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British Bikes / Re: AMAL 289 questions
« on: Today at 12:08:13 AM »
You do know that getting eight (!!) Amals synchronized is going to be half a nightmare !

Wasn't it said that the Guzzi V8 never ran on more than 7 cylinders at a time.
They were of course Dell'Ortos, but the same principles apply.

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American Bikes / Re: 1914 two speed American X
« on: July 31, 2020, 10:58:04 AM »
Nice bike John, I'll bet that'll go for a few $$

but it's usually when people don't follow the guide, hope to shortcut the process or even pull a flanker that things go awry.

Indeed. Bureaucracy these days has a whole lot of boxes that the computer needs to see filled in to say 'done'.

I transferred a bike to another state, and a young lass came out with a clipboard and several pages flapping on it.
I thought here we go.
She said 'seat' and I pointed to seat (!)(she did look).
Mufflers, horn, good tyres, brakes, mirror, blinkers, blah de blah.
All done, that was easy, collect some $$, here is your certificate.

I'm sure if I'd taken say in an Aardvark, and it had never been registered, it may have been different...

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European and Other Bikes / Re: Cito KG
« on: July 31, 2020, 05:52:52 AM »
I can find them as Kreiger Gnadiig after WW1, Cito was their prewar branding ??

This might not display

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British Bikes / Re: Warren's Shed
« on: July 30, 2020, 09:23:28 AM »
There is a surprising amount of info online when you google it.
Not a commonly seen engine layout ...



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Identify these bikes! / Re: My grandfathers bike
« on: July 30, 2020, 12:43:05 AM »
So if you'd shown your bike this photo, it would have said "granddad !".

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BF etc was for sale overseas (from Austria) so who knows where it might be.
Advertised as a 1912 model, but doesn't entirely match the 1912 catalog ?

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Forks are another giveaway identity point
Its a veteran model too,

Indeed, as a veteran it has to be pre 1914


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and Iím sure someone will identify the exact year and model.

Rider is sitting up above the tank, so its pre 1912.
Its got mudguards, so its not a TT model.
So will have pedals for starting.
Could be the full touring model.
Belt drive with no gearbox. (might have 3 speeds in the hub, as an optional extra)

With that numberplate, someone who REALLY knows their stuff and Triumphs will probably be able to
pin it down to an exact year, and even which town and/or village it comes from as well !

For sale/sold recently.
(and I just realised this one doesn't have the ignition lever on the side of the tank ...)



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British Bikes / Re: AJS 350 JAMPOT 1953
« on: July 17, 2020, 12:36:35 AM »
WHY ARE SOME OF US SHOUTING HERE  ??!

Ajays of that vintage generally use a chronometric Smiths 120 mph or maybe 80mph,
so the speedo drive would be a 2:1 drive on the back wheel.

Make sure you get the correct rotation, the worm gear is up top and the cable pointing forwards.

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British Bikes / Re: Part Suppliers for 1969 Meriden Triumph TR6
« on: June 29, 2020, 10:43:01 PM »
Usually you just slosh a bit of kerosene in, and slosh it out again, and see what comes out.
When what comes out is clean, and it looks clean inside, its good.
Don't forget the final rinse out with some clean engine oil.

If it has a solid inch deep of metal particles/carbon sludge, now set solid, it may be a different matter.
And, you want to preserve the paint on it.....

Tell us where its at ?

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British Bikes / Re: Part Suppliers for 1969 Meriden Triumph TR6
« on: June 20, 2020, 06:31:24 AM »
I've been  twice been asked to leave bike shows because my restored bike was far above the rest; that was  the reason given, not my conceit. I have had to give back a trophy because  they found I restored for a living,been asked to leave shows for same reason;  one VMCC section used to alter the rules to stop me as a trader taking home a trophy, again.

One of the chaps here taught "motor vehicle restoration" for a living through the local vehicle training repair school, and everything he turned out himself was concours.
So after he won a few trophies, the local bike club made him a judge - and of course you can't give your own bikes any trophies ..
Simple solution to sticky problem

And make sure you cast an eye over the judging rules.
A chopper/bobber BSA C10 won a trophy one year, brass plated fittings and lurid green and all.
No other entries in its class, no rule to say no trophy shall be given ...

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British Bikes / Re: Part Suppliers for 1969 Meriden Triumph TR6
« on: June 18, 2020, 09:04:14 AM »
Some things are just inexplicable ?

At an estate clearance hereabouts, a quite renowned character in the motorcycle world had in excess of 30 LE Velocettes.
By any measure, that is a lot.
The story goes though that he had one in every city where they had a/did business, (and some spare) and he just carried a set of plates in his pocket,
so he'd arrive by train, bolt em on and away he'd go. Never any problems with the authorities.
The good old days.

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British Bikes / Re: Part Suppliers for 1969 Meriden Triumph TR6
« on: June 18, 2020, 05:31:57 AM »
"Got any Leader stuff ?"
"Got any money ?"
"Naaa"
"Naaa"

https://www.hemmings.com/blog/wp-content/uploads//2017/02/Ariel-Collection.jpg

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British Bikes / Re: Can anyone identify this crinkle hub?
« on: June 10, 2020, 11:04:38 PM »
This movie (!!) of it sez its B25.

I couldn't watch. The plot might be rich, but the characters are sure to be a bit stiff and metallic ??

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQK2YAD5OCQ

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Japanese Bikes / Re: Suzuki gt550 Smoking Issue
« on: May 29, 2020, 02:13:27 AM »
How far have you run this ?
Checked your transmission oil lately ?

If you google this problem, there are a LOT of similar cases.
Leaky seals from the transmission is one, 2 stroke oil settling
in the crankcases and taking a long time to burn out is another.
Not knowing the full history is none too helpful either...
Good luck.

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British Bikes / Re: T100 68 lighting problem
« on: May 24, 2020, 11:23:57 PM »
That diagram shows 2 brown/white wires off the same rectifier connection, one of which disappears off the bottom of the diagram. !

Where would that go to ?
This may have some bearing on what is going on here ...

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