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Lucas, Electrical, Ignition / Re: Headlamp shell light switch
« Last post by AdrianJ on 14.07. 2019 17:58 »
Hi Swarfy,
Yes i thought I'd ordered a new switch with short handle, but sure enough it fouled when
I mounted it. I cut it down with a hacksaw and polished it - looks fine now.
I'm missing the rubber ring but I think I'll get away with an elastic band or make one out of an inner tube.
Adrian
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All Other Bikes / Re: A10 powered Sunbeam
« Last post by Triton Thrasher on 14.07. 2019 17:41 »
Great job, but how long will the transmmission last? BSA de-tuned the Sunbeam's meagre output to help make that last.


Are you worried about the original worm final drive that’s not on it?
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Frame / Re: Side stand lug broke!
« Last post by RogerSB on 14.07. 2019 17:22 »
The Plungie has a low saddle and the standard compression means I'm happy to start the bike off the stand, with legs astride.
This is me: https://youtu.be/nrOfq1O-gV8?t=275

Great. It's good to air our different techniques - we all learn that way.
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Frame / Re: Side stand lug broke!
« Last post by Greybeard on 14.07. 2019 17:11 »
The Plungie has a low saddle and the standard compression means I'm happy to start the bike off the stand, with legs astride.
This is me: https://youtu.be/nrOfq1O-gV8?t=275
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Frame / Re: Side stand lug broke!
« Last post by RogerSB on 14.07. 2019 17:04 »
It's one of the things I liked when I had a DA Canterbury sidecar attached to an A10 way back - just leave it in gear and get off. No stands to worry about, no balancing needed and a firm platform to kick it over. Also, and this is the one, you could drive it with your left elbow resting on the top of the sidecar - and look really cool!

By-the-way I've always kicked bikes over with my right foot, never the left. I don't think I could do it that way without falling over, and like Swarfy I tend to get it on compression and do a little jump and all my 13 st goes down on the kickstart - never fails.
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Frame / Re: Side stand lug broke!
« Last post by Swarfcut on 14.07. 2019 16:35 »
You and me both Roger. Always envied those blokes able to start a stone cold motor, balancing on just the wheels and a left leg. I needed to almost dance on the kicker, being of slim build and of puny physique like the sort of guy who got the sand in the Charles Atlas ads. Having the bike on the main stand meant all my effort went into starting the motor, rather than compressing the road springs. Never trust the prop stand, and only use it for short periods.

Swarfy.
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Lucas, Electrical, Ignition / Re: Headlamp shell light switch
« Last post by Swarfcut on 14.07. 2019 16:25 »
Adrian, If your bike has the diver's helmet, you may find the switch knob tail fouls on the cowl where the pressing turns out to cover the fork shroud. I am led to believe the switch comes as a short or long knob type.

 I didn't know this long ago, and just cut away one of the switch locating tabs on the cowl, to turn the switch body slightly. Not noticed, but it would have been better in retrospect to obtain the correct knob. That was then, now you are spoilt for choice.

 A thin rubber ring goes between the underside of the switch and the cowl. Julian's picture shows the clip, which engages in slots moulded into the switch body parallel to the switch face.

 Swarfy.
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All Other Bikes / Re: A10 powered Sunbeam
« Last post by RDfella on 14.07. 2019 16:25 »
Great job, but how long will the transmmission last? BSA de-tuned the Sunbeam's meagre output to help make that last.
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Frame / Re: Side stand lug broke!
« Last post by RogerSB on 14.07. 2019 16:12 »
I agree and I do not start with either stand down.

I must confess I've always started my G/Flash while standing beside it and with it firmly on the main stand, then I hop on (well, not literally these days) and with both feet on the ground and my right hand hovering over the front brake lever I push the bike forward off the stand.  I've always done it that way - even way back in the 60s. Occasionally, and only when needs must, do I start it while astride it and then it's with both stands folded up. I don't think I've ever attempted to kick a bike over with it on a side stand. I only use the side stand very temporary, such as when getting off it and then I put it on the main stand straight away.
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All Other Bikes / Re: A10 powered Sunbeam
« Last post by Swarfcut on 14.07. 2019 16:11 »
Well I'm well impressed.
 Must have built the bike around the engine and gearbox unit.
 How any access to the timing cover is obtained does not look easy, but I have to admire the clever sandwich plate for that front engine mount.. also the adaptor plate between engine and box.

 Shows attention to detail, finely executed, and on the subject of a recent topic, the breather arrangement takes a starring role....

 Well done.

 Swarfy.

 Additional...The non standard rear drive gear may be a bit more rugged than BSA's original worm gear.
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