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Which BSA do you ride? / Re: B44 Victor Special
« on: 02 May, 2017, 10:33:43 »
Thanks Derek..... Hopefully here's another pic of it as having trouble resizing them down sufficiently! Cheers

The Star and Garter / Re: Kick start rubbers! PAH!!
« on: 01 May, 2017, 06:29:36 »
To be honest chaps I'm really not surprised....All the rubbers have been like this on all my Brit bikes since I can remember.... It's a wrong material choice. They wear out continuously don't they. Have you ever noticed this on Japanese bikes of say the 70's & 80's? No! They have them moulded from a much more durable elastomer material that stands up to what they're designed to do.  I was surprised that the damn NEW kickstart rubber last about 6 kicks before tearing apart! Yes, bought from one of the largest BSA suppliers, so not their fault.... Think I need to start a new business..... Durable Brit Bike Rubbers!!

Which BSA do you ride? / B44 Victor Special
« on: 28 April, 2017, 12:36:06 »
Here's my Victor Special Street Scrambler I've just finished a top to toe re build on. Just waiting on the DVLA for an age related number then I can get her on the road!

The Star and Garter / Kick start rubbers! PAH!!
« on: 28 April, 2017, 10:14:30 »
Brand new kickstart rubber fitted.... the final touches to a rebuild.......half a dozen kicks later & the **%%ing end shears off it! What's that all about????!!!!

The Star and Garter / Re: Dating certificates & DVLA applications
« on: 24 April, 2017, 18:52:10 »
Crikey! Have you rung them to see what on earth is happening? Gotta be worth hanging on a phone??  :o

The Star and Garter / Re: Dating certificates & DVLA applications
« on: 24 April, 2017, 10:10:35 »
Well you are still just ahead of me Raymond! I've just heard that my Nova application has been approved, so will gather all the evidence & docs together for the DVLA & get that in the post tomorrow. So... thanks for the timely reminder about sending the original dating certs & fingers crossed, might be allowed to ride my Beezer by the end of May! Damn drawn out process eh!!   :-\

The Star and Garter / Re: Dating certificates & DVLA applications
« on: 03 April, 2017, 12:48:39 »
Hi Raymond

Just got my Victor Special MOt'd on Saturday & since it says on the dating certificate it was originally exported to the states, I've just sent the relevant forms & supporting info to HMRC. So.... hopefully they'll process that by return.....then send accumulated stuff to DVLA.... Good luck with yours. Wont the DVLA accept a damaged certificate then? Cheers Don 

The Star and Garter / Re: Dating certificates & DVLA applications
« on: 30 March, 2017, 21:34:19 »
UPDATE - Hi All, just received my dating certificate from Steve, so..... Next stop DVLA !

Sincere thanks Steve if you read this, or can it pass on....You do a sterling & very valuable job for the club members. Cheers! Don Gray.  :)

The Star and Garter / Re: Dating certificates & DVLA applications
« on: 22 March, 2017, 18:35:34 »
Ho hum! There's a phrase that comes to mind here....patience maketh the man.... Dunno where it comes from but, with little alternatives......we just gotta chill man....& let Steve get around to it when he can & hope the mandarins in the DVLA do the right thing for us in a timely manner..

Good luck all!!

Singles / B44 Victor Special engine breathing
« on: 21 March, 2017, 15:38:32 »
Hello All.

I've just finished rebuilding my '68 Victor Special & was wondering about engine breathing. I've yet to run it for any length of time on the road due to still awaiting an age related plate.... But am I correct in thinking the engine breathes through several orifices, one being the camshaft?

I'm running Electrex World electronic ignition, so don't have points or in fact anything behind the points cover. So my question, is it worth screwing a blanking bolt into the end of the camshaft to limit the amount of oil mist coming out? Or does the pressure just come out around the end of the camshaft bush or somewhere else near there? The hole for the points wire into the inner case is still open....There's certainly a lot of puffin' around there as you kick the engine over! After my short test rides there was a little build up of oil behind the tin cover that dribbled out around the bottom screw, which I can seal with a little gasket goo, but be nice to restrict the amount of oil getting there in the first place. The camshaft seal in the outer case was renewed of course on rebuilding.... Cheers, Don.   

The Star and Garter / Re: Dating certificates & DVLA applications
« on: 21 March, 2017, 11:18:02 »
Any luck with contacting Steve - Raymond (Slipperysam)????

The Star and Garter / Re: Dating certificates & DVLA applications
« on: 20 March, 2017, 17:35:54 »
In my experience of the Trident & Rocket 3 OC, to apply & receive the dating certificate to change it at DVLA to Historic Vehicle Class took only a week. So hoping that Steve will be able to produce the goods soon as Spring has sprung round here!  8)

The Star and Garter / Re: Dating certificates & DVLA applications
« on: 18 March, 2017, 11:45:24 »
Well....blimey! I was rather hoping to use the bike sometime soon!  :( Hope my dating certificate comes through quicker than that! Fingers crossed.....

The Star and Garter / Dating certificates & DVLA applications
« on: 17 March, 2017, 06:34:57 »
Hello fellow Beezer enthusiasts!

 I've recently come to the end of rebuilding my B44 Victor Special Street Scrambler, & having applied with the necessary docs & pics to the dating officer, was wondering what sort of lead time there was in getting things back.... from the dating certificate, then to the DVLA doing their stuff? Anyone done this successfully recently please? Naturally I'm itching to try her out!

Nice looking forum....I'm new on here, but looks like plenty of info here!  :)

Cheers Don.

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