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Phil C

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« on: 14 January, 2018, 14:21:37 »
Some of you might remember me (or maybe not) from a few months ago, when I was asking about a suitable lightweight bike for a tall rider with no experience of motorcycle maintenance. Anyway , I've now bought a 1965 BSA B40, so I expect I'll be asking for your help with lots of things from now on. I apologise in advance for the stupidity of some of the questions!

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Re: Newcomer
« Reply #1 on: 14 January, 2018, 17:05:22 »
Good choice and a bit more power than a 250cc C15. Is the bike taxed and MOT'd?

Phil C

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« Reply #2 on: 14 January, 2018, 17:49:51 »
Yes, taxed and MOT'd. Got it yesterday, took for just a short run today - really enjoyed it.  Very different experience from my other bike, a modern-day Bonneville. Now looking at acquiring a variety of tools, probably secondhand, and looking forward very much to tinkering.

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« Reply #3 on: 14 January, 2018, 18:10:57 »
Welcome to this good forum. First thing I would do is change engine oil just to give it a good flush. Chances are the oil is old a the owner knew he was going to sell it. Oil is the HEART of your engine. Good choice of bike, you will buy a twin by next year. LOL.

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« Reply #4 on: 14 January, 2018, 19:00:01 »
Yes, I'll change the oil. Interestingly, the previous owner fitted a tap just below the oil tank to stop oil seeping through a faulty non-return valve below when the engine is off.  I think I read in a classic bike mag or somewhere recently of something similar - maybe it's a common ruse. Just need to make sure I don't forget to turn the oil tap on before I start the bike!

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Re: Newcomer
« Reply #5 on: 14 January, 2018, 21:11:58 »
shouldn't need another mot as the 40 year rolling mot dissection comes into force in may this year .   

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Re: Newcomer
« Reply #6 on: 14 January, 2018, 22:06:57 »
Maybe just as well now I'm in charge of the bike!

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Re: Newcomer
« Reply #7 on: 15 January, 2018, 07:37:10 »
A single is a joy to ride. After a long riding career on twins, it's the singles that get all the use now. Well, almost all. http://www.bsaownersclub.co.uk/bsaoc_forum/Smileys/default/smiley.gif