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The Star and Garter / Re: TRike
« on: 05 March, 2017, 09:06:58 »
I can thoroughly recommend a BSA Trike.
It has the added advantage of giving you greater confidence in bad weather...e.g. :)

Pre War / Re: Replacing Sloper fork spring
« on: 21 February, 2017, 19:34:33 »

they should be travelling through the ether to you as I type

Pre War / Re: Replacing Sloper fork spring
« on: 21 February, 2017, 17:53:15 »
I was getting my Sloper out of hibernation today and had to refer to the Owner's Handbook. This describes how to remnove the fork spring (and virtually how to rebuild the bike...a sign of how things were then!).
Do you have a copy of the owner's manual? If not I may be able to send or emial you a grubby copy of mine.

The Star and Garter / Re: Handy hint
« on: 20 February, 2017, 20:53:52 »
That's great Julian. I can see the raised edge of the steel plate is on the outer side. Many thanks.

No excuse these days for not taking photos as most phones have camera. It's just a case of remembering!

Singles / Re: Oil Pipe Sizes
« on: 20 February, 2017, 18:11:34 »
Or even Halfords. I asked for 5/16" oil pipe. Sorry, we only do metric he said. OK, how about 8mm oil pipe says I. And so the assistant produced it - and it has marked all along its length it 5/16" oil pipe.

Try asking them for Plus Gas  all I got was "What's that?"

Pre War / Re: Bsa magneto repair
« on: 20 February, 2017, 18:08:16 »
"I would suggest getting a Brightsparks condenser fitted while you are at it."

I'd second that, provided it fits, they are excellent. 

On my Panther magneto it fits inside the points housing, meaning that if it fails, you don't have to take the magneto apart, or even off to replace it.  I can't see how one would fit inside my BSA Sloper magneto points, there is scarcely enough room for the points mechanism.


Fitted in my mag no problem.

The Star and Garter / Handy hint
« on: 20 February, 2017, 18:06:38 »
Never asume you will remember how parts went together months down the line when it comes to reassembly.
Photos are really helpful but video can be even better especially as you can make verbal notes.

PS does anyone know which way round the steel brake shoe plates should inserted in a TLS brake plate  :-[ :-[

Pre War / Re: Bsa magneto repair
« on: 19 February, 2017, 19:19:53 »
I would sugget getting a Brightsparks condenser fitted while you are at it.

Singles / Re: C15 speedometer
« on: 15 February, 2017, 18:12:05 »
I would recommend giving Rusell at Chronometrics a call. Decent guy.

Pre War / Re: Colour code for BSA sloper maroon
« on: 13 February, 2017, 18:28:29 »
Hi Hans, I must sy I have onky ever seen them in green. I expect someone will be able to advise you here soon. If not I'll look it up later and see if I can find anything.

Twins / Re: Refurbish old brake plate
« on: 13 February, 2017, 18:25:48 »
Funnily enough that was exactly what I was doing this morning!
Got the mop attached to the electric grinder and it came up better than it will ever look again while I own it.

Pre War / Re: Sloper brake problem
« on: 12 February, 2017, 18:16:45 »
The foot operated front brake option handly provides a frame mounting point for the sidecar brake pedal.

However this isn't getting me nearer to resolving the 'no front brake effect in reverse' problem. Its possible that the standard geomerty means that they were all like this. In the meantine I'm going to have to get the books out and study braking geometry and forces. I started doing this a while ago but it made my head hurt. Hence the lazy approach and seeking an instant solution from you knowledgable lot.

Twins / Re: A10 rocker cover
« on: 10 February, 2017, 18:03:51 »
Makes cup of tea and settles back in armchair...this is going to be  a long session ;)

This is the worst job you have to do on a BSA, many a forum page has been devoted to it. If ever there was an aspect of motorcycle ownership that warranted a Support Group this is it.

I manage to hold the comb in position with one hand and drop the rocker box with the other. The withdraw the comb alond with half the gasket sealant to find the pushrods aren't enganged in the rocker cups anyway  GGGGRRRRRRRRRR.

Next time I am going to try a tip on another forum. Use elastic bands arond the rockers to hold them up then use a miiror, torch and wire hook to locate the rods. I always end up having to fiddle with a stick and mirror even when using the comb I'm going to junk the comb next time.

To check the pushrods are enganged and not just wedged between the rocker cups and the rckerbox wall I feel inside and make sure I can rotate the pushrods.

Singles / Re: Wiring loom / harness
« on: 09 February, 2017, 22:07:51 »
I make my own these days. That way I get the runs I want, can modify if required and know it will fit. I get lengths of all the colour coded wires much longer than I need and route these one at at time around the bike t the various components that need connecting. I then just tape the wires at the critical points were they branch to give the harness shape and tape the points where the harness sleeve would end. I leave really long tails to give me some wriggle room and to allow for a few goes at getting the connectors attached. I then take it along to the wirng suppliers to get the harness covered.

I use Autosparks for cables and components and harness covering/sleeving

Pre War / Re: Sloper brake problem
« on: 09 February, 2017, 14:36:33 »
No, I'm afraid its already hand operated Julian.

If I ever get round to fitting the sidecar I have a left foot pedal to operate the sidecar brake. Its a new repro pedal off ebay but you'd never guess, beautifully cast steel and all the fitting and a spot-on BSA piles arms stamped on it.

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