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Identify these bikes! / Re: Vintage wheel identification
« on: November 26, 2020, 01:39:40 AM »
Its even got a Goodyear tyre on it.
The evidence is stacking up....

Show the non-brake side.
And what diam is that drum.

British Bikes / Re: norton Electra Questions
« on: November 21, 2020, 09:38:17 PM »
There are Electra Parts Books on ebay, seemingly without bidding frenzies.
So there will be photocopies around - probably at double the price !

Are there no oil seals shown ?

Identify these bikes! / Re: Barn find Raleigh
« on: November 20, 2020, 09:21:46 PM »
That is a nice project.
Give it a good wipeover, clean, and wax and polish, you may be surprised at how well it will come up.
Original paint and finish bikes are highly prized these days.
If that were mine, I wouldn't alter anything.
It will get a lot of attention.
They are only original ONCE !

It is later than the wedge tank models, and still has the maggie in front of the engine.
That makes it later 1920s.
Its a sidevalve single (obviously).
What does the other side look like - something like this (not the right muffler)  this a 1928 M1 500cc

Raleigh of Nottingham made their own motorcycles and engines, and also sold them (engines) under the 'Sturmey Archer' brand.
Gearboxes also, many a maker used their gearboxes.

American Bikes / Re: 1914 two speed American X
« on: November 19, 2020, 09:50:36 PM »
Perhaps the Excelsior was the under-performer - I suspect that if a reserve were set it would be higher than the selling price.

Someone got a bargain there.

(Reserve not met)

British Bikes / Re: Dowty or fibre washer
« on: November 18, 2020, 10:01:27 PM »
Are you casting nasturtiums on the written word ?!

Everything you read on the internet is true.
I read that on the internet ...

European and Other Bikes / Re: Vintage French Bikes
« on: November 12, 2020, 10:11:28 AM »
The Manual says to put a tyre on the front wheel, and go for a test ride.  ??

You should probably know that the subjects of cheap french motorcycles have been discussed here,
numerous times, recently. Mostly the knowledge of such bikes is to be found in France, so a working
knowledge of the French language would seem to be rather essential. Parlez-vous français ?

I don't think the bike would be spoiled if you fitted slightly-non-standard forks and front hub if you can't find the exact items.

I'd comment that I fitted a front wheel off I think a Honda XL175 to something similar.
It uses a (modern) 21" front trials type tyre of the drop centre type,
the axle required a little machining to make it fit, and a brake anchor.
A coat of black, and you can barely spot the difference.
Until the correct wheel comes along....

British Bikes / Re: Triumph x series
« on: November 10, 2020, 09:50:14 PM »
What is it specifically you need to know about the engine ?  (pic chosen at random)

The Vintage Club would likely have a Marque Expert or person on Villiers engines,
and a fair collection of literature too. e.g.

33d6 (corrected !)  here on this forum is au fait with most Villiers technicalities also ...

British Bikes / Re: Norton Owners Club
« on: October 22, 2020, 10:28:58 AM »
True !
But shows what can be done.

Aren't the NOC reputed to be the wealthiest club in motorcycle land.
Members have been  bemoaning this and the lack of action for quite some wee while now. ?
At least they didn't fall for that ruse of buying back the spares business they funded to
set up in the first place ...

British Bikes / Re: Norton Owners Club
« on: October 21, 2020, 11:15:52 PM »
Yes, it can also be slow (probably for the same reason). However, a few days ago it speeded up quite significantly - apparently some server tweaks.

I just viewed the NOC website -  the forum section.
My data use just skyrocketed - it pulled 50 mb just to view the initial page.

I don't know how they do it, but technically that is abysmal.
Half a mb would be considered normal to large ...

btw, isn't the Vincent Owners Club considered the best as far as club spare go ?
At some point, someone built up a complete Vincent from the spares on offer,
that is quite some achievement.

You could probably do the same these days with Norton spares from Andover Norton,
but only in recent days ...

British Bikes / Re: Norton Owners Club
« on: October 21, 2020, 10:50:49 PM »
Seems strange (to me) that the NOC has a spares scheme as they're usually for bikes which have no recognised (or a very limited) commercial operations supplying spares, and i wouldn't have thought Norton fitted that bill.

For many years, mudguards for the early Model 7 Norton Dommie twins were unobtanium - they were big and heavy and wide and pointy in the middle,
and owners apparently junked them in the pursuit of more speed. (?)

None of the regular UK suppliers did them, or would consider them.
Several requests to the NOC for a batch to be commissioned was met with a blanket refusal.
No reason given.
This culminated a few years ago with someone in the US bidding $1500 for a pair on UK fleabay, he really wanted them !!

These days, the only option is to consider Indian made ones, and although the Indians can turn out some excellent products,
the Model 7 pointy guards are a bit rough and ready and not exactly like the originals. They work for the 10 yard rule though...
The early version with the swaged edges like this brochure pic are particularly unobtanium

British Bikes / Re: Norton Owners Club
« on: October 21, 2020, 11:54:58 AM »
Join via the website: Only £15 /year for international membership.

Be aware that that website chews a huge amount of data, for no obvious reason that I can see.
If you have an unlimited interweb account this is of no concern, but I noticed on a tablet the data
required for just a few minutes viewing way exceeded the rest of a part days (light) viewing.
Checked this several times, quite a ways apart, same result each time.
It could just be the rolling parade of pictures, (so could be blocked ?)  but the data use was not optimal ....

Which duly went down in the records as 'magneto failure'  ?!

British Bikes / Re: Norton Owners Club
« on: October 21, 2020, 04:42:21 AM »
Can't say I've even heard of that american connection.
There are a couple of other USA clubs that have some affiliation,
such as the Californian lot and the International INOA club.
Quite what the connection is though ?

The NOC is on facebook these days, enquire there. ?

I found being a member if not in the UK was a less than satisfactory arrangement,
apart from getting access to spares. Supply of which was a little haphazard ... ?
The magazine had lots of interesting stuff, if you had years and years of magazines collected,
and were a died-in-the-wool Nortoneer.

British Bikes / Re: ATD
« on: October 17, 2020, 10:54:24 PM »
The name of that disease is 'shellacticus'.

Them being insulated with shellac.
When it degrades and turns to mush, you have a problem.

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