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The Star and Garter / Re: Ebay scammer delves into pre-war BSAs
« on: 20 September, 2017, 20:47:00 »
I saw that sloper advertised, Mike. The same seller had listed about 90 bikes within minutes  :o all for sale on behalf of a friend with their own email addresses. The few i looked at all had their ads blagged from previously sold listings and all were removed within an hour of my spotting them. I wouldnt be surprised if the seller account was a hacked one as he had all positive feedback.

I echo your sentiments for a good hanging. A permanent cure is very effective  ;)

There is a good side to ebay of course - I did a 300 mile round trip today to pick up a very nice AJS Model 31 650 today. Just need to find a space for it now  :-\ How many bikes is too many?

Steve

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The Star and Garter / Re: MOT changes for historical vehicles
« on: 17 September, 2017, 20:56:38 »
I could imagine the Triton, Norbsa and Harley chopper boys falling foul of that little nugget  ;)
Probably aimed at the more extreme ends of the custom scene, it has the potential to become rather messy.

Steve

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The Star and Garter / Re: MOT changes for historical vehicles
« on: 17 September, 2017, 19:20:19 »
On a personal note it sounds great to me, my 1979 Spitfire will become a viable toy in 2019  :)  Having said that I'll still run the old cars down to the garage for a brake test now and again. For the powers that be to agree to this, there can't have been a noticeable jump in the accident rate involving pre-1960 MOT exempt cars/bikes.
That's no more than I would have expected in reality. In a previous life I was an Accident Investigator and Traffic Patrol Officer for many, many years and I can point to only one accident that I went to that was a direct result of mechanical failure. It was a Ford Orion (remember those?) which parted a lower ball joint, and that was only because the mechanic who'd replaced it forgot to put the nyloc nut on it  ::)
The accidents almost invariably happened because Isaac Newton had taken over the handlebars or steering wheel from the 'expert driver' or the 'inattentive'.
Brake failure was occasionally put forward as an excuse but the failure was generally tardiness in getting the right foot off the accelerator and onto the brake pedal, if at all. It was surprising how many 'failed' brake systems left long skid marks.
As we all know, an MOT doesn't necessarily guarantee that the vehicle is safe to use.

Steve

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Singles / Re: B31 Carburettor
« on: 12 September, 2017, 16:14:59 »
I was hoping for a 376 Monoblock but which one? Thanks for all the info though.

The 376/2 was used for 1955/56.
http://amalcarb.co.uk/cf/vehicle/list/?manufacturer=B.S.A&vehicle=B31
As JulianS said, the folk at AMAL are extremely helpful and would probably advise you best. Be quick though - they've got only 2 left  ;)

Steve

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Singles / Re: B31 Carburettor
« on: 12 September, 2017, 08:44:22 »
Chris.
Ive just taken a virtually new concentric off my Ariel 350. Whilst the bike ran perfectly with it, I have now put a new Amal monobloc back on it - the bike had been restored by a previous owner and kept as a showroom ornament for years  :-\ If youd like me to send you some pics of the carb and more details let me have your email address via a pm.

Steve

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The Star and Garter / Ebay scammer delves into pre-war BSAs
« on: 08 September, 2017, 19:27:20 »
Last weekend an ad appeared on ebay for a very nice looking 1939 BSA B24 Silver Star. There were several photographs of the machine along with a detailed and very fair description. The seller had no feedback but provided an email address which I noted. There was no indication of the whereabouts of the bike and the price was a rather low 4500 or thereabouts.
Intereste piqued, I emailed the seller to ask for it's whereabouts for a potential viewing. I duly got a reply indicating that the bike, which had belonged to his late father, he having died 3 months ago - was in Inverness - conveniently far enough away from most of the population - but it could be available for 3750 and the cost of a courier to my door  ::)
I again asked about viewing and received this reply

Hi again, I have relocated to Berlin due to work commitments and viewing won't be an option. I suggest going through PayPal for your peace of mind. As for payment we will use PayPal's - Pay After Delivery payment facility which offers the buyer 14 days for the bike to be delivered/inspected before any funds are released to me. Regarding delivery someone will collect the bike and will transport it safely to your location. (I will mail the access keys to the delivery guy once we've sorted through PayPal).
Please read the PayPal (Pay after delivery) terms by clicking on the link below:
https://www.paypal.com/uk/webapps/mpp/pay-after-delivery-terms
This purchase protection guarantees that the bike is exactly as I have described it; in other words, once you've paid through PayPal - PAD, you will have the chance to inspect it as i won't get paid by PayPal before delivery. I will get paid only after you confirm that you have received the bike in good order as described.
Let me know if you want to go ahead as I still have quite a few more offers from potential buyers. If you do want to go ahead please confirm your PayPal email and address along with your daily contact number.


The original ad was removed by ebay within an hour along with another one for a similar machine. A little googling revealed that this machine was sold on ebay in January 2016 by a reputable seller. The same photographs had been used in the latest scam along with the description word for word. I would add that the bike was, quite rightly, sold then for considerably more. I shall not post the reg number or any of the photographs here as it may well belong to a forum member. Should the owner read this and recognise the BSA, then I would be happy to fill them in with more details.
The name and email address used by this low-life was John M. Chester  johnmchest1203@gmail.com
Be warned, folks, we seem to have moved on from being Nigerian Princes now  ;)

Steve

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Singles / Re: B31 loose valve guide
« on: 01 September, 2017, 08:39:08 »
Hello, Chris.
I had a similar problem on a late B31 I had years ago. A local engineering company found that a new guide was also a bit loose in the head so they knurled the outside of it which increases the diameter slightly and used an engineering grade loctite (I dont know which one) It was before the time when I had the cash to buy my own tooling for that sort of job so I wasn't able to do it myself.
So all is not lost and can easily be solved. The bike had no problems after that - wish I still had it  ::)

Steve

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Singles / Re: 1953 b31 plunger gearbox
« on: 30 August, 2017, 17:06:55 »
Folks,
I've sent out a couple of copies of this article - only 4 pages. If anyone else wants a copy as it covers the gearbox used on both the A and B series bikes, please ask. Just let me have your email address by PM.

Steve

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Singles / Re: 1953 b31 plunger gearbox
« on: 29 August, 2017, 11:48:34 »
Hello, Andy.
As you might've guessed by the number of responses, diagnosing a problem like this isn't always straightforward without a hands-on looksee. I have a 53 plunger B31 myself, but thus far the 'box has maintained BSAs reputation for rugged reliability. This morning I came across a useful article on rebuilding the A and B series gearboxes in a March 1990 issue of British Bike Magazine. It has quite a few good pointers on things to look for. If you think it may help I'd be happy to scan it and email you a copy. Let me have your email via a PM and I'll get on the job.
Steve

I see that Chris has also posted a reply whilst I was typing this one  ;)

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Twins / Re: Battery flat after riding with lights on
« on: 28 August, 2017, 18:46:46 »
That's the one, Mike. Worth every penny. A tad cheaper on Amazon too
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Classic-Motorcycle-Electrics-Manual-James/dp/1847979955/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1503942211&sr=1-1
I couldn't post a link to it earlier as I was using my tablet - there are some things that I've never bothered to find out how to do with it   :-[

Steve

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Twins / Re: Battery flat after riding with lights on
« on: 28 August, 2017, 13:57:46 »
Whilst I'm happy enough to recreate practically anything mechanical on the lathe or milling machine, electrical stuff leaves me cold. Following a wiring diagram was about the limit  :-[  I bought a copy of Classic Motorcycle Electrics Manual by James Smith. Its a superbly produced book that goes right to the basics and works through from there, basically assuming that the reader knows very little from the outset - unlike many other books on the subject.
It gave me an understanding of how dynamos, alternators and rectifiers etc work, and more importantly, how to test them. It's well worth tracking down a copy. Published price is 35 quid but it can be found for much less than that.

Steve

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Singles / Magdyno fibre drive gear - noisy?
« on: 26 August, 2017, 12:19:03 »
Both my B31 and Ariel single suffer from what I think is excessive mechanical valve gear type noise (what do you mean, I shouldn't have old bikes then?  ;) ) that I'm pretty sure is due to the backlash between the dynamo gear and the fibre gear. I've narrowed it down to that area - it's more distinct on the B31 than the Ariel - with the trusty stethoscope. Before I stump up the brass on ordering new gears, has anyone replaced them and noticed a distinct improvement?
I know that noises can be notoriously difficult to track down but pretty much everything else has been addressed now.

Steve

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Twins / Re: Crankshaft. Oil pump drive pinion L/H thread.
« on: 25 August, 2017, 14:33:13 »
Don't you just hate it when you come across something like that? If it isn't too bad you may be able to rescue it with either careful use of an appropriate thread file, otherwise a die may clean it up.
Give tracy tools a ring or trawl their website. They do stock a huge range of taps and dies. For rescuing a damaged thread a carbon steel die will be adequate - and much cheaper than high speed steel.

Steve

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Singles / Re: B31 stand
« on: 21 August, 2017, 18:02:12 »
Hello, Bles31
My 1953 B31 has a prop stand fitted to the nearside wheel stay. I think it's an original fitting though similar pattern ones are available. The inner part of the clamp is welded to the frame to prevent it slipping. The arm of the stand is 9 inches long from the pivot bole to the foot. Many years ago I did buy an aftermarket prop stand for my 1956 B31 (long since gone, unfortunately) which was a clamp on affair to the frame behind the primary chaincase. It was prone to slipping unless tightened to the point where you'd risk damaging the frame so wasn't a particularly successful purchase. If you are rebuilding then perhaps you'll have the opportunity of fixing the clamp more permanently.
Another option is made by this chap -
http://www.vintele.co.uk/fitting/
I have bought one of these intending to fit it to my 1936 Sunbeam Lion but just after it arrived I came across a genuine sidestand for it - the frame mounting was already on the bike but I was missing the prop. That being the case I can't comment on their effectiveness but it is well made and looks well up to the job. It still sits on a shelf in the workshop waiting for me to find a suitable bike to fit it to  ::)

Steve

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Twins / Re: A65 Speedo ring removal
« on: 16 August, 2017, 21:02:26 »
I'm pleased it worked for you  ;D Don't forget to show us the results when you get the hubs back. It should look cracking.

Steve

PS - I seem to have picked on a nom-de-plume that is used by someone else on the A7/A10 forum of which I was completely unaware. Greybeard is what Ive used on several other forums (fora?) so there was no intention to deceive  :)
Or as that half-dressed bloke in the film said - I'm Spartacus!

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