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British Bikes / Re: A newbie to vintage bikes
« on: June 27, 2019, 08:30:56 PM »
30? still in nappies then......

I'm 72, been into vintage/post vintage  bikes since I was 16, still got one I bought in 1967, but then I'm odd any, why? its indefineable, something about ancient mechanics is fascinating.

just don’t know how fast/slow they are.
They are just slow, a modern 125 will see most of them off.

How they behave.
They don't they misbehave, live with it.  travel with tools and spare cables and plug, and the phone numbe rof a recovery service.

They are a steep learning curve, you need to learn to ride a whole new way, don't even think about keeping up with modern traffic, just let it go past you, you'll catch it all up soon enough.

To sum up, I have a bike from the 1920s, another from the 1930s, and one from 1950s I would not trade any of them for a brand new modern bike.

British Bikes / Re: A newbie to vintage bikes
« on: June 27, 2019, 10:03:35 AM »
.......and those lugs on the top that wear and break?

British Bikes / Re: A newbie to vintage bikes
« on: June 26, 2019, 02:52:36 PM »

What’s your opinion on 16hs then? They not much good?

A dog of a bike, heavy, slow, that gearbox is prone to so much wear, undersize chains, well over priced because of the Norton badge and the military blokes pushing the prices up.

still, if you want one, its your money.

Autojumble / 1914-18 douglas front wheel or hub wanted
« on: June 25, 2019, 09:04:42 PM »
Wheel or just hub.

British Bikes / Re: A newbie to vintage bikes
« on: June 25, 2019, 09:03:02 PM »
My advice to you, as someone who has yet to experience the "joys"of older bikes is you forget the 1930s idea and buy a post war  rigid frame BSA, RE or AMC single, either 350 or 500 will be more than enough to cart yourself and missus about provided you aren't burger fanatics. They are basically pre war bikes with tele forks.

They all have active owners clubs, good spares back up. Don't buy a twin. or a 16H.

Also forget this nonsense about "poke" learn to ride a 70yr old bike first. I've seen too many try to ride a old bike as they would a modern one.

Sadly, unless you take  long someone that knows,as opposed to someone who tells you he does, you have more than a 50% chance of buying a pig in a poke.

British Bikes / Re: A newbie to vintage bikes
« on: June 25, 2019, 06:49:47 PM »
Good luck,

[mini-me sits back, puts feet up, opens beer, waits for the show to begin] ;)

PS, 1930s is not 'vintage'

British Bikes / Re: 55 Matchless G9 primary chaincase
« on: June 23, 2019, 04:55:18 PM »
Oil pumps then
You'd be best off on the AMC forum where they have extensive experience of these pumps and their many foibles, and how many arms and legs you'll have to sell to get recon ones :o

British Bikes / Re: 55 Matchless G9 primary chaincase
« on: June 23, 2019, 12:37:19 PM »
oil in the case comes via the crankshaft;
either you breather is not working,
your pumps are not scavanging properly,so too much oil inthe cases
or your bores/rings are knackered allowing gas past.

I'd plump for the usual suspect,bores.

British Bikes / Re: Passenger insurance
« on: June 21, 2019, 04:25:06 PM »
Exact same question in the  AMC forum,how many answers do you need?

British Bikes / Re: GPO BSA BANTAM D1
« on: June 14, 2019, 11:57:04 AM »
Sorry to contradict you Rex, but  but the Post office did respray their own vehicles, there used to be a place near Kidbrooke S London that did it and the red spray dust out the vents was noticeable.  I also knew a guy who had worked there, coach painting with a brush at times.

« on: June 08, 2019, 06:20:04 PM »
You can find that mine of post office history paul wood on here.

He's an  ok bloke  but not a well man,so go softly, and politely.

You have to remeber Leenane that  very many of us here who are old bike riders are a lot older than we would like to be, in fact ancient.
 I did notice on French bike events I went on that so many were encouragingly  younger.

Not to insult France but over the years I found that France changed far too much from the France that appealed to us English, the massive growth in motorways has ruined all the little villages such as I knew down the RN20 on my regular trips to Spain,  now hotels, restaurants, shops all shut down. Even Les Routiers. In fact on one of my last vists I had real trouble finding a modestly priced place to eat. I prefer to keep my memories. Je garde mes souvenirs avec plaisir.
Vielle Clous
Nants  a Montaigu
Luc sur Mer
Tour de France des motos anciennes.
Montagne de Fer,  Lille

et autres, voyages en solo to Provence,  Le Midi. Catalonia.  best remembered, not revisited.

Ride safe, driving standards are getting worse and road manners bad all over Europe.

I enjoyed all the french rallies I used to attend, but frankly crossing the channel just for one event is far too expensive for many  from this side,and a lot of hassle.

Thats very true Rex, I  had an interest in french bikes of the 1930s for quite a while, once you could get a really nice example for silly money, but the french were not as into older stuff back in the 1970s. They caught up fast, and, lets face it, if our choice bikes were as scarce as theirs we'd be the same.

Its the reason so much old  2 stroke tat is now dumped onto speculating antique dealers these days.

And the much stricter rules governing registration docs over there.

British Bikes / Re: Gold Star Speedo drive gear
« on: May 04, 2019, 05:02:04 PM »
usually they fall out,you sure you got all the pin out?

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