paid 9 for a set. Another cheap source is boot sales.
Buying new spanners, I find that the cheapest ones work perfectly well, no need to spend a fortune on them.
Don't forget lads -  A donkey, a wife, and a walnut tree. The harder you beat them, the better they be!.

Singles / Re: Winkers problem, and solution.
« on: 19 April, 2018, 15:06:40 »
I would never hear it over the engine noise

Singles / Re: Running in troubles - engine fade
« on: 19 April, 2018, 10:55:30 »
I would put the bike in top gear, rear brake on, tighten the nut as far as you can, finish with some sharp hammer  taps on the spanner.

Singles / Re: Fuel petcock/fuel line
« on: 19 April, 2018, 10:50:13 »
I wish we could keep the name Petrol tap, instead of the American name!
I notice Americans can only say the word NOW by preceding it with RIGHT!!
Let us try to preserve the English language.

Singles / Winkers problem, and solution.
« on: 19 April, 2018, 10:45:53 »
My B44 has the winkers warning lamp in the top of the headlamp. It is partly shielded by my windscreen.
I have not done much riding yet, and I need to concentrate on the road.
The lamp is hard to see. I find that when I arrive at home, the winkers are still on!
What to do?  - I have fitted a bright yellow LED lamp on the handlebars, pointed at my face.
Problem. It would only light in one direction. Why? The original bulb runs on reverse polarity for eachdirection.
Normal bulbs dont mind about polarity, but LEDs only work one way.
So, I made a bridge rectifier to fit in the supply wires. |This is just four tiny diodes, in the same pattern as
the rectifier fitted on the bike. These are just a small bulge in the wiring. Component costs - About 2 quid!

Singles / Re: Running in troubles - engine fade
« on: 14 April, 2018, 13:19:55 »
I also have the SS80, imported from USA in a rough state. It has the 8.5/1 piston. I rebuilt it but was disappointed that it would not reach the advertised 80 MPH.
One day, as I rode. the power started to diminish. I found that the distributor had rotated to retarded. I reset and tightened the pinch screw.
Then it did it again. This was repeated several times, until the clamp could no longer hold the destributor. I had to be towed home.
I was sent a copy of BSA service sheet which advised lock the distributor from rotating with a screw though the body.
During my work, I ran the engine and rotated the distributor as it ran. This gives you a good feel for the correct timing setting.
I checked the advance bobweights, and realised that the auto advance was the wrong way! Replacing the distributor would have been
expensive and not reliable, so I bought and electronic system.This powers the spark directly, and has two other outputs. I connected one
to the headlight (permanently on) and the other for charging the battery.
Now the bike will start first kick EVERY time, without touching anything, not even turning the fuel on!.
I decided that trying to reach 80 MPH at 8500 RPM would not be wise. These engines were not reliable or long lasting 'in the day'
I have fitted a bigger output gear (+ 2 teeth) and in now sounds like a big single, reach 65/70 at 5300 rpm.
Performance is not enough. I did a 25 mile run, against a strong wind, and it was very hard to get past lorries at 60 MPH.
I now have a B44.

Singles / Re: B40 centre stand
« on: 13 April, 2018, 20:16:22 »
I have seen silencers with a small hollow on the bottom, to clear the stand, but cant remember which bike.

Singles / Re: Pannier bags for 15 from Argos!
« on: 13 April, 2018, 20:12:48 »
Picture two has a 1/3 scale Tiger Moth, based on one at Old Warden.
Picture three is a Bristol M1c, also at Old Warden.
Both models are Electric powered, on 44 volts, drawing up to 100 amps.
Full details on my web site. Mick Reeve Models

Singles / Pannier bags for 15 from Argos!
« on: 11 April, 2018, 10:31:29 »
These are of good quality and robust enough for our use. The joining strap has to be widened with a stout piece of cloth, sewn in.
I attached to the (B44) bike under the saddle, just behind the rear saddle bracket. Rear movement prevented by two black bootlaces
round the frame. Quick and easier to remove when not needed.
I will probably improve the rear end with a metal bar support later, mainly for appearance.
Three photos- if I can get them to upload!

Singles / Twin front brake
« on: 10 April, 2018, 09:21:18 »
I just remembered what I did to my B33 in the sixties.
The front brake drum appeared to be just pushed on to the wheel hub.
I bought two spare wheels from the breakers. (second hand parts were dirt cheap then)
I dismantled one wheel and removed the brake drum from its hub.
I removed the long spokes from one side of the second wheel, fitted the second brake drum
and finished by fitting the short spokes to the second side.
So, I had a twin brake wheel, without buying any other parts.
I think I may have fitted a balancing arm for the brake cable.
Thats all I remember. I never drove hard enough to reach a limit on the standard brake.
but it was the fun of creating something new which appealed.

The Star and Garter / Re: Famous people on BSA
« on: 25 February, 2018, 11:33:57 »
Billy Joel rides and deals in BSA's

Singles / Re: B25 Difficult Starting
« on: 03 February, 2018, 14:34:37 »
In addition to my last reply
I have discovered a way of starting my B44  from cold, First kick every time.
I have fitted a wire handle to the throttle stop. this Will be to the rear for normal tick-over when the engine is hot.
For cold start -  I move the stop lever forwards, which opens the throttle a little.
I turn on the fuel tap. press the tickler until fuel drips out. Then turn the engine to compression, ease it past with the release lever.
One good swing will start the engine. The tickover will by too fast, so I would just ride away and readjust the throttle stop for a slow tickover later.

With my c15, with the throttle stop  on fast  tickover , the one kick and its running. (Fuel tap still off, ignition direct from the engine flywheel.

Singles / Re: Choke
« on: 30 January, 2018, 10:31:56 »
You can check your compression fit by slowly pushing  the kickstart lever.
fI it is hard to turn past compression, its OK.
If it turns over without much effort, then you may need a rebore.

Singles / Re: B44 riders
« on: 23 January, 2018, 10:09:47 »
Why would it not produce its full power when everything appears to be in good order?

I find that car speedso read about 2/3 mph over. It would be illegal for a speedo to read under,
 so the manufacturers have be on the safe side, also allowing for variations and the effect of wea,r and changes of tyres.Mick

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