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British Bikes / Re: Norton 16H. Wrong gear lever?
« on: February 18, 2018, 10:25:35 AM »
Yes, I only discovered that fairly recently. Although as you say Burman merely manufactured them and had no input into the design.

What is also maybe not well known is that the "AMC" box fitted to later Nortons and (oddly) AMC bikes has essentially the same internals as the lay-down and even the doll's head boxes - indeed, many parts from the earlier models still fit the latest ones.

Of course a gearbox designed for a 20-something bhp single was struggling with 50 or so from the 828 Commando especially when fitted with the larger gearbox sprocket.

I've always thought the Norton boxes of whatever era (except maybe the earlier ones with the external linkages) had the sweetest action of all the common makes.

British Bikes / Re: Old bike magazines are they a burden?
« on: February 15, 2018, 11:29:58 AM »
My GP surgery won't let people leave mags now - "danger of infection". What tosh - you're far more at risk sitting next to those ill people in the waiting room.

They still seem to have room for leaflets advertising ambulance chasers however.

As for Douglas with its kilted Scotsman......

European and Other Bikes / Re: New toy
« on: February 14, 2018, 12:42:03 PM »
Well done, and I hope the recovery progresses at speed.

British Bikes / Re: Old bike magazines are they a burden?
« on: February 14, 2018, 12:38:20 PM »
I'm currently trying to flog some "Motor Cycling" cheap on ebay. No interest.

I think they're really interesting, with road tests, TT & ISDT reports etc etc but it seems the yoof (and maybe even pensioners) of today can't be bothered.

I do often see people trying to sell such mags for a fiver each but they must be real optimists.

British Bikes / Re: Royal Enfield Model D
« on: February 12, 2018, 10:09:39 AM »
A ball bearing doesn't actually need much lubrication except for the cage.....

British Bikes / Re: Royal Enfield Model D
« on: February 11, 2018, 10:08:29 AM »
I always use sealed bearings for wheels and where possible for sleeve gear bearings on gearbox. Sometimes with the latter it's a good idea to either use one with a single seal (obviously fitted on the outboard end) or take the inner seal off.

Some people advocate taking a seal off and packing with grease but I prefer to believe that the manufacturers know what they're doing. As I understand it, excess grease can cause churning and blow a seal off.

British Bikes / Re: Norton 16H. Wrong gear lever?
« on: February 09, 2018, 09:59:59 AM »
I would go for making up another lever as what I can see of the bike is relatively unmolested and it would be a shame to hack about what is probably a rare original enhancement.

Classic Motorcycle Sport / Re: Tyres for BMW RS 54 sidecar
« on: January 29, 2018, 04:05:22 PM »
Yes, but for an outfit you really want car tyres.

Classic Motorcycle Sport / Re: Tyres for BMW RS 54 sidecar
« on: January 28, 2018, 10:07:15 AM »
I think the original original Mini was actually 10" wheels but slightly later ones were 12". I'm sure racing tyres would be available eg

Not cheap though!

British Bikes / Re: 1929 Excelsior (UK)
« on: January 24, 2018, 10:12:16 AM »
Looks good.

The Classic Biker Bar / Re: 1939 ISDT
« on: January 22, 2018, 10:24:24 AM »
Slightly O/T but there was a very nice ISDT Enfield outfit from the mid-1950s in a fairly recent auction which went for a very reasonable 5K or so:

British Bikes / Re: Ariel Leader
« on: January 22, 2018, 10:21:44 AM »
I have an Arrow and found that the front brake is not nearly as bad as I feared from various reports.

Some points to check:

1. Make sure that the steel top hat bush in the backplate for the spindle is not badly worn as this allows the plate to flop about. I made a new one for mine.

2. Check the routing of the front brake cable which should go across from the handlebar lever to the left hand hole in the dummy tank then cross in front of the steering head. When I bought my bike it went down the right hand side (which is where the clutch cable should be).

3. The handlebar lever should have 7/8" pivot to nipple distance. Many have the incorrect 1.1/16" levers (inclding Arrows at the NMM).

PTFE lined cables are always a good idea. I generally have brakes relined by Villiers Services but the existing linings on my Arrow were fine so didn't bother in this instance.

Have a look at the Yahoo group as well as the Ariel Owners  as there are some knowledgeable people in both places and I know some have fitted TLS brakes. But don't expect it to be easy.......

The Classic Biker Bar / Re: 1939 ISDT
« on: January 19, 2018, 10:38:23 AM »
Can't help but best of luck in your quest.

The 1939 ISDT was the one where the British teams had to make a fairly hair-raising trip back across the continent to avoid being caught up in the war. I believe a number of bikes were abandoned in France and others were loaded onto vans and brought back to the UK. Some managed to ride their bikes back.

I have a copy of the Rob Carrick ISDT book in which he says: "Of the CSMA team, Whitehouse lost 10 and Ridgway retired, leaving Fred Perks running on time" on the penultimate day - after which all British competitors were instructed to abandon and return to the UK.

British Bikes / Re: What's It Worth - '63 Trophy TR6
« on: January 17, 2018, 02:03:23 PM »
True, but he did say "value".......

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