Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.

Messages - Cardiboy1

Pages: [1]
Singles / Re: Advice on a B31 please
« on: 05 May, 2018, 20:29:18 »
50 years ago I owned a 1956 B31, the one with swing arm rear suspension, a 'swollen' headlamp nacelle, Ariel type brakes, and a magdyno electrical spec. It had a noisy tappet when I bought the bike. I owned it for about 3 years. In that time I rode it winter and summer, and did a round trip of Norway with it. The tappet wasn't any noisier when the bike was sold. The crank shock absorber was a persistent problem, needing attention regularly. Perhaps if I'd been cleverer with Loctite I would have bossed it. I rode the bike (gently) for a fortnight once waiting for replacements for a couple of broken piston rings. It had a top speed of just over 70mph, and would go 90 miles on a gallon of 2 star petrol. I basically ran it on my wages, Saturday job at Woolworths ( 30 bob a week). I loved that bike and wanted to be reunited but have failed to trace it. They have great character, you won't regret it.

The Star and Garter / Re: BSA B31 1957
« on: 11 May, 2017, 17:27:26 »
TT John, BTW I've just realised you posted about the Lincolnshire Wolds Run a while back. I would have come to see you on that had I known- I live in Lincoln.

The Star and Garter / Re: BSA B31 1957
« on: 11 May, 2017, 17:24:39 »
TT John, well done! But you didn't say how old you were when you did it! My partner thinks I'd manage the riding bit OK but says at 68 I might find small-tent camping a bit painful.
In 1968 I stayed with friends in both Arendal and Bergen, but that is no longer possible so that's two more camping spells to consider.
Since 2015 the Harwich - Esbjerg ferry has gone the way of the Norway ones, or I would definitely be using that route.
I'm still thinking of doing the run...

The Star and Garter / Re: BSA B31 1957
« on: 09 May, 2017, 10:56:43 »
Oh dear- what a fate!
Of more general interest to your readers:-
My 1968 tour of Norway started in Aberystwyth, used the Harwich - Kristiansand ferry route (long since extinct, like ALL direct ferry routes from Blighty to that beautiful country), and took in Arendal, Setesdal, Haukelifjell, Odda, Bergen, Hardangerfjord (Rosendal), Haugesund, Stavanger, Flekkefjord and back to Arendal before returning the same way to West Wales. A total distance of around 1350 miles.
I was 18 and did the run alone.
The weather was good after an initial dousing in a rainstorm in the Welsh mountains after leaving home in Aber at about 10pm. I was in Harwich by about 6am the next morning.
The B31 ran without a hitch, used no oil, and never took more than two kicks to start up.
It was well laden with all my  camping gear and luggage.
It putted along cruising at about 50-60mph.
At that time it was returning about 80-90mpg on 2 star petrol.
Does anyone do runs like that anymore on older bikes, or are all long distance motorcyclists riding Pan Europeans, BMWs etc.? They don't know they're born!
However, I will admit that nowadays, modern traffic speed and density and the size and ubiquity of large goods vehicles, if I were to repeat the run, I'd prefer to be doing it on something more powerful that a B31! Perhaps still a bike of the period, but an A10 or A65 !   

The Star and Garter / Re: BSA B31 1957
« on: 08 May, 2017, 12:50:39 »
Many thanks to all of you for looking at this, and to you Ed for your reply.
Some time ago I was in correspondence with DVLA, who were very helpful. PWN 361 (-originally a Swansea number for those who don't recognise -WN). Eventually, they revealed they had never had this reg on their records which started around 1975 and told me to try Glamorgan's records department, etc. This I did, but without success. I even tried writing to the Rolls Royce pensioners association! That apprentice is probably one of them now, if he'd stayed with the company. No luck. If the bike still exists in any form, it's either dissolved into rust or its component parts, or indulging in wishful thinking it's buried in some barn or shed or garage somewhere, forlorn and forgotten.
Still it was worth a try and I gave it a good go! So my black B31 went off the road sometime in that relatively short period between 1970 and 1975. That's a shame because it was in very good condition when sold. It had flat handlebars, a Britax crashbar, a Craven rear carrier and a Gold Star replica silencer. Although only a cooking B31, its exhaust noise still did that 'whiffle' on the over-run!

The Star and Garter / BSA B31 1957
« on: 06 May, 2017, 17:29:43 »
Still looking for  PWN 361 , black, sold in Cardiff 1970 to a young Rolls Royce apprentice from Bristol. I would like to have the bike again for a re-run of my 1968 tour of Norway. Is it in any collection or shed or garage you know of? Please help!!!

Pages: [1]