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Singles / Re: Latest photos of my B31
« on: 09 June, 2018, 19:54:15 »
Very nice bet it stops good with them brakes .

and starts easy and tickover is nice with that mikuni carb  ;D

Twins / Re: Is it charging A65
« on: 01 June, 2018, 20:14:31 »
would the ammeter fitted in headlight not tell you that anyway?

the voltage across battery will tell you if regulator and zener diode are functioning to an extent.


Twins / Re: Is it charging A65
« on: 01 June, 2018, 19:13:17 »
i would have thought a meter across battery when running would tell you, put lights etc on and give it a rev and check voltage.

Twins / Re: A65 '66 Spitfire Gearbox main bearing
« on: 01 June, 2018, 13:11:30 »
I have now got the correct bearing c/o the nice and helpful Roger Jervis at WMT bearings. I had bought another bearing from him via ebay and he had put his card in so I followed up with him.
He identified and provided replacements for the two gearbox mainshaft bearings as listed by Bess for 37 including 1st class postage and followed up with a call to check they had arrived and were OK. These were for bearings with a rubber seal that could be removed on one side as suggested. (There is also a similar drive side one with metal seals).
It sounds as if he stocks quite a few imperial bearings so could be a good source for future bearing needs. Can't fault his customer service.
He lists on ebay but does a better deal if you go direct - also eliminates errors too I think.
Next job to get the bearing back in the casing...
Thanks all

yes ditto that he does provide a great service, i have bought bearings also.

The Star and Garter / Re: MOT changes for historical vehicles
« on: 20 May, 2018, 19:11:04 »
Thanks Derek, tried that but mine is not shown as Historic ? They wanted to TAX it from 1st May, then told me that it is not MOT'd. Back to the drawing board ?

Can the post office not do that for you?

The Star and Garter / Re: MOT changes for historical vehicles
« on: 20 May, 2018, 17:11:11 »
if you go to tax a vehicle and follow the instructions it asks for either a Tax reminder form(V11c i think) which i didnt have or for the numbers on the V5c.

 You put in your registration number and if it is listed as Historic vehicle it will allow you to complete the process on line, it asks you to confirm if the vehicle has been heavily modified, mine hasn't so was straightforward. I think it has to be pretty far from standard to make a difference.

I am guessing there has to be an insurance policy linked to vehicle as well to allow you to tax it.

It was easy to complete and they send the details to your email address to confirm.



The Star and Garter / Re: MOT changes for historical vehicles
« on: 20 May, 2018, 08:30:23 »
I have just completed the process to tax a previously non exempt vehicle on dvla website and it all went really easily!



Singles / Re: Need help with my BSA Shooting Star not starting
« on: 18 May, 2018, 15:48:49 »

there must be a lot of people out there who have been hurt by trying to start British singles.  I would always have a boot on my right foot when i wanted to start it, i had a few close shaves and learned quickly!



Singles / Re: Need help with my BSA Shooting Star not starting
« on: 17 May, 2018, 17:46:50 »
Perfect post some pics as well.

I had a B44 scrambler a few years ago i had planned to do some classic racing on it but didnt happen, it was a handful off road! it ran on methanol and had some other work as well.

Special technique to start taking piston just over compression and good kick and it would usually go for me, but a brute if it kicked back!

Good luck


Singles / Re: Gold Star engine for sale?
« on: 16 May, 2018, 17:04:09 »
I contacted the chap who is selling the 2nd Goldstar engine and he seems legit. Unfortunately, he's based near Inverness and so I won't be taking this any further :(

I sometimes go to inverness and aberdeen with work!


Singles / Re: Need help with my BSA Shooting Star not starting
« on: 16 May, 2018, 07:09:32 »
Derek...thanks so much for the tuning article!  I think that must be the problem...the little drillings are blocked as not gas is getting up into the cylinder head.  Is it necessary after removing the carb to take out the pilot air screw to clean with carb cleaner?  If so is there a number of turns that is standard for screwing it back in so then engine will start?

I would take it out and flush through each hole in turn blocking off with fingers as you go(you'll know what i mean when you start) the airscrew should be adjusted but i would start with 1 1\2 turns out from closed. It will make it easier to start if its fully in as mixture will be richer, but start with 1 1\2 out.

read section 3 in guide its easy when you have done it and makes it easier to understand.



Twins / Re: Misfire
« on: 15 May, 2018, 19:19:55 »
The springs are definitely ok and correct for the job? seems strange after all the changes it wont go past 4000 and still has same symptoms.

Sounds like a real pain, it can put you off a bike for good until you get it sorted or sold!  :-\

good luck


Twins / Re: Misfire
« on: 15 May, 2018, 18:19:12 »
and up to 4000 all is well?

Does it not want to rev out at all? i had issue with needle position but i guess you have tried that.

What colour are the plugs?


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