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British Bikes / Re: Villiers silencing question
« on: August 08, 2020, 08:47:34 AM »
I have a spare silencer which came with the Coventry Eagle, and that has the long slot down the side of the tail pipe though the tailpipe end is almost sealed with a large washer. Strange design.
Re the bike in the pic I'm always amazed at how many bikes have the rear brake light switch mounted in the strangest ways. On this bike the spring must almost move "to-and fro" rather than being pulled. Wouldn't a swinging arm mounting have worked better for whoever did it?

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British Bikes / Re: AMAL 289 questions
« on: August 04, 2020, 09:01:42 AM »
Be better off fitting more suitable carbs. Those horizontal jobbies, apart from being both very old and rare, would take up a lot of real estate when mounted in a bank. Wouldn't a set of new vertical 289s with one larger remote float chamber per bank be better?

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British Bikes / Re: Coventry Eagle
« on: August 03, 2020, 05:21:55 PM »
I have a 1931, as does another rider I know vaguely in my area.
Mine is still black and red while his is entirely 1950s Corporation blue..

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American Bikes / Re: 1914 two speed American X
« on: July 31, 2020, 09:53:07 AM »
Some people like to moan when things don't go their way for whatever reason. I've had dealings with the DVLA since the 1990's and I've had no problems, but it's usually when people don't follow the guide, hope to shortcut the process or even pull a flanker that things go awry.
Compared to continental Europe, some US states etc the DVLA is a breeze.

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American Bikes / Re: 1914 two speed American X
« on: July 30, 2020, 03:13:45 PM »
I would have thought the Antipodeans would have been far too sensible for such bureaucratic shite. Even the "we love form-filling" Germans don't go that far!

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American Bikes / Re: 1914 two speed American X
« on: July 30, 2020, 08:44:02 AM »
They're too sensible for that, surely?

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Identify these bikes! / Re: My grandfathers bike
« on: July 28, 2020, 09:03:07 PM »
It's Triumph Twin, just pre-war. I'd give it house room!

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Petrol tank is the give-away here.

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British Bikes / Re: 5T primary chain case numbers
« on: July 15, 2020, 04:01:41 PM »
I seem to recall the contemporary 3T case is different.

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European and Other Bikes / Re: Zundapp 200s
« on: July 11, 2020, 04:12:09 PM »
Sounds like a partially blocked jet in the carb. Did it run right before you rebuilt it?

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As forums go, that Honda Twins.net is probably the most informative I've ever seen.

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On my CB450 Black Bomber the swinging arm pin (Honda don't call it that though) was unobtainable anywhere, and neither were rear brake shoes for some reason. As you say, most parts are available but they sure ain't cheap.

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Is the latest one a US import? DK Autos maybe?
Only going by the good chrome on the rims etc.

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SOLD!
It is going to the South of France to the buyer's Gite where the lanes are easy and a 2CV is a rare sight. Will be used to get the baguettes!

Sounds like that romanticised view of France as typified by that awful John Thaw series "A year in Provence" of some years back. All that's missing is stripey shirts, a string of onions and a Gauloise hanging from the lip. ;)

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British Bikes / Re: Part Suppliers for 1969 Meriden Triumph TR6
« on: June 20, 2020, 01:24:36 PM »
In a similar vein, at a local annual bike show there's a class for non-British or Japanese bikes. If I enter the Chief it's up against some ratty Guzzi V50 or Jawa/CZ so an award would be guaranteed, which is why I've only entered it twice in ten years.
A riding mate with an Ariel sloper (pre-war) that he bought in it's restored condition gets Best Pre-War every year, but he can't see the problem.

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