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The Star and Garter / Re: Bike recovery
« on: 17 March, 2018, 11:32:24 »
The attached shows the wording on my insurance, it seems pretty watertight, this is an "ERS" policy, never had to use it (touch wood), this is an integral part of the insurance policy, the breakdown for this is
BSA C15 74.96
RE 500 Classic 30.00
Triumph Street Twin 163.57
That's fully comp, 9 years no claim and gives recovery and legal aid, is this good value? I haven't shopped around as I thought this was pretty good value, appreciate any comments.

Used the RAC once in nearly 40 years, hit a deer at high speed, car was a real mess (as was the unfortunate deer), the RAC were very good, got me and the car home, offered to arrange medical check up and were very supportive.

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The Star and Garter / Re: Bike recovery
« on: 16 March, 2018, 13:22:50 »
I have a three bike policy with Lynbrook Insurance that includes recovery and legal aid for all three bikes.
I have been riding my C15 for about five years (locally), the odd bit drops off and sometimes it cough fuel everywhere, but it always gets me home, including the occasion the grub screw at the end of the clutch push rod unscrewed itself and rendered the clutch unserviceable.
Good luck with longer runs, if you have the bike well sorted you shouldn't have any problems, but it is reassuring to know that you have back up.

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The Star and Garter / Re: Posting pictures
« on: 02 March, 2018, 09:02:54 »
You need to click on attachments, when it opens click Browse and your photo folder will open and you click on the photo you I use an aviation form and there you simply drag the photo into the box which is easier.want to attach.

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The Star and Garter / Re: Posting pictures
« on: 01 March, 2018, 21:28:26 »
Go to "Paint",
go to File and select OPEN and chose the photo.
select "resize"
select piczels and change the longest dimension to 800

see attachment, hope this is of use

om

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Twins / Re: A65 extreme spark plug thread repair
« on: 30 November, 2017, 16:43:56 »
I had similar and had it repaired here

 http://www.g-c-s-motorcycles.co.uk/

Good job, good price and had a tour of the workshop, nice bloke owns it,

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Singles / Re: C15T crankcase breather oil leak - but only some times!
« on: 15 November, 2017, 11:50:07 »
I have a (relatively) oil tight engine, however occasionally the engine used to wet sump and dump the contents of the system over the floor when parked up.
As in general the engine did not leak I was loath to strip it, I saw that many AJS and Matchless bikes had a tap in the oil feed line from the tank, so I fitted a small tap (gas tap with 3/16" internal bore). When the bike is parked up for long periods I simply switch it off, - then remember to switch it on.

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Singles / Re: C15 fork oil
« on: 04 November, 2017, 18:56:02 »
Advice is not to put too much in the forks, I carried out a service on my C15 forks last year and the forks leaked over the garage floor for ages, they have now stopped leaking and operate perfectly satisfactorily.

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Singles / Re: C15 rebuild
« on: 10 October, 2017, 21:08:52 »
I would start by fitting the centre stand, then fit both wheels, it is then stable and mobile.
Use parts catalogue as a guide for fasteners, routing of cables, wiring harness etc, then keep adding bits until your box is empty, then you will have a bike hopefully. Tip is to use thin smear of grease on all bolted joints, stops corrosion and helps the next disassembly.

this may help - BSA 00-5075 1959 C15 x.pdf

http://www.bsaunitsingles.com/spares.htm

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Singles / Re: C15 Rebuild Update
« on: 26 September, 2017, 17:47:38 »
Slosh about a tenth of the bottle contents, what ever that might be, into a full tank, do the same with my Street Twin, also try and use decent fuel, Shell or BP premium.

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Singles / Re: C15 Rebuild Update
« on: 25 September, 2017, 18:08:58 »
As my C15 is very low utilisation, a couple of 10 mile runs a month, I always shut off by switching the fuel tap off and letting the carb run dry, also I add redux petrol cleaner to help prevent gumming up of the carb and jets

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Singles / Re: C15 oil
« on: 25 September, 2017, 18:06:19 »
I use 50 grade in both engine and gearbox with no problems, interested to see if this is normal practice

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Twins / Re: Battery flat after riding with lights on
« on: 27 August, 2017, 20:57:51 »
Go for the easy fixes first, change the battery and see how you go

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Singles / Re: Torque wrench
« on: 23 August, 2017, 19:31:20 »
Best advice I can give is buy the best quality tools you can afford, less chance of damage to the bike and will be easier to use, - spanners and sockets will be slender and give better access.
If you are unfamiliar with using tools then a torque wrench is advisable rather than using your own "feel", not too expensive and will help to prevent overtightening (stripped threads) and under tightening (leaks).
I have a set of old BSF spanners (used on RR Merlins), but still find odd threads on my C15, you might find that a set of metric and BSF/Whitworth spanners will get you started.

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Singles / Re: First classic
« on: 06 August, 2017, 15:33:21 »
Phil, rather than go for a bike that requires a rebuild, perhaps look at a runner that you can tinker with and fix as you go along. The BSA twins are rather expensive, I have a C15 that I potter about with, but if going for a bigger bike you might like to look at the AJS/Matchless twins that are available, comparatively cheap to buy, spares are ok to source and the manuals, wiring diagrams are available.

You might pick up a good AJS runner for 3K, but an A65 might be double that, which ever way you go I'm sure you will get enthusiastic help on here.

om

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Singles / Re: B31 help
« on: 29 July, 2017, 17:39:54 »
I can recommend this place.

http://www.g-c-s-motorcycles.co.uk/

Jed overhauls and repairs classic bike engines, I had a small job done there on my C15 head and he showed me his various jobs in hand, nice bloke, sensible price and top quality.
If you go into the estate, Three Cross Triumph is on your right, take the next right and he is on the right hand side of the lane.

Edit, if you are at the other end of Dorset you could speak to Andy in Bridport, he carried out a tricky repair on my Adventurer a few years ago, did a good job

http://www.awsbikerepair.com/

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