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British Bikes / Re: Coventry Eagle
« on: Today at 09:56:27 AM »
Always puzzled when people talk of parts being hard to get. About the only awkward thing on that Cov Eagle might be the cast alloy pong box or possibly the piston but what else? Itís not exactly as if the bike is high tech aerospace engineering. Plenty of New Villiers stuff around.
Thereís plenty of information available. Cov Eagle were good with illustrated spare parts lists and both Villiers and Albion Info is plentiful. Whatís the problem?
Sorry to sound grumpy but a little research will pay big dividends.

British Bikes / Re: AMAL 289 questions
« on: Today at 01:21:04 AM »
Eight horizontal mountings. Eight times more chance of a slide jam. We all know why the horizontal fitting craze came and went quite quickly.
I deeply respect a man who is willing to try for eight Amal carbs in harmony and horizontally mounted. Obviously someone with titanic patience or titanic determination.
I have to ask, what beast has such a set up? It would have to be some hill climb/sprint special of the 40ís or early 50ís.
Do tell.

American Bikes / Re: 1914 two speed American X
« on: July 31, 2020, 12:51:09 AM »
Every country has its share of bumf loving bureaucrats. The trick lies in how you deal with them. Unfortunately sometimes you canít avoid them.

The classic example is the English DVLA. Just look at all the rubbish that they generate. The rest of the world isnít interested but every bike forum gets stuck with their rubbish sooner or later. English insurance runs a close second.

American Bikes / Re: 1914 two speed American X
« on: July 30, 2020, 09:31:34 AM »
Well technically you do have to ask permission to take an old machine out of the country but I don't know if they ever refuse permission.

Some time ago I wanted to ride my '51 James around the Alps. Because of its age I had to apply for a permit to do so. It was no drama just bureacratic bumf but it was a necessary step in freighting it out.


British Bikes / Re: little wooden cups???
« on: July 21, 2020, 12:54:27 AM »
Usually found more in the veteran car world. Last one I saw was in a veteran Silver Ghost Rolls-Royce tool kit. I suspect it may be a standard touring kit item.
Easiest place to start would be Hunt House, HQ of the Rolls-Royce Enthusiast Club. You may even find a certain degree of interest from them if your replica is up to snuff.

Easy to see itís a Triumph and Iím sure someone will identify the exact year and model.

British Bikes / Re: 5T primary chain case numbers
« on: July 17, 2020, 10:53:30 AM »
If I remember rightly the 3T frame was smaller than the standard frame which led to it being used on the early Trophy. I can remember a mate going on ad nauseam about this as he built up a 3T which he assured me he would eventually build up into the definitive Trophy.
He only built the 3T because he got the engine at a knockdown price. 3Tís were viewed with contempt back then. Trophy engines were a lot dearer so he never did do the changeover. Toms wallet never came out in daylight anyway so none of us were surprised.
So, Brad Iíd check what frame you have before leaping in.
Finally, I donít know what part of Oz you live in but all this happened down in Victoria. No problem getting Triumph stuff then.

British Bikes / Re: Part Suppliers for 1969 Meriden Triumph TR6
« on: June 13, 2020, 03:03:08 AM »
Strangely, few people learn how to be a good customer. It makes life so much easier if the customer actually knows what they want. Has the engine number, part number or other relevant information to hand rather than expecting the other person to be a mind reader.
I don't do retail but do offer to help with certain engine makes. It's amazing how many callers let their fingers do the dialling before they've ever thought about the question they want to ask. Sometimes it like trying to pull teeth getting basic information so I can possibly answer their questions.
I hear many stories about grumpy retailers. Usually my sympathy rests with them rather than the person calling. The retailer is running a business. Sitting on the phone with some ditherer does not put food on the table.
Rant over.

Japanese Bikes / Re: Suzuki gt550 Smoking Issue
« on: June 02, 2020, 06:57:34 AM »
Probably are.
Takes a while for new owners to appreciate you have to ride the bike for quite a few miles for both the engine and the complete exhaust system to get up to operating temperature and blow out the excess oil. They load up surprisingly quickly in stop /start traffic or if only ridden commuter distances. Will then need a good ride to blow away the cobwebs and may lay down a Royal Navy quality smoke screen for a few miles while doing so.
The effect is magic. De-clagging the exhaust gives much the same result as a major engine tune up. You really notice the difference (and the engine stops smoking).

British Bikes / Re: bsa c15
« on: April 26, 2020, 01:32:16 AM »
R is right. You donít think every C15 rolled out of BSA with exactly the same shade of red do you? There are always commercial tolerances between batches. No one could get it exactly the same over years of production.
For that matter, what makes you think you have perfect colour vision? Slightly off colour vision is more common among males than you think.
No matter how careful you are some one will say you got it wrong.
Itís just a fact of life.

Identify these bikes! / Re: Sun Overlander ?
« on: April 02, 2020, 03:55:04 AM »
It is a nice and clean looking jigger isnít it. If that little tinware is missing and you have the other side as a mirror image pattern it shouldnít be so hard to have made what you need.
You could approach the AOMC for a look at the old Sun rego cards. There canít be that many of them to shuffle through. May have some useful info. It will certainly make clear what came into Victoria.
The UK VMCC library has a selection of possibly useful Sun material but they say a lot of it consists of poor photocopies. Better than nothing I suppose.
Finally there is Mortonís. Your lower Overlander photo appears to have come from an old Motorcycle or Motorcycling roadtest. Mortonís will have the original plus probably all the photos taken for the roadtest. Could be useful for different shots of the tinware. Worth a try. They may have other Sun material as well.
Very last thing. You could spend an entertaining afternoon in the State Library going through their copies of MotorCycling. It takes willpower to churn through eighteen months worth of magazines in an afternoon without being distracted by interesting articles but doable if youíre determined.

Identify these bikes! / Re: Sun Overlander ?
« on: April 01, 2020, 07:11:40 AM »
Hi Richard,
The closest I can get to that frame number is 200 XMC.SA for the 9E/4 powered Wasp for 1957. The Century frame number is plain XCMC.SA and powered by a 3 speed 8E. I suspect you have the remains of a Wasp. Where did it come from?
Supposedly all postwar Villiers power units shared the same engine mounting dimensions so are readily interchangeable and so far (so far so good) I've found this correct, so theoretically you can repair your frame taking measurements from any postwar Villiers engine to hand and it will be okay for when the correct power unit turns up.


Identify these bikes! / Re: Sun Overlander ?
« on: April 01, 2020, 01:46:57 AM »
You're complicating a very simple issue.
Your Sun can be identified by both the engine number and frame number. The Century was a one year only model in 1957 when Sun was thrashing about in its final death throes. Give us the details and we'll tell you more.
As for a parts book, you don't need one. You bike is built to the standard British formula. You have a Villiers power unit including lighting, British Hub Co wheels as used in the majority of British lightweights of the day, an MP or Armstrong front end and proprietary rear suspension units (probably Armstrong). Very little was actually made by Sun. Only the frame, tank and seat. (The seat base on my mates Sun Cyclone had been stamped out of an old WWII ammunition box. We found out when he got it refurbished.)
To the best of my knowledge most Sun of that era were imported in to South Oz. Certainly none to Victoria after 1954.
All in all you have a typical British lightweight of the period which will serve you quite well and stands out from the usual pack of James and Fanny Bee's.

« on: March 16, 2020, 01:58:06 AM »
I would expect a McCandless frame conversion to have sort of unique number identifying it as such. It would make commercial sense to do so. They would want to keep track of their own work and also make clear what wasnít.

« on: March 15, 2020, 09:13:52 PM »
Iíd suggest a clear photo would help.

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