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British Bikes / Re: 1952 Norton ES2 spark plug
« on: July 20, 2018, 09:39:53 AM »
Think I'd believe the Norton book over anything Bacon says, although less advance seems better for modern fuels.

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British Bikes / Re: Misfire on Triton
« on: July 15, 2018, 10:28:54 AM »
Having said that, with a Boyer a low battery voltage shows as a misfire on one pot first, although having done so much work on the bike you must have checked the battery condition and charging?

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European and Other Bikes / Re: Griffon G80 (Peugot P108)
« on: July 11, 2018, 08:49:12 AM »
Sensible people stop removing mudguards when they're about fourteen and get caught out in the rain, and many owners don't know enough about engineering principles and safety to take a disc cutter to a working motorbike.

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European and Other Bikes / Re: Griffon G80 (Peugot P108)
« on: July 10, 2018, 04:11:22 PM »
Using metric when Imperial would have been better and more appropriate is not just for the young and clueless; there's a poster on another site who has long championed the concept that near enough is good enough, and yet (apparently) has owned bikes for decades.
I never really understand that. Fair enough no-one can go into B&Q and buy 100 1/4 BSF nuts, but it's all available on-line and that's where the vast majority of old bike parts and supplies are bought.

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European and Other Bikes / Re: Griffon G80 (Peugot P108)
« on: July 10, 2018, 09:27:44 AM »
It seems to me that even top French resto's have things like hex head screws, Nylocs and self-tappers on them. A well-known mid-Thirties V-twin in the Normandy region is beautiful, though the full colour air-brushed mural of some sort of Viking theme on the tank rather spoils it in my opinion.  :-\
 Maybe it's just French pragmatism again...

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But with a Bentley ie, either rare, expensive or both, there's reason to do that, but the same logic hardly applies to a Raleigh Wisp..

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British Bikes / Re: British motorcycle charitable trust
« on: July 03, 2018, 02:20:45 PM »
Don't be ridiculous! It's Watford...

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British Bikes / Re: Losing power when in high gears
« on: July 02, 2018, 09:26:33 AM »
I set the timing up as described in the period BSA manual; however the bike will only start on full retard and will then run best at full retard. Iíve also cleaned and rebuilt the carburettor.


That would indicate to me that the timing is way out, and that would affect (because of the reduced power output) it's ability to pull a higher gear.
If the rear hub was tight or the tyre a different diameter it would be noticeable in the lower gears too.

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British Bikes / Re: Losing power when in high gears
« on: July 01, 2018, 08:49:46 PM »
[The bike is only claimed to have 4.99 bhp from new

Not quite. What you appear to be quoting is the old RAC horsepower (HP) figure.


This is a new problem that has only just started to happen; previously the bike ran fine in 3rd and 4th gear.

So it can't be a gearing or gearbox problem then, but "ran fine" is a bit tenous. I would strip and clean the carb and check over the mag. You'll need to ensure the basics are OK before moving on.

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British Bikes / Re: Best use ever for an old Indian Enfield?
« on: June 30, 2018, 05:35:54 PM »
Christina Trevanion for me.  Absolutely lovely. :-*

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British Bikes / Re: Best use ever for an old Indian Enfield?
« on: June 30, 2018, 11:14:50 AM »
Bargain Hunt this week (Weds, Thurs?) had a so-called printers cabinet which the team and the expert paid good money for. Stevie Wonder could have seen that the top section was new plywood, the drawer knobs were Poundland's finest and the draws had been hacked on the front to fit, but they still bought it and entered it for the auction. Same programme, a set of six copper jelly moulds bought for twenty quid, how is that these people can't suss that a Victorian copper jelly mould would probably go for £100+ so six for a score means they're Chinese and made last week?

Aside from that, there's nothing that a good post-industrial snowflake likes better than the "industrial look" mainly as it has no meaning for them other than Britain's "grimy metal-bashing past" and their ability to enjoy a good Capucchino while sitting on it.

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British Bikes / Re: British motorcycle charitable trust
« on: June 27, 2018, 09:20:43 PM »
No, but it's been going for a few years now. It didn't look kosher when it started but clearly it is.

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British Bikes / Re: A10 gear box problems
« on: June 26, 2018, 09:44:46 PM »
HI All
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On the A7/10 forum the consensus is the BSA 6-spring clutch was the best design

I believe they are referring to the plunger model clutch, not the S/A one

Yep, quite correct, they are.

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British Bikes / Re: A10 gear box problems
« on: June 26, 2018, 09:30:17 AM »
If you have replaced the six spring clutch,then you are on the right track......check the plain plates are flat,not buckled........its also possible the friction material expands with heat...........The only sure cure is the old A10 trick of selecting neutral while still on the move.


On the A7/10 forum the consensus is the BSA 6-spring clutch was the best design, although in this case my suggestion would be clutch problems rather than anything wrong with the gearbox.

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Japanese Bikes / Re: spark plugs
« on: June 24, 2018, 10:34:42 AM »
I'd go along with that. If new plugs get "wetted" under the nose insulator it seems they can't be cleaned effectively any more. The so-called Green Spark Plug Co refused to replace two 18mm plugs which failed from the first start-up as they said I'd put the plugs in a cold engine and "wetted" them. They couldn't explain what I should have done  with an engine which hadn't run in decades and this was the first start.....
It seems amazing to me that old bikes and cars carried the owners to work without any problems but cossetted classics seem to have failing plugs on a regular basis.

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