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Singles / B40 Silencer
« on: 20 May, 2018, 21:57:30 »
My 1962 B40 silencer has no packing / sound absorbing material inside it. Apart from a perforated plate near the outlet you can see straight through it. It is certainly loud, and riding down the street attracts lots of attention. Dogs bark, children grab hold of their mothers leg and teenagers look up from their iPhone for a at least a couple of seconds. At first I thought it was a glorious sound, but after a long ride even I'm tiring of it and I'm contemplating packing it with something. Yet, the loud exhaust is definitely a safety feature. Never mind cars puling out in front of you and the lame excuse "Sorry mate, didn't see ya", they hear me coming and don't pull out in front of me.

So, what's your opinion? To pack it or not? And if I do pack it, any suggestions on what and how much to use?

Singles / Re: Need help with my BSA Shooting Star not starting
« on: 20 May, 2018, 21:28:17 »
If so is there a number of turns that is standard for screwing it back in so then engine will start?
The usual way is to count the number of turns to screw it in all the way, often 2 to 4 turns. Then remove it, clean it, then screw it in all the way and then back out the number of turns you counted before.

Twins / Re: my old bike ,super rocket
« on: 06 March, 2017, 18:45:44 »
It may be worthwhile contacting the photographer via his flickr page to ask if he has any details of the owner. Some classic bike shows produce a programme which lists the owners name and occasionally their address.

Another way may be to contact the organisers of the Rackheath Vintage Fayre, to ask if they have details of the owner.

Twins / Re: my old bike ,super rocket
« on: 06 March, 2017, 18:36:39 »
It's still on the road and looking good!

The Star and Garter / Re: Spark plugs
« on: 27 February, 2017, 21:08:05 »
They are the same, as Bess said the C means it has a copper core central electrode.
I have a N5C in my B40 in place of the N5. I doubt if you can buy a N4 or N5 these days.
This is the Champion part numbering guide.

Singles / Re: B40 Front Wheel Removal
« on: 19 February, 2017, 10:04:19 »
Thanks Arthur. I got it moving by tapping down with a wooden dowel on the backplate, then with a tyre lever between spindle and slider it came out easily. Its not corroded though, it looks like new metal has been welded on. I've filed it down so it fits nicely.

Singles / B40 Front Wheel Removal
« on: 18 February, 2017, 11:36:19 »
Hi Guys.
Sounds like a simple job, but my front hub is stuck fast on the tongue of the fork slider so I cannot get the wheel off. Its a 1962 B40 with the end caps on both n/s and o/s forks. What's the best way of freeing the hub?
Once I get it free I guess I'm going to have to file something down to make sure it fits correctly in future. I presume I would file down the tongue on the slider. Is that the best way?
Thanks, Steve

Which BSA do you ride? / Re: B40 1962
« on: 01 February, 2017, 13:53:03 »
It is indeed. As far as i know its not been ridden since being restored. It still needs running in. I'm having difficulty starting it at the moment but I'm hoping that a new spark plug will solve that.

Which BSA do you ride? / B40 1962
« on: 31 January, 2017, 20:49:22 »
Hi. I'm new to this forum, this is my first post.
I bought this B40 just a week ago.

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