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Singles / b44 speedo
« on: 28 September, 2017, 16:31:32 »
My 150 mph, rubber  clad speedo has a trip function, but no reset control!
How do I reset it?

Singles / B44 oil leak
« on: 26 September, 2017, 07:29:57 »
I had ridden my new B44 only a few times, maybe 50 miles.
Apart from a big end clanking, the gearbox sounded noisy.
I used a syringe to get oil in the tiny filler hole, up to the mark on the dipstick.
I wondered if the primary was also running dry.
I could not be sure which was the oil level screw. Rupert ratio did not seem to cover my model.
When I started up, oil was gushing out from the sprocket area.
I did a trip to a jazz concert, four miles away. The clutch was slipping badly, 50 mph max.
On the return it was almost back to normal.
I assumed that one of the seals was leaking, or perhaps missing.
I tried to order two new seals ,but could not find the part numbers for these.
I have difficulty bending down, but finally found the there were two small screws, together under the middle of the primary case.
These must be the level and drain plugs. I drained the excess oil and I think the problem is solved.
Then I read in the ratio book that the chain oiler was a problem, and should be removed. I will try that today.

Singles / insurance on B44
« on: 23 September, 2017, 07:08:19 »
I insured with BIKESURE.
They have insisted that I use a SOLD SECURE security device at all times.
I bought one of the cheaper options 20
It is a very large chain and padlock.
It weighs 9 lbs.
How am I supposed to carry this on a Scrambles style bike with no room for a carrier?

Singles / centre stand spring
« on: 15 September, 2017, 09:25:27 »
Fitting is very difficult. hear's how I did it.
Spring on the frame.
Bent pianowire hook on bottom of spring.
Both ends of chain on to wire.
A long crowbar, stuck in ground, pull the top end. 2 to 1 leverage.
Bike was laid over to give access.

Singles / B44 VS steering
« on: 14 September, 2017, 08:19:50 »
I have just bought one to replace my C15 SS.
First ride for 1/2 mile, up to 75 mph.
I found that the steering felt very light and I was afraid that a speed wobble might result.
Tyre's are 3.25 x 18 front and rear, normal pattern.
I wondered if a ribbed front would help, or could the fork trail be too little.

Singles / B44 centre stand
« on: 07 September, 2017, 07:52:52 »
I am looking to buy a B44, 441.
Do they have a centre stand, or can one be fitted?
I start my c15 on its centre stand. It is much more difficult off the stand.
I doubt I could start the bigger engine that way.

Singles / Advice wanted on choice of BSA model.
« on: 03 September, 2017, 08:29:24 »
I am 78 3/4 years old (The three quarters are important)
I rode bikes  in my youth, finally a Norton featherbed with super-rocket engine, built from parts.
I recently bought an A10, but it was too heavy for me to manhandle.
I bought a Bantam D175. Its top speed was 65 mph. Too slow for modern traffic.
I restored a C15 SS 80 mph machine, but it was no faster than the bantam. (but sounded much nicer)
I tried a Yamaha virago 250, which easily did 80 mph and was good, except for very heavy  low speed steering, and silly riding position.
I want that sort of performance from a lightweight British classic.
I am thinking B44.
What advice?
Anyone got one for sale?
I am in east anglia. There are several for sale, mostly 4 hours drive away.

Singles / Whats good about motorcycling?
« on: 24 August, 2017, 07:53:33 »
Whats good about motor cycling?
Forgetting that its cold (even in summer), its noisy (I like the noise).
Its dangerous. I like to pit my skill and roadcraft in riding.
Its uncomfortable. (I only do short rides now).
Whats good.
Getting it to start first kick every time.
Bends are fun. I feel I am using my body in a natural way
.similar to skiing or surf riding but much easier to do, at any time.
Leaning over. not just turning a steering wheel.
Overtaking any slow traffic stuck behind a Lorry.
Straight to the front at traffic lights.
But mainly nostalgia! When I was a Lad------.

Singles / C15 bore size.
« on: 22 August, 2017, 08:50:15 »
A quick question.
C15 bore is 67 mm. Mine is plus 40 thou. = 68 mm?
Is this correct?
I have found for sale, a 10:1 piston with a 70.85 mm OD.

Singles / Front brake
« on: 20 August, 2017, 07:00:53 »
I was at the Stilton bike show yesterday, met a chap with a B44. We chatted about brake power on british bikes.
He had twin leading shoe conversion, But I was happy with the standard brake on my C15 SS.
This has reminded me of a conversion I did 50+ years ago.
My B33, with Superocket engine fitted, had the standard, one sided drum.
I had noticed the way the Vincent twin front brake worked.
I bought another wheel from the breakers ( About 3 ). I removed the press-fitted drum and the short spokes and fitted them to my wheel.
To work the twin drum brakes, I run the original inner cable to its normal brake arm on the right.
I shortened the inner cable, and fitted it to a home made alloy sheet lever, pivoted at the centre, with another inner cable connected to the left side brake arm.
This gave the normal action to each brake, with normal pressure on  the hand lever , but needed twice the movement.
So the only disadvantage was that the cable needed tighter setting, and more frequent adjustment. It worked perfectly well.

I dont like the heavy cast iron, full width hubs on my C155. I would like to the lighter slim hub type. It is the high cost of spares that stop me!

The Star and Garter / treating rusty rims.
« on: 03 July, 2017, 16:53:24 »
My C15 has many small rust spots on the rims.
Rubbing down with wirewool removes most of the rust, leaving very small  spots.
I will try rubbing over with a rag soaked in silver paint, to disguise the spots, and give some protection.
Is this a good idea, or is there a better way.

The Star and Garter / useless brakes on classic bikes?
« on: 12 June, 2017, 11:51:32 »
It has been often stated that the old British bikes had 'useless' brakes.
I never found this when I rode many bikes in the 1960s.
My present C15 seems just fine.
The rear brake will easy lock the wheel. The front brake seems powerful, I am afraid to use full power
for fear of skidding. At low speed, it can lock the wheel.
Of course, my bike can only scrape up to 70 mph.
Comments, please

The Star and Garter / Balancing on a bike
« on: 25 February, 2017, 08:14:24 »
My C15 ss balances well. I can turn round in my narrow yard, without putting a foot down. (old trials rider).
On my 250 Virago, (My first ride after have a new knee fitted) I was turning round in a side road when forks
reached full lock, and over I went. I was trapped under the bike with the engine revving in gear for a few seconds.
Question - when you reach full lock on a bike, is it still possible to retain your balance?? (remaining seated)

Singles / C15 ss Max speed
« on: 21 February, 2017, 07:55:10 »
Following my previous blog-
My 1964 C15 SS from America, with 10/1 piston, has a disappointing low top speed, 60-65 MPH.
I can find nothing wrong with it.
I wonder if the original road tests 'in the day' were done with the rider  lying flat on the tank, with
the normal handlebars, not clip-ons. How much difference would that make??
I have my bike with higher than normal gearing, which I prefer. This should give more relaxed cruising,
with higher speed available in third gear.
I cant go to a heavier bike. I have not the strength to lift it when it falls over.

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