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Japanese Bikes / Re: Mystery clutch?
« on: August 23, 2018, 10:15:54 PM »
Clever looking mod  :D
Suzuki GSX (R) 's from the Eighties early ninety's used solid clutch outer drums with that tooth profile
What diameter is the outside of the drum,
I bought a few Suzi clutches on fleabay with the intention of making a replacement clutch similar to the Pearson BSA
so could measure for comparison if you need to


British Bikes / Re: Villiers engine
« on: August 10, 2018, 12:01:02 PM »
Hi Ken,
Thanks for the lathe photo,
Its a fine looking machine,
I used to have a Woodhouse and Mitchell (Junior 7) but traded that and got a Harrison 165, a bit sorry I did that  :(
I also have a Colchester Triumph 2000 short bed

It looks like the Villiers was cut down to make a power unit to drive some machine or other
That was a very common thing to happen back in time  ::)


British Bikes / Re: Villiers engine
« on: August 09, 2018, 08:02:58 PM »
Cannot help with the Villiers but can you tell us a little (or post some pics) about the fine looking lathe in the backround?


British Bikes / Re: triumph t 100
« on: August 04, 2018, 09:11:43 PM »
Hi All,
The chrome tubing was robbed from all the payphones  :o


British Bikes / Re: Monobloc carb slides
« on: August 04, 2018, 09:09:59 PM »
Hi Ian,
If you shorten the slide to reduce the cutaway the needle clip position will need to be moved the same amount
(if you have enough grooves to compensate)
Filing the intake side only will increase the cutaway, the opposite of what you want to do


Identify these bikes! / Re: Help identify Coventry Eagle, 1928 or 1929?
« on: August 04, 2018, 02:02:54 PM »
Hi Micke,
I know the big v twins with the external plates bolted to the cast in rocker pillars are referreed to as "dog ear"
But I would have always considered the engine in the linked pic as a dog ear,
Anyway what I wrote earlier still stands, mucho £,$,Ä, SEK  !!!
That is the type of engine for sale in the link I gave you, (not sure id single port?)
I have not seen another one for sale in 30 years!!!

Some years ago I found such a head and remembered that there was someone on this forum looking for one
I put it with the rest of an early 30's 350 engine and sold it to the advertiser

You need to source a lot more parts for the project bike, do not get hung up on finding the engine parts, but work with what you have and get the bike completed, blank off the left exhaust port if you only want to fit a single pipe.
There is no point is chasing an image in a photo of someone else's bike, without strong proof how do you know what was supplied 90 years ago
Catalogs were only a guide, production by small manufacturers (especially)varied quite a lot from the catalog images


Identify these bikes! / Re: Help identify Coventry Eagle, 1928 or 1929?
« on: August 03, 2018, 10:18:39 PM »
Hi Micke,
if anyone is selling a top without the rocker cover, Iím buying it

I think you mean the "dog ear" type head ?
They are rare and very expensive
Pete's bike's had a complete engine at Stafford in April.

I would not it it worry me about the engine date, the J.A.P 1929 year production started in August /September 1928
Who knows what CE threw together for export ::) ::)


British Bikes / Re: Cush drive , necessary or not
« on: August 03, 2018, 08:31:42 PM »
Hi All,
A major consideration when adding an electric leg to old brit iron is the quality (cranking amps) of the battery
Look at, and note the battery used
A proper battery will give a couple of hundred starts without recharging  8)
The Alton starter fitted to Vincents needs this battery to work even using the valve lifter

A friend who has had two new hips has fitted a Honda car starter to his vintage black Ariel  :o
He fitted a ring gear to the back of the clutch and fitted the starter behind the gearbox
Total loss battery (PC680) but it lasts for months between charges


British Bikes / Re: Cush drive , necessary or not
« on: August 01, 2018, 10:47:29 PM »
Rex is correct, you need a 12v regulator, I have converted several dynamo's to 12v
You can also get a 6v dynamo to charge a 12v battery with a suitable regulator, it needs to spin faster than a converted one to start charging though
A 6v regulator would not charge a 12 v battery
When buying the suggested DVR2 you need to specify that its a converted dynamo

Supplier of parts said regulator cutout should be ok

That statement is complete rubbish,


British Bikes / Re: Misfire on Triton
« on: July 18, 2018, 09:30:14 PM »
I would hook on a decent sized battery and see if the performance improves ?
I know guys on the BSA C forum have had problems running with small AH batteries


British Bikes / Re: 1952 Norton ES2 spark plug
« on: July 18, 2018, 09:26:29 PM »
Hi All,
I tend to set the timing on old engines by setting at TDC on full retard
The advance on the lever to find the best running position.
Then readjust that to the full advance position
I have just finished a 23 HD and set it like that, I have all the HD handbooks from 1919 to 29 and the timing figures
changed to give more advance every couple of years, I'm presuming that was because the fuel was improving in quality
through those years ???


British Bikes / Re: Need New Head Gasket
« on: July 17, 2018, 10:57:38 PM »
My opinion is that a solid copper head gasket is the best solution
It is relatively easy to make one yourself cutting it out of some copper sheet say 1mm thick
sandwich the copper between two pieces of plywood, mark out the holes drill through then cut the inside and outside with a jigsaw, anneal before fitting
Lani will make you a gasket from a dimensioned drawing or sample
I have used his products and they are very good value (as well as making my own)


Hi All,
so throwing money at a resto will definitely produce results

I dont know about that  ::)
there are plenty so called restorers out there who will take all your money to restore a bike
BUT it still will not be repaired

Beware of shiny sh1te  >:( >:(

I have lost count of the repairs I had to do to get some "restored" bikes roadworthy for the people who had bought them!!!
Almost impossible to try and go back to get satisfaction from sellers  :(


Hi Terrotmt1

Have you made any progress?


British Bikes / Re: A10 gear box problems
« on: June 26, 2018, 07:03:36 PM »
HI All
On the A7/10 forum the consensus is the BSA 6-spring clutch was the best design

I believe they are referring to the plunger model clutch, not the S/A one

Magnetoman has posted a long and detailed rebuild of a six spring on
However there is no mention of town driving with it  ::)

There should be no end float on the BSA gearbox
If the kickstart ratchet nut is loose or the small bearing inside the ratchet is worn endfloat will be apparent

You do not say what brand friction plates are in the clutch?
Basically anything other than Surflex brand are crap (unless you opt for the 7 plate conversion)
A remote possibility is that a clutch plate is warping when it gets hot (Yes it has happened on one of my bikes)
Crappy imported inner and outer baskets will cause more problems sooner than later
ATF ? is for automatic transmissions not clutches, it absorbs air bubbles
I use oil intended for modern bikes with wet clutches 10/40 grade (NOT car oil)


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