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Title: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: LJ. on 13.08. 2018 19:03
An interesting Subject line that could go on for ages because there is always something to tell. So tell us.... What have you done with your bike today? It can be a small job or large, we are just interested to know!

I'll start....

Been touching up the paintwork on my Nutley Blue A10... it looks ten times better!
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Post by: Greybeard on 13.08. 2018 19:17
Nuffink today.
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Post by: RoyC on 13.08. 2018 19:52
Nout. Cleaned my guitars instead.
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Post by: ellis on 13.08. 2018 20:29
Waxed and polished the commando.  *smile*

ELLIS
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Post by: RogerSB on 13.08. 2018 20:44
Unlocked the shed, wriggled my bike out, put another 2 psi in my front tyre, wriggled it back in and locked the shed again   :!.
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Post by: berger on 13.08. 2018 22:02
 nowt much, went in garage gave her a pat as I went to a shelf and picked stuff up ,locked garage went out in van with stuff.
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Post by: Black Sheep on 13.08. 2018 22:30
Replaced the hoses on the 1952 Land Rover following a coolant leak whilst out this morning.
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Post by: BigJim on 13.08. 2018 23:20
Popped in for a hello in the garage, quick check of plugs (they same as ever). Check was due to inadvertantly putting in some 2stroke mix on Sat prior to a trip into Wales.
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Post by: Colsbeeza on 14.08. 2018 00:49
Checked the Rocker banjo orifices (orifi?). They are 1.14mm, so that is not causing the smoke. Hey, that is smaller than 3/64" ???Took off the tank and rocker covers, carb etc in preparation to study further. Looking at making/buying a leak-down tester. Got to go get my compression tester which is away from home. Also repaired the tailstock of the lathe. Not riding the BSA obviously.
Col
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Post by: RichardL on 14.08. 2018 01:18
Goosed by your inquiry, I decided to get busy wth tightening-down the top end to stem the oil leaks. So far, today, just tightened the base nuts, and most of them were dead loose. Rocker box off next/tomorrow. Deadline for getting done is Sunday, for the Norton Owners' Club Vintage Motorcycle Show.

Richard L.
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Post by: Peter in Aus on 14.08. 2018 01:36
Rocker boxers seem to be the go? had to take mine off the A10 yesterday to replace the gaskets, flattened it of with thick glass and wet and dry, it was a bit out so hope will fix the leak. *smile*
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Post by: metalflake11 on 14.08. 2018 02:43
Checked everything over after re-assembly following a re-bore. Got rid of that nasty piston slap!
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Post by: berger on 14.08. 2018 12:31
i have not been to the pub, I put up with piston slap for a year on one pot after  they got too excited at the engineers , the piston got hammered and what an annoying sound it is TING TING TING TING TING TING , but I felt better when I heard a modern trident ticking over at Newark one day .  sorry back on topic been in garage and guess what ? she got another pat *smile*
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Post by: Sav on 14.08. 2018 13:14
Getting the trailer and M23 ready for departure to 'The Island' on Sunday.
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Post by: terryg on 14.08. 2018 15:01
Absolutely nothing! Owing to being in that awful limbo that is conveyancing.
Workshed all packed up.
House is supposed to be sold but exchange keeps slipping. That would be not so bad BUT currently the completion date is firm!
Character building stuff but I really don't need it.

There must be so many better property transaction processes than the one we suffer in England.
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Post by: Gavin on 14.08. 2018 15:12
Tried my hand at powder coating today, and yep the outcome is all in the preparation. So I am pretty pleased especially where some of my efforts are an improvement on the professional job done on another plunger A10 I have.

so I'll chalk that up as another good day n be grateful for it.
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Post by: Angus on 14.08. 2018 15:41
Gave the A7 a pat and a few words of adoration, then filled the A10 with petrol for tonight's VMCC run  >:D
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Post by: cyclobutch on 14.08. 2018 17:27
Same as I do every week day morning. Opened up my garage, stepped past my Loop frame (‘Jug’) that is currently parked on the lift table (for no reason other than space), pulled out my Sportster (‘Hardley’) from where it was leaning up against the wall in there, locked up again, freed the clutch (no kicker, pop into gear and push the bike about a bit with the clutch pulled in), fire up, crunch into gear and go. 6 miles across country later shut her down, park and lock up at the main line railways station.

When I get back there tonight c. 19:00 it will be pretty much a reverse procedure.
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Post by: Falconer59 on 14.08. 2018 18:23
Walked past with smile on face knowing all is good with super rocket on the way past 1950 ES2 Norton on the way to start changing swing arm bushes on Mk 1 Rocket 3.
Life is good 😀
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Post by: RichardL on 15.08. 2018 03:29
LJ is a slave driver. (Edited. Had that wrong for a minute and falsely acused Orabanda.)

Rocker box off and head retorqued, all while still in slacks worn home from work. Amazing how well the engine was running with so many moderately tight, or just loose, fasteners. So, only four days left to put her back together and adjust the valves.

Richard L.
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Post by: LJ. on 15.08. 2018 08:48
Last night actually.... took off covers just to show a retired visitor my bikes. It always gives me pleasure when they admire them.
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Post by: Black Sheep on 15.08. 2018 10:00
Out to a meeting last night on the MSS Velo. Started first kick both times despite an audience.
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Post by: RichardL on 15.08. 2018 11:58
Last night actually.... took off covers just to show a retired visitor my bikes. It always gives me pleasure when they admire them.

I always tell anyone who stops to notice, "I appeciate the appreciation."

Richard L.
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Post by: coater87 on 16.08. 2018 00:35
 I  had installed the DRV2 in the tool box.

 I had some charging hiccups, so removed it from bike.

 I drilled the smallest hole I could and used a tight fitting grommet because we have wasp problems. I would really prefer they never start coming out of the tool box while I am riding, too close to the bean bag for comfort.

 Now I am having problems getting the wire leads back into the hole. *sad2*

 Lee
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Post by: RichardL on 16.08. 2018 04:28
Because of the pressure to do something, anything, I cleaned up rocker box and head mating surfaces. My God man, isn't that enough?!

Richard L.
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Post by: Black Sheep on 16.08. 2018 10:04
Going off topic a bit... Dragged the Norton out of the corner where it has been sitting for more than 2 years. Did the usual checks - oil, tyres, made sure there was some petrol in the tank and it started first kick. What's not to like?
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Post by: WozzA on 16.08. 2018 11:38
Just got back home from a couple of weeks visiting my mate in Townsville & was given this set of gauges... out in the shed today & figuring how the speedo would look on the plunger project.
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Post by: bsa-bill on 16.08. 2018 13:20
I'm working on the Tank of the Flash, new taps so needed adaptors which arrived today, the last few days I've been cleaning the tank internally, noticed that it had been lined at some time (probably circa 2000, dent removed, chromed and painted by The Original Tank Doctor, made a damn nice job of it ckromes is still brilliant despite a good bit of winter running around 2000 -2005,)
Anyway some of the lining was loose so I sucked it out with a vacuum and treated the inside with rust neutraliser, pretty good stuff just poured it in and swished it around every hour or so.
So today had a look in the holes for the adapters, noticed partly blocked with liner, gave it a little prize with a small screwdriver and the whole lot came of and is now loose in the tank, a good thing if I can get it out, looking out some long stuff with a hook on the end.
Going into Wooler this afternoon so will get some more of the rust stuff.
Wish me luck.

PS Original tank Doctor made such a good job that a mate of mine decided to send his tank to him, he had a hell of a job getting it back, eventually drove down (Brum I think) to get it, think the bloke had some problems and folded, no connection as far as I know with the present Tank Doctor
(if he is still trading)
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Post by: RichardL on 16.08. 2018 13:41
Bill,

I had to remove a previous Caswell's lining in my tank. Not because the lining had failed, but because the frame juncture at the seat had worn a hole in the tank. Caswell's direction was to use paint stripper after protecting the exterior with a water soluble film. Used a lot of stripper and a lot of the liner came out, but plenty was left behind. Did similar to you, making my hook from a long strap of steel bent to access as far as I could. I sharpened the hook end on the grinder to get under flaking liner. Finally got as far as I thought I could. After fiber-glassing the rub spot, applied the new Caswell's, improved the rubber between frame and tank, and everything is great, so far

Richard L.

Edit: Oops. Guilty of off topic from "today". Welcome to moving to better topic.
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Post by: muskrat on 16.08. 2018 13:47
G'day all.
What a hot topic. There's the same topic on the CB1100 forum.
Last week I picked up an 81 CB900F very rough non goer as spares for my 83 1100F. Well I couldn't help myself and just had to get it going. After a few nights of checking all the ignition components and cleaning the carbs she sill wouldn't go. Replaced the starter solenoid and got a few bangs. Reversed the coils (PO wasn't an electricians butt hole) and got it running very poorly. 3 pipes hot 1 pipe warm. Took 2 days to find a dying spark plug was the culprit.
So tonight I did the valve shims, all 16 of the buggers. Got 15 of them spot on but out of the 20 or so spare shims I was short 1 size. Bugga. All a bit academic as I know the lump has to come out for new cam chains and god knows what else.
I was hoping to get it running and hidden before the wife comes home on Monday  *evil*
Looked at the BSA's and blew them a kiss.
Cheers   
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Post by: RoyC on 16.08. 2018 13:48
Is this the chap ?  -  https://mts-motorcycles.co.uk/services/fuel-tank-repairs
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Post by: worntorn on 16.08. 2018 14:32
Polished it up for a Vintage bike Show on Sunday

Glen

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VwFHd5egmX9rCBlpuDTBLT1RAqgsTX2s/view?usp=drivesdk
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Post by: bsa-bill on 16.08. 2018 15:37
Quote
Is this the chap ?

Could Be Roy

Well got it all out without too much  hassle
pic of  the stuff and tools used to remove it( had not been swished about much twas all at the tap end, got to put some fuel in now and make sure the stuff wasn't really needed.
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Post by: Angus on 16.08. 2018 20:47
Remove stainless steel fuel pipes been on for 4 year but have suddenly started leaking lots  *problem*. Remove one fuel tap plunger and drop in boiling water as this was seeping. Take tank off to investigate strange vibrating noise, found head steady loose and top tube foam has rolled around the tube.  Put tank back on and plunger back in. Had enough so go to pub. Come back tomorrow to see if any of this fixes the petrol all over the place problems  *smile*
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Post by: morris on 16.08. 2018 21:35
Took the rockerbox off from the SA (fetching rockerboxes seems to be popular nowadays *smile*) to replace the aluminium pushrods by decent steel ones with hardened cap. Those aluminium pushrods chewed away faster than I could adjust them...  *angry* *pull hair out* Absolute rubbish!
After adjusting the gaps took her for a really long ride. Didn't miss a beat!!
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Post by: Greybeard on 16.08. 2018 23:00
This evening I fitted lash caps to the inlet valves and readjusted valve clearances.
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Post by: berger on 16.08. 2018 23:33
wowser tmow I go to the pub but today I   turned up some nylon to enable me to fit yokes in the featherybed. this is  because 1,- I don't have the bearings, and 2 I might be fitting discy japppy forks.  this will stop the front end clunking about while I study back wheel alignment and engine mount bracket places for the BSA pre unit.
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Post by: RichardL on 18.08. 2018 05:17
wowser tmow I go to the pub but today I   turned up some nylon to enable me to fit yokes in the featherybed. this is  because 1,- I don't have the bearings, and 2 I might be fitting discy japppy forks.  this will stop the front end clunking about while I study back wheel alignment and engine mount bracket places for the BSA pre unit.

Huh?
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Post by: RichardL on 18.08. 2018 05:20
Ooh! Gotta report before midnight. Installed rocker box. Intake pushrods causing more truoble than usual, but OK, now.

Richard L.
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Post by: duTch on 18.08. 2018 06:40
wowser tmow I go to the pub but today I   turned up some nylon to enable me to fit yokes in the featherybed. this is  because 1,- I don't have the bearings, and 2 I might be fitting discy japppy forks.  this will stop the front end clunking about while I study back wheel alignment and engine mount bracket places for the BSA pre unit.

Huh?

 Double 'Huh' first,  then counter 'Huh' and 'Double huh....I think berger is experimenting... to see how not going to the pub will help graft bits together without the middle bits... *conf2* *beer* *beer* ..
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Post by: berger on 18.08. 2018 14:22
I went to the pub and ended up being the oldest swinger in the night club. body has been punished but it was all good at the time *countdown*, yes dutch you are on it nylon collars where the bearings fit in the headstock to stop things wobbling about when pushing rolling chassis about. I am very slowly getting round to lining bits up to fit a BSA pre unit in featherybed that maybe has seen several engines in its life and some engine mount brackets have been chopped off, not too drastic though they were kind enough to cut them with some left to weld on to in the future *smile*
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Post by: RichardL on 18.08. 2018 14:38
Asaah!
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Post by: Greybeard on 18.08. 2018 21:21
I rode to the house of one of my sons and read stories to my granddaughter. Later I washed the bike in preparation for a VMCC club ride tomorrow morning.
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Post by: ellis on 18.08. 2018 21:51
Nothing on the bike but I have just had a delivery of a double glazed window for the garage. That should stop windows dripping with condensation over the winter and keep the damp away from the  bikes.    *work*

ELLIS
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Post by: worntorn on 19.08. 2018 00:28
I changed the grips to some new vibration absorbing type I read about on a modern bike forum.
They are horrible, the old puffy ones ( Amal style, Softon OKG from Japan) are going back on immediately.
My hands are still tingling after a ten Mile ride!
That was not a problem before.

Glen
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Post by: BigJim on 19.08. 2018 01:27
Attended Bristol bike show today (yesterday, it's after midnight) on my A10. Great show hooked up with some mates. Had a major issue when it came to leave. Couldn't get the bike into neutral. The kickstart would not push down even with the clutch engaged (disengaged?). Was able to move bike so knew clutch was fine. Have had problems with the kickstart quad jamming and usually frees up by putting in gear and rocking bike. Not today! Being convinced that i am stuck in third i think why not give it a go and see if i can make it home through the busy city traffic. A nice gentleman on a t......h gave me a push to jumpstart, popped my lid on my head, put my gloves in my pocket and wished me good luck. Off i set through the crowds revving like mad and slipping the clutch. Managed to find top gear (my brain had melted at this point)  Pulling away from the lights and roundabouts was fun(?). Was only when i got onto a clear, fast road that my idiocy became clear. Guess who forgot which way the gears go? TWAT (seems to be the word of the day). All the time i had been failing to find neutral i had been in top stamping downwards (looking for 5th?). Stopping and starting became a lot easier when i worked out that i could find lower gears just by lifting the lever up a notch! Serves me right for considering taking an alternative vehicle (bmw). Will be checking primary chain tension on the morrow. Needed a few beers to help me learn to continue living with an idiot (T..T).
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Post by: muskrat on 19.08. 2018 08:49
Good one Glen.
Modern grips are for modern bikes that don't vibe let alone shake!

Went for 200 mile ride for lunch at Bermagui Pub. Guess what I forgot to do before leaving home??? PUT IN MY TEETH!!!!! Good job fish was on the menu!
Cheers
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Post by: RoyC on 19.08. 2018 09:43
PUT IN MY TEETH!!!!!

You'll have to change your handle to GUMMY BEAR.   ;)
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Post by: Black Sheep on 19.08. 2018 16:48
Put in a couple of hundred miles in the Northern fastness but then got a puncture. Didn't quite have all I needed to fix it. Had to call out the recovery Van of Shame. Must review toolkit!
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Post by: RichardL on 19.08. 2018 19:03
Filling in for yesterday: adjusted valves, fitted valve covers, emptied sump.  changed oil and filter, dressed wires and hoses, trimmed one plug wire to correct length after discovering the plug cap was falling apart, replaced plugs, cut new rocker banjo gaskets from gasket stock, replaced tach cover screws and lock wire.

Today: wahsed and polsihed, rode 20 miles to local vintage bike show.

This moment. siitting inside the Triumph dealer where the show is happening and waiting for the judging results. Prediction: 2nd place BSA of nine, assuming one of the original or survivor A65's will win out over my bike, which some might think of as tarted-up.

LJ, are you sorry you asked?

I'm going to post some pics in a few minutes.

Richard L
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Post by: RichardL on 19.08. 2018 20:03
Update: did not place in show. Three places taken by A65s because they are so rare and hard to keep going. No, not bitter at all. I voted for the B50

Richard L.
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Post by: beezermacc on 19.08. 2018 23:31
Just starting my second project of the year. I thought I might build the engine first so had a good look at the crankcases, nothing to see really.... until I saw some PO had sawn the end off Popeye's pipe! I wasn't aware that there is a shortage of 5.5mm ball bearings! Why else would anybody do this? I spent half an hour on the lathe making a new end and brazed it on with 5.5mm ball installed. Will be sourcing a crank tomorrow, and helping a mate with squeaky fork springs so will spend the afternoon removing mice or slapping grease all over the place. Will report which was required tomorrow evening.
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Post by: kiwipom on 20.08. 2018 05:15
hi guys, beezermac can you explain( PO had sawn the end off Popeye's pipe!) cheers
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Post by: KiwiGF on 20.08. 2018 06:03
hi guys, beezermac can you explain( PO had sawn the end off Popeye's pipe!) cheers

I’ll have a guess.....the sump pick up pipe?
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Post by: beezermacc on 20.08. 2018 08:43
hi guys, beezermac can you explain( PO had sawn the end off Popeye's pipe!) cheers

I’ll have a guess.....the sump pick up pipe?

Correct! The bottom 4mm had been neatly sawn off so the ball bearing was missing but the horizontal bar which stops the ball bearing getting sucked up the pipe was still in place. I've no idea why anybody would do that. It was a good job I spotted it before assembling a bottom end without the anti-drain valve in place. For those who aren't aware, the purpose of this is to prevent the return side of the pump draining into the sump whilst standing. If the return side of the pump dries out completely there is the danger that it won't suck when the bike is started, a common problem on new rebuilds if you don't prime the pump properly.
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Post by: LJ. on 20.08. 2018 10:25
Nice to see this topic so busy, not sorry I asked at all. I find it a real source of encouragement to get on and do things, and you guys seem to be doing that just nicely.

What have I been up to? Well.... Nothing much with my A10s as they are in good fettle but will check over the Blue A10 later this week before Missus and I go away in campervan with bike on trailer, want to go to the Brighton Ace Cafe run next month, will be posting pictures of that on the day.

Meanwhile in shed.... M21 gets a paintwork touch up, been doing that for the last couple of weeks. I'm using a Landrover brushing cellulose paint and it's fantastic stuff to work with, nice and thick, easy flowing. Will be done in a day or two and ready for the Wimbotsham classic bike show http://www.fenmanclassic.co.uk/

Anyone with one of these bikes will know of the quick detach rear wheel which is kinda 'frighteningly so'! Just one long spindle bolt and one nut is all that holds the wheel on.  :o
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Post by: Greybeard on 20.08. 2018 11:05
Anyone with one of these bikes will know of the quick detach rear wheel which is kinda 'frighteningly so'! Just one long spindle bolt and one nut is all that holds the wheel on.  :o
Same as my Plungie then?
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Post by: coater87 on 20.08. 2018 12:04
Mounted speedo and cable today.

 First time since I have owned it that the bike is in one complete piece.

 Lee
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Post by: Greybeard on 20.08. 2018 12:21
Yesterday I took part in a VMCC ride of 60 miles around Banbury, Oxfordshire. Some great machines took part. Sorry I have no photo's.
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Post by: cyclobutch on 20.08. 2018 13:49
Rode out on my Loop frame  Eldorado – ‘Jug’ to The Trip Out up in the wilds of Suffolk for the weekend. Camped out on the Saturday night amongst the psychedelic weirdness of it all. Bike ran very nicely, it is more a state of mind when out and about on that one. Single sided TLS on the front is awful though, I put new shoes in but next up will be rearranging the lever angles and making up a stouter cable.

The pal I went with did comment that I don’t seem to use my A10 much. I guess I just don’t ride that much generally, and I have a few other rides available.   
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Post by: Greybeard on 20.08. 2018 17:19
'Loop frame  Eldorado'

Moto Guzzi. Have I got that right?
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Post by: morris on 20.08. 2018 22:29
Took the plunger for a drive and visited my parents on the way. When leaving their driveway I managed to stall the bike and fall off it. No damage apart from a scratched front mudguard and a bruised ego... *bash*
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Post by: Greybeard on 20.08. 2018 22:40
Took the plunger for a drive and visited my parents on the way. When leaving their driveway I managed to stall the bike and fall off it. No damage apart from a scratched front mudguard and a bruised ego... *bash*
Too many sherry's?
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Post by: morris on 20.08. 2018 22:44
Took the plunger for a drive and visited my parents on the way. When leaving their driveway I managed to stall the bike and fall off it. No damage apart from a scratched front mudguard and a bruised ego... *bash*
Too many sherry's?
If it where that I would have at least had something to blame but myself...
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Post by: Greybeard on 20.08. 2018 22:48
Took the plunger for a drive and visited my parents on the way. When leaving their driveway I managed to stall the bike and fall off it. No damage apart from a scratched front mudguard and a bruised ego... *bash*
Too many sherry's?
If it where that I would have at least had something to blame but myself...
Imagine what they are saying about you now. 'Still messing about with motorcycles at his age! Do you know, he fell off it at the end of the drive? Really?'
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Post by: cyclobutch on 21.08. 2018 07:53
'Loop frame  Eldorado'

Moto Guzzi. Have I got that right?

Yes, it's a late '72 850 5 speed. Still the V twin that you will be familiar with seeing - the Loop frame pre-dates the Tonti frame that followed; that one named for its designer. I think there was some overlap on use of the frames around 1973/74.
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Post by: WozzA on 21.08. 2018 08:43
Ordered a set of headers & mufflers for the plunger from Freked..
Fingers crossed they show up in a week or 2..   *smile*
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Post by: duTch on 21.08. 2018 09:12

 
Quote
......I think there was some overlap on use of the frames around 1973/74....

 Yep youbetcha- but yours probably has a genny/Alternator up top, whereas others like my T have a crank-end alternator The 'T's ' like mine were only made a couple of years '73-5/'74-5/6(?) and most parts are same as T3/LM's,, but some are same as late 750Sport(which had 3 versions) or  *pull hair out* maybe S3...I only recently found a actual 850T parts list and printed that quick-as before it went AWOL too...does yours have a right hand gear shifter/left brake - proper stuff  *smile*? 
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Post by: Greybeard on 21.08. 2018 09:18
Ordered a set of headers & mufflers for the plunger from Freked..
Fingers crossed they show up in a week or 2..   *smile*
I've been happy with the set I bought from them, but that was six years ago so I hope they are still good quality. I did buy another silencer from them a few years ago because I decided that the baffles were rattling.
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Post by: Colsbeeza on 21.08. 2018 12:34
Spent an hour looking for my piston ring compressors. No Luck - might have to do it the old way.
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Post by: cyclobutch on 21.08. 2018 16:36

...does yours have a right hand gear shifter/left brake - proper stuff  *smile*?

I think mine is maybe Kansas police though it has been in the UK a long time now. The last owner had it 14 years and I bought it last Autumn. It is fitted with what I think are probably after market foot boards - but possibly to a police specification. They are quite expansive - as in I can wander about on them and stretch my legs whilst in motion. Nearly.

From what I can see, with this set up you can run the shift/brake on either side via some cross shafts under the gearbox. Mine is actually set up for left foot shift on a rocker pedal ... that is awkward enough that for now I have bolted a block of wood on the heel part to make it more ergonomic. Interestingly, perhaps, the shift pattern is reversed - one up and then four down.
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Post by: Rookie_V#60 on 21.08. 2018 18:03
Ouch!
 A mate nearby had promised me 2 valve caps. So I started my bike (later I imply which), but still looked in the oil tank and saw that was too little in there. So properly refilled. Then driven to him all was good and works fine *smile*. When I got there, he stood in his yard, hearing me from afar. As I parked the motorcycle on the sidestand, the breather hose spilled about a pint of oil on his yard, which was very very embarrassing!
He made big eyes  *eek* and immediately ran for a bowl and a rag.

Explanation: I misinterpreted the wet sumping and filled in too much oil!

Qoute from anonymous:
(Can't help it, but some how I have got the feeling that a lot of Ariel owners fancy a BMW.
It allways makes me wonder what it is why people are attracted to this lifeless Teutonic vehicle instead of a genuine oil incontinent beast from Albion ) *smile*
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Post by: Greybeard on 21.08. 2018 18:11
Today I adjusted my tappets again, checked and topped-up the gearbox, inflated the tyres and went for a happy spin on country roads.

I had to have words with a woman driver. When she stopped I pulled up next to her open window and said; "How come I can do hand signals but you cannot use your indicators?" She looked rather surprised! I didn't wait to hear her response but just roared off feeling very superior. If she was anything like my missus she would have been furious about being criticised!

Oh, and I forgot but a couple of days ago I fitted a new clock to the handlebars.
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Post by: Greybeard on 21.08. 2018 18:23
I misinterpreted the wet sumping and filled in too much oil!
Yup, done that!  *smile*
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Post by: beezermacc on 21.08. 2018 18:56
Took crankshaft to local engineers to have 10 thou taken off big ends, and timing side journal made round. Reassembled the gearbox which I took out of my RGS lookalikeabit (because it now has an RRT2), so STD gearbox now on shelf ready to fit in next project. ...Oh and yesterday fixed my mate's squeaky forks which turned out to be tight springs so fixed with handful of grease  - no squeaky mice found! Had a cup of tea with my mate who has a Tribsa who has just fitted one of my mags and he visited to report how the new mag is performing, modesty prevents me passing said information any further!.... Oh and fitted an Optimate charger lead to my Gold Star...Busy,busy!!
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Post by: cyclobutch on 22.08. 2018 08:55
Unbolted the seat from my V50 last night. It's been gaffer taped up for a few years now and the base is getting to look quite rusty.

Pulled all of the cover off and then managed to part the foam from the base without too much collateral damage. Base is less frail than I feared. It will get a buzz over and some Smoothrite sprayed over it. I have a burn in the foam to fill in. Then a new cover; thought I had one kicking around but not sure where now. Otherwise they are available on ebay at no great cost.
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Post by: Greybeard on 22.08. 2018 10:17
While on a ride I got stung on the chest by a bee. I brushed a tickle away and felt the sting! I was taking part in an organised ride so could not stop. The pain kept coming back. When I got home and looked in a mirror I could see the stinger, along with its poison sack still embedded in my tender young flesh! Bloody thing must have been pumping poison into me all the time! Such fun.
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Post by: RichardL on 22.08. 2018 11:51
While on a ride I got stung on the chest by a bee. I brushed a tickle away and felt the sting! I was taking part in an organised ride so could not stop. The pain kept coming back. When I got home and looked in a mirror I could see the stinger, along with its poison sack still embedded in my tender young flesh! Bloody thing must have been pumping poison into me all the time! Such fun.

The new speculation will be, "How many stings does it take to take GB out of an organized ride?" GB es muy macho. Was this a topless ride?

Richard L.
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Post by: duTch on 22.08. 2018 14:59

 
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While on a ride I got stung on the chest by a bee............ Bloody thing must have been pumping poison into me all the time! Such fun.

 That's enough to give anyone the HeBee GeeBees..... *whistle*
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Post by: Gavin on 22.08. 2018 15:09
And to think GB got such a buzz outa that ride too. (well I'll bee)
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Post by: Greybeard on 22.08. 2018 17:01
The new speculation will be, "How many stings does it take to take GB out of an organized ride?" GB es muy macho. Was this a topless ride?
The weather is still quite warm here so I had my jacket unzipped at the top.
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Post by: Angus on 22.08. 2018 17:04
Rode the Norton on the Tuesday night VMCC run, last to leave in the dark, started first kick, switch on lights… no lights. Play with switches, wires anything…. No lights. Get picked up and use van to bring it home in disgrace. Just looked at it checked dynamo (had problem before), looked OK, check battery fully charged, took out fuse not blown DAMIK. Put fuse back in and Leant on horn button load beep, and everything worked again. Now I have rechecked it three times and it all works and I can not break it. I think this bike hates me.
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Post by: berger on 22.08. 2018 18:14
it may happen again, I had a fuse holder that I let drive me round the bend for a week. then ripped the darn thing out put another one in and no more problems.
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Post by: coater87 on 22.08. 2018 19:27
Yesterday when I started the bike it did not want to rev.
 I had fouled the left plug.

 The bike has 40 or fifty miles now so I pulled off the rocker box and retorqued the head.

 Got 1/4 to 3/8 turn out of each, but the two forwardmost took 3/4 turn each.

 I am hoping that's why the left is a bit oily, and it's not a guide. I reamed them by hand, and I could have super sized one. We will see.

 Set the valve clearance, and hope to be able to ride it later.

 Lee
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Post by: bsa-bill on 22.08. 2018 21:50
finished making up new fuel lines, put some fuel in the tank and proceeded to give the engine a fire up.
Have had multiple problems with the carb all cured, my brother and nephew have been really impressed how easy this Flash is to start, just a third of kickstart travel and off she goes, not today tho, not a cheep, good spark, so what  have I done, I changed the throttle cable, slide goes up and down with the twistgrip, fuel works fine in the lawnmower, got to be something simple.
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Post by: RichardL on 22.08. 2018 23:39
Maybe your brother and nephew have to be there for it to start? Having a hard time understanding which work was done between impressing the relatives and not starting.

Richard L.
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Post by: LJ. on 23.08. 2018 13:24
Got M21 paint touching up done... Went for a ride yesterday bike all over the place, thought I had somehow tightened up the steering damper or got some paint in there which had dried out. Turns out on checking things...and lining up rear wheel which was just a quarter of an inch out, there was a bolt that was just a tad too long touching tyre. All fixed now!
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Post by: tinu on 23.08. 2018 20:28
Had a blocking rear wheel a few days ago on ride in the mountains. Now I was inspecting the oil in the sump for traces of metal... couldn't find anything suspicious. I suppose when it's getting colder, I will take off the head and the barrels to have a look at the pistons and rings.
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Post by: beezermacc on 23.08. 2018 21:37
Had to make new screw for anti wet sump valve out of 3/8 whitworth bar, previous had been bodged when removed. Collected crankshaft from grinding shop, cleaned crankcases, fitted drive side bearing and timing side bush but still have to ream it out.... tomorrow's job, along with fitting sludge trap.
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Post by: bsa-bill on 23.08. 2018 21:40
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Having a hard time understanding which work was done between impressing the relatives and not starting.

Me too, nothing wrong with the throttle cable.
A rather far fetched theory, I treated the tank with rust remover, was impressed with it. swished petrol around the tank to flush out any residue, took three goes before the petrol came out clean, now I wonder could the treatment have left a chemical that has reacted with the petrol reducing it's potency, I rather doubt it but have swished some more petrol around the tank in case it did.
took carb to bits to check noting amiss , damn thing started to leak at jet cover nut again, think I have it sussed maybe you got to leave the jet block locating screw very loose before you tighten up the jet cover nut ---- maybe.

Tomorrow and Tomorrow …...
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Post by: RichardL on 24.08. 2018 03:57
Bill,

You recently mentioned collapsed and torn (?) petrol taps. Now we learn about rust remover. Maybe rust dust (or other crud) has blocked the pilot circuit.

Richard L.
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Post by: cyclobutch on 24.08. 2018 10:38
Hoping the new horn and oil filter will turn up for 'Hardley' the Sportster today. Horn was somehow damaged in the attempted theft the other week, and it seems I am used to using it quite a lot. Bike must be due an oil change by now.

What other bike make can you think of where you are offered the option of a chrome plated oil filter?
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Post by: bsa-bill on 24.08. 2018 11:30
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Maybe rust dust (or other crud) has blocked the pilot circuit.


flow from the taps is good Richard, but very slow to get the tickler to flood the carb, there is I think something going on there, it's a plastic float but not the fully round one, it has a flat section on top, the tickler when pressed down does push the float down but not by very much (couple of mil?) enough to let the float needle drop but not by a lot.

Certainly the feeling I got when it would not fire was it was getting no fuel

Got the float chamber working last night but still have a slight weep at the jet cover nut, it's as if it is still grounding before it's up tight yet an extra fibre washer doesn't cure it.

more investigation needed, with some fine measuring involved
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Post by: Greybeard on 24.08. 2018 11:58
Hoping the new horn and oil filter will turn up for 'Hardley' the Sportster today. Horn was somehow damaged in the attempted theft the other week, and it seems I am used to using it quite a lot. Bike must be due an oil change by now.

What other bike make can you think of where you are offered the option of a chrome plated oil filter?
I believe RichardL has a chromed one. And his oil filter.
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Post by: lawnmowerman on 24.08. 2018 15:30
Every time I go to use one of my bikes I have a fuel tap problem. I have tried all sorts in the past - even re-corking old style taps.
Had the problem again on my 52 Matchless G80 rigid so I fitted some brass taper barrel petcocks from Feked. At least if they start to leak I can lap them in again.

Jim
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Post by: RichardL on 24.08. 2018 16:31
There's always this.
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Post by: LJ. on 24.08. 2018 17:21
Thanks to an increasing paranoia of possible theft of speedo I have made one of these this afternoon...
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Post by: ellis on 24.08. 2018 18:36
Hi All.

Thought I would give the Notrun Commando a start today as it hasn't run for almost a week to pump the oil back into the tank. Well it started first push of the button but was running rough and wouldn't tick over, So I increased the throttle stops on the carbs which then ticked over but still missing on one pot. I recently tightened the rocker cover nuts and had to take out one of the h/t leads off the coil to get the ring spanner on to the nut to tighten it and forgot to put it back in the coil. *doh*. Spent another 15 minuets adjusting the carbs.

ELLIS
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Post by: RichardL on 24.08. 2018 19:38
Thanks to an increasing paranoia of possible theft of speedo I have made one of these this afternoon...

How does it stop someone with a socket.?

Richard L.
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Post by: Angus on 24.08. 2018 19:45
Started both A’s. Not sure I have totally got away with the wet sumping episode on the A10, she spat black smoke on startup (not seen that before), was fine on fast idle but with a rev she defiantly smokes a bit now from both sides. Oh well its about time she had some TLC so a winter strip it will be to see what she needs.
Sort of nearly forgiven the Norton so checked and topped up the chain case.
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Post by: muskrat on 24.08. 2018 20:49
G'day Angus.
Black smoke is fuel. Could the carb be flooding?
Cheers
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Post by: LJ. on 24.08. 2018 21:35
Thanks to an increasing paranoia of possible theft of speedo I have made one of these this afternoon...

How does it stop someone with a socket.?

Richard L.

It doesn't really Richard, but its less likely that someone will have a 11mm socket in the pocket than a pair of pliers. Just helps to make things a little more awkward.  :-\ :-\
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Post by: beezermacc on 25.08. 2018 12:24
Skimmed the timing side bush and assembled the bottom end. Found some barrels and brazed a repair on a missing bottom fin. Quite pleased with myself!
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Post by: coater87 on 25.08. 2018 13:13
 I am on Vacation all week so I have time to do important work.

 Front brake squealed so bad it was embarrassing to ride in town. Tore that down, greased the brake shoe stand offs and we will see if that helps.

 Since day one the gear box has been perfect except for shifting up to first- that could be how they all are I just dont know (is this normal or do I have a problem?) I went for a 20 mile ride, and by the end, the clutch was dragging. So it did not do this until pretty warm.

 Gears were all a bit crunchy and had to use the throttle a lot more for shifting purposes, Tore the primary off, cleaned the ATF out and replaced with 10w-40. Switched out a plain plate that might have been warped, adjusted the chain and am putting it back together.

 Oh, and got the much longer fork top nuts installed. Feel much better knowing there is more than one pinch bolt and 2 threads holding it together.

 Lee
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Post by: Greybeard on 25.08. 2018 13:52
Since I had the gearbox overhauled the changing is smooth as a horses fart. Make sure your clutch is not dragging.
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Post by: Black Sheep on 25.08. 2018 14:09
Chamfering the leading edges of the brake shoes should help stop brake squeal. The gearchanges should be be smooth and easy. It does sound as though your clutch is dragging rather badly.   
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Post by: RichardL on 25.08. 2018 15:52
Thanks to an increasing paranoia of possible theft of speedo I have made one of these this afternoon...

How does it stop someone with a socket.?

Richard L.

It doesn't really Richard, but its less likely that someone will have a 11mm socket in the pocket than a pair of pliers. Just helps to make things a little more awkward.  :-\ :-\

Yes, you're right. Thieves look for the easy take. An unlocked car door, an open window on your house, a purse held loosely by the strap, etc.  So simple, I didn't catch the point.

Richard L.
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Post by: a101960 on 25.08. 2018 18:24
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I went for a 20 mile ride, and by the end, the clutch was dragging. So it did not do this until pretty warm.
If it is of any consolation to you, I have exactly the same problem. I have spent literally hours and hours tearing the clutch down and adjusting it. I have stripped and reassembled the clutch five times now. I still have the problem, and I have absolutely no idea what to do next. I am seriously contemplating buying a new clutch.
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Post by: BigJim on 25.08. 2018 22:46
Have had a day in the garage with the a10. Have hopefully found out what the tapping noise was. (after a 20 mile shake down the sound of a little man with a hammer tapping in timing case has been making me nervous). Bravely exposed timing side to disconnect dynamo drive to eliminate that. took off inner primary to have a look and found the camshaft woodruff key out and about! Have been having fun getting it all back together and now she won't start (timing out i reckon) . More fun tomorrow, back on my knees, bloodied but no broken (yet).
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Post by: muskrat on 26.08. 2018 10:34
G'day Jamie.
Ah another common problem. The key is/should be a snug fit in the pinion keyway. When putting the cam pinion on care must be taken to ensure the key isn't pushed out of it's home in the shaft. 1: it can fall out. 2: it may dislodge and damage the bush.
Now the bad news. If it slipped on the shaft far enough a valve may have kissed/or worse a piston. A compression check will soon tell you.
Doubt if any of this has altered the ignition timing.
Good luck.
Cheers
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Post by: WozzA on 26.08. 2018 12:15
New Pipes for the plunger turned up this morning from Freked...
Great quality & cant complain about the service, 5 days from order to delivery to my door in Australia.. 
I'll be installing them tomorrow..   *woo*
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Post by: bsa-bill on 26.08. 2018 12:28
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found the camshaft woodruff key out a


how did that get out and about, I know my camshaft has the usual chip out of it (cackhanded owner - ME) where the key goes but didn't think the key could exit via that, if it can maybe a thin large washer before the nut
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Post by: BigJim on 26.08. 2018 13:12
Hi Musky, thanks for comments. Had to remove mag adv ret unit to re-site the cam pinion. Was pleased that key was nicely held on inner timing cover, looks poss for it to wander into places i would wish to avoid! Yes Bill mine is loose in the camshaft and it took many attempts to refit pinion, managed it bit by bit whilst holding/pushing key with skinny screwdriver. The good news is she started this morn, unable to test ride as weather is foul here. Need to sort tools and garage as big mess out there. Just want her to hold together for the DGR!   
Also will be out there with my little camera down plughole to check piston kissing? Poor fitting and not checking on recent rebuild cause for it's out and aboutness.
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Post by: RichardL on 26.08. 2018 13:51
Just want her to hold together for the DGR!

 Aah! Good!
   
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Also will be out there with my little camera down plughole to check piston kissing?

A particular kind of voyeurism that takes a certain type to appreciate.  *smile*

Richard L.
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Post by: beezermacc on 26.08. 2018 16:41
Went out on my 'daily rider' (scruffy Super Rocket) to a bike gathering near Crewe. Got soaking wet, had a horrible beefburger for lunch. Got home, had a hot shower, now sneezing like an elephant and got serious case of 'the trots'!
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Post by: Greybeard on 26.08. 2018 20:24
Went out on my 'daily rider' (scruffy Super Rocket) to a bike gathering near Crewe. Got soaking wet, had a horrible beefburger for lunch. Got home, had a hot shower, now sneezing like an elephant and got serious case of 'the trots'!
After this morning's weather forecast I'm surprised you went out on a bike.
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Post by: LJ. on 26.08. 2018 20:35
I was also out on the A10 today, dry to start with at 9.15 am but chucking it down by 12.15. Bike had a nasty clutch slip first thing by feel of the kick start, this has been happening for a while now and is one of those jobs that need sorting sooner or later. Nice run, did cover the magneto when parked as the rain was kinda expected. I must admit though, I was riding gingerly in the wet conditions especially after the long dry weather.
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Post by: beezermacc on 26.08. 2018 22:45
Went out on my 'daily rider' (scruffy Super Rocket) to a bike gathering near Crewe. Got soaking wet, had a horrible beefburger for lunch. Got home, had a hot shower, now sneezing like an elephant and got serious case of 'the trots'!
After this morning's weather forecast I'm surprised you went out on a bike.
Was dragged out by the Chairman of our branch determined to 'network' with other clubs. Didn't want to let him down. He's ex-management but forgotten he's retired sometimes!
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Post by: coater87 on 26.08. 2018 23:39
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I went for a 20 mile ride, and by the end, the clutch was dragging. So it did not do this until pretty warm.
If it is of any consolation to you, I have exactly the same problem. I have spent literally hours and hours tearing the clutch down and adjusting it. I have stripped and reassembled the clutch five times now. I still have the problem, and I have absolutely no idea what to do next. I am seriously contemplating buying a new clutch.

 Except I did a GS550 clutch conversion.... *doubt*

 I also completely rebuilt the box...maybe I am wrong and its not drag. Maybe we are chasing rainbows and its something else *????*

 I will keep working on this and keep you up to date.

 Lee
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Post by: RichardL on 26.08. 2018 23:49
Rode it. Not charging by end of ride. A new story will unfold (no guarantee it will be interesting).
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Post by: WozzA on 27.08. 2018 04:04
Fitted the new exhaust..   *woo*
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Post by: Greybeard on 27.08. 2018 09:35
Fitted the new exhaust..   *woo*
I'm really pleased to see that Feked still have decent exhausts.
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Post by: duTch on 27.08. 2018 09:53

 They look slightly different bends to the ones I used first and the current crappy ones....but look ok- how much for the headers + shipping?

 Looks like you have the wheels set up for the tram-tracks...as they say 'it's like riding on rails'..... *smile*
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Post by: muskrat on 27.08. 2018 10:09
G'day Woz.
Lookin' good mate. Is that a Goldie front hub?
Yes duTch, they still have trams down there.
Cheers
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Post by: WozzA on 27.08. 2018 10:24
Fitted the new exhaust..   *woo*
I'm really pleased to see that Feked still have decent exhausts.

Same as yours GB.. I had to cut 2" off the length of the headers coz they were hitting the baffles inside the mufs..  holding the mufflers back from the mounting pin..  all good now..
onto the wheels...  8" 1/2 brake Musky...  do Goldies have those?   *whistle*
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Post by: duTch on 27.08. 2018 10:46

 
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....Yes duTch, they still have trams down there....
...

 Yep I found that out when I was coming into town on Coburg Rd. fro  the Hume in the 4x on a rainy night, and had to pull up at the lights ....I like the trams and Melbs public tranny when I don't have my own transport


 My Plungo isn't stock, but had to cut 4" off the bottom end and 30mm off the top to make it fit even close, but still need to cut and shut at the top to make it work better (the bottom radius is too big, and top radius too small)...yeah one day
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Post by: Greybeard on 27.08. 2018 15:38
Fitted the new exhaust..   *woo*
I'm really pleased to see that Feked still have decent exhausts.

Same as yours GB.. I had to cut 2" off the length of the headers coz they were hitting the baffles inside the mufs..  holding the mufflers back from the mounting pin..  all good now..
onto the wheels...  8" 1/2 brake Musky...  do Goldies have those?   *whistle*
Yes,  my Feked supplied downpipes are very long. Didn't cause a problem fitting the silencers so I left them long. They go about six inches into the silencer. People have noted that the exhaust tone of my bike is rather lovely, so I think the longer downpipes are skipping some of the baffles.
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Post by: Angus on 27.08. 2018 17:20
Took the A10 for a little pootle. 50 in 2nd, 70 in third did not wined it on much more in 4th. Did it four times on a 30 mile run, took her home and then checked for smoke NONE  *smile* (Ok a little but nothing like the other day). Plugs a little blacker then I would like but they always have been.
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Post by: Greybeard on 27.08. 2018 20:14
Took the A10 for a little pootle. 50 in 2nd, 70 in third did not wined it on much more in 4th. Did it four times on a 30 mile run, took her home and then checked for smoke NONE  *smile* (Ok a little but nothing like the other day). Plugs a little blacker then I would like but they always have been.
Have you tried cutting the engine while  riding fast and then checking the plugs? The pootling as you leave the fast roads and head home tends to soot the plugs.
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Post by: trevinoz on 27.08. 2018 22:33
Not Goldie, Musky, standard A10 before 1953.

Thanks Trev, lumps on inside fooled me. Cheers
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Post by: BigJim on 27.08. 2018 22:43
Have been out for a 40 mile blast after timing side re-assemble after finding wandering woodruff key. little man with hammer may have gone but now have other issues (timing, plugs, fuel to name but a few). Took some photos of piston crowns, Any comments appreciated,. Is the small brown band at the top of bore, larger at bottom the norm. Am aware that one crown is showing quite a bit of carbon, am assuming burnt oil from guide or ring. will now attempt to post pictures and expect things to start crashing (website, laptop).
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Post by: Angus on 28.08. 2018 09:37
Have you tried cutting the engine while  riding fast and then checking the plugs? The pootling as you leave the fast roads and head home tends to soot the plugs.
Have done plug chops in the past on both on the A7 and A10 and the best I have got is a hint of chocolate colour on the electrode. Both run fine as does the A10 now so not that concerned. I did try going one hotter plug to BP5HS on the Norton that gave a better plug colour but had no noticeable effect on running so I have not changed the A10’s until last night. Not ridden yet so will update when I do.
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Post by: beezermacc on 28.08. 2018 22:18
Fitted timing gear, oil pump and inner timing cover to latest project. Got frame out of loft!
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Post by: Rex on 29.08. 2018 18:53
Started the A7 wiring from scratch, beginning with the lever-mounted horn and cut-out buttons, then the rear light/brake light/earth in sleeving and run to the rear light.
Still waiting for the supplies of bullet etc to turn up.. *sad2*
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Post by: Greybeard on 29.08. 2018 19:07
Nuffink!
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Post by: berger on 29.08. 2018 19:25
I have not been to the pub, so today I ground down the outer race of an old gearbox bearing to make life easier fitting it ready to get the sprockets and things lined up in the featherybed frame. put the forks in and started sorting loads more bits until the workmen next door wanted to look at betsy beezer and talk about the norbsa project. this is going to be a long job , infact maybe that long I might have a modern phone to take some piccies. I know you lot like piccies *smile*
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Post by: lawnmowerman on 29.08. 2018 21:19
Had a senior moment today.

I have not used my SR much over the past couple of years partly due to other bike projects and partly due to the alarming shuddering from the Triumph TLS front brake. I finally got round to investigating it today - I had convinced myself that the drum needed skimming so I have booked the wheel in for tomorrow to have it done.
So it was up on the bench, ratchet strap the back end down to lift the front wheel up and out with the wheel.
While the front was in the air I thought I would check the steering head bearings and discovered a helluva lot of play. I remembered that I replaced the fork stanchions about four years ago and it looks like the head bearings have settled in and all the grease had squeezed out and made them really loose - doooooh  *problem* *problem*
The drum does not look in the best of shape so I will get it done tomorrow anyway but if it was just a little out then that would be magnified by the sloppy steering head bearings.
Looking forward to riding it a bit more now after replacing a set of moody mag pick ups and brushes and sorting out a sticky clutch so it goes well - now I should be able to stop as well!

Jim

Jim
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Post by: cyclobutch on 30.08. 2018 08:42
There is every chance my A10 won’t get ridden again this year. Just due to other stuff really. I do have some slight clutch slip occurring when pushing on, there is some oil seeping at the top end – I’m thinking rocker box gaskets. Just another one to go up on the table over winter I guess. Might be time to consider swapping out that old six spring for something better.

And now the times are changin'
Look at everything that's come and gone
Sometimes when I use that old six-spring
I think about you, wonder what went wrong


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Post by: bsa-bill on 30.08. 2018 10:23
put tank back on, made a better bracket for the DVR2, padded out the battery compartment so the bettery doesn't jiggle about, found (after much searching in the "others" nuts and bolt case the two nuts that hold the seat on ,think they are UNF or is it BSF , a cycle thread goes on about three turns ?.

Also discovered that what I thought was a leak around the sump plate is in fatc oil that has travelled from around the oil lines junction ( the R and F fixings) and seems to originate there - starnge
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Post by: beezermacc on 30.08. 2018 10:45
Built a 12v dynamo for the latest project. Just taken most of the cycle parts to the powder coating shop. The frame and swinging arm had already been done when I bought the bike. I'm going to use stainless guards and I'll paint the tool box, oil tank and petrol tank myself. Working on the cylinder head today.
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Post by: morris on 30.08. 2018 11:16
found (after much searching in the "others" nuts and bolt case the two nuts that hold the seat on ,think they are UNF or is it BSF , a cycle thread goes on about three turns ?.
Could be metric... on my SA the saddle has a label with "Wassel" on a union jack background but the bolt holes are definitely M8  ;)
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Post by: bsa-bill on 30.08. 2018 12:11
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Could be metric


Cheers Morris - the seat is not BSA, I had it recovered by Leighton about 2000 and it came back with a note to say it was after market, the studs I put in myself, free from work?? with nuts , what has happened is I took the seat off and stored the nuts somehere ??, probably had a clean up and cucked them in the "other" nuts and bolts box as there were only two nuts in there that fitted the seat I guess that's them.

Don't like not having a spare tho
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Post by: Topdad on 30.08. 2018 12:15
I found a box of magneto bits , a back plate with points and 2 spare mag pick ups ,one had the carbon pickup  stuck solid  so spent an hour cleaning the backplate and grinding the points flat and shinny they attacked the pickup after 20 mins i had the offending carbon out and the pickup  usable again put them safely away with my other maggy bits ,just hope I remember where  *doh*, then checked the clutch bits on my Honda awaiting a cover gasket for it from Silvers then maybe will be able to sell it on.
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Post by: LJ. on 30.08. 2018 13:53
Put bike on trailer ready for a couple of weeks away in campervan. Going to south coast between Brighton and Eastbourne. Will do the Brighton Ace Cafe run and Brighton Burn up this weekend. Should be good.... watch this space!
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Post by: Greybeard on 30.08. 2018 15:05
Nuffink!
I'm putting up plasterboard on the ceiling of downstairs bog.
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Post by: lawnmowerman on 30.08. 2018 17:28
Had the front drum on the SR skimmed - only needed about 10 thou off to true it. The guy that did it mentioned that the rim was running a bit eccentricaly but I said that I was a bit eccentric too so it should not matter ;)
The wheel is back in now so I will give it a blast tomorrow and see if the brake still shudders. I may need to take the tyre off and adjust the spokes to true up the rim.

Jim
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Post by: Black Sheep on 30.08. 2018 18:22
Hoped to try out the 1907 Vince-Ely but ended up driving a friend to the local abbatoir. Well he hasn't been well and a bit depressed and it's cheaper than a flight to Zurich...
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Post by: beezermacc on 30.08. 2018 18:32
Found the cylinder head for my latest project. Thought it'd be a case of 'tidy up and fit' but no.... *sad2*.... big chunk of fin missing, valve guides totally shot; in fact the exhaust guides had got bits missing which seemed to have escaped without doing any damage - doesn't seem possible. Maybe the PO had fixed the valves without changing the guides? Anyway, fitted new guides and brazed a new fin on the head. Will grind the valves in tomorrow. Club night tonight so getting the Goldie out.
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Post by: LJ. on 30.08. 2018 18:45
Hoped to try out the 1907 Vince-Ely but ended up driving a friend to the local abbatoir. Well he hasn't been well and a bit depressed and it's cheaper than a flight to Zurich...

Totally lost me on this...  *conf*
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Post by: tinu on 30.08. 2018 20:51
Instead of working (for money) I got lost in this forum...  *whistle*
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Post by: muskrat on 30.08. 2018 21:26
G'day all.
God I luv my BSA's. Been working on an 81 CB900F every night for a fortnight. Everything I look bat is either worn out, broken or bodged (some people should not have access to tools). Started as a quick start up and tune. Cleaned carbs, new coils & leads, spare pipes off 1100, starter solenoid, adjust shims and got her fired. Horrible top end noise turned out broken top cam chain tensioner. Cams out to change it and measured the chain. Bugga std is 175mm wear limit is 177mm this one is 185mm *eek*. So I dare say the main chain will be the same. Motor will have to come out and split so now looking at $1K at least on top of the $1K i've already spent.
Should I keep going or just park it, the A7 needs a rebuild? I know what will be the answer!
 *problem* *rant* *sad* *pull hair out* *bash*
Cheers
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Post by: berger on 30.08. 2018 22:06
LJ I think he took his mate shaun the sheep to see the butcher, not the vicar!!! *sad*
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Post by: Black Sheep on 30.08. 2018 22:13
He had a goat which will shortly be curried. Maybe tomorrow I'll get the test ride in.
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Post by: BigJim on 30.08. 2018 22:40
Took bike for a blast to Wales. On way back had a pushrod jump out of the rocker cup, Chipping it! Noisy engine and a severe loss of power. Shame as i had been having fun up until then. Managed to lift rocker box, which had been severely glued down to reduce oil loss, reset pushrods, clean plug and off we go. Obviously it was alot more stressful than that short sentence. Think i was giving it a bit too much tap when it had got cold and the tappets must have been loose although i didn't adjust them and they got me home all be it at a less frantic pace.
Happy days. Will have to decide if i am going to lift the top off again to see if i can find the bits of rocker cup before the DGR. Will be picking all your brains for replacement rocker parts soon.
 *smile* :! ;) *smiley4*
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Post by: berger on 30.08. 2018 23:04
 *warn*I would need to know where the bit or bits are, if you get stuck I've got maybe 3 or 4 chinky curry tubs full of rocker shafts washers spindles etc soaking in oil resting, I like that word , resting.
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Post by: LJ. on 31.08. 2018 00:37
Berger... would they be Goat curry tubs?
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Post by: lawnmowerman on 31.08. 2018 19:36
After refitting the newly skimmed front wheel I went on a club run. Front brake now working perfectly with no judder.
Met at Biggles Bar at Lydd Airport for breakfast and then set off on a 60 mile run around the Kent countryside and the bike performed faultlessly.
Then with about 10 miles to go the back end tried to overtake me - a flat on the back - bugger!
So I ended up with a DNF (Did Not Finish for those who are not trials fans).
After a ride back home with the bike in the back of a mates van I found the offending nail which had probably been there for ages and had just found its way into the tube.
I have an Avon Speedmaster on the back and a ribbed Speedmaster on the front which I have never really been keen on so I think I will change the tyres while the back wheel is out.
I had a look at some previous posts on tyres and it seems that the Avon AM26 is quite popular so I will probably go for 90/90 on the front and 100/90 on the rear with some thick MX tubes. I have Akront flanged WM2 rims front and rear if that makes any different to the tyre fit.
I think I will also carry one of the pressurised inflators with the sealant inside just to get me home if it happens in the future - any recommendations?
My SR can be seen in the second picture

Jim
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Post by: Black Sheep on 01.09. 2018 22:22
Dropped in on the Norton Owners Reivers Rally. They were clearly having fun! 
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Post by: BigJim on 01.09. 2018 23:09
Well. Long day in the garage today. Removed rocker cover and cylinder head to wash through and try to find the bits of rocker cup that chipped off on thurs. All back together now ready for a test ride tom. Never did find much, a few tiny crumbs, flushed through around cam followers with clean oil and numerous turnover kicks, couldn't face lifting the barrels! Anyone got any idea why pushrods should jump out of rockers? Assume tappet clearance too large and engine revving too hard when cold?
 *conf* *sad2* *eek* *smile*
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Post by: berger on 01.09. 2018 23:55
sticking valve *conf*
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Post by: RichardL on 02.09. 2018 00:44
Rode it. Not charging by end of ride. A new story will unfold (no guarantee it will be interesting).

Replaced battery. It seems the Duracell 6V gel cells I get have about 18-24 month life expectancy. So about $1.50 - $2.00 per month for battery.

Richard L.
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Post by: beezermacc on 02.09. 2018 00:45
Progress on latest project.... Cylinder head painted, new guides installed, seats reground ( 1 x exhaust took over an hour!), valves fitted. Going on a run tomorrow so may not make any progress until next week. Got a family holiday starting soon so project will get sided for a couple of weeks.
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Post by: beezermacc on 02.09. 2018 22:44
Fitted the cylinder head today.
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Post by: WozzA on 03.09. 2018 08:04
Pulled the plungers old regulator apart & installed a DVR2 into the old cover..  *wink2*
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Post by: Greybeard on 03.09. 2018 17:28
Woohoo! I did some work on my sickle today:
I've decided to take number-two son for a ride on my bike to encourage him to complete his bike test. I've dragged out my old dual seat and cleaned up and painted the fixing brackets. My wife made a cover for the seat, about a million years ago. As it's not been used much since then it's still reasonably good. I don't have any pillion footrests so I rode to my fairly local BSA shop, (C&D Autos) and bought a new pair for <£20, which I reckon is very good value. Now, the problems: The frame holes are mahusive so that sidecars can be fitted, either side, (or both at once if you like!). The BSA parts list shows item 67-4183, Pillion Footrest Adapter, (solo). I've tried making something up out of scrap bits-n-bobs but that was not very satisfactory. I've just made a drawing of what I want and asked CPC Engineering if they are able to make a couple of the adapters. I'll let you know what happens.
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Post by: wortluck on 03.09. 2018 21:01
Replaced missing engine mount nuts and bolts from last weekend's run.  Checked oil levels, tyre pressures.  Gave the ol' girl a good old clean (oil spray covers everything).  Slight concern re the chain sounding a bit notchy when I turn the rear wheel - may need adjusting.  All ready for a Sunday afternoon blast around one of our gorgeous national parks up in Yorkshire/Derbyshire.  Will let you know what breaks/falls off this time.

N/B - How easy is it to replace the gearbox sprocket and should I up the ratio a bit to improve top end?
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Post by: ellis on 03.09. 2018 21:10
Hi Wortluck.

Quite a big job to change the gearbox sprocket. Much easier to change the Cush drive sprocket and this will not alter the speedo reading.

ELLIS
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Post by: wortluck on 03.09. 2018 21:17
Cheers Ellis

Cush drive option seems favourable - how many teeth would you add to improve top end without losing too much bottom end?  Re the gearbox sprocket, what has to come off??
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Post by: ellis on 03.09. 2018 22:06
Hi Wortuck

Foot pegs/outer chain case/Cush drive/ clutch assy/inner chain case/drive chain. Probably forgot something but I'm sure somebody will chip in. As regards sprocket size I wouldn't go more than two teeth larger. Good luck and I'm sure you will like the better cruising speed.

ELLIS
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Post by: muskrat on 04.09. 2018 00:43
G'day GB.
I made a set of bushes out of car shackle bush's (the hard nylon type).
Cheers
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Post by: RichardL on 04.09. 2018 02:11
Well, yesterday's gone, but way back then I had a nice ride of about 30 miles and got enthusiastically lost. Good thing the sun showed up or my going west when I meant east would have had me in the next county pretty quick.

Today, I started restoring a rusty old swingarm seat pan. I'm going to start a separate topic for that, but it is a complete coincidence that GB is also on a seat restoration project.

Richard L

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Post by: muskrat on 04.09. 2018 03:13
The gasket kit for the CB900 arrived so now I'm copying them onto oil jointing. Bugga I need to make a few wad punches 11, 15 & 17mm so it's off to the fountain on the mountain to use his fridge lathe.
Cheers
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Post by: LJ. on 04.09. 2018 18:33
Snagged side stand and messed up spring getting bike off trailer... what a tangle! All sorted now... A10 rides tomorrow! (To the tune of the magnification seven)
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Post by: Greybeard on 04.09. 2018 21:46
Today I have been painting and fitting my old dual seat. I've adjusted the tappets again! Cleaned the headlamp reflector following a bulb apparently exploding and covering the reflector and glass in white powder! Adjusted the secondary chain. Removed and refitted the carburettor, leaving out the thick heat insulator because the old one was manky and I didn't have a new one. So, quite a productive day.
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Post by: wortluck on 04.09. 2018 22:17
How many miles do you guys actually ride?  I've covered about 6k miles in four years of weekend riding which I regard as conservative. *????*
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Post by: Greybeard on 04.09. 2018 22:31
How many miles do you guys actually ride?  I've covered about 6k miles in four years of weekend riding which I regard as conservative. *????*
I'm not sure as the mileometer is not accurate. I rebuilt the bike six years ago and my set of Avon tyres are coming up for a change. If I had to guess, I'd think about 10k miles in six years.
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Post by: lawnmowerman on 05.09. 2018 14:29
Pulled the Super Rocket out from the naughty corner in the garage after letting me down last Friday with a flat rear tyre. Took the rear wheel out and removed the tyre and tube just in time for the delivery of a pair of AM26s.
Trouble is they sent a 110x18 rear instead of a 100x19. Replacement on the way so I live in hope the right one comes tomorrow.
Back out to the garage now to take the front wheel out and remove the tyre and tube. The machine shop who skimmed the front drum last week commented that the wheel was running a bit eccentric so I will take that to the wheel builder and get it trued up before I refit the tyre. Just hope it does not pull the newly skimmed brake drum out of true.

Jim
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Post by: Greybeard on 05.09. 2018 14:53
I forgot to mention something else from yesterday. While I was operating the hydraulic arm, (it's the same as a trolley jack) to lift the bike hoist something broke and the jack arm went all wobbly. The little piece of channel that hinges onto the pump piston, (equivalent to a Big End) had broken away from the main hinged part. I stripped it down removed the old welding  *work* and did a presentable job of MIG'ing it back on. I really need one of those welding masks that go dark automatically; it's always a bit hit-and-miss until the weld fires with the el-cheapo one I have.
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Post by: bsa-bill on 05.09. 2018 16:05
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I really need one of those welding masks that go dark automatically;

you could always shut one eye  *smiley4*

that just came to mind when reading your post, it was a tale one of my mates told me many years ago.

He was in need of a widdle while out walking his dog so dodges behind a bit of hedge, relieved himself and step back out onto the road fastening his flies , a young female voice called out "Dave was that you watering that hedge", he replied  "yes if you'd been any quicker you would have had to close your eyes or go blind", "oh " she said "I might have risked one eye" *smile*
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Post by: Angus on 05.09. 2018 16:33
Fitted new battery to A10 see https://www.a7a10.net/forum/index.php?topic=13378.msg108365;topicseen#msg108365 (https://www.a7a10.net/forum/index.php?topic=13378.msg108365;topicseen#msg108365)
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Post by: Topdad on 05.09. 2018 16:57
lovely evening ,just finished work  home for tea ,whilst Sue's doing that bike out check tyre pressure, drain chaincase and refil refit sump plug and top oil in tank and I'm off for a little "ME and BSA time " see yer
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Post by: LJ. on 07.09. 2018 12:07
I'm riding today, currently parked up in Lewes, East Sussex UK. Nice ride, a feel of Autumn in the air when passing shady areas. Missus on pillion, clutch slippage a bit but have special spanner for that or bus time table for her hahaha.
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Post by: Angus on 07.09. 2018 14:08
Sorry yesterday again, got in late and playing catchup today.
Did 100 miles on the A10 with new battery and plugs. Right hand NGK plug gave up after 35 miles, I took the dam spares out of the toolbox when I changed the plugs  *problem*. Rode 2 miles on one and a bit and bought a random short reach plug. Ran faultlessly for the rest of the day. On route had a really good lunch at a pub by a river.
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Post by: berger on 07.09. 2018 21:51
I didn't do much, rolled her out of the way to get at a borrowed blasting cabinet which needed the Perspex fixing in the steel frame lid .  *bright idea* so drilled some holes with clearance to fit short 3/16 whit set screws into the Perspex-- jobs a good en { better than the bodge gaffer tape } I love it when a plan goes right for a change so sometime next week weather permiting I will have a play with the rrt2 gearbox casings and see how things turn out. because its Friday WENT TO CHIPPY *smile*
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Post by: muskrat on 08.09. 2018 10:37
I had to work most of the day but when I got home I fitted head light ears and light to the CB900. All electricks work. Put the kick lever back on the A7. Tomorrow I'll put a new set of stanchions on the CB1100.
Cheers
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Post by: Black Sheep on 08.09. 2018 15:09
Put heavier fork oil in the Star Twin. Next job fit the sidecar (46T) sprocket and trials tyres ready for next weekend's Beamish Trophy Trial.
Take a look. Watch the helmet cam footage as the intrepid rider attempts to mow down marshall John Shaw.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp8QUITq7_A
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Post by: RichardL on 08.09. 2018 18:31
More seat pan work.
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Post by: BigJim on 08.09. 2018 20:04
 Have had a fun (?) day on my knees praying to the god of BSA and trying to set mag timing. I know you professional engineers out there can do this in 10 mins but i can't! Please don't ask why i even started (Occasional spit out of carb or cutting out) i think i was just bored with playing with the carb bits! Of course i regret it now as starting is a bit harder now and still sounds a bit rough and no idle. Am too annoyed to test ride tonight so will disturb the neighbours sun morn. Hey ho, you live and learn. Note the use of "you" and not "I".
 *work* *countdown* *pull hair out* *bash* *lol*
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Post by: morris on 08.09. 2018 21:48
Don't give up BigJim. In the end you'll get it right and you'll be sooo bloody proud of yourself...

As for the bike/s, checked the El Plungo's  *smile* tappet clearance, points gap and changed the oil. Then went for a lovely long evening ride. Between light and dark, no wind, no traffic and temperature around 18-20 °C. What else could one desire more...?
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Post by: wortluck on 08.09. 2018 22:04
I'm with morris, don't give up.  I've cocked up a few things (see my post on tappet clearances) but you learn from your mistakes.  It was a great relief to have adjusted my totally out tappets to find it start second kick and sound great.  Timing is a bugger and I did mine with a mate who has an electronic device that buzzes when the points are just opening.  All he did was get a rod and mark the spot when the piston was (whatever it was - 5/32"???) BTDC on the compression stroke.  Turned the mag 'til the buzzer was on/off then belted the whole lot up - took about 20 mins with the two of us (I held the mag while he belted up the ATD).  I reckon if you keep trying, you'll find a way of sorting things out using your own methods and will eventually be able to do most things as a matter of course.
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Post by: Greybeard on 08.09. 2018 22:37
Quote from: BigJim link=topic=13293.msg108516#msg1085n16 date=1536433467
Have had a fun (?) day on my knees praying to the god of BSA
I know a bike hoist can be expensive but getting the machine up in the air makes the effort/expense worth it. Somewhere in the forum archives you will find a write up by a chap who made his own folding bike platform from wood.
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Post by: BigJim on 08.09. 2018 23:29
Thanks  for the words of encouragement.
 *countdown* *good3*
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Post by: WozzA on 09.09. 2018 05:43
I pulled the carb that I rebuilt off the plunger, which was leaking juice & discovered I some how left a fiber washer out  *dunno*,  refitted & now just waiting for a new kick start crank arm to arrive so I can FIRE her up for the first time in over 30+ years..   *woo*
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Post by: BigJim on 09.09. 2018 11:56
Took A10 out for test run. Is there any improvement? Still a long list of issues! Will fiddle another time, just need her fit for the DGR. Am away to that there London this afternoon for a day a
t the oval tomorrow. No knee work for 48hrs!
 *respect* *pull hair out* *good3*
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Post by: bsa-bill on 09.09. 2018 12:09
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Still a long list of issues!


Got through most of mine, a slight weep from somewhere that shows up around the oil lines junction, thought it was inner timing case cover so have that off and will refit with a bit of care but note with the cover off there is still a track of oil coming from above the oil lines unions so have magneto off and gasket was not stuck on the bottom run, so will fix that also, if those two thing don't fix it then it will be to live with.

Tough going at the mo, shook off the manful as a true man would but stuck with Sinusitis, not nice, pain killers help but it's ben with me for a fortnight now so think antibiotics on the horizon, think as we get older we get like our bikes, got to have bit of something leaking somewhere *smile*
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Post by: Peter in Aus on 09.09. 2018 12:24
Took the A10 out for a club run today (the Spring Rally) 260Ks, bike run well as always *smiley4* but peed off slight oil weep from rocker box after just fitting new gaskets *problem* guess I will have to get the top of the head planed off to fix it but that can wait till the head has to come off.
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Post by: lawnmowerman on 09.09. 2018 13:29
The replacement correct sized AM26 arrived. I put the front wheel in a jig to measure the eccentricity and it was only 1/16" out so I have decided to live with it and now both tyres are on and the wheels balanced.
I decided to investigate why the rear mudguard was not sitting centrally at the rear so I put a pair of axle stands under each footrest so I could flip the centre stand up out of the way. Clamped a pair of straight battens to the back wheel and lined the back wheel up to the front wheel and set the rear chain slack to 1 1/4".
This improved the rear mudguard alignment but it was still out a bit. Removed the rear carrier mounts I had made five years ago and found the rear guard aligned fine. I have shortened and redrilled one of the rack mounts and the paint is probably dry enough to refit so back out to the workshop.

Jim
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Angus on 09.09. 2018 16:16
Took the A10 to a bike meet at http://www.longshopmuseum.co.uk/ (http://www.longshopmuseum.co.uk/), nice turn out. However, the A10 does not appear to like NGK spark plugs. Both the A7 and Norton run fine on them and so when changing plugs I put some in as I had purchased couple of spare sets. It keeps fouling the right-hand plug and then starts missing on that side, the left side is the best colour it has ever been. It was fine before on champion L82C’s, just a little rich on both sides. The only other change is the battery is now in a Lucas rubber box which is a little closer to the air filter but that should not affect just the right side. So I changed back to old plugs and we shall see.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Bsareg on 09.09. 2018 19:14
Putting the final pieces on the goldie to convert to electric start, had to change from belt back to chain primary. As I tighten the crank nut the engine locks up, feels like p o has left out the centre bearing spacer and thats why the crank nut wasn't tight. Seems like an engine strips on the cards. Bl**dy bodgers.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: muskrat on 09.09. 2018 21:15
Just so you know we're (BSA owners) that have trouble with "pattern"or Made in China parts. Pulled the forks off the CB1100 to put new tubes,seals and bush's in. Found the damper tube wouldn't fit through the captured washer hole. 18.3mm instead of 20mm. No way of removing it (inserted during manufacture) and it spins so no way of drilling it out. Putting old bits back together and in.  *rant*
riding the Cafe to work this week to restore sanity.
Cheers
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: berger on 09.09. 2018 23:04
well today I finished off the repairs to the blasting cabinet, switched on compressor and had a play with a gearbox end cover, oooooooo matron I do like this game *smile* pub tomorrow *beer*
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: beezermacc on 10.09. 2018 17:50
What have I done with my bike today? ... ridden it! Left the house on Friday and rode to Dunstable with three other mates all on A10's, 170 miles. went to the Ace cafe on Saturday then rode out to Henly on Thames, then back to Dunstable, 120 miles. Then yesterday rode to the Brooklands museum and back to Dunstable, 100 miles, then back home today. 560 miles in total, my mate had a puncture and hat was the only problem we had, fixed in 40 minutes at the side of the road. Wahay! great weekend. Must confess that I ate and drank a bit too!
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: wortluck on 10.09. 2018 20:09
That's what it's all about mate, riding!
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Black Sheep on 11.09. 2018 10:01
Put the second trials tyre on the Star Twin and then found the lights wouldn't work. Battery is dead as a doornail, won't take charge. Panic call to RGM, next day delivery for a new battery.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: BigJim on 15.09. 2018 17:09
Went to Nailsea bike show. A10 ran well enough to take for a bit of a ride out on way back. Lots of nice bikes and interesting people at the small show. Engine was as usual very noisy upon my return. Will not be posting that as i expect that i would receive clear and strict instruction to take the thing to bits (again). Sage and wise advice that may be but the weather is dry and warmish at mo and intend to chance it till end of sept. Big ride out tomorrow with the theft awareness crew, riding in hundreds to give signal that we don't like it and it should stop! Mrs has been following me on the beemer as back up. Reassuring to know i'll get home but killing any chance of a flirt or letch. Ah well, roll on the DGR!
 *shh* *countdown* *good3*
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: wortluck on 15.09. 2018 20:57
Feel a bit c**p today so cleaned bike and came back inside.  Chain adjust, engine and primary oil change, crack in front mudguard and polishing up will have to wait for now. *sad2*
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: RichardL on 15.09. 2018 22:19
Just before leaving to visit the Cannonball group on Thursday, discovered a crack in my kickstarter. Once again, the barn find provides the spare, but  the screw for the foot peg holding spring was broken off. Today, went after that screw with drills and easy-outs. After breaking one easy-out, just used drills up to 3/16", then threaded what was left there with a makeshift tap made from an old cover screw.  Doubt the tix will last through the next removal of the screw, but OK for now.

Another thing: put a bit of old inner tube between the front brake lever clamp and the handlebar to keep the former from slipping aroud the latter.

Richard L.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: WozzA on 16.09. 2018 00:42
Not Today but last week while working on the Plunger.. 
I discovered the carb was leaking... and the kick start I had chromed was the wrong one..
Purchased a new Kick start... fitted same & while testing the Kick start quadrent she FIRED into life for the 1st time in over 30 years..    *eek*   *pull hair out*
I quickly shut her down as petrol still leaking from carb..
At least I now know the engine rebuild works...   *woo*
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Angus on 16.09. 2018 16:45
Yesterday and today as did not want to post part way through. A10
Yesterday took of carb and original air filter as run richer then normal (always been rich) especially the right-hand side. Dropped the needle one groove, needle had five grooves, its now in the middle one. Took filter apart, the element was filthy, tried to find a new one. Rang draganfly very helpful the new complete replica filter's elements are not the same and do not fit the original filter. Used petrol and carb cleaner to clean old filter as best I could. Put it all back together, god those filters are a bas***d to get on  *work* *fight*. Refitted old cooler plugs.
Today
Went for a test ride and left side best it has ever been right still slightly rich, but liveable with  *smile*. Gave it a good clean top to bottom, think she deserved it as had a hard year (see https://www.a7a10.net/forum/index.php?topic=13251.msg106487#msg106487 (https://www.a7a10.net/forum/index.php?topic=13251.msg106487#msg106487)) and she has been good even been out in the rain twice.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: wortluck on 16.09. 2018 17:40
Better day today, took paracetamol and headed for garage.  Changed oil, cleaned sump filter (bit of sealant and some usual swarf on magnetic plug).  Always remove feed and return pipes and kick over to get last bits of old oil out.  I use a syringe and a bit of pipe to scavenge as much old oil from the tank as possible.  Nicely filled with fresh 20/50.  Have 100/90 A26 on order for the rear to see if I can improve the handling over the existing Mitas.  Also have new tappet adjusters on way (interestingly, my Haynes says 8 and 10 but bike suits 10 and 14 better).

Quick question - we all know that the rear chain tightens up off its stand with rider, so how do you check the chain is roughly where it should be  when on its stand.  Currently, I check the middle of the lower run of the chain on its stand.  If I can see a complete link below the bottom of the chainguard, I adjust it until about half a link shows below the bottom of the chainguard.  Does this make sense to anyone?
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: RichardL on 16.09. 2018 17:43
Angus,

You just told the exact story (well, about) that I will be telling in a couple of days about lowering the needle and testing with the filter off.

Richard L.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: lawnmowerman on 16.09. 2018 19:06
Quick question - we all know that the rear chain tightens up off its stand with rider, so how do you check the chain is roughly where it should be  when on its stand.  Currently, I check the middle of the lower run of the chain on its stand.  If I can see a complete link below the bottom of the chainguard, I adjust it until about half a link shows below the bottom of the chainguard.  Does this make sense to anyone?
Sounds a bit risky and could jeopardise the gearbox bearing if it is a bit tight. I just did mine and the BSA service sheet says 1 1/2" total top to bottom movement at the tightest point on the stand. I used a tape measure sat on the ground to get it right.
Jim
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: wortluck on 16.09. 2018 21:20
Sounds about right Jim.  I use measurements as a guide rather than a rule - a bit like how I view many road 'rules'. *smile*
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: coater87 on 17.09. 2018 03:24
 I matched my handlebar position to a picture Bill posted, and went for about 30 miles.

  My hands were not numb, but my lower back is a little tight and my left knee is a bit sore.

 I had changed from 110 octane down to 100 octane so I checked the plugs and I am a little lean- but my last little bit was 5 miles at 60 MPH or so, and thats new since the rebuild. I am going to go to a 30 pilot jet anyway, I have that screwed out only 1/4 turn.

 When the gearbox is warm, it is super easy to find neutral, 1st and second are harder to find.

 Front brakes still squeals, hoping it will quiet with some miles.

 I am having a complete blast with this bike.

 Lee

Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Black Sheep on 17.09. 2018 06:54
Rode down to the Beamish Trophy Trial, competed, rode home. 400+ miles including some very challenging off-road sections. Poor old bike, yet another merciless caning. 
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Greybeard on 17.09. 2018 07:55
I am having a complete blast with this bike.
*good3*
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: muskrat on 17.09. 2018 11:37
Moved the A7 plunger onto the bench. She's been sitting for a month or two without the sump plug in due to excessive wet sumping. Sump plug in, fuel & oil in tanks. Started 2nd kick. Getting ready for the DGR. Got a wake to go to on the Saturday (and it's my b/day) so I'll be a bit under the weather.
Then I got the old frame out and measured the rear footpeg mount for possible re-production. https://www.a7a10.net/forum/index.php?topic=13414.0
Cheers
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: ellis on 17.09. 2018 19:26
Picked up my new leather bike jacket today ( summer jacket ), its very nice but will have to wait 6 months for the sun to come back before I can wear it.    :(

ELLIS
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Topdad on 18.09. 2018 15:02
yep ,this Summer certainly changed things didn't it, for the first time in ages I longed for a lighter jacket ,I was sweltering even late evening rides out but boy it was a nice change , so will follow your lead and buy a summer one .
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Colsbeeza on 19.09. 2018 00:08
Picked up the head from the Repairers - new guides and valves. Got the rings from SRM last week. Will put it all together next week.
Col
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: RichardL on 20.09. 2018 01:23
Swapped car for A10 to drive back to work after lunch. Everything great. Had to leave work early and in a rush to beat a rain storm. I was hittin' it pretty hard when, about half mile from home, the shift lever goes limp and I can only get first and second. Seemed obvious it was a broken  stop plate return spring (yes, I had to look up the right name). Got home, pulled the cover and, no surprise, I guessed it right. (It wasn't really subtle.)  I have three extra covers in mixed levels of bad condition around and none of them with a spring. So, it's into my spare gearbox I'll go to be sure I'm together in time for DGR.

"What's DGR?" So glad you asked. Go to Gentlemansride.com (http://Gentlemansride.com) right now and sign up for your local ride.Then, search teams for "forum" and join our team. Do this right now. Do not delay. The ride in your neighborhood (and all neighborhoods) is on 9/30. I guarantee you will have a good time or I will buy you two pints at Quigley's when you come to visit. Hell, I'll buy it anyway, because you WILL have a good time.

Richard L.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Greybeard on 20.09. 2018 08:25
Having fixed my sons car and taking it for a retest I'm on the next task: I'm making a sandpit-come-ship for my granddaughter whose birthday is on Saturday.
Oh dear Betsy Beezer, I don't know if you are going to be ready for the DGR!

But was is DGR, you ask? This is where you can read all about the Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride: https://www.gentlemansride.com/about/


Please note, if dappering-up concerns you, you really do not need to worry about what you wear on the ride; your normal riding kit is fine.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Falconer59 on 20.09. 2018 08:54
After checking and adjusting valve clearances yesterday , quick road test to check all ok, now spend rest of day putting swing arm and rebuilt wheels back in Rocket3.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: BigJim on 20.09. 2018 09:45
 Rained off work today so hoping to find time to check over A10 which had to work hard last Sun. Need to be fit for the DGR, links above, looking forward to that. Great charity and a laugh a minute, just hope it is dry. Come on anyone who is considering it, you'll be glad you did.
 *bright idea* ::hh:: *good3*
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Greybeard on 20.09. 2018 09:52
Rained off work today so hoping to find time to check over A10 which had to work hard last Sun. Need to be fit for the DGR, links above, looking forward to that. Great charity and a laugh a minute, just hope it is dry. Come on anyone who is considering it, you'll be glad you did.
 *bright idea* ::hh:: *good3*

DGR, you say. Do you mean this? https://www.gentlemansride.com/about/  *smile*
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: BigJim on 20.09. 2018 09:59
I do GB. No pressure on anyone not going but they really might consider attending, they won't regret it.   *good3* *whistle*
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: LJ. on 20.09. 2018 15:32
I found today that the sea air really is NOT good for a classic motorcycle. Orangy corrosion colour on the chromework. Bike is now back on trailer this morning ready for journey home....  Tomorrow I'll be gently washing off sea salt before it gets too bad.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Greybeard on 20.09. 2018 19:14
I found today that the sea air really is NOT good for a classic motorcycle. Orangy corrosion colour on the chromework. Bike is now back on trailer this morning ready for journey home....  Tomorrow I'll be gently washing off sea salt before it gets too bad.

You have to make sure the bike looks it's best for the DGR ride on Sunday!
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Greybeard on 20.09. 2018 20:16
I fitted the pillion footrest adapters today. They look mighty fine! I tidied my shed and fitted an LED twin lamp, like this  https://goo.gl/ndGV3W in the roof. The shed is now much better to work in. I intend to take the head off the bike tomorrow.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: coater87 on 21.09. 2018 13:13
 Got up at 2 AM, and tore into the primary and gearbox completely apart.

 The bike still shifts terribly when things warm up.

 The mail says my colortune is in town, and once the package from amal arrives I will be able to sort that out.

 Wife and I both have off of work today, so I am sure she will keep me busy with not very important stuff. *sad2*

 Lee
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Greybeard on 21.09. 2018 13:24
Wife and I both have off of work today, so I am sure she will keep me busy with not very important stuff. *sad2*
Before I retired I thought I'd have endless days of me-time; dinghy sailing, reading, programming, listening to music, hobbying and of course BSA'ing. My wife and I are pretty handy DIY'ers so we've been able to make the most of the house we moved into four years ago. Of course, doing stuff yourself takes less money but takes more time.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: RDfella on 21.09. 2018 13:30
Know what you mean, Greybeard. I retired some years ago, but the list of jobs that need doing just get longer. And getting older means things take twice as long to do. And then there's those I just can't do anymore. Will need to live to 150 to get my jobs done - and that's presuming the list doesn't grow. Which of course it will.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Black Sheep on 21.09. 2018 14:45
The problem with DIY is that you are doing things for the first time which is why it takes so much longer than getting in a professional who has done it thousands of times before to do it. But still we persist...
Whipped a fork leg off the Star Twin to replace a leaky oil seal. Went to my oil seal stash and found none of them were for BSA forks. Damn. That's the bike off the road for a few days now whilst the new seals arrive. Note plural seals. Never buy just one of a spare, especially when your stash is exhausted.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: BrianS on 21.09. 2018 15:53
I tidied my shed and fitted an LED twin lamp, like this  https://goo.gl/ndGV3W in the roof. The shed is now much better to work in.

The lamp looks good. As you get older you need more light!  I bought an LED strip about a year ago and still haven't gotten around to fitting it. Maybe now is the time with grey winter days approaching......

Just about to head off to the shed to put the A10 clutch cover back on - again. I am really not sure what I did wrong but the SRM clutch slipped worse than before I tightened up the springs :-(
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Billybream on 21.09. 2018 16:25
Just about to go for a ride on Wednesday morning and the petrol tap plunger cork leaked. Decided to try the steam method to revive them but both were well past there best.
So ordered some new corks and fitted them today and now all ok, replaced all the washers/seals associated with the Taps so should get a ride out tomorrow.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Greybeard on 23.09. 2018 14:32
https://www.a7a10.net/forum/index.php?topic=13318.60#lastPost
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Gavin on 24.09. 2018 13:47
Building plunger No 3 And am ever grateful to the Forum and the person who posted the concept of inserting Washers between spring coils to extend the centre stand return spring. I must be getting old as I even measured the distance required and then made sure I had extended the spring sufficiently. it slipped on like a welding glove.  *conf*
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: muskrat on 25.09. 2018 10:39
Good one Gavin  *wink2*
I tried that ONCE *ex* must have had too much grease around. Nearly lost a tooth from an errant washer at high speed  *eek* *sick*
I've been doing battle with a 1980 Yamaha Passola SA50. Hadn't run for 20 years. Practically NO info on the net. Someone worse than me did some creative electrical work, no spark. Put back to std, made an air filter, clean carb and plug and a gut full of "Start ya bastard". She ran, a few tweaks and pumping out all the old oil in the crank case and muffler as smoke. Cleared in a few minutes. Running like a Singer (sowing machine). Job done put all the plastics on.
Morning before work I'll give her a start up. 50 kicks later I give up and go to work. Vacuum operated choke diaphragm leak. Bugga, "hens teeth". Fixed with super glue. Started cold 2nd kick. Job done.
Now the bathroom tap.
Cheers
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: duTch on 25.09. 2018 13:05

 **NB; This relates to **Plunger Models**


 
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.... the concept of inserting Washers between spring coils to extend the centre stand return spring.....

   ....didn't have any luck with the washers or coins but accidentally discovered an even easier way by using a piece of thin flat bar (like a metal ruler) just wide enough to slide through the eye of the spring and slip the end of the flat under the spring -holder lug thingy, then slide the spring off the flat onto the lug...helps if the stand is in the loosest position (up or down, can never remember, but not hard to work out)

 I'm fairly sure I posted about it at the time....

**edit quick search- Found a reference here;
 
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    i ve cut down on the meccano these days as the old girl is a historic tart and mot exempt.
    one i never had success with was the 2p pieces inbetween the centre stand spring coils to expand it.
    remember that one? i should have asked for my 2/6 back but was young and nieve.

I tried it too and no success,  but in retrospect, I think I put all the washers in the same side- big mistake...I think the washers need to alternate for'n aft...or even every 90*
 However- I've also realised that on my plunger,  with the stand retracted the spring can be removed/added easily with a bit of thin flat bar

 ...and an earlier effort here;
 
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Re: new member has a spring Question
« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2012, 10:44:40 »

  **NB; This relates to **Plunger Models**
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: wortluck on 25.09. 2018 16:18
Is this about getting the spring/centrestand on the frame.  After battling with the spring with pliers, an old sage showed me how.  Attach spring to centrestand and frame lug.  Position centrestand so that the spindle will go in the hole nearest the spring then force the other end into position before bashing the spindle through with a soft faced hammer.  Harder to do by yourself but only a few minutes with two. *smile*
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Greybeard on 25.09. 2018 17:41
Today, I mostly did non-bike related things but I did photograph the contents of the bike's tool box. I emailed SRM about my badly worn cam follower, attaching pictures.

Oh, I also measured the distance between the tyre pump retaining pins to see if I could obtain a pump for the bike.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: berger on 25.09. 2018 18:02
wortluck or fasten some strong wire to spring a good length and pull while someone slips it on frame lug , admitted two person job . on my own I do as you have
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Sav on 25.09. 2018 18:26
Loaded on the trailer ready to head for the South Lakes Mountain Weekend and the renowned Hardnott Pass!
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Greybeard on 25.09. 2018 18:50
...Hardnott Pass!
Oh yes! I've driven it. What an amazing piece of road!
https://youtu.be/6apbooDqFbY
https://youtu.be/7xJCqS9cWMg
https://youtu.be/qIpTNkiljZI

When I drove that road someone was driving a Winnebago through!
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: duTch on 25.09. 2018 19:09
 
 
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... Reply #239 ......Is this about getting the spring/centrestand on the frame.  .......


   Edited my 'Reply #238'    to add;

  " **NB; This relates to **Plunger Models**  "

 Meant to do it straight away but dozed off  *sleepy* *sleepy*
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: muskrat on 25.09. 2018 20:58
Wow that looks like FFFFFUUUUUNNNNN. Have a safe one Sav.
Cheers
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Sav on 26.09. 2018 09:31
I did the South Lakes Mountain weekend on the Super Rocket four years ago and it absolutely tipped down going over Hardnott. It was more like a river than a road!

A driver in front of me who should never have been anywhere near that pass stalled in front of me going up the last steepest bit. I stopped on the Rocket and put my feet down and tried to hold it on the front brake. The result was I started sliding back down the hill with the front wheel locked, could not pull away as the back wheel slid without my weight on the bike, fortunate in some ways as you can imagine the mess the idiot on front made of a hill start.

So with the pillock coming backwards towards me I gave it a fist full of throttle and bounced on the back of the seat and managed to get traction and went past her on the INSIDE!

Had to empty the water out of ny gloves when I got to Eskdale station!

Assunming she gets up it, the old M23 should be just as interesting going down the other side with the rather smaller brakes than the rocket!!

I love a challenge! *eek*
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Topdad on 26.09. 2018 11:26
Mines a lot more mundane than Sav's , i just adjusted the rear chain oiled the cables  and drained the sump ready for the DGR  , WHATS THAT i HEAR A LOT OF YOU  SHOUT ,   *dunno* oh just about the helping raise some cash to help find a cure for Prostate cancer and to reduce male suicide rates is all , whilst riding with a group of similar minded good people ( including 10 others from this forum from all over the world ) and being out on our bikes  AND there is still time to join a ride near you , I'll raise a glass to us all on my return home on Sunday about 2pm .
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Greybeard on 26.09. 2018 12:06
DGR...whilst riding with a group of similar minded good people ( including 10 others from this forum from all over the world ) and being out on our bikes  AND there is still time to join a ride near you , I'll raise a glass to us all on my return home on Sunday about 2pm .

We now have a total of 14!
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Topdad on 26.09. 2018 12:36
 i've been asleep again
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Black Sheep on 26.09. 2018 16:24
Finally got the new oil seal on the Star Twin. New ones arrived and still didn't fit... Realised that the after market oil seal holders I fitted some year ago had non-standard oil seals. Dug out an old original holder from the box of bits and used that with the new seal.
Rode the Hardknott Pass one December night, full moon and -3 degrees. Only other traffic was a big traillie (Tenere?) going the other way. Magic!
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: berger on 26.09. 2018 20:47
I have not been to the pub, so today I jumped on the kicker about 7 times getting kickbacks and short of breath- *red* in between  kickbacks I was getting nothing *help* { stop smoking you looooon} I must get used to this mikuni carby thingy that works superb once she's running *smile*. I got her to bite and off we went for a good thrash around the Derbyshire roads. I came across one of those thingy's at the side of the road that tell you what speed you are doing. Well!! kid and new toy to me, so I kept going back and checking my speedo and the result was its 6miles an hour high at 30mph 40 mph and naughty me 50mph unless of coarse thingy is wrong *doubt*.So I got about 3 hours very good riding in and lots of  *wink2* when in a traffic line , its a shame winter is coming over here because she was on fire and going round bends like she was on rails. never mind it won't be long before the girlfriend is wanting betsy in the kitchen for winter *yeah* *yeah* *yeah* *dribble*
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: LJ. on 28.09. 2018 15:33
Right... Spent most of the day cleaning up bike ready for Sunday DGR. Had both plug leads, points cover off and earth screw. Some damp had got in when washing bike down last week, magneto's, they don't like damp do they? Ohhh Nooo! Had the hair drier aimed into and onto slip ring, made a huge difference to starting later when all put back together.

Just need to get some petrol, going to treat it with the higher octane as there will be a lot of bikes there and don't want any poor starting issues. (Such faith in my bike eh?)
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: muskrat on 28.09. 2018 20:50
G'day fellas.
Got the old A7 out of the naughty corner. Drained the sump and put it back in tank. Filled her up with 98 plus go fast and smell nice additives. Gave the battery a quick charge. Put some wind in the tyres. Rubbed the dust off with an oily rag and she fired up on the 2nd kick. A quick ride around the block a few times. All good, ready for Sunday.
Cheers
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Post by: Greybeard on 28.09. 2018 20:58
I washed and polished the bike then took some photos.
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Post by: metalflake11 on 28.09. 2018 21:48
Finally got the new oil seal on the Star Twin. New ones arrived and still didn't fit... Realised that the after market oil seal holders I fitted some year ago had non-standard oil seals. Dug out an old original holder from the box of bits and used that with the new seal.
Rode the Hardknott Pass one December night, full moon and -3 degrees. Only other traffic was a big traillie (Tenere?) going the other way. Magic!

There has to be a woman and a cast iron promise involved there somewhere!

Been over and back again a few times on the A10 (daytime!) a real challenge with 12" over springers and a rigid back end. *smile*

Issue 400 of Back Street Heroes has a picture of one adventure up there on the front cover.

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Post by: Peter in Aus on 29.09. 2018 02:26
Giving the A10 a quick look over ready for the DGR, drain the sump check the tyres, wont polish it that will only make it rain all good *smile*
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Post by: wortluck on 29.09. 2018 10:46
Replaced tappet adjusters with ones with Allen key head and checked clearances (10 & 14).  Readjusted front mudguard so it sits centrally - what a game.  Checked all oil levels, spark plug and points' gaps.  Gave her a good old clean and will go out for a run in a bit.

By the way, on tightening the bracket on the fork leg, I sheared off a stud (still a bit protruding).  Any ideas re a quick fix or is it all about grinding, drilling, etc.  Didn't want to ruin the power coating too much if I can help it.
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Post by: BigJim on 29.09. 2018 21:09
Adjusted primary chain, had got tight? Took out for quick round the block as had been parked up for 2 weeks. Adjusted back brake and idle (not sure if those words are oxymorons). Went round block again. Parked her up in the garage ready for an early start for the DGR tomorrow. Fingers crossed for a good turn out, fine weather and no upset re A10 refusing to start when crowd has gathered or cutting out unexpectedly!
 *beer* *yeah* *good3*
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Post by: muskrat on 29.09. 2018 22:38
G'day fellas.
7:30 am just got home after a night on the "terps" at an old mates wake.
Good job I got the A7 ready yesterday.
Four more cups of coffee and I'm off. The Kiwi's would be starting about now.
Have fun.
Cheers
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Post by: Greybeard on 29.09. 2018 22:40
22:40 Just going to bed.
Today I filled the petrol tank in readiness for early ride to start point of DGR. Have a great ride you DGRers!
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Post by: coater87 on 30.09. 2018 00:41
Starting to really cool down here.

 I did not want to, but I am getting the bike ready for winter.

 Changed oil and filter, changed gearbox and primary oil.

 Washed the bike really well, drained the carb and got both tires off the ground.

 Just need to remove battery, fill fuel tank, and cover it up. *sad2*

 Oh yeah, and get snow blower ready to go. *angry*

 Lee
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Post by: muskrat on 30.09. 2018 05:53
G'day Lee.
Crikey your early, just started to warm up here. Disconnect the battery.
Cheers
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Post by: orabanda on 30.09. 2018 09:25
Test ride on Super Rocket after fine tuning the TLS front brake.
Got it!
Now it works well; re-machined new oversized shoes to match the drum, shortened the cable and re-adjusted the linkage.

Early preparation for a 2 day run in November; Gypsy Tour down denmark & Albany way.

See you there Gavin!

Richard
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Post by: LJ. on 06.10. 2018 10:24
Been out to have a sort through someones bike junk, came back with an old k2f brass points plate. I had put out a 'Wanted' on the https://freecycle.org (https://freecycle.org) for any old unused vintage/classic motorcycle parts.... well you never know!
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Post by: muskrat on 06.10. 2018 10:48
G'day LJ.
One man's trash is another man's treasure.
Cheers
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Post by: berger on 06.10. 2018 13:57
mmmmm just got on the freecycle page and my computer said it detected a virus, so got off it *conf2* *computer*
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Post by: RDfella on 06.10. 2018 14:18
orabanda - I note you say you machined your brake linings - for a tls. Can I ask how? When machining linings to fit a drum I mount the backplate in the lathe and fit the shoes, wired together to prevent the tool digging in and ripping things apart.  Then clock things in and start turning. But my tls has floating shoes, meaning there is no register to locate them. Had thought of making up a mandrel or possibly machining them on a pantograph, but that all seems like too much bother.
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Post by: BigJim on 19.10. 2018 19:32
Tried to sneak past the a10 to get another steed out of the stable. The look of disgust i got was most painful. Have made a promise to make it my next ride out choice, hopefully this weekend. The weather was so good today i had to take a break from work and head into Wales for lunch. Realised during ride that an A10 that runs and stops well(sigh) is the bike for me. I love that easy torque, small number of gears, sound of thunder, smell of petrol and oil and general interest of complete strangers. Looks like i'll be spending money and time on another rebuild this winter.
 *bright idea* *bash* *countdown* *beer* *bash*
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Post by: Black Sheep on 20.10. 2018 21:31
Set off on the A10 to town and the choke cable nipple pulled through the slide. Sigh. Went back and fired up the A7, got to town OK. Then had to go to a meeting 40 miles away. Greasy roads, drizzle so didn't take the A7 which is still on trials tyres so took the Enfield Bullet instead. At one point the sun came out briefly. It was good to be out on a bike. *smile* 
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Post by: Greybeard on 20.10. 2018 21:53
Since my last engine work I'd only done the DGR ride. Today I had the opportunity to take the bike for a longer ride to see if the excessive wear on one of the cam followers would be repeated. The day was sunny but cold so I donned my thermals, (Australians will have to Google that term), my jumper and full biking gear. I rode out to Stow-On-The-Wold. I went along the lovely Foss Way, a Roman road. The bike, as usual ran beautifully, the sun shone. In my mind, all was right with the world.....
I stopped for lunch. When I had taken my helmet off I restarted the engine...oh dear, a loud tappety racket! I therefore will be stripping the engine again to fully check all of the parts that SRM advised me to check when I spoke to them about their cam follower that went bad.

Another lovely ride home; this motorbike runs so sweetly!

PS. Sitting in a warm cafe while wearing thermal underwear is not a good idea.
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Post by: muskrat on 21.10. 2018 07:13
G'day GB.
I'm sending someone round to take all your tools. Buy a lotto ticket and with the winnings get SRM to build you a motor.
Talk about bad luck.
Cheers
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Greybeard on 21.10. 2018 09:12
I haven't needed a rubber for many years. After our third child was born I had the tubes sealed.
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Post by: muskrat on 21.10. 2018 11:35
Ha, still got none proven!
Cheers
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Post by: RDfella on 21.10. 2018 12:49
Greybeard - if I recall correctly you only changed the failed follower. Bad move. If one of a set is duff there's no way I'd chance the others. Should have replaced the whole set with the known good set you have. As I recall the duff followers were from SRM - if so I wouldn't take Muskrat's advice and get them to build you a whole motor!
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Post by: chaterlea25 on 21.10. 2018 13:41
Hi GB and A'll,
The times I have seen follower / cam wear
Were all down to lack of oil feeding to the cam trough
(Not taking into account shit quality followers that I have yet to come across thankfully)
The usual reason for lack of oil to the trough is a worn main bush,
 BUT!
it could be a too high setting on the prv,
Leakage past the prv threads
Or leakage between the main bush and  crankccase
Or blocked oilway  somewhere??

I think I remember that your bike has a new ish oil pump??
So a shit / porus pump body is unlikely
(This was the cause of one blow up I know of)
John
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: RichardL on 21.10. 2018 15:23
I haven't needed a rubber for many years. After our third child was born I had the tubes sealed.

Sealing the tubes not a problem. Sealing the wallet is now the issue.

Richard L.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: RichardL on 21.10. 2018 15:31
The usual reason for lack of oil to the trough is a worn main bush,
 BUT!
it could be a too high setting on the prv,
Leakage past the prv threads
Or leakage between the main bush and  crankccase
Or blocked oilway  somewhere??
John

John,

Wouldn't all these oil starvation possibilities show up first in a spun rod bearing? That's where I would think the most critical demand lies. Your correction, if I'm wrong, is quite welcome.

Richard L.
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Post by: berger on 21.10. 2018 16:35
well Richard mine ran on a bit of mist for many miles when pillock here put the pipes on the wrong way *bash* . it ruined the cam and followers but nowhere near like greybeards rogue follower, my self and an engineer measured the crank journals and decided on new shells ,its been fine ever since, the only reason it wasn't a disaster is because I had filled the tank above the return hole and it was grabbing some oil but not enough to feed the cam and rockers. I took the prv off  kicked it up and nearly cried when just spits of oil came out then realised what I had done *problem* *bash* *roll* all fixed and  empty pockets  *whistle*
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Post by: wortluck on 21.10. 2018 17:04
Jeez Berger, should have gone to the pub after putting the pipes on *eek* :o *beer*
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Post by: Greybeard on 21.10. 2018 17:47
When I get a minute I'll post SRM's reply after I contacted them about the worn follower. I will not post it in this thread though.
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Post by: chaterlea25 on 21.10. 2018 19:15
Hi Richard and All,
That's a good question!
and my opinion on how the crank survives a little longer!
When the crank is spinning centrifugal  or centripital force sucks oil to the big ends as long as there's a supply to the bush even though a proportion of the feed is leaking away
I have experience from where I worked where 300hp motors/ pumps that had plain white metal bearings survived for years by being lubed  by oil being picked up by a loose metal ring sitting on the rotating shafts and the  bottom of the metal ring dipping into the oil reservoir
There was enough oil picked by the rotating ring to feed the bearing, no oil pressure being involved

John


Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Greybeard on 21.10. 2018 23:38
Many early engines relied on oil mist for lubrication
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Post by: berger on 22.10. 2018 00:20

Many early engines relied on oil mist for lubrication
good point greybeard but not at 5000rpm like mine did until she said she was cooked- poor thing even got me back home at 30 to 40mph, mind you she once got me home with a snapped crank --good old BSA *good3*
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Post by: Greybeard on 22.10. 2018 08:16
Many early engines relied on oil mist for lubrication

I'm pretty sure that modern four-stroke mowers just have a finger on the Conrod that flicks oil around. Lawnmowerman?
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Post by: cyclobutch on 22.10. 2018 10:57
Weekend riding up to the tip of Norfick from central Essex. Off road on the Peddars Way going up Saturday, back via the lanes yesterday. A gorgeous weekend weather wise. Clutch on my Camel became almost unusably Boolean – bike will be going up for sale in a few weeks. Phil on his XT250 had a bad gas episode (ooh err), then binned it out on the trail. He got to ride home yesterday with no front brake. Pigsy’s Serow threw an electrical melt down so needed a bump start (no kicker) after each stop. All that and very nearly too much beer on the Saturday night. Cracking. 
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Post by: berger on 22.10. 2018 12:00
correct greybeard but they are governed so they don't rev too high, disengage the guvna let them loose and they blow up *bash* *problem*
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Post by: Black Sheep on 22.10. 2018 17:52
Rode to Loch Lomond on the A10 to do a bit of island hopping. Had to leave the bike in the car park as I forgot the flotation bags.
With snow forecast for next weekend that might be it for this year. 
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Post by: ellis on 22.10. 2018 20:26
Spot on GB.

ELLIS
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Post by: lawnmowerman on 22.10. 2018 21:16
Many early engines relied on oil mist for lubrication

I'm pretty sure that modern four-stroke mowers just have a finger on the Conrod that flicks oil around. Lawnmowerman?

Not sure about that GB as I tend to just use and abuse them and never have to take them apart which is fortunate as I need all my workshop time to keep the bikes on the road. Two of the mowers are Hondas and one is a Briggs & Stratton so they never go wrong.
I do have a Stihl leafblower which is a four stroke but runs on a two stroke 50:1 mix  *dunno*

Jim
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Post by: Swarfcut on 23.10. 2018 09:55
  " Forum rules expressly forbid detrimental comments concerning the reliability of any brand of Lawnmower Engine."

    How lucky can an old established partnership be!!!!   Learnt a few new words from folks trying to start their engines, thanks to that logic defying diaphragm carb design.

 Swarfy.
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Post by: coater87 on 23.10. 2018 11:38
 Did not actually work on bike, its put up for the year.

 But I did decide to modernize my carburetor tuning process before I melt down a motor.

 I ordered a wideband O2 sensor and a controller.

 After I do some welding on an old exhaust pipe (put a bung in for the sensor), I should be able to hook this up and read air / fuel ratio in real time while under load (at Amal tuning steps). Than I can change jets as I see fit without trying to read a spark plug run with modern fuel.

 Plus I dont need the dyno guy, I really dont care about getting peak H.P., I just want it to run great with no worries.

 Its going to be a temporary set-up, so this modern junk is not wrecking the look of the bike.

 Winter is long here, this gives me something to do while getting ready for next season. There are only so many gaskets a guy can cut on a snowy day.

 Lee
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Post by: cyclobutch on 23.10. 2018 17:25
Bought a new table lamp and started work on my Ben Buckle Bandit - cutting ribs. Made me realise just how bad my eyes are for close up work now.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Greybeard on 23.10. 2018 18:31
Bought a new table lamp and started work on my Ben Buckle Bandit - cutting ribs. Made me realise just how bad my eyes are for close up work now.
Yes, I'm finding the same problem. I've bought one of these: https://goo.gl/WDmZg7 Good lighting needed also.
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Post by: cyclobutch on 24.10. 2018 08:40
Thanks GB might give that a go. All set for brain surgery once armed with that.  (It's not rocket science).
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Post by: bsa-bill on 24.10. 2018 10:03
I put three bright LEDs above my work bench (250 volt, the kind you see buried in ceilings) as extra light when required, wonder how much of the stuff LEDs are made of exists, wonderful things I replaced our living room lights (6 X 40 w) with 4w LED bulbs, the kind that look like they have an orange filament, so same light - 1/10th the energy used
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Post by: Greybeard on 24.10. 2018 10:43
It's pretty amazing that (as I understand it) someone discovered that if he applied reverse voltage to a certain silicon diode it glowed: "Hm," says he, "I wonder if that could be a useful observation". LED's have come a long way since then; just a few years ago, LED's were tiny components that just glowed red, blue or green.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light-emitting_diode
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Post by: RoyC on 24.10. 2018 10:52
I put three bright LEDs above my work bench (250 volt, the kind you see buried in ceilings) as extra light when required, wonder how much of the stuff LEDs are made of exists, wonderful things I replaced our living room lights (6 X 40 w) with 4w LED bulbs, the kind that look like they have an orange filament, so same light - 1/10th the energy used

I just leave the curtains open and use the street light outside my window.
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Post by: bsa-bill on 24.10. 2018 11:02
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I just leave the curtains open and use the street light outside my window.

Ha do you have a wee bit of Scots blood Roy, I have but we have no street lights
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Greybeard on 24.10. 2018 12:01
I just leave the curtains open and use the street light outside my window.
Have we jumped into the Halloween thread?
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Post by: bsa-bill on 24.10. 2018 17:02
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Have we jumped into the Halloween thread?

OK - now at last I can say something on the subject
I've been spending quite some time getting the Flash fit to sell (in condition that I would wish it to be if I was the buyer), not a lot wrong with it, a carb leak, front mudguard needed repainting (clumsy me and a big spanner), oil leak from behind the maggie and timing case,and new petrol taps,
All done and it is sitting in the shed with oil drip free newspaper under it for a couple of weeks.
So this afternoon I took it out for a run, will check the newspaper again tomorrow morning, bike went sweet on a shortish run, weaved about a bit but windy and think the damper a tad slack.
a short run as I have dropped the carb needle a notch due to plugs being black (was in the middle groove), a feature of modern fuel I think, plugs still black will try tomorrow with new plugs
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Post by: Greybeard on 25.10. 2018 00:31
Got a pickie of the bike?
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Post by: ellis on 25.10. 2018 05:11
Good Morning GB.

Are you going to post your bike pickie with us?  You know we all like pictures.

ELLIS
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Post by: bsa-bill on 25.10. 2018 10:59
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Got a pickie of the bike?

yep, checked this morning, no oil leaks, just the mixture to check, needs a good longer run (damn snow forecast for the weekend), anyone found they need to drop the needle a groove or are the blackish plugs just the way it is these days (fuel)
Then put it up for sale, any ideas where is best.
Going to ask 6k and see what happens
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Post by: Greybeard on 25.10. 2018 11:16
Sweet looking sickle!  *smile*. I hope you get what you are asking for it.
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Post by: Topdad on 25.10. 2018 11:32
seeing the prices in Old Bike Mart I'd say have a go Bill ,it's a very nice lucking bike ,good luck!
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Post by: muskrat on 25.10. 2018 12:06
G'day Bill.
Certainly is a beautiful bike mate. Well done. That's about the money you would get down here.
I do envy people that can restore a bike that well. Mine never get that finished. Too busy riding them. 
Cheers
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Post by: cyclobutch on 26.10. 2018 10:01
Throwing my Swagman panniers over Hardley later on and heading for Chinnor. Party there tonight and then onwards to the Guzzi Club Clocks rally at Upton on Severn for skittles on Saturday night. Return home to the Essex badlands on Sunday. 

Weather does not look set so fair for this one.
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Post by: Greybeard on 26.10. 2018 10:41
Wifie is away for a couple of days so yesterday I escaped to my shed and stripped off the top end of my bike to check cam followers and the camshaft. I'm writing it up and will make a separate post.

I've been busy at home lately changing all the upstairs doors in our house. I reckon hanging doors is very tricky. I've now found that the best approach is to route*, out the existing hinge rebates and glue new wood into the cut-outs. This allows you to place the screws were they need to go, not where the old screw holes want you to go! The other issue is to make sure the door doesn't bind against the frame or on the other hand, gap too much. I guess if you are doing stuff like this often you get good at it, but for the DIYer, doors can be right buggers!  *work*


*Bought a router from Aldi. Very useful tool! https://www.aldi.co.uk/workzone-1200w-router/p/096183220360700

NB. This one has a real dangerous design flaw though. When you lay it on its side to change blades you have to press in the shaft locking button. Unfortunately, as you press on the button, it's easy to operate the power button which is now on the bottom of the device. I have to remember to unplug the router before changing blades. If you see me with a finger missing, you'll know what happened.  *sick*
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Post by: bsa-bill on 26.10. 2018 16:01
got the same model GB, bought it to go with the same make router table so it's permanent  ( I have another router but it's a fair bit of work to fasten then unfasten it to the table, and Aldi stuff don't break the bank).
with hindsight for the router table I think you need to have a lot of work to do, I generally just use the router
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Post by: Greybeard on 26.10. 2018 16:27
got the same model GB, bought it to go with the same make router table so it's permanent  ( I have another router but it's a fair bit of work to fasten then unfasten it to the table, and Aldi stuff don't break the bank).
with hindsight for the router table I think you need to have a lot of work to do, I generally just use the router

I bought that table also. Routers are new to me. Flippin scary jobs! They'd take a chunk out of you quicker than you could say OUCH!
Aldi currently has a Table Saw, https://goo.gl/C1M9Kp. I'd really to get one but A) I don't have room to store it, and B) I've just spent £300 on a new Android tablet as my Christmas present and Er-indoors was none too happy about that!
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Post by: RoyC on 26.10. 2018 17:01

I've been busy at home lately changing all the upstairs doors in our house. I reckon hanging doors is very tricky. I've now found that the best approach is to route*, out the existing hinge rebates and glue new wood into the cut-outs. This allows you to place the screws were they need to go, not where the old screw holes want you to go!


I used to do this for a living.
Next time you fit new hinges just sharpen a piece of wood and hammer it into the old screw hole.
If small screws just use a match stick. Drill a small pilot hole for the new screw to follow.
I always used hammer and chisel, never a router.
Used to take twenty mins. to fit a new door with mortise lock and handles.
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Post by: Greybeard on 26.10. 2018 17:21

I've been busy at home lately changing all the upstairs doors in our house. I reckon hanging doors is very tricky. I've now found that the best approach is to route*, out the existing hinge rebates and glue new wood into the cut-outs. This allows you to place the screws were they need to go, not where the old screw holes want you to go!

I used to do this for a living.
Next time you fit new hinges just sharpen a piece of wood and hammer it into the old screw hole.
If small screws just use a match stick. Drill a small pilot hole for the new screw to follow.

I've used that technique to deal with oversize holes. I'm using new hinges and the old screw holes are slightly off, forcing the door to bind against the frame. Even if I did plug the hole the new screws would tend to wander into the old hole.
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I always used hammer and chisel, never a router.
Used to take twenty mins. to fit a new door with mortise lock and handles.
As I said, "If you are doing stuff like this often you get good at it"

My tagline is 'Jack of all trades master of none'.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: nimrod650 on 26.10. 2018 20:13
got my 58 6t from under the covers been stood 2yrs charged battery fresh petrol started second kick   Found the problem lol
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Post by: muskrat on 27.10. 2018 09:35
Problem 1 : Neglect.
Cheers
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Post by: WozzA on 27.10. 2018 23:01
Doors...  *eek* Doors..  *eek* dont talk to me about bloody Doors  *razz*
During our recent renovations I replaced 17 of the buggers..   
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Greybeard on 28.10. 2018 08:45
Doors...  *eek* Doors..  *eek* dont talk to me about bloody Doors  *razz*
During our recent renovations I replaced 17 of the buggers..
You must have got pretty good at by the end!
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: muskrat on 28.10. 2018 09:12
G'day fellas.
Got the box back in the cafe. New layshaft bush's. Took for a quiet ride (yer right) round the block. All good except I had a bunch of dero's looking for the wine when I got back *ex* Aussie members will know the "tale".
New front end on the rHonda so now looking at the weather to decide which one comes to work tomorrow for test ride. Wet = rHonda, dry = Cafe
Started putting together spare plunger box. Lots of chocolate.
Cheers
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Post by: cyclobutch on 29.10. 2018 09:08
Cold and at times wet riding over the weekend. Wore all my clothes in the tent on Saturday night. Quite a nice sunny ride home yesterday.
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Post by: bsa-bill on 29.10. 2018 18:39
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Doors...  *eek* Doors..  *eek* dont talk to me about bloody Doors

Oh now "Riders of the storm"
And if you really had 17 old unwanted doors you could "Light my fire"
Sorry couldn't resist
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Post by: berger on 30.10. 2018 13:50
this has got to be  THE END ;)
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: wortluck on 30.10. 2018 14:20
Feeling a little sad one Sunday, I thought I'd go for a look around the local garden centre which specialises in hyacinths.  Whilst there, I met a woman who said she was from Los Angeles called Maggie M'Gill.  I asked if she was lost, to which replied, 'Hello, I love you'!  Astonished, I said I loved her too, madly, and that she really 'lit my fire'.  She then touched me and we went for a drive down Moonlight Drive which isn't far from Love Street. 'Ah, Summer's almost gone', I said, to which she replied, 'I just take it as it comes'.  I said, 'I bet you five to one that when the music's over we'll break on through and find our crystal ship.  She said, 'You're plain nuts, I was only buying a pot plant for my mother - people are strange, I'm off through the back door man'.  Now I've got the roadhouse blues, she only loved me two times,  I've never been down so long.  The End.

Way too much time on my hands, eh?
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Greybeard on 30.10. 2018 16:39
Feeling a little sad one Sunday, I thought I'd go for a look around the local garden centre which specialises in hyacinths.  Whilst there, I met a woman who said she was from Los Angeles called Maggie M'Gill.  I asked if she was lost, to which replied, 'Hello, I love you'!  Astonished, I said I loved her too, madly, and that she really 'lit my fire'.  She then touched me and we went for a drive down Moonlight Drive which isn't far from Love Street. 'Ah, Summer's almost gone', I said, to which she replied, 'I just take it as it comes'.  I said, 'I bet you five to one that when the music's over we'll break on through and find our crystal ship.  She said, 'You're plain nuts, I was only buying a pot plant for my mother - people are strange, I'm off through the back door man'.  Now I've got the roadhouse blues, she only loved me two times,  I've never been down so long.  The End.

Way too much time on my hands, eh?
Impressive!
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: cyclobutch on 31.10. 2018 09:12
-1 round our way this morning and a light frost. So we have a dreft of salt laid across what was a bone dry road surface. It's now slick and corrosive. I'm just not going to be going out on it this year. It's all too much. And I suppose I get to pay for that 'service'. Grrrrr.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Greybeard on 31.10. 2018 09:21
We've had frost the last two mornings so I imagine the roads will soon be seasoned with salt. Yum yum!
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: bsa-bill on 31.10. 2018 10:08
yes salt has a bog downside, so does driving (Monday morning) on roads with no salt or grit on them whatsoever, car was twitching it's backside at unexpected times, most of the roads were fine but odd bits were lethal, including the A1.
Came upon two cars in hedges, and one was in the process of being recovered (hazard lights flashing but hidden around a corner -  wooops)
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: cyclobutch on 31.10. 2018 10:51
Folks just expect the same levels of grip regardless of conditions now. It’s all part of the great dumbing down prepping us up for when we get to step into self drive pods.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: lawnmowerman on 31.10. 2018 12:52
I fitted a Lucas H4 headlamp glass and reflector with one of Paul Goff's LED headlamp bulbs http://www.norbsa02.freeuk.com/goffylighting.htm (Special offer 4). A bit tight to fit as the bulb has a heat sink on the back so the wiring to the switch and ammeter needs easing across to each side. I tried the lamp out of the headlamp to see how hot the heat sink gets and it was only warm to the touch so should not cause a problem in contact with any wiring.
 
I also fitted a Britax Twistdip dipper switch on the left bar. For those who have never heard of one, it is a dipswitch similar to a throttle - twist it forward to dip and backwards for main. They are pretty rare now but I picked one up at Kempton earlier this year.

I find that nowadays, if you do not dip your headlamp instantly you end up with a flash of HID headlamps from modern cars which temporarily blinds you and the time taken to find the dipswitch can make all the difference.
I reckon the light output from a bike is sometimes not enough to trigger the auto-dip system on modern cars and this causes enough of a delay to blind you while the drivers wake up and realise that they have to manually dip the headlamps.

I have not tried the headlamp yet but it looks promising on the workshop wall. The other LED headlamp bulbs I have tried give a really poor main beam with a black hole right in front of you right where you need light - on this type the LEDs are placed exactly where the filaments on a halogen bulb are placed so the beam pattern should be a lot better.

Jim
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Black Sheep on 31.10. 2018 14:10
I fitted the ancient Avon badger nose handlebar fairing to the Star Twin this morning. Got a fair old trip coming up on Saturday and the forecast is particularly dreadful. Still, the torrential rain should wash the salt off the roads.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Black Sheep on 03.11. 2018 17:58
And here's the badger-nose fairing. Did a fair job of keeping the rain off. Note the fine display of bike at the VMCC gathering.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: RogerSB on 03.11. 2018 20:17
And here's the badger-nose fairing. Did a fair job of keeping the rain off. Note the fine display of bike at the VMCC gathering.

Looks good, very period.

I fitted a Pantera fairing to a Honda CX500 I had - loved it, absolute luxury. Here's a photo of it, late 80s.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Greybeard on 03.11. 2018 21:26
My bike had one of those, (Black Sheep) fairings when I bought it. I must have chucked it. Looks pretty good actually.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: wortluck on 04.11. 2018 10:50
Never had fairings on any of my bikes - just didn't like them.  When I was dispatch riding, I did fit a screen through winter, especially as it was down to -12 without the wind chill - did make a huge difference.  I did have handlebar muffs too, but they kept pushing the clutch and brake levers in - not good.  The answer, put on some motocross plastic protectors then put the muffs over them. *bright idea*

These days, I just absorb all the battering, wind, rain, flies (wasps inside the helmet) - bloody 'ard I am! *whistle* ;D *countdown*
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: A10 JWO on 10.11. 2018 16:09
Took my OIF Thunderbolt out on it's first ride since restoration. I have never seen so many old boys stop and smile as I rode past. That put a smile on my face. Would post photos but I can't, but I can email them to anyone that can. Thanks.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: muskrat on 13.11. 2018 11:46
G'day fellas.
Started pulling the lump out of the rHonda CB1100F. She's been breathing a bit heavy and depositing oil on the rear tyre. I only noticed it when she stepped out around a left hander doing over the ton *eek*
Compression reads over 200Lb/sq" in 1,3 and 4, only 120 in 2. Already on 2mm over Wiseco's. I can get 2.25mm over but their cast not forged. I should know tomorrow night if I can use them ($1000) or have to sleeve the barrels.  *sick*
Last week put new bearings and stub axle in the Cafe's rear wheel and greased the s/a bushes.
Cheers
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: ellis on 13.11. 2018 19:29
HI ALL.

Sat in all morning waiting for the postman to come with some new parts but he never came so another day wasted . Hope he comes in the morning.

ELLIS
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: muskrat on 14.11. 2018 12:23
 *rant* *pull hair out* Looks like the mice have been at it. #2 piston and top rings on 1 & 4 broken. *work*
Cheers
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Swarfcut on 14.11. 2018 13:42
 G'day Musky. Always nice to find a simple answer.  Looks like pre ignition has eaten away the top land. Too much advance, low octane fuel, but I reckon it was a bit of a flyer in your skilled hands.

  Swarfy.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: muskrat on 14.11. 2018 18:33
G'day Swarfy.
11:1 compression and 102 octane fuel so it's the timing. Very hard to see the timing marks on these things. New sleeves and pistons won't give me much change out of a couple a grand. Looks like a lean Xmas again.
Cheers
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: BigJim on 17.11. 2018 23:31
Well. Took A10 out for a race to cafe for coffee. Intention being to use up fuel,remind myself of all the current issues and set my mind to a winter lay up (have a replacement vehicle with 2 wheels). I know it needs lots of love (money) and work so expect some inept and innocent questions in the near future. Also dislike salt and icy roads on a bike that has a rusty frame and little braking. Started out on a 25 mile round trip and ended up getting in 90. Long ride for a coffee, ended up in another country. Who could have predicted that the bike would go so well? Starting easily and even idling at the lights well enough for me to get off and check the oil return. Had a couple of scary surprise junctions which got the heart rate up  and right hand and left foot working hard but managed to avoid collision. Serves me right for giving it plenty of gas! Also means that winter lay up will have to wait, i need more of that BSA experience.
 *countdown* *bright idea* *good3* *beer*
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: berger on 18.11. 2018 01:12
that nice moist winter air makes em purrrrrrrrr *good3*
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: orabanda on 18.11. 2018 07:03
Putting the bottom end together for a friend; 1955 Shooting Star.

Just completed modifying the anti-wet sumping valve to improve the performance.

In my opinion the existing spring is too light, and exerts insufficient pressure.

This is confirmed by BSA's change to the A65, where they used a much heavier spring for the same role.

I replace the existing spring with the A65 spring. I also make a modified retaining screw. The overall length is increased to approx twice the original (0.285"). This is to increase the thread contact in the casing in order to stop oil leaking past.
A 3/8"BSW tap has to be used to increase the thread depth (a couple of threads).

I use Loctite 569 (hydraulic sealant) on the thread as well. Finally the spring side of the screw is countersunk 0.120" to centrally locate the spring, and ensure that the ball moves completely below the oil supply hole to the bushing, when coil bound.

The ball needs to be lightly tapped to re-seat (no more than a tap!).

The ball seat pressure is significantly increased, and there is 0.3" movement of the ball away from the seat.

Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Sav on 18.11. 2018 15:42
110 miles on the clock on the Super Rocket in quite chilly conditions today, 40 miles from Deal to Joes Café in Tenterden for cholesterol surprise, 40 miles with the Kent section of the BSA Owners' Club to Shipwright Arms in the middle of nowhere near Faversham for a pint and 30 miles home down the back lanes.


Excellent ride on a fine chilly autumn day.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: berger on 18.11. 2018 19:36
I did NOT go to the pub, instead I took the old van 27 years old [relays mended YESSS *good3*] on a steady 55-60mph run down one of our motorways to look at some forks and wheels for the featherybed BSA project. looked at some upside downy's---- NAAH didn't look right so came back home with some GSX 400 with doubly disc that sit right and look rate good and at a decent price ;D. SO IIIFF I can cut down on the pub hours I might get a rolling chassis together and move on to the engine mountings  *whistle*
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: wortluck on 18.11. 2018 19:49
Go t' pub Berger ol' son. *beer*
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: BigJim on 18.11. 2018 23:13
 
that nice moist winter air makes em purrrrrrrrr *

Had no idea that the moist cold air could improve running on A10! Am i being a bit simple? (probably). Is the engine running in part on steam? Whatever, the gods of BSA have been smiling on me so not bothered. Hurrah for when the thing starts, runs well, idles and gets me home and all i have to do is sit on her(?) and smile. Happy days indeed.
Note: Is it good form to genderise/anthropise(?) my bike. I've had it/her/thebike for nearly as long as the mrs.
Ps. this forum provides great therapy, thanks to all concerned esp admin and Berger's pub landlord!
 *computer* *beer* *good3*
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: berger on 18.11. 2018 23:34
its the oxygen content so I was told, like errr H20 maannn one hydrogen 2 oxys and when its damp there's more oxy's *fight* *bash* *whistle* *dunno* *sarcastic* *grins* PUB tomorrow yay *beer* *beer* *dribble*  edit yeah I was told right all those years ago, just goooglied it  cold air is denser which means the number of oxy molecules entering is greater than in hot thinner air. BIG JIM you only turn your bike into steam power after the crap petrol has sucked the moisture into the tank like mine did a few years ago before I started using a rocket fuel mix called tetraboost.- disclaimer - that product has nothing to do with me but it even stopped my carb jets varnishing up---------- CHEERS!
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: kiwipom on 19.11. 2018 03:47
its the oxygen content so I was told, like errr H20 maannn one hydrogen 2 oxys and when its damp there's more oxy's *fight* *bash* *whistle* *dunno* *sarcastic* *grins* PUB tomorrow yay *beer* *beer* *dribble*  edit yeah I was told right all those years ago, just goooglied it  cold air is denser which means the number of oxy molecules entering is greater than in hot thinner air. BIG JIM you only turn your bike into steam power after the crap petrol has sucked the moisture into the tank like mine did a few years ago before I started using a rocket fuel mix called tetraboost.- disclaimer - that product has nothing to do with me but it even stopped my carb jets varnishing up---------- CHEERS!
Was probably `Carbon Tetrachloride` now banned but was used for cleaning ink printers and pipe thread, cheers 
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Sav on 19.11. 2018 08:53
'Carbon tet' as I used to know it is almost inert and was used in fire extinguishers (and cleaning BSA's many years ago when I worked at Pfizers) so not a fuel booster!

More likely tetraethyl lead booster.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Swarfcut on 19.11. 2018 10:30
      The nice smooth and powerful running is all to do with the volumetric efficiency.  The most effective and economic result  of the chemical reaction that gives the power takes place where the combustion partners are in the ideal ratio by weight. So, when the density of the air is greatest, the weight of air drawn into the cylinder is correspondingly greatest. Then the mixture approaches the ideal stoichiometric ratio,  a mixture strength  where every hydrocarbon molecule can find a corresponding oxygen molecule partner.  More hydrocarbons left unreacted...too rich mixture, wasting fuel. Too much air... weak mixture, poor power, possible overheating, engine damage. The ratio for gasoline varies for true complete efficient combustion, depending on fuel blend, but is around 14.7/1 air/fuel.

    This ideal scenario is best experienced on a warm, but humid, generally Summertime late evening run.  Your motor runs smoothly, the World is in Harmony, your worries seem far away.  Oh, forget all that theory, any clanker runs better after a couple of beers.

  Ain't that so berger?

  Swarfy.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: duTch on 19.11. 2018 10:46
 
 When I rode my Gutzzi every day several miles to work rain hail or shine  *conf*, I noticed it ran better when cold and/or wet.... my Ma married a guy who had lots of stories about Model 'T's' and one was using a OHV head on a Side-valve engine for 8 valve head..... *dunno*... and another yarn was they used to tie a water bottle to the windscreen with a drip feed to the carby....'Water- Injection' reckoned that worked a treat, but I never really knew if I should believe him anyway....
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: cyclobutch on 19.11. 2018 11:19
Bought an SP370 the other week. Managed to get an MOT on it last Saturday and so with lovely weather over the Essex badlands yesterday I took it out on a shake down run to the Essex branch Moto Guzzi Club monthly meet up. Kind of went kind of OK. Concerns;

. Clutch do stick after she's been standing. Took off across the yard and into the fence on first gear selection. Oops.
. Not convinced the electrics are right, and it's 6V as standard. Blew a filament in the new headlamp bulb I'd fitted to get the ticket last week.
. It's a bit soft and gutless after the Morini Camel (500) it is supposed to be replacing.
. Awful lot of transmission slack with a chain that seems to be adjusted about right.
. Easy starter on the kicker though

Early days I suppose.

Other point of interest - ended up in Finchingfield and saw a guy there firing up his Gold Star on electric start. Seemed to work OK.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Black Sheep on 19.11. 2018 14:15
Changed the mag on the Star Twin this morning. Timing spot on first attempt! Realised it really does need a good clean, it's disgustingly filthy.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: berger on 19.11. 2018 14:26
Sav yes carbon tet is what my dad used for cleaning processes ,  soldering etc. tetraboost is xylene[ mixed isomers] , 1,2-dibromomethane-1,2 dichloroethane- tetraethyle lead.----- swarfy yes even warm and moist makes the old girls perform better *eek*
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: BigJim on 19.11. 2018 19:45
Filth.
 *shh* *beer*
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Greybeard on 19.11. 2018 20:03

 When I rode my Gutzzi every day several miles to work rain hail or shine  *conf*, I noticed it ran better when cold and/or wet.... my Ma married a guy who had lots of stories about Model 'T's' and one was using a OHV head on a Side-valve engine for 8 valve head..... *dunno*... and another yarn was they used to tie a water bottle to the windscreen with a drip feed to the carby....'Water- Injection' reckoned that worked a treat, but I never really knew if I should believe him anyway....

All of the well-worn petrol vehicles I've owned, including my current Fiat Panda, go better when there is moisture in the air.
I've also read, somewhere, that old time agricultural engines that ran on paraffin/kerosine had water injectors to aid the burn.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: bsa-bill on 19.11. 2018 21:17
 Yes - moister air being denser gives the same effect as a lift in compression
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Black Sheep on 19.11. 2018 21:24
Several aircraft used water/methanol injection for extra boost - Griffon engines on Shackletons and Pegasus engines on Harriers. Increases the charge density.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Rookie_V#60 on 20.11. 2018 08:17
Done the overdue decoke of my Ariel Square Four MKII.

Today I had time to remove the cylinder head, a simple straightforward job. Had no problems and could even leave the carburetor on the intake manifold, one source of failure less.

The charcoal on the pistons and in the combustion chambers were relatively easy to remove. The pistons are still STD and the bores are in spec.
After cleaning I found - as already suspected - that one of the outer bolts was pulled out of the thread. Have now installed a Helicoil insert.

And thanks to Simes "rule of nine" ( http://ariel-square-four.blogspot.com/2018/10/rule-of-nine.html) adjusting valve clearances is more simple and more exact.

After reassembly, a test for proper function, check of oil supply to the head and leak detection (You see I found one!).
https://youtu.be/IUmCqup234E

Cheerio Rudy
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: BigJim on 01.12. 2018 23:01
Took the other bike on a Santa ride out for the childrens hospice. Great day, most enjoyable riding through town with at least 700 Santa. Moving to see some of the children with their families when we got there.
 *good3*
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: muskrat on 02.12. 2018 08:15
G'day fellas.
Rode the A7 plunger up to Nerriga for my old clubs 40th anniversary (I joined Sydney Tourers 38 years ago). About 120 miles sitting on 65mph, didn't miss a beat. Had my hand hovering on the clutch lever all the way as well, as I know the timing side bush is knackered (about 8 thou clearance) and using 40/70 oil to fill the gap  *eek* *bash*
Cheers
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: cyclobutch on 03.12. 2018 10:53
Used my V50 (The Black Pearl) for local transport Saturday night and Sunday morning (someone should make a film of that). Spent later yesterday in the garage fabricating bits to try and make a Morini road tank fit on an SP370.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: wortluck on 03.12. 2018 16:34
Jeez Musky, 40/70 is thick stuff.  When you get to 12 thou on the TSB, I could send over some of the 80/90 gearbox oil I've got (picked up 25 litres for £10!!)
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Black Sheep on 04.12. 2018 14:30
Decided that the gearbox sprocket having done 35,000 miles was due for replacement. Completely forgot that on a plunger you need to take the engine out to get at the sprocket, so didn't bother moving the bike to the workshop complete with hydraulic bike bench etc. There's something to be said for Velocettes after all!
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: chaterlea25 on 04.12. 2018 19:06
Hi All
Quote
Decided that the gearbox sprocket having done 35,000 miles was due for replacement

Its a good job that they last as long as that *eek*
At least its not quite as bad as as having to split the crankcases on a Tiger Cub to change the sprocket ???
Ok so the A lump is a lot heavier *roll*
I know there are several other "design f**k ups on other British bikes that make servicing a PITA

John
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: cyclobutch on 04.12. 2018 20:09
Hi All
Quote
Decided that the gearbox sprocket having done 35,000 miles was due for replacement

Its a good job that they last as long as that *eek*
At least its not quite as bad as as having to split the crankcases on a Tiger Cub to change the sprocket ???
Ok so the A lump is a lot heavier *roll*
I know there are several other "design f**k ups on other British bikes that make servicing a PITA

John

It's a wonder the Japanese didn't come up with a viable alternative.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: wortluck on 04.12. 2018 20:20
Holy Mary, split crankcases, engine removal. *eek* :o  I had to pick my face up off the floor when I discovered removal of inner primary was necessary to replace Flash sprocket - seems easy compared to others.

Hate to say it, but the Japanese got it so right.  On my 70s/80s machines, it was quick removal of a cover (no oil to drain), release locking tab, undo big nut and replace sprocket - took a leisurely half hour. *good3*

Reckon BSA had a special 'F**k up the design department' just to make ownership interesting. *clap*
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: duTch on 04.12. 2018 22:20

 This is precisely why I carved a hole in the inner casting and fitted a unit series cover plate with six small screws.... pics somewhere....
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Angus on 05.12. 2018 15:48
Please be nice
I wanted to fit the missing piece of the fully enclosed chain case (front bit over the gearbox cog) and a new pair of exhaust pipes to the A10. Apart from dumping her oil once (due to wet sumping I think) she has been well behaved for over two years no nasty noises and runs really sweet.
Did this with my eldest son, as he enjoys riding and I think should know a bit about tinkering to.
Over two years ago the clutch was playing up and I found the crank shaft end nut was loose (you know the 65Flbs one). There was a slight clunk when the crank was moved, no other problem, no broken shims in the sump and I did not have the means to measure it. So Loctited and done up and ridden.
Anyway now to the part where need you to be nice.
Now I have a dial gauge and as I was there I measured it, it is between .1 and .09mm which at worst is 3.94 thou. I feel like I will leave it as really don’t want to split an engine that appears to be running so well.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: muskrat on 05.12. 2018 18:30
G'day Angus.
Don't loose any sleep over it. I've seen/heard happy running motors with a lot more than that. Check it again in 1K miles.
Cheers
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Angus on 05.12. 2018 18:44
G'day Angus.
Don't loose any sleep over it. I've seen/heard happy running motors with a lot more than that. Check it again in 1K miles.
Cheers

Thank you Muskrat, I will sleep now I was a bit concerned. Now I just need to find the clutch adaptor extractor and I can actually finish the job.  *smile*
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: mikeb on 06.12. 2018 00:29
not so much today but last saturday i took the super rocket on the local bsa club's 'rods of bullen' run. what a great run. the a10 ran like a clock and the renewed swing arm (bronze) bushes and the adjusted steering head bearings made the handling fun. throttle wide open at some stages.
the a10 has been a bit unhappy recently with various minor gripes so they finally look resolved in time for summer.

the club run featured a bbq and a beer and took up much of the sunny day. a good day out.

two bikes didn't quite make it home (one leaving an oily film over my visor - i was wondering why it was getting hard to see). but then that's just a part of it all, right?
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: a10gf on 24.12. 2018 13:17
....welll, not much *roll* looked at the frame, the chrome parts and rims rusting away, the engine rebuild (only needing a timing side bearing) stagnation, wondering what, when, if, before closing the door to the shed and postponing it again. Maybe someday... But as a minmum, at least have pretty good control over all parts, and many good parts there are.

Will make some post about it all later on.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: wortluck on 24.12. 2018 13:49
The world of bikes, much like anything else, is one of many quandaries.  For me, being out on the road is primary, fixing and rebuilding definitely secondary.  I would rather have more bikes and more time to ride than to see glorious riding days missed for a sweaty, oily slog in the garage.  Of course, I do repair things where I can, and do enjoy it, but not at the expense of being out and about.  Maybe when I'm older and unwiser, this'll change.

Since owning this bike, my first British (and just brilliant), I've rebuilt the frame; taken the clutch apart; learnt how to set timing and check points gaps correctly; replaced dynamo chain and adjusted correctly; sorted wheel alignment properly; changed tyres; done a fork strip down with replacement seals; fixed the electrics; replace wheel bearings; set tappets - these but to mention a few.  Full engine rebuild - maybe when my riding days are shorter and I have a Berger amount of beer in the fridge!!!

Merry Christmas and may Spring be here quickly!!
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: orabanda on 24.12. 2018 14:18
Ivé made a bit of progress with unfinished business over the last couple of weeks; got the bottom end together on a mate's A7SS; waiting for SRM valve guides to finish the head.

Also, finished off barrel & head for another friend's G80; he is coming to visit on 29th and we will build the engine (& get his XL250 Motosport sorted).

Finally, just completed overhauling my brother's AG175 donk, so think I will have Christmas Day off!

Also, had to take a pic of the very firm advice another friend had displayed on his counter regarding the perils of drinking tea!

Richard

Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: wortluck on 24.12. 2018 14:33
Like the drinking tea bit. *smile*  Curiously, it doesn't take much of anything I do for the missus to 'angry up the blood'. *shh* *countdown* *countdown* *sick* *beer*
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Post by: muskrat on 25.12. 2018 02:42
G'day Fellas.
Down the shed working on the CB1100F motor. Put a helicoil in a cam cap bolt hole.
What else would I do when SWMBO is cooking, making it too hot up there. And the beer fridge is in the shed! *roll*
Cheers
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Post by: Peter in Aus on 25.12. 2018 03:03
Just showed the tea drinking bit to the war office "straight dead pan face" *eek* *beer*
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Post by: cyclobutch on 30.12. 2018 15:23
Not been riding at all.

Last time out on my V50 I found I had a fuel leak at the RH tap. It seems that the pipes have become very soft, and as I've been running without fuel line clamps this last 20 years or more they've become a bit drippy. All a bit odd as this is a fairly recent replacement cross over that you would think should be ethanol proof, and usually my lines go hard over time and not soft. Fitted some clamps yesterday so hopefully that is now solved.

Had leaky/weepy rocker box on the A10 this last year. I guess it is the head steady finally taking it's toll after 3500 miles of usage. So about to head out to the garage and track down some gaskets and the comb from amongst the detritus.

On another note, and following on from an earlier dialogue between GB and myself on this thread; I sourced an open valve OS60 4 stroke a couple of months ago and then got a Ben Buckle Falcon for Xmas. Boy that kit looks way beyond anything I've assembled previously.
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Post by: Greybeard on 30.12. 2018 17:16
On another note, and following on from an earlier dialogue between GB and myself on this thread; I sourced an open valve OS60 4 stroke a couple of months ago and then got a Ben Buckle Falcon for Xmas. Boy that kit looks way beyond anything I've assembled previously.
Wow, how exciting. We'd better start a model aircraft forum! My BB Falcon was part completed by a workmate who gave it to me. When I retired, I intended to get to work finishing it. So far nothing has happened. I have some links to building tips which I'll PM to you. These days many modelers are using electric motors but I've been waiting most of my life for a Radio Controlled model aeroplane with an internal combustion engine and I ain't gonna be distracted by no new fangled electricary!

https://youtu.be/13BuRldxqvM
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Post by: cyclobutch on 02.01. 2019 09:52
Yes, we don't want to stay off track for too long on this one or excommunication will surely follow.

That Falcon is a big bird. On talk of electrickery, I am currently constructing a smaller Ben Buckle kit at the moment - the Bandit, and that will be running on electric power. Working on the theory that it is really a free flight model that I will be adding light radio assist to, I'm hoping I should be able to fly it OK and in pretty much any park on a still day. The Falcon will require a little more care I think.
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Post by: Greybeard on 02.01. 2019 10:03
PM sent
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Post by: cyclobutch on 02.01. 2019 10:40
Couldn't find my comb - Grrrrrr. Ordered another one from a well known on line auction site. Cheap enough I suppose.

Got to hire a van and transport a pal's dead Griso over to Baldrick's workshop (UK Guzzi guru and a very rude man). Also replace the same pal's V50 clutch, and also sort the same pal's Serow wring glitch before I get back to popping the top on the Beezer I'd guess.

Still need to test ride my Camel clutch before I list it over n the Morini riders forum.
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Post by: WozzA on 05.01. 2019 05:28
I knocked up a bracket to fit the saddle bag I picked up cheap at a swap meet last month..
It should easily hold a slab of beer & still have room for a couple of Kebabs..   *wink2*
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Post by: berger on 05.01. 2019 16:55
I have not been to the pub since the 31st *smile* WOZZA I think with a slab of beer you might be wise to make one for the other side and have two slabs to balance things up, we don't want plod thinking you've consumed a gallon with a touch of off balance *beer*
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Post by: wortluck on 05.01. 2019 18:02
Blimey Berger, on the wagon or wot? *beer* *fight*
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Post by: cyclobutch on 11.01. 2019 17:35
Tomorrow if I can sort out the wiring on my pals Veefer that I'm currently reclutching then I might get to popping the rocker box on my old gal for a reseal. It's been nigh on 10 years and 3k (not 30k - sorry) miles since, and I've even had to buy a new comb for the occasion.
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Post by: Black Sheep on 11.01. 2019 17:42
Well, you do have to look your best.
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Post by: cyclobutch on 14.01. 2019 09:52
Well people have been saying I needed to smarten up my act.

As noted it's been a while, so it was interesting to reflect upon the design again. I've pulled the main studs - of course, but also one for one of the inspection covers. Turned out I did need to order gaskets so I've only done half the job and rehearsed the refit process in the hope that next week I can manage it without losing too much gasket goo.

SRM have a new one piece type that I've ordered and am going to try.

Still trying to pull the rotor off of the V50 as well, so not too successful a weekend all in.
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Post by: duTch on 14.01. 2019 10:22

 
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....Still trying to pull the rotor off of the V50 as well, so not too successful a weekend all in....

 CB- If that's the Alternator rotor and anything the same as my Model 'T', maybe you know about using a short piece of rod to pop it ?
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Post by: muskrat on 14.01. 2019 12:05
Playing with the Cafe I removed the plugs and put the compression tester in the right side and got 150 Lb/sq". went to put in the left and it went in without screwing *ex*. Looked at the plug and it had the helicoil still on it *sad2*.
 *problem* *work*
Spose lucky it screwed out and not in.
Cheers
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Post by: Greybeard on 14.01. 2019 12:13
How do you lock a Helicoil in place? Locktight?
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Post by: muskrat on 14.01. 2019 12:43
G'day GB.
Yes, red loctite. Trouble is heat will soften it's grip. This head with the helicoils has done hundreds of heat cycles and the other head thousands. This is the 1st time I've had one let go. I know timeserts would be better but nobody around these parts has a kit to borrow. I'll throw another one in with a different locking compound.  *doubt*
Cheers
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Post by: RogerSB on 14.01. 2019 15:05
Went for ride across Dartmoor this morning with my wife on pillion.
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Post by: Greybeard on 14.01. 2019 18:44
Went for ride across Dartmoor this morning with my wife on pillion.
Great picture. Our roads are salty; I imagine the West Country doesn't freeze up as much as the Midlands.
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Post by: wortluck on 14.01. 2019 19:07
West Yorks is b****y cold and set to get colder (max 4C; min -1C) but will probably be colder than that.  Will have to be particularly brave to ride out.

Many years ago I remember going to a rally on Snowdon in -10C (not counting wind chill!).  Had to clear six inches of snow to pitch the tent.  Only way to kill the cold was to kill the senses with plenty of strong ale! *countdown* *beer* *pull hair out*
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Post by: RogerSB on 14.01. 2019 19:49
Temp was 10°C with no chance of rain, invigorating ride which blew the cobwebs away, bike enjoyed it and purrrred along.
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Post by: dave55 on 15.01. 2019 20:53
Rebuilt my pre monobloc carb (after cleaning muck out and checking jets and needle) with new washers after a soak in oil, put carb back on with new gaskets. Put on new airbox rubber and refit airbox. Cleaned slipring and checked brushes in mag, cleaned points and checked gap ok . Removed spark plugs cleaned and gapped and refit them. Refit HT leads and caps to plugs and mag.  Drained old petrol and refit tank with 2 gallon of fresh petrol. Removed sump plate and drained oil which had drained into sump it( aprox half pint ) then refit it ,check oil level in tank ok. Replaced old hard fuel pipe with new clear braided pipe. Now comes the worrying bit will she start as last time running she stopped with a bang and set on fire with carb leaking onto mag. Petrol on tickley bit on carb, choke on ,free clutch and kick.....nowt.....kick again....splutter ...kick again and we have life, no sign of any leaks no misfires just running too fast once choke off but a fiddle with carb and shes running lovely again to my relief. After running a while turned off and left while had a cuppa tea then petrol on again and started first kick now so other than that have not done much really  *smiley4*
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Post by: muskrat on 16.01. 2019 19:11
Well done Dave  *yeah*
Cheers
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Post by: cyclobutch on 17.01. 2019 13:36
Had my new all in one rocker box gaskets (I ordered 2) arrive from SRM yesterday. Holding them up to the the currently removed box they look like a pretty good fit.  That should be going on on Saturday.

Question; For the primary on my Hardley ('89 1200 Sportster) one side of the gasket had some kind of smooth hump of coating all the way around. Like maybe a set bead of jointing compound. Given how much gloop I'm going to be likely to be pulling out with my comb why aren't they producing gaskets like that for the A7/10 top now? 
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Post by: bsa-bill on 17.01. 2019 14:58
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Given how much gloop I'm going to be likely to be pulling out with my comb why aren't they producing gaskets like that for the A7/10 top now?

probably to do with costs of small production runs
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Post by: orabanda on 17.01. 2019 15:20
Just finished building an A7SS; its 11 pm here - off to bed!
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Post by: Greybeard on 17.01. 2019 16:53
Just finished building an A7SS; its 11 pm here - off to bed!
I'm very envious of your workshop.
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Post by: wortluck on 17.01. 2019 17:06
Me too GB.  My sister lives in Oz and her husband built a 'shed' in their back yard.  Turns out the 'shed' was more of a barn and was built on a site about the size of an acre. *eek*  Of course, on our crowded island, having that much space would set you back a hell of a lot more than most of us mortals could afford.  Some advantages of living in Oz, I guess! *fight* *beer* *sarcastic*
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Post by: muskrat on 17.01. 2019 19:18
G'day fellas.
After a recent discussion here on valve stem seals and having difficulty in getting the Cafe to idle correctly with the twin PWK carbs. I whipped the inlet tappet cover off and gave the valves a squirt of carb clean whilst it was running. Yep sucking air down both, left a tad more than the right. New guides machined to take seals going in as soon as I finish the CB1100F motor.
Cheers
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Post by: cyclobutch on 21.01. 2019 13:14
Did four dry runs sticking the rocker box on top - all good. All Hylomared up and missed with one of them. Ain't that the way? Anyway, all buttoned up again now, and unlikely to reappear this side of Easter now. I did take my V50 out on Sunday but the roads were all a bit salty.
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Post by: muskrat on 21.01. 2019 18:30
G'day fellas.
Had a slight weep from the timing cover on the plunger. Made a new gasket and whipped the cover off. Bugga, caught the dynamo belt just in time. Split in two plases showing the steel threads. No spares.
Any Aussies know where to get a 10AT5/420 down here? No luck with a quick net search.
Cheers

edit: found at https://tinyurl.com/yaqpsm4e but $30 each *ex* Triple the price of the US ones.
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Post by: wortluck on 21.01. 2019 21:10
Stick a chain on Musky *smile*
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Post by: Joolstacho on 21.01. 2019 22:25
What's the V50 like?
Sorry to hijack, but cyclobutch mentioned he has a V50.
I've been offered a V650 Lario pretty cheap. It's generally in very good nick but has a noisy gearbox which'll need to be fixed.
Just wanted to get Cylobutch's opinion on the smaller Guzzis, -it seems they have a reputation for valve problems? -Do you love yours?
-Jools
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Post by: duTch on 21.01. 2019 22:55

 
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..Any Aussies know where to get a 10AT5/420 down here? .

 I thought you were getting them from Pies ok...?
 I bought mine from a Statewide bearings but they had to get them in as a 'special delivery' + $16 ( forget how much for the belts but have the docket somewhere)- So got two- they are the Optibelt ones with poly urethane strand, been on for about 7k miles at moderate speed, and if I recall,  Richard L had excess and was offering some.... postage though *eek*

 
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........, -it seems they have a reputation for valve problems? -..

 I heard that a long time ago too,  but surely
that'd be sorted by now... at least the hows and why's...*dunno*


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Post by: muskrat on 22.01. 2019 09:03
Thanks duTch. My memory is like a sieve. Better start writing things down (ten years ago).  *problem*
Cheers
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Post by: hdawson on 22.01. 2019 10:02
Hi All.
In the last few weeks I have been gathering parts to install LED indicators because I'm a bit sick of sticking the leg out at roundabouts to the confusion/bemusement of other road users.
I bought the smallest LEDs and made the smallest brackets possible mounted to the rear number plate and front fork clamp.
Decided to use two switches as I quite liked the set up on a BMW I owned many decades ago but made more work when I made the loom.
Quite chuffed with the result and feel much safer with the crazy traffic around here now - no quiet country lanes!
Cheers, Hadrian.


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Post by: Greybeard on 22.01. 2019 11:49
In the last few weeks I have been gathering parts to install LED indicators...
More details, (pictures, circuit diagram, brackets, lamps etc) may be useful for other people thinking about doing the same.
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Post by: cyclobutch on 22.01. 2019 13:20
What's the V50 like?
Sorry to hijack, but cyclobutch mentioned he has a V50.
I've been offered a V650 Lario pretty cheap. It's generally in very good nick but has a noisy gearbox which'll need to be fixed.
Just wanted to get Cylobutch's opinion on the smaller Guzzis, -it seems they have a reputation for valve problems? -Do you love yours?
-Jools

If the Lario has 4V heads then yes - they have huge problems. They will break and drop without proper modifications. This is a well known and documented issue. I think there is a fix that involves Suzuki valve springs; maybe off a GN250 type of thing.

The V50 had two piece swaged valves that will drop over longer distances. I swapped mine out with one piece items at just shy of 50k miles. Beyond which they are excellent little machines and give good service. Noisy gearbox is unusual.

For the lowdown on anything, and first class service, talk to Nigel at;

http://www.motorcycleservicing.co.uk/

I have him rebuild my gearboxes and drive boxes whenever they need doing.
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Post by: Joolstacho on 22.01. 2019 21:39
Thx for input mate. I'm in Oz so perhaps Nigel not so relevant to me.
Interesting project. Apparently a previous owner ran it low or dry on gearbox oil though.
Ouch!
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Post by: cyclobutch on 23.01. 2019 09:08
Thx for input mate. I'm in Oz so perhaps Nigel not so relevant to me.

Sorry should have picked up on that. Just to complete this conversation; Pete Roper is defo your man out there. Name checked here;

http://www.thisoldtractor.com/guzzitech.dk/gb_en_complex-technical.htm

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Post by: duTch on 23.01. 2019 09:34

 
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Sorry should have picked up on that. Just to complete this conversation; Pete Roper is defo your man out there. Name checked here;

http://www.thisoldtractor.com/guzzitech.dk/gb_en_complex-technical.htm

 That's a site I've also come across in the past (fairly recent in fact) and found helpful- even though not my direct model, but I thought it was just a guy in the U-S of A ..live and learn
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Post by: hdawson on 23.01. 2019 09:48
Here is some pictures.
The front mounts need leveling in respect to each other.
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Post by: hdawson on 23.01. 2019 10:01
Switches are a bit daggy but were cheap and light up when in operation which I thought would be a safe option.
However the front indicators can be clearly seen when flashing so I will replace them with something more subtle.
Just realised that I can also use them as hazard lights -  *eek*would have come in handy many times in the past
 
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Post by: muskrat on 23.01. 2019 19:07
G'day Hadrian.
Do the indicators comply with the ADR's?  *contract* minimum 300mm apart. LOL.
Cheers
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Post by: hdawson on 23.01. 2019 20:41
Hmmm! *whistle*
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Post by: cyclobutch on 24.01. 2019 13:55
I’m in full on Project Management on my stuff at the moment.

Now waiting for the rebuilt gearbox and re UJ’d shaft for my pals V50 to come back.
On the SP I’ve just paid for the generator rewind to 12V and lined up an upholsterer for the seat I’ve had to shorten to take the ‘long range’ tank.
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Post by: muskrat on 31.01. 2019 08:48
G'day Fellas.
Nothing on the bikes but I just finished making the trophy's for my clubs show in May. About 15 hours work all up with sanding and coating the timbers and polishing the bits. Guess which one is for the "Ladies Bike"  *whistle* *dribble*
Cheers
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Post by: duTch on 31.01. 2019 09:43

 
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........Guess which one is for the "Ladies Bike"  *whistle* *dribble*

 All of them ?  *conf2*
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Post by: BigJim on 31.01. 2019 15:12
The one above the conrod. Not sure what they are but they come as a pair?
 *yeah* *wink2* *beer*
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Post by: RayC10 on 31.01. 2019 17:54
Love eggs?
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Post by: muskrat on 31.01. 2019 20:19
BJ wins the Cupie doll. Yes I need a new camera. Their concentric bowls with a dome nut where the banjo bolt goes  *grins* to look like nipples on tits. I always get "Oh Musky you are naughty" from the f/m members!
A piston from a mates T120 blow up for Best Competition Bike. A7 con rod for Best in show. Early A7 kickstart spring and fuel tap for Oldest Bike. Small sprockets and chain for Best Junior (kids) Bike. Two more bowls for Unrestored and Chook Chaser (dirt bike). The 1/2 pistons (three Wiseco 1123 and one std Honda CB1100) fot Best British, American, European, Asian, Sidecar/Trike and Modern (post 89) with a couple of spares.
1st Sunday of May, Berry Bowling Club.
Cheers
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Post by: RogerSB on 03.02. 2019 14:06
Went for a short ride this morning (solo) to give the A10 an airing and keep the oil circulating. In the last couple of days there's been snow all around Plymouth but not in Plymouth itself. I stopped to take this photo a couple of miles from home and you can see some light snow on Dartmoor in the distance.
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Post by: cyclobutch on 04.02. 2019 10:54
Finished work on my pals V50 - service and with new tyres. Goes better than my, admittedly much higher mileage, example. Continued work on uglifying the SP prepping it for more serious off road use. New mudguards on, replacement alloy side panel completed and fitted on one side. Just scratching my head on fitment of the newly wound 12V generator.

So my riding was limited to a couple of test laps of the block on my pals bike.

A10 languishes now since the rocker box resealing of the other week. I've not even started it since that was done. And it won't be going out on any salt. It could do with a wash and a dry and a light oiling over all of the bright work mind.
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Post by: Black Sheep on 04.02. 2019 14:24
Finally, but finally got the Star Twin back in one piece this morning. Had the bright idea to fit a new gearbox sprocket before Christmas but didn't realise just what that involved. Or had just forgotten. So it has a new chain and sprockets, new fork seals and a recon magneto not to mention the usual winter servicing jobs. Should be ok for the summer now. Of course the winter job was to fit new piston rings but that can wait until next winter. Next job is to polish up the A10 for its appearance at the Scottish Bike Show next month.
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Post by: bsa-bill on 04.02. 2019 14:29
Had a look at the Flash, fuel pipe connector to tap still leaking, it's a conical taper thing so pipe tape or some fine grinding paste and mate them together - I'll dwell on it for a while
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Post by: dave55 on 06.02. 2019 17:30
Took the carb of yet again after the new gaskets appear not to have cured my problem , after a nice ride out last Thursday of 70miles and a stop for cup of tea she would not fire up and started leaking again then set on fire again which was quickly put out so needed to be recovered to home Grrrrrr .......No the bike is not for sale but may need some Help on another page Ha Ha.  Cheers Dave.
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Post by: muskrat on 06.02. 2019 18:34
G'day Fellas.
The new dynamo belts (three spares) arrived for the A7 plunger. Thanks for reminding me of Pies duTch. Only took about half an hour to fit. Been two months since I rode her so a quick test ride to the Club for a (OK more than a!) beer. Everything worked and was a pleasure to ride. I luv the old girl.
Cheers
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Post by: wortluck on 21.02. 2019 18:01
Brilliant Feb day, got bike out, drained off the sump (rare wet sumping issue), pumped up the tyres checked the oils and plugs, took tape off the filler cap (to cover hole, keep petrol fresh??), primed her up, started first kick and sounds fantastic.  Nice day tomorrow, ride planned, can't wait!!!! *smile* *smile* *smile*
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Post by: cyclobutch on 21.02. 2019 22:26
Been spraying the Morini 'long range' tank that I'm fitting to my SP off roader project.
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Post by: Whipstrut on 26.02. 2019 23:08
I removed the too short studs from my engine cases (studs for the barrels), and ordered the new, stainless ones. Also determined that my A10 engine came from a RR, not a GF.
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Post by: Whipstrut on 27.02. 2019 03:00
Thanks for the tip, The number on the case is followed by "HHC".
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Post by: Peter in Aus on 27.02. 2019 09:16
Took the A10 out for a run with the club today, over to Nannup 140Ks most enjoyable *grins* *loveit*
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Post by: cyclobutch on 27.02. 2019 12:10
I’ve ridden out just twice so far this year. Third Sunday in Jan and then again for Feb – on my V50 and over to the Guzzi Club Essex branch meet ups was all. I think round my way the roads are carrying maybe four layers of salt since any rain last fell, surely an all new record.

So this last weekend when it was bright and sunny and lovely would I have rather been out on the road than slaving in my garage? No I would have preferred to be bringing my vegetable plot up to snuff for the new growing season.

On biking activity I have been building up my SP off roader with all new clothes, re-clutched and serviced my pals V50, vanned his Griso out for a proper mechanic to fix. Next up I am servicing his XT225 Serow this coming weekend, and pulling my T3 down for gearbox and clutch attention.
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Post by: wortluck on 27.02. 2019 13:30
 *angry* My 32 year old central heating boiler has just been condemned - just as well warmer weather is on its way and I can forget about it on the bike.  Cost ca. £1400 for system boiler, system flush, installation - does that sound ok?  Anyone near Wakefield who can do it cheaper (mates rates?) *whistle* *whistle* *roll*.

Warmest Feb and Winter days on record - anyone for global warming?
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Post by: Rex on 27.02. 2019 14:53
Cleaned the pip off the points on the A7, then fitted a new lifting handle (much fettling required!) then swapped the main jet for a smaller one. Adjusted the rear brake light switch and refitted the newly charged Cyclon battery. She's ready to roll.
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Post by: berger on 03.03. 2019 20:34
i did not go to the pub *eek* so i shedied and got moving on the featherybed project, the threads on the back damper stubs on the box swing arm were so mistreated and corroded they started life as 7/16 bsf but now as if by magic they are 3/8ths bsf. i can't find a 30mm id 52 od taper bearing for the suzi forks to fit on the bottom of the stem so it looks like maybe a 28mm id and take 2mm off the bottom of the stem-- enough meat to do this if needed, a trip to bearing supplies imminent . the top race is 25mm id by 52od and that's not a problem. also started the first faze of putting the rrt2 thingy together to get it put aside for later. ey by gum it's amazing what you can get done when not sat in pubs for 10 hours *eek* *eek* *eek* *beer* *beer* *beer* *good3*
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Post by: Angus on 03.03. 2019 22:08
Apparently, you cannot get the primary side front footrest holder on when the primary inner case is on  *sad2*. I tried and tried but it would not fit though the gaps even with all the bolts holding the inner primary case removed  *fight*. Was about to take of the clutch but had one more go, moved the gearbox forward and big screw driver to lever it in place thank god for that  *smile*. Had to take the rear enclosed chain case top and bottom off three time in the process but all bolted up now. AND that bolt the secures the rear of the primary case to the frame with the footrest holder in is even more of a pain  *rant*.
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Post by: cyclobutch on 04.03. 2019 09:50
Did pretty much what I said.

Saturday I rode out on my Guzzi Loop Frame – ‘Jug’ to deliver a whole bunch of bits for powder coating. Sorted most of the SP electrics and serviced the Serow. That has to have the smallest oil filter I’ve ever seen. It also has a separate gauze at the drain plug.

Sunday stripping out ‘Blue’ the T3 I found pretty heavy going. Working on my own it was physically about all I could manage when separating the top off the bike. Anyway, the gearbox is now boxed up and ready to catch the post to Nigel is Stafford. I’ll be expecting to reverse the procedure in a couple of weeks. The dry clutch was satisfyingly lubricated so the strip down was a good call.
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Post by: orabanda on 04.03. 2019 15:52
Stopped the RGS replica from pinging by raising the needle, and fitting a richer slide.
Started preparing GF for next week-end's Bunbury Two Day. 176 bikes entered, see you there Gavin, and Peter!
And fitted top end to the Red Hunter.
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Post by: Peter in Aus on 05.03. 2019 00:35
Looks good Richard, see you at the 2 day I'm on the first and second check point. *good3*
Peter
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Post by: berger on 06.03. 2019 15:00
I have not been to the pub *smile* the gods have been kind, went to local bearing shop for a 30mm id 52 od taper bearing for the project feathery bed. they don't do them but they do 28mm id, BUT!!!! he put me on to a firm that do!! *respect* so now I am a happy bunny top and bottom head stock races ordered and no having to turn the stem down *good3* so it will be pub friday *beer*
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Post by: Swarfcut on 08.03. 2019 09:54
Managed to remove a well  rusted on dynamo drive sprocket from a barn find A10.  Tried a bit of heat and a slim legged puller. It was a real defiant one, no luck here, in the end took off the inner timing cover,  stuck on, (so needed slide hammer and puller on the sprocket) then removed the idler gear from the spindle with nice 3 jaw puller, and took out the key  leaving just the sprocket on the taper.  Pushed it off the spindle  in the big vice with a cylindrical spacer plus a bit of heat to help.   Nice to save the part, rather than take the easy way with the angle grinder.

 Swarfy.

 Additional. No threads were damaged, no knuckles skinned, sprocket runs true, so all good for once.
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Post by: Angus on 08.03. 2019 22:11
 *problem* *fight* *angry* *sad* New bright shiny exhaust pipes for the A10 arrived, unpacked and trial fitted. They don’t fit damik. Same problem as I have found in other threads on new exhausts the bracket it about 5mm to short. Maybe would fit with a spacer but then the mounting stud is to short. Contacted seller and they have promised to sort, sounds hopeful but I wanted her finished and off the ramp so the next one can go on and get its winter TLC.
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Post by: wortluck on 09.03. 2019 08:57
Re exhaust front pipes.  When I put the left front pipe on (came new with the bike), I had to put a dent in the top just before it meets the silencer and right under the left hand footpeg.  The reason, the front pipe wouldn't line up with the silencer because it was fouling the nut on the engine stud that also retains the footpeg.  Putting the 'dent' in it allowed the front pipe to be pushed underneath the nut and therefore line up with the silencer??  I sure this shouldn't be the case or some l/h front pipes come with a recess.  The nut on the stud is the correct 'slimline' item - any thoughts??
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Post by: Collide on 10.03. 2019 04:37
Disassembled the sidecar  ready for restoration  hung the wiring loom fitted the cables fuel tank tomorrow cylinder and head......
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Post by: cyclobutch on 11.03. 2019 11:43
Put the newly powder coated bits on the SP project. Which meant I could refit the battery in its new carrier. Completed the thin fuel tap to fat carb inlet plumbing. Bike started up first kick. Lost the rev counter bulb (part of the 6v – 12v hop up) on the ride round the block. Stuck 10 l in the new long range tank and the plumbing looks like it will hold up under pressure. 
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Post by: Sav on 19.03. 2019 16:18
Not been too well this year so today was first ride on a bike since before Xmas. 85 miles completed on the A10SR after oils and filter change yesterday, never missed a beat pleased to say.

Nice run in good company with the 'Coffin Dodgers' group to Oasis Café on Romney Marsh for lunch.

Back home and trying to warm up now!
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Post by: scotty on 19.03. 2019 17:20
Gearbox build on the B
New head gasket on the A
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Post by: Angus on 20.03. 2019 16:08
Finally got the A10 back together and started her damik  *fight* see post on https://www.a7a10.net/forum/index.php?topic=13251.msg116049;topicseen#msg116049 (https://www.a7a10.net/forum/index.php?topic=13251.msg116049;topicseen#msg116049)
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Post by: cyclobutch on 20.03. 2019 17:41
Main has blown outside the house again. Third time in two years, second time in two months. Left a goodly layer of unpleasant detritus over things.  Had to pull the four bikes from the bike port whilst a team worked their way over the drive way with jet washers. Then pushed them all back in (I counted them all out and I counted them all back);

  A10, SP special, Loop, Camel.

And the exertion made me feel mighty old. Fortunately the waves of ill fortune only just lapped to the front door of the garage.
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Post by: berger on 21.03. 2019 19:18
today I looked in betsy beezers oil tank to see if she had done the dreaded weeing in the crank case , she's been stood since November and just had a couple of kick overs once a month. so pleased that the oil level was the same so I jumped on the kicker and jumped on the kicker and swore a lot and jumped even more. kept getting spit backs and playing with the manual lever lost the kick backs but no joy. the thing is I fitted a mikuni carb with just a choke lever and haven't mastered it yet, at one point I thought about putting the amal back on and giving it some tickling stick :-\ , but I remembered what dad used to do with the old moggy thou in cold damp weather- even though it wasn't cold and damp *bright idea* and warm the plugs up. yes she burst into life *clap* and I had a little ride up the road, when I returned I had a cuppa and things and then jumped on the kicker again and she fired up...I must master this bloomin carb which apart from first cold start is very good.
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Post by: muskrat on 22.03. 2019 09:26
G'day fellas.
After a recent layshaft blind bush replacement and layshaft swap the kick and gear levers were a little stiff. I noticed that the tightening sequence of the outer cover made a difference. Looking at the dowels in the outer cover they looked a lot 2nd hand, after 60+ years of on and off. Got some new ones today (plus a few spares) and all is well again.
Still have problems with the after market kick lever. The cotter pin needs tightening after only a few kicks. Eventually the pin pushes straight through. The problem stems from the large hole is a little big and the pin hole is too high. I've run out of hardened shim to place on the shaft flat. It helps for a while. One day I'll get a new kicker. It gets a hard life pushing over 10.5:1 compression.
Cheers
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Post by: cyclobutch on 22.03. 2019 10:30
I’d arranged to ride my pals Serow (XT225) to his gaff from mine last night after which he was giving me a lift home.

First up the battery was too enfeebled for the starter to light up the engine. Second up I was too enfeebled to bump start the little thing. Jump leads and the currently removed T3 battery did the trick. That and a whole lot of cussing.

Next, he has some pretty extreme knobblies fitted on the bike and the handling was beyond nasty. Each roundabout had me longingly looking for the exit. Outside of that it’s a spunky little bike – quickly gaining speed and very slick through the 6 speed box. Happy enough to hand it over though.

This weekend I now have all the required parts on the plot to bolt my T3 back together. That’s an all new clutch, lighter LM flywheel, and a much worked on gearbox – dogs on three of the gears needed welding and machining; mysteriously missing roller from the main bearing. Reckon it’s going to be a long day in the garage on Saturday. If I can get ahead of the curve I might just get the newly finished SP special out for a quick go on the dirt Sunday afternoon.   
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Post by: morris on 22.03. 2019 11:39
Still have problems with the after market kick lever. The cotter pin needs tightening after only a few kicks. Eventually the pin pushes straight through. The problem stems from the large hole is a little big and the pin hole is too high. I've run out of hardened shim to place on the shaft flat. It helps for a while. One day I'll get a new kicker. It gets a hard life pushing over 10.5:1 compression.
Cheers
De Groot has oversize pins; https://degroot-bsa.nl/product/kickstarter-cotter-oversize-en/
Installed one on the SA about 4 years ago. Still holding well.

Regarding the bikes, finally got round installing an oil filter on the SA.
It consists of a kit for a Citroen 2CV with a screw on Champion oil filter.
Got it nicely tucked away in the toolbox with still room left for some (small) tools.
Got one ready for the Plunger also, but there some nice weather coming up so that 'll have to wait
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Post by: muskrat on 22.03. 2019 19:32
G'day morris.
I have o/s pins. Still needs a shim. *rant*
Cheers
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Post by: morris on 22.03. 2019 21:00
G'day morris.
I have o/s pins. Still needs a shim. *rant*
Cheers
Already thought you had. Other measures needed then.
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Post by: BigJim on 22.03. 2019 22:43
Busy with winter fettle, Its  guinnessoclock and i can't remember where i put the thing that goes in the other thing! Luckily i found another can and removed myself from the area.
 *beer* *bright idea* *beer* *beer* *bash* *good3*
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Post by: muskrat on 23.03. 2019 04:07
G'day BJ.
You probably put it on the can, it fell in and then you crushed the can!
Been there done that.
Cheers
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Post by: Swarfcut on 23.03. 2019 08:58
Jim..That is unashamed LUXURY. I can see how you are spending your recent good fortune. Also note the most prominent workshop tool, in the foreground, the Brummie Screwdriver.

 Today I cleaned up some A7 rods, Autojumble purchase, only to find on removing the cap and old shells that I had one with the locating tab groove a bit bruised. Bugger, that's twice now.

 Swarfy.
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Post by: RDfella on 25.03. 2019 17:48
Took the Firestorm for a spin yesterday and discovered no rear brake - not that one uses it much anyway, so today pulled the master cylinder (got to hoist the bike and remove s/a bolt to get to it) and sorted it out. Touched up the paint on the headstock of my project after bruising it whilst creating a steering lock stop. Then went to do some painting on the boat only to discover the yard had run out of the colour I needed. I suppose two steps forward and one back is progress ......
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Post by: BigJim on 29.03. 2019 22:31
Took day off work and have been busy in garage. Can you guess what it is and what it used to be? Musky's slot in full view (ooh er,GB).
 *whistle* *beer* *lol*
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Post by: muskrat on 29.03. 2019 23:39
G'day BJ.
It used to be a clutch locking plate but what is it now?
Cheers
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Post by: BigJim on 30.03. 2019 00:13
What have you got that's slotted? Will post a pick in 1 min
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Post by: BigJim on 30.03. 2019 00:16
And the answere is;
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Post by: muskrat on 30.03. 2019 02:38
G'day BJ.
Ah a tank brace. Very inventive.  *wink2*
Cheers
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Post by: muskrat on 30.03. 2019 02:46
G'day fellas.
Pulled the bottom end of a 1976 HD FXD 1200 shovelhead apart. Found the remnants of a piston that blew some time in it's past. So it's a full rebuild as big end and main roller bearings as well as the cam and pinion shaft bush's are toast. HD parts are cheap compared to our A's.
Cheers
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Post by: ellis on 30.03. 2019 13:41
Spent all day cleaning my GL1800 Goldwing  ready for its MOT yesterday and it passed as usual.   *smile*

ELLIS
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Post by: RogerSB on 30.03. 2019 15:38
Fitted newly acquired rear crash bars - looking for fronts now.
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Post by: Angus on 30.03. 2019 16:06
Finally got the engine back together with a good return to the tank, now I just need to work out how the rear brake goes back together. Same components as as came off that worked OK but I can not get it to adjust right with the cross over leaver in the right place and the peddle against the footrest the adjustment is right off and it is rubbing slightly, but I think it will tighten up a bit more when off the ramp and with me on it. About to try attempt number three on this bit.
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Post by: bikerbob on 30.03. 2019 16:41
Just completed fitting of a Craven top box but now find that it is now too awkward to use the lifting handle  to put bike on the center stand so I am now in the process of making a fold down handle that will bolt to the front lifting handle bolt hope it works, I have one fitted to my A65 which has panniers and top box and it works perfectly.
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Post by: Swarfcut on 30.03. 2019 17:27
Angus.  With the brake pedal set to a comfortable height, move the small cross shaft  lever round on the splines to point to the  centre or front edge of the oiltank filter nut. If your hub lever hangs down, the cross shaft lever can go on almost parallel to the frame tube.  Position the hub lever to point slightly backwards as well, so that when the brake comes on they both approach the magic 90 degree cable/lever angle, but do not reach 90. This will give you the most leverage, and should give enough adjustment so the brake does not bind at all, but is capable of locking the wheel.

 Swarfy.
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Post by: Greybeard on 30.03. 2019 17:28
Just completed fitting of a Craven top box but now find that it is now too awkward to use the lifting handle  to put bike on the center stand so I am now in the process of making a fold down handle that will bolt to the front lifting handle bolt hope it works, I have one fitted to my A65 which has panniers and top box and it works perfectly.
I've heard of people using a pillion footrest fitted upside-down as a folding lift handle
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Post by: Black Sheep on 31.03. 2019 10:15
Beautiful day though a chilly -4. Rode the 1913 Douglas into town to get the dog food I forgot to buy yesterday. Happy dogs, happy me.
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Post by: Greybeard on 31.03. 2019 10:20
...1913 Douglas...
Picture?
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Post by: Black Sheep on 31.03. 2019 15:18
And here it is. 2 gears, no clutch. Every stop is an engine stop, every start is a push start. Oiling is by a spring-loaded plunger on the tank. Why take it out today? Well, it's amazingly quiet and wifey was still asleep and would have been woken up if I had taken her rather rorty A10 instead. It's her Douglas too.
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Post by: bikerbob on 31.03. 2019 15:54
Completed the new lifting handle photo attached it works but is not so easy as the A65. I think it has got something to do with center stand itself, couple of years ago I noticed that while on the stand both wheels were touching the ground so took the stand off and built up the feet keeping the same profile and now the rear wheel is a good inch clear of the ground maybe I have built it up too much read somewhere that the rear wheel should only be maybe half that distance.
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Post by: RDfella on 31.03. 2019 17:10
bikerbob - you've got to have a rasonable clearance between the rear wheel and ground when on its stand. The main problem in my view is the fact the lifting handle in on one side, making an already awkward job even harder. Yet if it was behind, then reaching the stand to hold it with a foot whilst lifting would be difficult. Can't win. Time for air or hydraulic lifters.
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Post by: muskrat on 31.03. 2019 18:52
Been chasing an oil leak on the rHonda. For weeks now I've been swapping oil coolers and hoses changing o rings and adding gaskets. Turned out to be the hard plastic oil pressure line had a kink and the tiniest crack dripping onto the cooler and frame. Fixed with new line and went for a blast.
Cheers 
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Post by: Greybeard on 31.03. 2019 20:30
And here it is. 2 gears, no clutch. Every stop is an engine stop, every start is a push start. Oiling is by a spring-loaded plunger on the tank. Why take it out today? Well, it's amazingly quiet and wifey was still asleep and would have been woken up if I had taken her rather rorty A10 instead. It's her Douglas too.
I love that machine!
My first powered two-wheeler, before I was old enough to ride on the road, was an old James Autocycle. Although it was probably made in the 1940's it felt very much like an early motorcycle. Here is a picture of a very smart one, not mine.
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Post by: kiwipom on 31.03. 2019 22:25
And here it is. 2 gears, no clutch. Every stop is an engine stop, every start is a push start. Oiling is by a spring-loaded plunger on the tank. Why take it out today? Well, it's amazingly quiet and wifey was still asleep and would have been woken up if I had taken her rather rorty A10 instead. It's her Douglas too.
...Black Sheep, that is indeed a beautiful classic, love the `bicycle`front brake, couldn't see anything to stop the rear wheel, cheers
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Post by: duTch on 31.03. 2019 23:58

 
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Completed the new lifting handle .........and built up the feet keeping the same profile and now the rear wheel is a good inch clear of the ground maybe I have built it up too much ....................

 B-Bob, with the new handle there, you're lifting more bike weight than you were before....as RD mooted, further back is less ergonomic so a bit of a potential no winner.....maybe the original lack of height was due to worn stops, (to me the stand angle does look a bit much)
  I had a similar situation with my Gutzzi, but different geometry so easier fix, but still a work in progress (only taken 25years so far).... my suggestion as I've said before is a small timber wedge about 8" x 3" x 2" to slide under the wheel to roll up on (front or rear and) and lower the stand as it comes back- makes it very easy and could probably easily fit in a bracket or nice leather pouch on the side where the 'new' handle is.....
 With the Gutzzi, I sometimes still need extra height so just use packers under each leg and do one side at a time rocking and packing it until I have enough height- but no good out and about.... *doubt*


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Post by: ironhead on 01.04. 2019 13:05
And here it is. 2 gears, no clutch. Every stop is an engine stop, every start is a push start. Oiling is by a spring-loaded plunger on the tank. Why take it out today? Well, it's amazingly quiet and wifey was still asleep and would have been woken up if I had taken her rather rorty A10 instead. It's her Douglas too.
I love that machine!
My first powered two-wheeler, before I was old enough to ride on the road, was an old James Autocycle. Although it was probably made in the 1940's it felt very much like an early motorcycle. Here is a picture of a very smart one, not mine.
GB  I had one exactly the same when I was a nipper back in the late sixtys. Flogged it mercesly.
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Post by: Greybeard on 01.04. 2019 15:11
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My first powered two-wheeler, before I was old enough to ride on the road, was an old James Autocycle. Although it was probably made in the 1940's it felt very much like an early motorcycle. Here is a picture of a very smart one, not mine.
GB  I had one exactly the same when I was a nipper back in the late sixtys. Flogged it mercesly.
*smile* There was a circular cinder service road around the back of the housing estate where I lived. I must have driven the neighbours mad riding like a loony around that track. I still have some of that cinder tattooed into the skin on my kneecap!
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Post by: bikerbob on 01.04. 2019 15:25
Thanks for those comments dutch I do think that on the swinging arm models it is critical that you get the height and angle of the stand correct, as I said earlier I did build up the feet of the stand and it only took about 5mm to raise the back wheel from touching the ground to having a good inch clearance but at the time I did not take any notice of the angle will look at that when I get some time. The A65 has a similar handle and it is no problem putting on the stand but it is the opposite of the A7 which when on the stand the rear wheel is clear and the front touching the ground whereas the A65 when on the stand it is the front wheel that is well clear of the ground and the rear touching. I did have an A10 some years ago and it was no problem getting on the stand but this A7 is just not easy, I will look up some old photos of the A10 and try and compare for angle.
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Post by: bikerbob on 02.04. 2019 10:31
Had another look at the stand and am of the opinion that maybe part of the problem is when you put the stand down and hold it with your foot and pull back the feet tend to dig in instead of rolling back so I think a reshape of the feet or angle is called for.
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Post by: Greybeard on 02.04. 2019 17:13
Tidied and rearranged stuff in my shed. I'm trying to get some enthusiasm to work on the Beezer.

I've had a piece of bright sheet metal that I think is Stainless Steel for some years. I think I picked it up somewhere, like in the road, or something, I can't remember. It's about a millimetre thick. I previously had it fixed to my workbench at our last house. I remember the trouble I had then making a hole through it, (see picture). My current bench is narrower so I decided to cut this material. My Jig-saw with a metal cutting blade barely marked it. I had to use an aluminium oxide cutting disc in my angle grinder. Next job was making holes through it for my vice. I remembered someone here recommending using a masonry bit to drill tough materials. I buggered up a series of drill bits making pilot holes and enlarging them to 1/2" so the vice bolts could pass through. Anyway, the job is done now. I just wondered if you could tell me what it is that I have been working on.
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Post by: Black Sheep on 02.04. 2019 18:29
Decided that I'll have to do something about the WD B40. It needed a drive side main bearing so elder son took it away to fix it. Many months later it came back in a number of boxes. In his attempt to shift a stuck engine bolt, he had drilled it off centre and then snapped the drill bit. So I have a sadly abandoned frame and swinging arm with a stuck engine lurking in the corner surrounded by boxes of bits. It should only have been a weekend's work. Oh, it is now a rusty mess. Total rebuild required. 
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Post by: Greybeard on 02.04. 2019 20:27
And here it is. 2 gears, no clutch. Every stop is an engine stop, every start is a push start. Oiling is by a spring-loaded plunger on the tank. Why take it out today? Well, it's amazingly quiet and wifey was still asleep and would have been woken up if I had taken her rather rorty A10 instead. It's her Douglas too.
I keep coming back to look at your veteran Douglas. It's stunning!

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Post by: Black Sheep on 02.04. 2019 20:55
Late father in law was the second owner. It's fun to ride, sits at about 35mph on the level. I use it locally and on VMCC runs, often 100+ miles in a day. Here it is in Northumberland.
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Post by: lawnmowerman on 02.04. 2019 22:21
Tidied and rearranged stuff in my shed. I'm trying to get some enthusiasm to work on the Beezer.

I've had a piece of bright sheet metal that I think is Stainless Steel for some years. I think I picked it up somewhere, like in the road, or something, I can't remember. It's about a millimetre thick. I previously had it fixed to my workbench at our last house. I remember the trouble I had then making a hole through it, (see picture). My current bench is narrower so I decided to cut this material. My Jig-saw with a metal cutting blade barely marked it. I had to use an aluminium oxide cutting disc in my angle grinder. Next job was making holes through it for my vice. I remembered someone here recommending using a masonry bit to drill tough materials. I buggered up a series of drill bits making pilot holes and enlarging them to 1/2" so the vice bolts could pass through. Anyway, the job is done now. I just wondered if you could tell me what it is that I have been working on.

Hi GB
See if it is magnetic - stainless steel isn't. Yes it can be a bugger to drill. I remember having to cut a hole in a kitchen sink for a mixer tap - had to use a pillar drill and trashed four circular cutters.

Jim
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Post by: berger on 02.04. 2019 22:56
I have not been to the pub *eek* some stainless steels are magnetic , really old stainless kitchen sinks are not magnetic but new crap stainless sinks are, if I get this correct its ferritic stainless that is magnetic . the same applies to bolts washers , nuts etc . all I know is if you don't use plenty of coolant it work hardens *pull hair out* ruins drills *problem* and is a pain in the backside, as I have known all too well over the years *bash*
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Post by: Greybeard on 02.04. 2019 23:31
It's not magnetic.

Ah, work hardens, eh? That might explain how a sharpened masonry bit appeared to cut well at first but then struggled.
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Post by: berger on 02.04. 2019 23:52
greybeard the other day I picked up a piece of dirty 12mm threaded bar  locked two nuts together and proceeded to drill through the nuts and bar .coming to an abrupt halt I looked in the hole and it was glowing, ruined the drill got a new one and tried again, no go! two ruined drills, it was stainless bar, tried to get the nuts off and could just make them squeak half a thread then locked solid, similar to chromed bolts picking up on the threads, not good and no good as a splinter in your finger *eek*
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Post by: duTch on 03.04. 2019 00:36

 I've learned that cutting oil/compound is essential for drilling stainless, but still haven't figured the best stuff
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Post by: kiwipom on 03.04. 2019 07:38
Tidied and rearranged stuff in my shed. I'm trying to get some enthusiasm to work on the Beezer.

I've had a piece of bright sheet metal that I think is Stainless Steel for some years. I think I picked it up somewhere, like in the road, or something, I can't remember. It's about a millimetre thick. I previously had it fixed to my workbench at our last house. I remember the trouble I had then making a hole through it, (see picture). My current bench is narrower so I decided to cut this material. My Jig-saw with a metal cutting blade barely marked it. I had to use an aluminium oxide cutting disc in my angle grinder. Next job was making holes through it for my vice. I remembered someone here recommending using a masonry bit to drill tough materials. I buggered up a series of drill bits making pilot holes and enlarging them to 1/2" so the vice bolts could pass through. Anyway, the job is done now. I just wondered if you could tell me what it is that I have been working on.
hi Lawnmower Man, we normally use a ‘chassis punch’ for installing those deck faucets, 35mm

Hi GB
See if it is magnetic - stainless steel isn't. Yes it can be a bugger to drill. I remember having to cut a hole in a kitchen sink for a mixer tap - had to use a pillar drill and trashed four circular cutters.

Jim
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: muskrat on 03.04. 2019 10:52
G'day GB.
Some stainless is a little magnetic. I use masonry drills sharpened like a normal drill. Needs a special grinding wheel to sharpen it (green silicon carbide). Stainless needs to be cut/drilled with a lot of continuous pressure at a good speed and coolant/oil. HSS drills will do it but again continuous pressure at a slower speed. Never let a tool just rub. it will loose it's edge quickly.

Been pulling down a 1976 HD FX motor. Oh the horrors. Some people shouldn't have tools  *ex* *work*
Cheers
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: bikerbob on 03.04. 2019 11:02
 I worked with Stainless steel all my working life fabricating welding etc. Stainless steel comes in a variety of grades the most common is 304 which has 18%chromium and 8 % nickel when you buy stainless bolts for your bikes it will be 304 it has a good corrosion resistence. The higher grade 316 is 16%chromium 10%nickel and 2%molydenum this is used for marine work and in the food industry and is highly corrosion resistant paricularly sea salts. You cannot tell the difference in the grades just by looking they look the same. As for drilling you need a good quality tungsten carbide drill which is sharp  and use a  cutting fluid and not a high speed drill as you will just burn out the drill and once the stainless gets hot i.e. blue heat then your drill will be useless.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: KiwiGF on 03.04. 2019 11:21
Tidied and rearranged stuff in my shed. I'm trying to get some enthusiasm to work on the Beezer.

I've had a piece of bright sheet metal that I think is Stainless Steel for some years. I think I picked it up somewhere, like in the road, or something, I can't remember. It's about a millimetre thick. I previously had it fixed to my workbench at our last house. I remember the trouble I had then making a hole through it, (see picture). My current bench is narrower so I decided to cut this material. My Jig-saw with a metal cutting blade barely marked it. I had to use an aluminium oxide cutting disc in my angle grinder. Next job was making holes through it for my vice. I remembered someone here recommending using a masonry bit to drill tough materials. I buggered up a series of drill bits making pilot holes and enlarging them to 1/2" so the vice bolts could pass through. Anyway, the job is done now. I just wondered if you could tell me what it is that I have been working on.

Hi GB
See if it is magnetic - stainless steel isn't. Yes it can be a bugger to drill. I remember having to cut a hole in a kitchen sink for a mixer tap - had to use a pillar drill and trashed four circular cutters.

Jim

From memory of working with stainless decades ago........“austenitic” types of stainless aren’t magnetic, the other types ARE magnetic.

Austenitic stainless (eg. 304, 316, 321 grades etc) are non magnetic but there is stainless that is magnetic (often cutlery is non austenitic and so magnetic). The inclusion of nickel in stainless makes it non magnetic but not all stainless contains nickel.

Some stainless work hardens and so is a bugger to machine (if 5he tool slips etc) others don’t work harden

I’m sure a metallurgist will pop up and enlighten us!

Didn’t work on the bike today but did tart up the nz bsa web site (bsaoc.co.nz) a bit more.....thats vaguely a10 related
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: cyclobutch on 08.04. 2019 13:06
Took my old girl for a run around the block yesterday. First time I've fired her up in a couple of months and also since I resealed the rocker box a while back. No wet sumping to deal with and though it took a few kicks she was keen enough. Ran nicely too.

Clutch felt heavy after the other stuff I have been running recently, and I was reminded that there was just a little slip under load last time out. Still running the much derided 6 spring so it could be I should be looking for an alternative rather than pulling the springs down any more.

Anyway once I was back I gave her a wash and brush up and then a wipe over with an oily rag. Picked up a little corrosion in the 10 years since I've had this one back on the road - chrome tubes on the forks being probably the worst.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Angus on 08.04. 2019 14:29
Took the finally reassembled A10 for a test run around the block. Runs really nicely (well she should I have not touched any of that), clutch slips a bit so some adjustment required there and I still have not got the rear brake right  *pull hair out* *angry*. The foot rest needs to go lower as it is a combination of all three, the brake arm lever on the splined cross over shaft, the foot peddle, also on a spline on the other end of the cross shaft and the footrest in the splined adaptor that acts as a stop for the foot peddle. Current all angles are correct as the break begins to bite, but the foot peddle travels to far to to get to this point. I will give it one more go.

Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Swarfcut on 08.04. 2019 18:16
Angus, it could be the cable. If new, the wrong one or the right one but with an error in the comparative lengths of inner and outer. Old cable? Check for stretch in the outer as this lost movement must be compressed before any force can come on the hub brake  lever.

Regards,

 Swarfy.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: muskrat on 08.04. 2019 21:25
G'day Fellas.
Sunday I took the rHonda on her first ride after rebuild. Going perfect. Thought I'd check under the motor. What better way to inspect it than sliding down the road next to her at 60mph *ex*
Lucky we were on the soft green bit between the bitumen and treeline before parting company. It was on a narrow country road over Saddleback Mountain. Parts never see the sun and are a bit mossy. Down hill right hand bend going twice the recommended speed hit the moss, kiss my ass good by.
F/all damage to the bike, I'm a bit banged up in both hips but was able to ride the 80 miles home. Using crutches to get around now.
Cheers
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: RichardL on 08.04. 2019 22:35
Oh man Musky! I'm really sorry to hear this. Do take good care of yourself and have all the fixable bits on you tended to.

(Now, the humor.) it's unbelievable that the very first time you exceed the speed limit you get into a crash. So, did you find any leaks? You say the bike had little damage. I also assume it gathered no moss while rolling.

Hope you report better, soon.

Richard L.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Colsbeeza on 08.04. 2019 22:52
Muskrat, I bet that hurt. Up my way, the Bulahdelah mountain was bypassed some 10 years ago- a winding road in the forest, and I thought what a great blast it would be now the traffic has gone.  However, it had been unused for about 6 months and the road was now covered in green slime and leaves. With a long sigh I toodled along enjoying the scenery instead with one foot down. No crutches needed.

Yesterday pulled down the GF top end, with determination to check Everything. I think I found 99% of the reason for the smoke fairly quickly. The LHS Small end bush was reamed off-square. There was a 9 thou difference from Left to Right on the piston top at TDC. ie it tilts to the right. I could put a feeler gauge down the left side at 17 thou, Couldn't get the 1&1/2 one in on the right side of the piston. Last thing I expected!! The piston rings were probably acting like an oil pump. Explains why it always took 30 seconds for the smoke to start. Bores look OK and are parallel - 18.50 mm between cylinders top and bottom.
The RHS piston is square within 1 thou. It doesn't smoke.

Now whether to try bush replacement & reaming in-situ or pull the whole thing down yet again.??? My favourite shop won't do it and wants the rods. I've read the blogs so am wary of in-situ. I know you have done it Musky.!
Given the horrors I have found sofar, it might pay me to do the whole job. The rod looks & measures straight as far as I can tell, but??
Col
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: muskrat on 08.04. 2019 23:14
G'day Col.
Yes the only way to be 100% is to take the rod out. Doing it in-situ may end up off square too.

G'day Ricnard.
You mean it was unbelievable, THAT was the First time  *????* Happy I didn't find any leaks. The local farmer can now sow seeds in the furrows the alternator cover dug. Lucky it didn't roll, didn't even break a blinker or mirror.
A pair of crutches Monday, single crutch today, try to walk unaided tomorrow. I still managed to put the timing side back together on the plunger yesterday.
Cheers
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: berger on 08.04. 2019 23:53
its good your ok musky, that will teach you to ride those other things and it could've ended up being an oil slick and a very fed up muskrat.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: muskrat on 09.04. 2019 08:56
I dug out all the grass and mud from the nooks & crannies of the rHonda. Now I'm giving her the 1st service after rebuild. Check the shims (no changes necessary), change oil and filter (changed it to a spin on), check all bolts. Tomorrow I'll fit the fairing back on. Lucky she didn't have her good dress on when she went playing in the mud. I still can't believe she got a lot less (read none) damage than me *ex*
Cheers
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Greybeard on 09.04. 2019 09:37
... I'm a bit banged up in both hips but was able to ride the 80 miles home. Using crutches to get around now.
Steady on fella, we need you here! Stop messing about with those moderns!
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Swarfcut on 09.04. 2019 09:45
G'Day Musky. Today I shall raise a glass to your health and offer a toast to your continued well being. You are indeed a lucky man.

 All the best.

 Swarfy.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: berger on 09.04. 2019 11:58
with you on that greybeard a bandido helped to erase my mate from the planet- I have no one to play with now *cry* *sad* and he  was my personal satnav ,,rip ruff ---- I get lost all too easily
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: ironhead on 09.04. 2019 13:00
Muskrat, I bet that hurt. Up my way, the Bulahdelah mountain was bypassed some 10 years ago- a winding road in the forest, and I thought what a great blast it would be now the traffic has gone.  However, it had been unused for about 6 months and the road was now covered in green slime and leaves. With a long sigh I toodled along enjoying the scenery instead with one foot down. No crutches needed.

Yesterday pulled down the GF top end, with determination to check Everything. I think I found 99% of the reason for the smoke fairly quickly. The LHS Small end bush was reamed off-square. There was a 9 thou difference from Left to Right on the piston top at TDC. ie it tilts to the right. I could put a feeler gauge down the left side at 17 thou, Couldn't get the 1&1/2 one in on the right side of the piston. Last thing I expected!! The piston rings were probably acting like an oil pump. Explains why it always took 30 seconds for the smoke to start. Bores look OK and are parallel - 18.50 mm between cylinders top and bottom.
The RHS piston is square within 1 thou. It doesn't smoke.

Now whether to try bush replacement & reaming in-situ or pull the whole thing down yet again.??? My favourite shop won't do it and wants the rods. I've read the blogs so am wary of in-situ. I know you have done it Musky.!
Given the horrors I have found sofar, it might pay me to do the whole job. The rod looks & measures straight as far as I can tell, but??
Col
G,day col,
I would definitely check that the offending rod is not bent, a common occurrence with alloy rods.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Topdad on 09.04. 2019 15:00
Berger ,don't think of it as you getting lost ,more as you found somewhere you didn't know existed until you got there ,if you follow my drift errrrmmmm  *dunno* *doh*

Musky, as GB said leave the modern things be ,you'd have expected the bezzer to leak ( a little ) so wouldn't have had to look and so you wouldn't have damaged the road !! seriously glad you are ok,some of us here still remember the incident with a pickup ,on a bridge some yrs ago so you've got 7 left ,use 'em well mate . *beer*
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Bsareg on 09.04. 2019 21:28
The dbd bit back, adjusting the primary chain on the side stand and tightening the gearbox bottom bolt, the bike toppled completely on top of me . Pinned both arms under the frame so couldn't  move. My shouts (screams) for help was heard by a chap in nearby field who thought it was a cow in trouble !! No serious damage either to the bike or me, just a few bruises and a few square inches of skin removed, but certainly a wake up call now I'm getting decrepid to make sure someone's in earshot
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Black Sheep on 09.04. 2019 21:51
Took the A10 out for the first time this year. Took 2 kicks to start - shock, horror. A welcome reminder just how pleasant and competent a bike it is. Must remember to fix the abberent trip mileage which hasn't worked properly since I had the speedo overhauled. No wonder I thought it was drinking petrol.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Colsbeeza on 10.04. 2019 01:58
Thanks Ironhead,
Yes I will dismantle and rebuild from scratch.
Col
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Greybeard on 10.04. 2019 08:56
... No serious damage either to the bike or me, just a few bruises and a few square inches of skin removed, but certainly a wake up call now I'm getting decrepid to make sure someone's in earshot
That could have been serious. I hope the engine wasn't hot!
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Bsareg on 10.04. 2019 14:26
No GB, luckily the engine was cold. It would have very serious if the exhaust pipe was hot as the bike fell to the offside with me completely under it. Good job it had something soft to land on (me).
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Greybeard on 10.04. 2019 14:37
Today I am working on the top-end of my troublesome 'sickle.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Swarfcut on 10.04. 2019 17:34
Played rear mudguards today. Dirt Cheapo fleabay purchase with big ugly dab of bondo (which probably put a lot of people off ) required investigation.
  No surprises, nicely powder coated with rust underneath, bondo softened with a heat gun, off it came in chunks. Lace curtains underneath, as expected.   Couldn't be arsed to fire up the plasma cutter, so Angle Grinder with a nice thin disc to cut back to sound metal, and a quick spray with rattle can paint to prevent further rot while I plan the best way to proceed.

 No sweat, easy peasey.

Swarfy.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: muskrat on 10.04. 2019 21:26
I finished the 1st service on the rHonda and re-fitted the fairing. Had to "adjust" the mounting points that got twisted in the get off. Got it all good then found a pulled wire connection so had to take it all off again. That kept me amused in the shed till 10pm. This morning I'll give her a tub then take her for a spin.
Yes dear I'll take it easy  *????*
Cheers
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Peter in Aus on 11.04. 2019 09:00
Took the old A7 long stroke out for a run with the IHC club for old and small bikes to Capel. Didn’t put the wet gear on and it rained all the way, you just can’t trust that weather man! *shh*
The oldest bike on the run a 1914 BSA. A good ride even if I did get wet, and the old girl preformed perfectly, as I new it would, *good3*  went close to hitting a roo made me sit up and take notice! *dribble* but a good ride. *beer* 
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: muskrat on 13.04. 2019 07:28
G'day fellas.
My Club had a short ride to a local Retirement Home today.
I was going to take the Cafe so tinkered with her most of yesterday. This morning I got ready then found due to my injured hips I couldn't get my feet on the pegs!
The old A7 plunger to the rescue again. Drop fuel in and go.
Had about 25 bikes for the old blokes to look over. The most common remark was "I had one of those". I could have listened to those old stories all day. It wasn't just the blokes with the stories either. A few of the ladies had some good ones too. The staff there were great (one nurse is a club member) but I think they were checking us to see if they had enough rooms as some of us looked like we should be residents.
Cheers
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Swarfcut on 13.04. 2019 09:22
 Made a reluctant start on the newly acquired money pit, namely a late version A7 Longstroke basket case engine. It arrived in large pieces. First look is that the major castings are undamaged, the crank has steel rods with detachable end caps, lots of slop on the big ends. Push Rods, Cam and Followers plus Tappet Retaining Plate and Pistons missing, otherwise as you would expect from a motor dismantled in 1972 and left in the shed until the owner moved on.

 Rare? Certainly.  Desirable? Not really from a spares and use point of view, but as it represents a step in the evolution of the BSA Vertical Twin, worth saving as an eventual runner or cleaned up as a static display in the short or probably long term until the missing bits come along.

 Now over to the Longstroke Section. First consideration is the Cylinder Barrel.

 Swarfy.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: orabanda on 13.04. 2019 10:51
Made a gearbox roller detent for a 55 A10, and fitted new SS studs for fastening the carby to a Matchless G80 head. Like every other thread in this head, helicoiling was required.

Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Black Sheep on 13.04. 2019 14:09
20 years ago my elder son rode away on the WD B40 to investigate the possible worn main bearing. Eventually it was returned in several boxes. He couldn't shift the front engine bolt so tried drilling it out on one side - off centre - and then tried the other side  - even more off centre and then snapped the drill bit. Then brought it home.
It only took 2 mornings to get the remains of the bolt out - a combination of care, precision, massive heat and brutality. It may need more than a wipe with an oily rag to get it back together though. And then check out the main bearing. Ho hum.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Swarfcut on 13.04. 2019 14:58
How nice to see the offending item in all its defeated glory. I like the escalation in violence used to achieve the result.

Well done, Sir.

Swarfy.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: bsa-bill on 13.04. 2019 17:11
No work on any bike today, it's a cold day up here bright enough so would have been a good shed day, but Washing machine stopped turning, it lights up, pumps in and out but no drum rotation, so you tube searched, two suggestions, broken belt or motor brushes, turned out it the brushes (one shiny one dull), You tube is an asset for this kind of thing, I found a video that covered the whole job.
Took me back to my short lived electrical engineering apprenticeship,.
Was a nice little job as my man flu symptoms still exist but I now have me mojo back at least and was looking for something to do but not out in that freezing wind.
Next job replace the lights in the fake flame electric fire
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Greybeard on 13.04. 2019 18:36
No work on any bike today, it's a cold day up here bright enough so would have been a good shed day, but Washing machine stopped turning, it lights up, pumps in and out but no drum rotation, so you tube searched, two suggestions, broken belt or motor brushes, turned out it the brushes (one shiny one dull), You tube is an asset for this kind of thing, I found a video that covered the whole job.
Took me back to my short lived electrical engineering apprenticeship,.
Was a nice little job as my man flu symptoms still exist but I now have me mojo back at least and was looking for something to do but not out in that freezing wind.
Next job replace the lights in the fake flame electric fire
You just described my life, Manflu an all!
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: berger on 13.04. 2019 19:03
BSA bill lucky it wasn't an induction motor, someone asked me to change the brushes on their washer *conf2* non brush motor *eek* *help* so I ran away, nearly got rid of my person flu now *smiley4*
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: cyclobutch on 15.04. 2019 09:11
Had two days riding a mix of (legal) off road routes and minor roads from mid—Essex to Thetford and then back again. Overnight at a b&b in a pub at the top of the ride. Four of us on the trip – modern Kawa 250 (though horribly scruffy already), XT225 grey import Serow, XT250 and my SP370. Apart from having to deal with a blown fuse at the start of the ride on the Serow they all ran OK. The rest of the chaps ended up on their ears on various occasions whilst I managed to remain sunny side up throughout – I obviously wasn’t trying hard enough. So a weekend with the blokes … bikes and beer. Not much not to like there.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: bsa-bill on 15.04. 2019 12:44
Quote
someone asked me to change the brushes on their washer *conf2* non brush moto

Hee Hee, always something to trip you up these days.
Getting older you gain experience right enough but I find in this much changing world I have not the confidence I had 60 years ago, I recall in my apprentice days fixing a neighbours washing machine by resizing brushes from another machine, had no idea what was up with the thing until I looked at it, craft or just luck - god knows
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: berger on 15.04. 2019 13:10
yes bill in the good old days I borrowed massive carbons that were for massive motors at work and cut them down to mend my now extinct old washer [ still got plenty] but now the washer brushers have the wire embeded in  them so its a no go. and when I take the back or top off one and see an induction motor I just put it back on say to them you need a geezer who knows about this computer controlled monstrosity ---- not me!
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Greybeard on 15.04. 2019 15:44
I have been in the shed, measuring valve springs but now my legs are aching so I'm heading indoors for a cup of tea.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: bikerbob on 15.04. 2019 17:09
 Bit of a problem today was shifting the bikes around I have 2 an A65 and an A7 dropped the A65 back onto the drive then moved the A7 and  somehow I lost the balance and the A7 started lean over it got to the stage where I could not pull it back up so let it slowly go down on the gearbox side. Had to leave it for about 20 minutes while I shifted things around in the garage namely the bike lift and other bits and pieces to get into a position to lift it back up. I managed to get the bike back up and onto the side stand put the bike lift back in place then drove the bike onto the lift and looked for any damage. Luckily there was only a slight scratch on the edga of the Avon handlebar fairing witch I have now sorted, but then I noticed oil dripping out of the rear section of the fully enclosed rear chain case, while on it's side oil must have leaked out of the rear of the primary case and run into the chain  case. I will leave it for a couple of days to let all the oil drip out then check the primary oil level. Must take more care when moving the bikes.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Greybeard on 15.04. 2019 17:15
Must take more care when moving the bikes.
Indeed. I'm glad you were not trapped by the bike!
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: bsa-bill on 15.04. 2019 17:34
Not glad you dropped the bike Bob, but glad it not just me - where do muscles go once you stop working
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: bikerbob on 16.04. 2019 13:23
Luckily when it happened the bike was falling away from me and as you know there comes a point when you cannot pull it back  so let it go down slowly, my main concern was would I be able to lift it back up as I will be 77 next month and was cosidering leaving it and giving one of my sons a ring asking one of them to call in from work. but that would mean her indoors would find out and she is already hinting that I am to old and should consider selling the bikes we could have some great holidays with the proceeds. Maybe that is why I put the effort in and got the bike back up without her finding out.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Greybeard on 21.04. 2019 15:07
I've been away from home this week so no work done on the Beeza. I have a new set of Stellited cam followers so tomorrow and Tuesday I can work on getting the engine back together before my wife and I are off for a couple of days for a wedding. Soon the whole family are going to spend a weekend together to celebrate wife's 70th birthday. I'm beginning to wonder if I'm going to get to ride much this summer!
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: bsa-bill on 21.04. 2019 15:20
Nowt today, started it up yesterday, I need a good run to check plug colour as I've dropped the needle a groove cos plugs quite sooty, could just be modern fuel (anyone found that.)
But today I had a garden rubbish burn (SHHHHHH), got rid of most of the manflu (with complications) symptoms but I totally whacked now, (hormone pills don't help I've been told).
in the words of a great man 
"When I was a child I had a fever
My hands felt just like two balloons
Now I've got that feeling once again
I can't explain you would not understand
This is not how I am."
However I have a bottle of stuff that will help- and then I may become comfortably numb *smile*
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Greybeard on 21.04. 2019 16:18
"When I was a child I had a fever
My hands felt just like two balloons
Now I've got that feeling once again
I can't explain you would not understand
This is not how I am."
However I have a bottle of stuff that will help- and then I may become comfortably numb *smile*
I love a Pink Floyd reference.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: berger on 21.04. 2019 18:26
when I was a child I caught a fleeting glimpse,- *loveit* it must have been a BSA
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: BigJim on 21.04. 2019 23:07
Quick blast up the Wye valley to help bed in rings. Retorque head and spend an hour or two fitting the rocker cover. Also annealed a couple of copper washers on rockerbox and hoping they can retain a bit more oil. Am ignoring the crack i found in the head as there is nothing i can do about it so...? Off to Monmouth tom to remind myself why i love this bike! No Floyd reference, can't think of anything relevant, look mum there's an aeroplane up in the sky. Love Floyd.
 *pull hair out* *beer* *countdown*
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: cyclobutch on 23.04. 2019 12:52
Although under cover, it can get a bit dusty and mucky under the bike port so I bought an additional canvas cover to go over the A10 to try and preserve some of its fading beauty.

With all this gorgeous weather in the UK - well down in East Anglia at least, I popped out on my Loop frame - Jug, a couple of times. But only to the local shops ... and inappropriately attired.
 
Got all the last of the mud off my SP and found the front wheel bearings a little notchy. Replacements on order.

Started prepping the Camel for sale.
Title: Re: What have you done with your bike/s today?
Post by: Greybeard on 23.04. 2019 13:05
I am reassembling the engine of my bike. See topic 'Rattle'.