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Twins / Neutral
« on: 03 June, 2018, 15:09:44 »
Advice please good people :D
I struggle to find neutral on my '64 A65B engine when the bike has been on a run. Any ideas please?  ;D

Twins / Useless Choke Cable
« on: 24 April, 2018, 13:46:05 »
I have fitted all new cables to my bike whilst doing it up to prevent any misdemeanours whist out riding but sadly my choke cable lasted all of less than 50 miles :(
I am sure that it was fitted correctly but the nipple cam off the end thankfully I retrieved it from the 389 monobloc carb.
I was stranded and had a lengthy walk pushing home around five miles - nice that so many bikers just passed me by......

Anyway got me thinking the bike never needs the choke to start and I dont use in cold weather so could I safely remove it without any issues?

Twins / Steering head adjustment 1962 A65 Star
« on: 24 March, 2018, 19:03:03 »
I managed to get the 1962 A65 Star through the MOT today (hopefully the last one! ). One advisory was a bit of play in the head stock. I have looked at the Haynes manual but it dont explain the task. Can anyone point me in the right direction please as never done the job before :)

Twins / Choke whats wrong?
« on: 06 March, 2018, 19:39:48 »
Me again! I finally got the A65 started after several kicks but when I did I noticed that whatever I did with the choke lever it made no difference to the running of the bike. The choke slide can be seen working and cable works freely and the bike runs lovely and ticks over a treat so what is wrong with the choke operation as I have not got a clue.... :-\
It has a 389 monoblock carb with a bellmouth and electronic ignition.

The Star and Garter / New MOT Rules
« on: 26 February, 2018, 20:27:31 »
I know its been brought to the forums attention but has anyone worked out yet how the new mot is going to affect the oldie bikes especially specials. It seems like a bit of a minefield. My bike is is totally roadworthy and I have nothing to fear with mots. My mot is in April so do I bother getting an mot or sorn for a month and get away with no mot ever again.....
But then again my bike is not standard with a 1962 A50 frame and 1964 A65 Rocket engine so will that qualify as exempt? Then there is the issue of Insurance - if you are unlucky enough to have a crash will they pay up if you cant prove your bike is roadworthy through the mot? Like I said its a minefield  :-\

Twins / No access
« on: 24 February, 2018, 20:06:44 »
The side panels on my A65 make access to the Amal Monobloc 389 carb tickler very difficult with my arthritis ridden fingers. I saw a ebay listing for part 622/72 concentric tickler extension. Will it fit my carb or does anyone know of part to look for. Many thanks for your advice  ;)

Twins / 1964 A65B Kickstart woes
« on: 16 February, 2018, 20:17:13 »
I took off my scruffy old kickstart lever which was just held on by a 3/8" bolt and loose. I decided to buy a new lever and a tapered cotter pin but the pin dropped straight through. I measured the engine shaft from base to the flat and it measured 0.562". Is this measurement correct? What can I do to hold on the kickstart tight if the flat on the shaft is undersize? Im really annoyed that im beaten by such a small issue >:(

Twins / Grab Rail
« on: 05 February, 2018, 20:19:57 »
I have been trying to find with out any luck a chrome grab rail for my 1962 A65 Star does anyone know where I might get one to fit?. I have seen several for later bikes. This is important as herself wont come pillion without one fitted....... :'(

Twins / 1962 Oil Tank level
« on: 15 December, 2017, 20:16:51 »
Sorry for a very basic question but I emptied oil tank/sump and fitted new tank filter and put in fresh oil but could not add 5 pints as the handbook says. Is there a later oil tank with a smaller oil capacity that fits the A65 Star or am I doing something wrong? I have put in 4 pints up to neck of the tank - is there an approx checking level as no dipstick (other than me....... :-[)

The Star and Garter / New member to the BSA Forum
« on: 10 December, 2017, 14:06:49 »
Seasons Greetings to you all! After the ownership of several bikes since starting out on a Puch 50cc Sports in 1972 i am finally the proud owner of a 1962 BSA A65 Star. It has a few bodges and is not standard but I can live with that as long as I can keep it running. I will update it as time goes by.
I have had my first disaster with petrol stripping the paint off the side of the tank through a pinprick hole in the tank seam. Getting it sealed and resprayed cost me 390 so not a good start to ownership......
But I have a few friends in the club so by joining up shortly will hope to divert from any more problems and learn about enjoying the bike.
I hope to take my good lady as pillion but she asked for a pillion grab rail - was one mad for the 1962 A65 Star and if so is it still available?
Hope to see you on the road in 2018  :)

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