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Identify these bikes! / Re: Any help with ID of this 1900's frame ?
« on: June 18, 2018, 10:21:58 PM »
Hi Leon,
Well done  ;D ;D


British Bikes / Re: electronic ignition
« on: June 13, 2018, 08:34:26 PM »
A friend has fitted two of them to his trials Triumphs a 3TA and a cub he is happy
I think there maybe someone else making similar kits ??????
I had just been on their website this AM before I replied to see if they had anything that might suit a two stroke twin
Yesterday I was asked to see if I could see what could be done to spark up a Hogan RCA 350 engine
Now there's a rare beastie  ::)


British Bikes / Re: 1932 BSA side valve starting problem
« on: June 13, 2018, 12:57:29 PM »
Hi Billington,
I never bother with  the air lever on my bikes, from cold press the tickler until fuel spills
a hint of throttle, and as much advance as possible without kick back
As R said the spark fades with retard
Some old sidevalvers need a good spinning over to fire especially when hot
Some riders spin the engine  with the valve lifter operated and drop it (at the right moment) so the flywheel inertia
starts the engine
Its all getting to know the beast involved


British Bikes / Re: what is the purple oil in my BSA RGS
« on: June 13, 2018, 12:46:33 PM »
Hi Peter,
It look like someone has added one of the "snake oil" :o additives to the oil (STP Lucas and so on)
I would wash out the oil tank and change the oil a few times repeating the wash out
Is the engine running the original timing side bush or needle roller conversion?
Those additive will destroy needle roller bearings in short order  >:( >:(
I would also remove the timing cover and check for play on the crank bush (if it is on a bush)
Wash out the goo from in there too
That crap is added to the oil by unscrupulous sellers to hide engine knock's  >:( >:(


British Bikes / Re: electronic ignition
« on: June 13, 2018, 12:29:22 PM »

British Bikes / Re: 1932 BSA side valve starting problem
« on: June 11, 2018, 10:17:10 PM »

British Bikes / Re: you have to laugh, or just weep
« on: June 10, 2018, 08:31:22 PM »
Hi, mini-me,
That's been on there for quite a while now  ::)

Ripping the p**s or what   >:( >:(


Site Feedback / Re: Pictures & attachments.
« on: June 08, 2018, 11:00:03 PM »
Hi TGR90B,

The person submitting the photo's need to reduce the photo resolution,
Some forum's have different size limits for photos
The other forum is well and closely managed and photo posting mistakes are quickly corrected


Site Feedback / Re: Pictures & attachments.
« on: June 08, 2018, 06:48:15 PM »
Hi TGR90B,
Yes it's a pain,
Posters do not reduce the picture size before attaching,
This also takes up unnecessary server space, some forums have a limit on image size
I think 640 x 480 size works ok???


British Bikes / Re: Albion 3Gear model E questions.
« on: June 07, 2018, 12:24:00 PM »
I have an OK Supreme with an Albion gearbox similar to the ones pictured
In the last photo the clutch arm looks "funny" the case has the boss for the same clutch arm as on the other cover

In a bid to get spares for mine I have bought another couple of them,
I have 90% plus of a spare 3 speed if you need  more bits for your collection

Its been a while since I workd on them but I seem to remember that the stud holes for the mountings could also be differently located ?????
My eventual aim is to complete a 4 speed version for the OK, these were fitted a while later. 
The main casing is the same as the 3 speed but the outer cover is deeper
One 4 speed I bought came with an OK Supreme mounting platform and a crossover shaft and pedal for the rear brake. There is no room for the RH pedal when the wider gearbox is fitted, this one also has the remains of what might be an external positive stop foot gear change ????


So many projects and only one lifetime  ::) ::)

Hi All,
Bas**rd 2 strokes !!!
I spent several hours earlier today trying to get a 2 stroke strimmer to start   :P :P
I tried all the usual tricks, hot plug, cleaned carb a few times, new plug, repeat adinfinitum  ::)
Eventually I removed the drive that revealed a square socket that takes the flexy cable
I milled a suitable square section at one end of a piece of 10mm round bar,
put the other end in a drill chuck, and spun it
I could hear it attempting to fire every so often but kept spinning it adjusting throttle and choke until after about 5 minutes it ran on its own
The bast**d then settled down to a nice tick over and started on the pull cord every time after that ???
I remember back when I worked part time at a local garage during school holidays some rebuilt engines were
very difficult to start for the first time after refitting them
2 or 3 batteries or tow them up and down the roadway till they sputterred into life, and then they would fire up easily every time after that ::)

Enough rambling

Hi All
I do not think the condition of the remains of the original bronze crank (sealing) bush will matter as the ball bearing supports the crank ? leave it in or remove it ??


Autojumble / Re: 1920 Douglas front hub or wheel wanted
« on: April 29, 2018, 09:02:41 PM »
Paul Milner had quite a lot of Douglas bits on ebay recently,  thecrocodile25
Might be worth asking him??


British Bikes / Re: V2 Matchless
« on: April 11, 2018, 06:05:27 PM »
Hi Rex,
Initial request from barrumundi
Hi, Does anyone know where I can source the roller type cam follower arms for a V2 Matchless

Which is why I mentioned Indian cam followers


Hi Carlos,
This is what you need

57-1381 - OIL SEALING PLATE Pre-unit

This fits inside the spring clip shown in your photo


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