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Singles / Re: B44 engine
« on: 21 June, 2018, 06:33:00 »
I wonder what you mean by U/S?
Engines can usually be refurbished to good running order.
Mick

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Singles / winkers warning light.
« on: 16 June, 2018, 08:07:09 »
I had trouble seeing the winkers warning light on my B44 headlamp. I have a windscreen fitted.
I would arrive at home, to find the winkers still on!
I fitted a very bright LED bulb to the top of the speedo (Black vinyl tape). This was connected to the same wires as the original bulb.
I found it would only light in one direction.
This was because the supply to the bulb was be opposite polarity for each side.
I solved it by fitting a full wave rectifier in the line to the LED. This was just four tiny diodes in a pattern, in the line.
Mick

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Singles / Re: 1969 B44 Victor Special.
« on: 10 June, 2018, 13:13:39 »
Holes are 1/2" , and set 3 1/4" APART. Three and a quarter.
Photo -
Mick

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Singles / Re: 1969 B44 Victor Special.
« on: 10 June, 2018, 12:30:03 »
I think the small alloy tank on the b44 looks WRONG. It does not fit!
My gold tank fits, and looks much better!!
Mick

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Singles / Re: 1964 BSA C15 Scrambler
« on: 09 June, 2018, 20:37:24 »
Time it at the fully advanced position.
Mick

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Singles / Re: 1969 B44 Victor Special.
« on: 09 June, 2018, 07:07:51 »
photo
Mick

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Singles / Re: 1969 B44 Victor Special.
« on: 08 June, 2018, 20:48:23 »
Mine now has the bigger C25 tank.
Mick

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Singles / Re: 1969 B44 Victor Special.
« on: 06 June, 2018, 06:31:16 »
Have taken mine to top speed once. This was 89 MPH, at 6500 rpm. Exactly correct for this model.
In town traffic it will cruise at 30 MPH in top gear OK. It vibrates at all speeds, not at certain rpm. I hope to meet another B44, to compare.
It is not pleasant to ride.
My C15 SS was designed to reach 80 MPH at 8500 RPM. Mine was short of this. 8500 was the rev limit, and they were prone to
fail at those high revs. I geared mine up by two teeth on the output. Now it would be about 6500 at 70 MPH.
It struggles to reach that, but is happy at 65. Of couse, I could hold in third gear to get that extra if I wanted to, I dont want to!
The bike is pleasant to ride.
Mick

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Singles / Re: 1969 B44 Victor Special.
« on: 05 June, 2018, 19:04:27 »
Don, Ducati, Nick and Rob. Do your B44 s vibrate more than most bikes?
Mine does.
Mick

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Singles / Re: 1969 B441 Victor Special frame.
« on: 05 June, 2018, 19:00:54 »
Yes, mine is a THUMPER! at all revs. All mountings are secure, I stripped the engine for a new bid end. Nothing seemed awry.
.I forgot to note whether it had been re bored.Would the heavier piston make a difference?
I hope to find another owner of a B44 to compare with. It starts, first kick every time, accelerates well up to 90 MPH.
Mick

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Singles / Re: 1969 B441 Victor Special frame.
« on: 02 June, 2018, 13:24:52 »
My B44, 1969. vibrates badly at all revs, I had a new bigend and balance check form Alpha. still the same.
Is this normal for this model?
Mick

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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.
Mick

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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.
Mick.
Don't forget lads -  A donkey, a wife, and a walnut tree. The harder you beat them, the better they be!.

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

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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.
Mick

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