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When you say 'loosen off' with vibration, does your inner workings of the cap have the spring action to it,
such that when you snug down the wing nut/bar, it feels like it sort-of locks down, and then shouldn't move.

Also, my cap has more of a fibre type ring seal to it.
I've seen it said these should be boiled up before use, the moisture then makes them fuel-proof.

But maybe we haven't experienced panther type vibrations, so who knows !!?

Welcome aboard.

Japanese Bikes / Re: Interesting Charging Dilemna
« on: February 12, 2019, 03:54:40 AM »
Is this actually causing a problem though ?
Could be the 'trics are sensing the battery is charged, and cutting back on the charging rate.

But, if you ride around at night, do the lights fade away to a dim glim.
Measuring the battery voltage before and after a ride may give more a hint of what is happening,
without the danger of becoming a dark motionless object on a black night !!.

Identify these bikes! / Re: Can any one identify these gearboxes?
« on: February 11, 2019, 03:52:25 AM »
The top pic looks to be a Villiers, late 1950s ?, someone who knows them should be able to narrow it down.
The 3rd pic down is a Burman CP, probably AJS or Matchless or maybe Ariel, late 40s or early 50s likely, the numbers would narrow it down.
The other 2 I'll leave for someone more familiar with them.

All of them should have numbers/identifying marks...
Folks will always be looking for these as spares, although they are unlikely to make anyone a fortune....

Identify these bikes! / Re: Can anyone ID this 1920's 30's bike ?
« on: February 10, 2019, 10:15:28 PM »
The bike doesn't necessarily have been new when the pic was taken either.
Especially back in those years when times were tough, and money didn't grow on trees.

Identify these bikes! / Re: Identify a frame.
« on: January 31, 2019, 10:01:01 PM »
That triangular area just under the fuel tank region is also quite short - unlike most vintage frames that had a long flat fuel tank aperture..
That marks it as late 20s very early 30s = early saddle tank design  ??
It looks familar, but I can't think what off...

Are there any threaded holes that you can determine if they are cycle thread or metric ?
Don't think its AJS, although there are features that look similar - as did many other makes.

British Bikes / Re: Auto advance
« on: January 29, 2019, 09:55:09 PM »
Wet plugs  ?

Always worth trying new plugs when that happens,
especially after standing for years....

British Bikes / Re: Help idenify this old bike.
« on: January 20, 2019, 09:55:30 PM »
200cc would have been an odd engine size then, 350 or 500cc would have been more common,
and are often tough to tell apart.

There are some odd features on that bike that don't really look BSA,
the forks, rocker gear, clutch and back sprocket look more like other brands. ?
The bike could of course be an amalgam, race bikes often used what was to hand...

What country is this likely to be, that often helps tracking down the rider - J Owens in this case

Identify these bikes! / Re: Any ideas?
« on: January 12, 2019, 09:34:37 AM »
Royal Enfield. Twin Cylinder, probably 1950s.
Since its been cafed a bit, not so easy to put a year to,
but approx mid 1950s model.

Bit like this one ?
EDIT - found a pic more in keeping with the year, as suggested by MM, rather than the random pic selected.

British Bikes / Re: George Clarke Motors a formidable force
« on: January 11, 2019, 10:28:54 PM »

British Bikes / Re: George Clarke Motors a formidable force
« on: January 11, 2019, 09:58:55 PM »
Ah, the sidecar part of the business was down the road a bit.

Graces Guide has a minimal entry For George Clarke Motors.
It (the adverts)  puts the main shop at 278 Brixton Hill.

This would be the red brick building with the solicitors, on the other corner to my link above.
It looks to be a recent ? rebuild, like you say London has changed.,+London+SW2+1HP,+UK/@51.4463703,-0.1244944,3a,90y,353.5h,94.21t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1soamC8f3rbu5WbxLpmdjGiA!2e0!7i16384!8i8192!4m5!3m4!1s0x4876043be1b218d1:0xbffc71601cb6a218!8m2!3d51.4462396!4d-0.124277

So, can we find a pic of the original shop ?
Pics of Pride and Clarke are everywhere.

Japanese Bikes / Re: Source of pannier keys?
« on: January 11, 2019, 09:19:01 AM »
Tried your Yamahahaha dealer ?
Yamaha would likely have sourced the panniers from a known supplier,
if you can track them down....

A lot of those panner types you can get replacement locks and keys for, for not a vast outlay.
Example of givi replacements, to replace the earlier (simpler) key types.

British Bikes / Re: George Clarke Motors a formidable force
« on: January 11, 2019, 07:22:43 AM »
Look forward to it - in bursts. !
Good that we simply don't let all the old memories fade away.

Is it someplace in this giggle streetview ?,-0.1246023,3a,75y,180h,104.16t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1st_re4MaoMqm7F1xiLinbZQ!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

Site Feedback / Re: Favicon
« on: January 09, 2019, 04:10:16 AM »
When you wave your mouse over the blank icon, it does say classic motorcycle forum index....

Good question though - maybe we could have a competition designing an icon ?

British Bikes / Re: 1955 Matchless G9
« on: January 08, 2019, 09:39:42 AM »
twin OHC   ??

Some sort of misprint, for sure...

British Bikes / Re: 66 Bonneville T120
« on: January 04, 2019, 11:50:21 PM »
And if one exhaust is still sootier than the other, and there is no mechanical reason for this (oil burning, rings, valve guide etc),
then it might well be worth checking the float level in each carb.
And also the throttle synchronisation, if one cylinder is doing more than its share of the work...

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