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British Bikes / Re: bsa lightning
« on: September 25, 2018, 10:44:35 AM »
Hitchcocks among others stock Tufnol spacers.

American Bikes / Re: 1941 Indian Sport Scout for sale, $44,000
« on: September 23, 2018, 10:13:16 AM »
I think he did - $44K. Definitely a waste of my time......

British Bikes / Re: Oil shutoff taps and newbies.
« on: September 16, 2018, 12:50:18 PM »
Actually, that person with the 500T does seem to be making a decent attempt to sort it out and is asking reasonably intelligent questions. We do need younger people to get involved otherwise all our old bikes will end up as landfill, museum pieces or decorations in trendy coffee bars.

It is a nice and very original looking bike and I hope he succeeds with it.

Ooh lovely, thread divergence.....

I spent a year in the 1970s working on horticultural machines. My favourites were the ones with 500cc sv Dennis engines - Howard Gem, Allen Scythe etc. Great machines.

British Bikes / Re: BSA Info
« on: September 08, 2018, 10:08:55 AM »
The BSA Owners or Vintage Club may be able to help but probably only if you join. I would join BSA Owners - quite a good club.

Autojumble / Re: Classified ads section.
« on: September 07, 2018, 01:54:35 PM »
I had the same trouble:

But TBH it costs money and doesn't seem to be very active so I would use the usual suspects. Car and Classics gets good results or a classified ad on ebay.

In my experience the traditional routes of advertising in magazines is virtually useless these days. All the bikes I've sold in the last 15 years or so have been through C&C or ebay.

British Bikes / Re: Tiger cub rectifier .
« on: September 07, 2018, 01:51:23 PM »
Ah, sorry I misinterpreted.

British Bikes / Re: Tiger cub rectifier .
« on: September 07, 2018, 12:22:02 PM »
When you say "do not work in the same manner" could you expand? From my limited electronic experience one bridge rectifier is much like another provided the operating parameters are the same.

Interestingly I seem to able to buy 2 35-04 for 2.50 with free postage.....

British Bikes / Re: Tiger cub rectifier .
« on: September 06, 2018, 05:21:52 PM »
What he said.

The problem is that most auto electricians will know nothing about this type of system hence why they've sold you the wrong thing. Easy to connect - there are 2 connectors (diagonally opposite each other) for ac from the alternator - the other 2 are the + and - connections.

You'll probably find that there's a double wire going to one of the ac connectors - this connects extra coils of the alternator into circuit if the lights are switched on. Crude but quite effective.

British Bikes / Re: ES2 progress
« on: August 31, 2018, 02:04:45 PM »
Is it the clutch or the gearbox mainshaft that's out of true? There's a bit of eccentricity on my mainshaft which I have yet to decide whether to fix....

Now there's a surprise.

British Bikes / Re: ES2 progress
« on: August 31, 2018, 10:33:56 AM »
Timed at the "book" 5/8" BTDC. The 3.5 cutaway is working really well - the bike starts first kick with just the air lever closed, half retard and no flooding. I haven't really touched the mechanics yet but it does seem that it has had a sympathetic owner for much of its life (if I ignore the odd metric bolts here and there).

I will need some cylinder and head fins welding - any suggestions for someone in the West Midlands?

British Bikes / Up and running......
« on: August 30, 2018, 02:40:59 PM »

British Bikes / Re: ES2 progress
« on: August 27, 2018, 10:00:20 AM »
I did read a negative comment about RGM linings on the NOC forum recently.

I'd take that comment with a grain of salt ?
They have arrived, and have quite a rough surface (and a lot of brass wire in them),
and would take a lot of bedding in I think. Or some fettling to arc them to a good fit.
So to just bolt them in and expect an improvement straight away is probably a nonsense ?

Let us know how you get on.

I had some very poor experiences with RGM in the 90s when parts for my Commando didn't fit (and they blamed me for it). For example, fork bushes that wouldn't slide over the (genuine from Andover Norton) stanchions as they were .002" undersize. More recently the few bits I've had from them for the ES2 have been good.

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