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The Classic Biker Bar / Re: what do I have?
« on: October 12, 2017, 03:45:16 PM »
Put new tyres on it, give it a rub down with an oily rag then stick it on Ebay with silly-arse comments like "barn find" and "just needs a spark plug to run". When some mug  avid buyer gives you the money you can go and buy something you'll enjoy riding at more than 20 mph and without looking like the district nurse.. ;)

Identify these bikes! / Re: Bike ID Please
« on: October 10, 2017, 09:19:22 AM »
I wonder if Charles Howell rode the bike to work at the studio?

I rather doubt it as it was just a prop, and probably clean as a whistle so punters didn't get grease on their clothing. It's in front of a backdrop too, so unless he repositioned it perfectly every day...
There's another similar pic with two girls which is used in ads in the back of the glossies now, and as I recall that's a Raleigh.

British Bikes / Re: Importing classics
« on: October 07, 2017, 05:31:24 PM »
It's easy, but you must get a SORN certificate.
With it it's all straight forward, and without it, it's impossible.
{Despite what the "experts" may say, you can get a SORN cert some after importation, but it's all just easier if you do it at the time}

Identify these bikes! / Re: Bike ID Please
« on: October 06, 2017, 06:11:40 PM »
I meant to add, I bet the number plate is made up, and was the photographer's initials and the year it was taken.
A little bit of subtle advertising... ;)

Identify these bikes! / Re: Bike ID Please
« on: October 06, 2017, 04:24:27 PM »
I'm crap with 1930s bikes but even I can see "Eagle" on the tank!
I'm guessing it's a photographer's prop?

European and Other Bikes / Re: Terrot MT 1, 100cc 2 stroke: non-starter!
« on: September 25, 2017, 09:07:36 AM »
Another old Froggie?
You must be a glutton for punishment!

European and Other Bikes / Re: Terrot MT 1, 100cc 2 stroke: non-starter!
« on: September 23, 2017, 09:45:54 PM »
Certainly. I'm not saying your bike had this set-up originally, but can you run a wire from the insulated side of the points to a handlebar-mounted kill-switch, such that when the button is pressed the points are earthed?
Note, don't use an old-style metallic push button or you'll get a tingle when you push it. ;) 

European and Other Bikes / Re: Terrot MT 1, 100cc 2 stroke: non-starter!
« on: September 22, 2017, 10:39:58 PM »
Run a wire to earth the points?

British Bikes / Re: Electrician
« on: September 17, 2017, 04:12:04 PM »
And that's another one. Nothing says "I don't really understand simple mechanics" than a length of B&Q's finest metric studding and nuts used as a replacement for a long double-ended stud.
Americans seem especially keen on doing this with lengths of "All-thread".

British Bikes / Re: Electrician
« on: September 17, 2017, 11:17:59 AM »
. My ES2 has a harness made of trailer wire and connector blocks and when I rewire it I would expect to spend much less than a day on it.

The number one "Mr Bodge is in town" alert....choc blocks and trailer wire, along with tape joints and red and blue crimps. Still, on a bike with a mag it shouldn't take too long as there's no ignition circuits.
I don't like wires/looms showing, so running it clipped up under the rear mudguard can take a bit of time especially if holes need drilling and grommetting. Nothing worse (especially on rigids) than seeing the rear light cables taped to the rear frame stays.. :o

British Bikes / Re: Electrician
« on: September 16, 2017, 07:36:58 PM »
Depending on what said "sparky" is charging per hour, could be a very nice little earner.......

I assumed it was some sort of mate's job. I can't imagine how dumb someone would be to be actually paying someone an hourly rate for a job stretched out like this, and then to go on-line and defend it by saying that it's being done properly.
I would say the OP's been done properly too...or words to that effect.

British Bikes / Re: Service for Triumph T140D
« on: September 16, 2017, 01:29:15 PM »
"Modern Triumph garages" wouldn't have a clue! Are "Rockerbox" in the Farnham area still going? They used to be OK. If I was you I'd spring for a new battery, a manual, some oil and do it myself.
If it took a whole morning you'd be taking it easy as there's really nothing to them.

British Bikes / Re: Electrician
« on: September 16, 2017, 01:26:04 PM »
In the FB group called "motorcycle projects" there's a thread on this very subject; someone has said a "sparky" is doing it for him, and so far it's taken four Saturdays at eight hours a piece. When we all expressed our err....surprise, he said "ah but this guy's doing it properly"
32 hours and counting, just for a motorbike. No wonder some can't make a living at what they do... :-\

British Bikes / Re: Villiers 13D not starting when warm
« on: September 15, 2017, 06:29:25 PM »
Again, those symptoms aren't universal, and a seal would need to be "gone" to the point of destroyed to non-existence before that would happen, but it would have considered to have failed (and impossible to start) long before that.. 

Wanted Bikes / Re: Wanted Possible Swap
« on: September 15, 2017, 06:25:23 PM »
As they say, God loves an optimist... ;)

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