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The Star and Garter / Stupid question number 1579, Tax & MOT
« on: 31 May, 2017, 00:43:41 »
I have recently returned to the UK from a lengthy stint working abroad and have missed an awful lot.
I get the impression that vintage bikes (1949 B31) no longer require a M.O.T.
Could you please answer a few questions?
1. Is this True?
2. Do I have to tell DVLC my bike is no longer SORN and will be back on the road soon? (Hopefully)
3. Do I have to display some kind of 'Tax Disc' for vintage machines? - I used to have the vintage exemption system in the mid to late 90's

Thanks in advance,

Singles / '49 B31 Carburetor
« on: 20 May, 2017, 17:55:00 »
Hello BSAers,
I'm in the process of stripping my B31 for a full rebuild, just taken the carb off (Amal 276), and it's looking quite tatty.
However, along the way I picked up an Amal 289  - its stamped 289G/1A1 and it is in very good condition.
My question is can I replace the 276 with the bright and shiny 289?

Singles / B31 Sparks & Lights
« on: 24 April, 2017, 23:09:15 »
Hello all,
After working abroad for the last 15 years I am finally back working in the UK and have pulled the B31 (Rigid 1949) out and am embarking on a full re-build.
The bike is complete and I do not expect many surprises along the way, but I know the mag was iffy, the dyno does not work and I really fancy decent lights and a reliable spark.
Can anyone help with the following questions please?

Can I replace the cam & spring engine shock absorber with a cush drive to allow an alternator fitting & Subsequent electronic ignition?

Has anyone any comments on the magdyno replacement units for sale on the web?

Any ideas to banish the prince of darkness and appease the spark fairy are most welcome.


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