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The Star and Garter / Re: Original Registration Numberplate
« on: 11 March, 2018, 18:57:58 »
As well as filling in his part of Form 765, the Dating Officer also sends in a Vehicle Report to the DVLA along with the other paper work. Please note that the bike does not need an MOT before you can go through this process (or at least it didn't when I went through the process a year or so ago)

The Star and Garter / Re: Original Registration Numberplate
« on: 11 March, 2018, 17:40:14 »
The process I went through a year or so ago to register a BSA using a buff log book followed that on the Machine Dating pages on the BSAOC web site. As well as photos and rubbings, forms V55/5 and V765 had to be filled out and then sent to the Dating Officer, Steve Foden, for him to 'authorise'. The Dating Officer then sent the forms to the DVLA. A few weeks later I got my V5C without any problems.

The Star and Garter / Re: Buyers Beware !
« on: 11 March, 2018, 17:27:23 »
You definitely need to be careful of Sellers with a history of 1 item >:(

Singles / Re: Front lights not working
« on: 11 March, 2018, 15:20:48 »
Your battery is proabably at the end of its useful life. If you fully charge up the battery and then connect a 24W headlight, a good battery should light up the bulb for about 1 hour. If your bulb only stays bright for a small fraction of an hour then that tells you what fraction of the battery's original capacity is left.

Singles / Re: Multimeter
« on: 11 March, 2018, 13:59:01 »
Yes and it's also got a diode test mode if you want to check out your rectifier :)

Singles / Re: Multimeter
« on: 11 March, 2018, 13:50:16 »
I think for auto use a relatively cheap one is going to be more than adequate. Here's one on the well known auction site:

Singles / Re: DVLA NEW OWNER
« on: 10 March, 2018, 21:15:41 »
Forgot to ask: what did you think of Owens Motorcycles in Wrexham?

Singles / Re: DVLA NEW OWNER
« on: 10 March, 2018, 19:05:49 »
I think the difference was that the V5C transfer was done by a computer and the other involved human intervention at DVLA which is usually when things go horribly wrong.

Singles / Re: B40 head gasket
« on: 10 March, 2018, 17:35:55 »
Nothing wrong with the clearance and just a question of whether you can get the proper gasket thickness. It may be a question of ringing the usual suppliers (BBB, Dragonfly, etc) and checking what thickness gasket they have got in stock. It might also be worth trying Kidderminster Motorcycles as they were quite good at one time with singles spares.

Singles / Re: B40 head gasket
« on: 10 March, 2018, 11:21:47 »
To quote from Rupert Ratio: "the head gasket should be made from 18 gauge (48 thou) sheet but pattern gaskets are sometimes made from 20 gauge (36 thou) sheet". Therefore, it's best to measure the cylinder head clearance to work out what minimum thickness you require. It's likely a 36 thou gasket will be too thin in most cases.

Singles / Re: B40 head gasket
« on: 09 March, 2018, 22:47:51 »
The old head gaskets for B40s are 48 thou thick whereas the new ones are 36 thou with a raised lip around the cylinder. Does anyone have any views on why the gasket thickness has changed and pros and cons of the two types?
It's best to measure the clearance between the head and cylinder without the gasket fitted. The head gasket then needs to be at least 5 thou thicker than the clearance otherwise it won't seal properly. The raised lip is not a substitute for the wrong thickness of gasket. In the past, you could get more than one thickness of gasket but it seems more limited nowadays.

Twins / Re: No access
« on: 08 March, 2018, 19:33:45 »
It's to allow the fuel to flow up through the tickler and provide an indication of when the carb is starting to flood.

Singles / Re: DVLA New owner
« on: 08 March, 2018, 14:32:11 »
Just to clarify: it is only  the frame number that really matters because this is what defines the identify of the bike. The engine number is of secondary importance and can change over the lifetime of a bike (replacement engines are allowed).

The DVLA will need to see a Dating Certificate from Steve Foden.  If they also get one for the other bike, this will presumably enable them to confirm whether the frame numbers on the two bikes are legit and match the BSA model and despatch dates recorded on the V5C's.

Singles / Re: DVLA New owner
« on: 08 March, 2018, 11:30:13 »
Hi Bill.

This sounds like a really odd one. What Steve Foden can hopefully confirm is that your bike was despatched in 1959 with the engine and frame number indicated on your V5. However, he won't be able to confirm that the bike was first issued with the registration number you have - only DVLA can do that. In parallel with trying to contact Steve Foden, have a word with the National Secretary Phil Bull ( and see if he can help.

If I was you, I would ask the DVLA if the other bike has the same frame and engine numbers as yours and, if not, whether the other owner is going to contact the BSAOC or VMCC to confirm their bike's details. If one of the bike's details don't check out then this might point to the other bike having the correct registration number. If both bike's details check out then it would look as though they have both been issued with the same registration number and it would be down to DVLA to sort out the mess (issue one with age related number?). If both bikes have the same frame and engine numbers then this would seem to imply one is a clone - the question then is, which one is legit?

Singles / Re: Air filter hose
« on: 07 March, 2018, 15:13:13 »
The metal adaptor on my B40 pokes out about 5mm behind the rear panel and the front face of the filter ends up about 10mm away from the panel so there's a lot of leeway as to where the filter needs to be positioned.

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