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British Bikes / Beaulieu
« on: August 04, 2018, 09:24:28 PM »
I am in the market for a spare  stall holder ticket for Saturday Beaulieu next month if anyone  has one or knows of one?

I don't think I am able to stand another Carole Nash waste of time at Netley

British Bikes / British motorcycle charitable trust
« on: June 27, 2018, 04:53:48 PM »
This was a a new one on me, and normally I stay well clear of anything "charity, but seems a good deal for 20 a year, gives free access to a lot of bike museums.
Near me I have Sammy Miller, Haynes, Beaulieu museum, Brooklands and the Tank Museum all qualify under this scheme if I get round to most of them this summer I'll be quids in.
Anyone else in it?

British Bikes / you have to laugh, or just weep
« on: June 10, 2018, 04:33:49 PM »
Look at this ebay ad,
A BSA round tank, a "board racer"  its a race bike because its got no mudguards ::) ::) ::) ::) ::), oh and a hard tail.

The depth of sheer pig ignorance in some ebay ads is bottomless.

Autojumble / 1920 Douglas front hub or wheel wanted
« on: April 29, 2018, 02:35:55 PM »
Anyone got one?

British Bikes / Old bike magazines are they a burden?
« on: February 14, 2018, 12:02:01 PM »
Having a sort out,  dragged out all the old 'Motorcycle' mags I ever bought from back in the 1960s till it went tabloid. Dog eared, mice nibbled, damp, covers loose..........I just can't bring myself to dump them and in their present state they are worthless, but just my longest connection with bikes,  I bought some  before my first bike.

You can't give away old Classic Motorcycle glossies from even before the evil empire days.

Anyone else got this problem? I've a feeling they be used to line my coffin.

The Classic Biker Bar / Put this date in your riding diary
« on: December 15, 2017, 05:48:51 PM »
May 19 2018.

A royal wedding and the cup final on same day at same time.

Roads will be empty ;D ;D ;D

British Bikes / shout out for triumph spares
« on: July 27, 2017, 08:02:22 PM »
Who is the best supplier of decent new spares for my bros 1970 Triumph these days?
just ordinary fettling stuff.

Not dreg n fli though.


British Bikes / 1920s/30s motorcycle club
« on: July 12, 2017, 09:30:59 PM »
Anyone know of the Archery sporting motorcycle club from pre war days?

where it was based etc?

British Bikes / very odd thread
« on: June 04, 2017, 02:11:42 PM »
I thought after 50+years I had collected all the odd thread taps/dies I would need.

11/16x 32 TPI has got me though. Anyone got any input on its origins?

Its on one of those hand opperated Klaxons.

British Bikes / can anyone put a make/date to this speedo drive?
« on: April 13, 2017, 07:16:15 PM »
Looks much liike a later Smiths drive,I've never seen one like it before; hoping to run a Watford speedo off it.

The Classic Biker Bar / FAO Ian Soady
« on: March 16, 2017, 11:48:40 AM »
Try this site for the 'beam, it worked well for me recently. Buyer contact system cauts out all the tossers.

Better than ebay, as no fees at all. better even than a specialist Military site for my bike.
world wide market and stays on till sold.

Identify these bikes! / Another mystery bike to ID
« on: March 05, 2017, 12:56:28 PM »
OK, whats this one?
Photo date mid-1920s.
My first thought was BSA, but its not, its been suggested Rover,I'm not so sure

Druid forks don't suit BSA/Rover /Triumph
Mag is behind engine, chain cum belt drive, I cannot make out a front brake drum or rim

Some letters can be discerned on the crank case, now photo has been cleaned up it could be Rover at a pinch.
I don't place much reliance on the shape of the tank badge as its similar to many others of the era.

Its got electric light, which must be aftermarket stuff.

The shape of the barrel finning is really bugging me as I think I recognise it but can't remember.

Looks as if its a 500cc or up

Whats the most bodged old bike you ever came across that still ran?

Mine's an Ariel Huntmaster,back in 1977 I was asked to overhaul the engine in one, which attached to its sidecar was used to transport an old chap's wife and himself to visit their son in a care home.
Bike started and chuffed away quite happily, I could start it by just gently depressing the kickstart ;easy peasy, cushty little job.

famous last words
took the head off, inlet tract almost clogged with coke,exhaust nearly as bad, valves recessed back to last year, guides so slack you could get two valve stems down.Carb so slack you could hear the slide rattle.
Bores of course knackered, so down to the crankshaft, a bit of wear in the bigends, TS bush well fekked, so off to the regrinders, noticing, that the TS side was abit off centre.
Should have been a warning...

 camshaft so worn that the followers ran between little ears the lobes had worn down so far, and the magneto was running in oil yet had a big fat blue spark.

Meanwhile back from the grinder came the crankshaft, "we had a bit of a job to centre it" said the man.

Oh dear, so, it goes into the cases, but one side won't go fully home, each side fits the bearings fine, yet together the cases won't meet, driving me nuts by now well over estimate of time and money.

Scuriny of the now chemically cleaned crankshaft shows faint vice marks on the webs, with sinking heart I measure the distances, the damn thing had been gripped so hard in a vice it was bent.

"Was the last bloke to work on this a mechanic?"  I asked
"no its my neighbour, he's a dustman."

every word is true, I found another crankshaft and what the so called engineering shop did to that is another story, just as bad, if anyone out there has an A10 crank with the sludge trap welded, I can tell them why.

Its tribute I think to that old BSA/Ariel engine that it could keep going that worn out.

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