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British Bikes / Re: Help idenify this old bike.
« on: January 21, 2019, 10:03:54 AM »
I was going to suggest a 250, that was a very popular class in the post War period and there were no 'proper' race machines at this capacity so special builders thrived! I agree Albion box, they did make racing boxes and although evil things they may have been better than the alternatives. The rider has separate leather jacket and trousers, not a proper one-piece suit and are those 3-strap DR boots he's wearing? Anything to get on track!
REgards, Mark

Identify these bikes! / Re: Any ideas?
« on: January 12, 2019, 11:03:29 AM »
Definitely a Royal Enfield Twin. Can't see enough of the motor to be sure but I think it might be a 500 (Meteor Minor) as the barrels look shorter. The other cycle parts might give a clue but of course could have been chosen for the build: the domed toolbox covers are from 1958 onwards and the siamese exhaust with the kicked up tailpipe are also from 1958 on, usually fitted to the Airflow fairing equipped models. The front fork sliders feature the extended lead fitted for sidecar use, the handling must have been interesting!
REgards, Mark

Japanese Bikes / Re: Source of pannier keys?
« on: January 11, 2019, 09:01:45 AM »
Update on this, still trying! Tried my local quality locksmith (Brinnick's Newport Pagnell,) and they opened the cases FOC and were generally very helpful. However they couldn't identify the key blank so couldn't go any further. An online company K2C couldn't help either.
REgards, Mark

British Bikes / Re: 1955 Matchless G9
« on: January 09, 2019, 09:33:44 AM »
Or Enfield's Twins!
REgards, Mark

Identify these bikes! / Re: Bmw boxer engine motorbike or what?
« on: December 14, 2018, 12:54:42 PM »
A Zundapp does have the separate rocker boxes, also the plunger suspension features are the same. Some details are different from the "Green Elephant" which is why I was cautious about model identification!
REgards, Mark

Identify these bikes! / Re: Bmw boxer engine motorbike or what?
« on: December 12, 2018, 02:13:52 PM »
I think it's a Zundapp, probably a K series 'Green Elephant' but that's the full extent of my knowledge!
REgards, Mark

Autojumble / Re: tiger cub
« on: November 19, 2018, 10:29:31 AM »
Beardyman, try asking them. I know nothing about Cubs but have been told by a pal who built one that Greystone are about the best one stop supplier. Alternative is Ace Classics though they mainly do twins.
REgards, Mark

Autojumble / Re: tiger cub
« on: November 17, 2018, 09:37:09 AM »
Greystone Enterprises, should be top of your list. They also attend the regular Kempton Park Autojumble with a full stall of stuff.
REgards, Mark

British Bikes / Re: More pics
« on: November 05, 2018, 07:16:30 PM »
The welding on the main pressing edges is excellent but the mounts are poor. They are over recesses so it is possible the original fixings were expanding rubbers?
REgards, Mark

Japanese Bikes / Re: Source of pannier keys?
« on: October 31, 2018, 10:29:36 PM »
Thanks chaps, I was hoping someone might have had direct experience. Our local "locksmith' can barely copy an existing key...
REgards, Mark

Japanese Bikes / Source of pannier keys?
« on: October 31, 2018, 07:30:23 PM »
I'm sorry if this is OT but it's not a subject that fits into an easy category! I have a set of Yamaha factory accessory panniers and their frames that I want to sell but I can't find the keys. Is there anyone who might be able to provide or cut these? There don't seem to be any numbers on the locks. The bike was (I no longer have it,) a 2003 600 Diversion, if that makes any difference. :-\
REgards, Mark

British Bikes / Identify these footrests please!
« on: October 18, 2018, 12:11:28 PM »
These footrests came to me from a garage clearance. I cannot find pictures of anything like them. What you can't see in the picture is that the inboard end has a fine daisy serration presumably for adjustment. They have a part number cast in to one rest, A120/124.RX/2 MP A1(the M and P are vertical)  They are 10" & 8-3/4" respectively. Could the MP be for Metal Profiles? And of course, they are for sale if anyone recognises them!
REgards, Mark

Autojumble / Re: Excelsior roadmaster battery box
« on: October 06, 2018, 02:30:46 PM »
Indian home market Bullets use a fairly simple battery carrier that looks suitably period and for the money, a good start. Like this, Ebay item 142958351160
REgards, Mark

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