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Autojumble / Re: 350 cc side valve JAP engine parts needed
« on: March 06, 2019, 01:02:35 PM »
Our Dating Officer for the REOC tells me Dating Certs are now only good for one year. Although l canít see why, if a thing is identified one day why would it be different the next? Anyway, beware!
REgards, Mark

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Japanese Bikes / Re: Source of pannier keys?
« on: February 15, 2019, 06:31:17 PM »
Sorry, no luck there either! When Brinnicks the locksmiths opened the case I found maker's labels in German but no further identification. However, I have finally solved the problem, I found one key, in the bottom of the scrap brass box. Coming to Ebay soon, set panniers, Diiversion for the use of....
REgards, Mark

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British Bikes / Re: bsa m20 1938
« on: February 14, 2019, 05:52:27 PM »
Julieo, you need this site: http://www.wdbsa.nl/index.htm  I'm surprised you haven't found it already. Absolutely everything an M20 owner could want. Check the Technical Section for wheel building information, good dimensioned diagram and details of spoke lengths etc. Check the Forum page for the most knowledgable group of enthusiasts on all WD motorcycle subjects as well!
REgards, Mark

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British Bikes / Re: Triumph TR 250 1971
« on: February 05, 2019, 03:46:12 PM »
I hope that's it, fingers crossed you have beginner's luck!
REgards, Mark

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British Bikes / Re: Triumph TR 250 1971
« on: February 04, 2019, 12:04:00 PM »
If you are new to the bike, do you know how the choke works? Usually on the right handlebar it is a lever and for normal running (ie, engine warmed up and at normal road speed,) it needs to be open, that is, with the lever pulled towards you, so that the cable is tight and under tension. This is the reverse of most (all?) Japanese bikes. It catches a lot of people out!
REgards, Mark

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Identify these bikes! / Re: Identify a frame.
« on: January 31, 2019, 12:02:10 PM »
It looks like it's for an underslung gearbox with top stud fixings and the rear brakeplate on right side (adjuster slot on right)? These points might help identification. Quite an unusual frame to my eye, it looks very 'detailed' rather than just tubes between simple bought-in lugs.
REgards, Mark

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British Bikes / Re: Is a Sunbeam S8 capable of cruising at 57mph?
« on: January 26, 2019, 09:28:25 AM »
I have ridden thousands of miles with a best friend on a Sunbeam S7. The answer to your question is yes. His self imposed top speed is just under 60mph, this is to keep oil consumption at a reasonable level and just general mechanical sympathy for an old lady! The S8 is lighter so should manage 57 easily. My pal has had 'Beams for over 40 years and was well connected to the original Stewarts of Putney. The rear drive "problem" is largely a myth created by poor/lack of maintenance and the wrong oil. Modern hypoids are the answer. Motorway work is not the ideal place for a 50s bike but my experience is that truck drivers are usually very sympathetic to bikes, a truck driving friend tells me many drivers ride themselves as an antidote to being stuck behind the wheel all day!
REgards, Mark

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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

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