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The Classic Biker Bar / Re: Needle in a Haystack?
« on: September 13, 2018, 11:27:22 PM »
That email doesn't come up when I try it, must be something to do with being 1/2 a world away.
I've dropped the guy an email just in case.
Thanks for that.

The Classic Biker Bar / Re: Needle in a Haystack?
« on: September 10, 2018, 07:16:38 PM »
Hi Guys
Unfortunately, I've got nothing else to go on. No location, nothing.
There may have been a phone number back in 2001, but the emails from back then have all fallen out of the bottom of the computer.
Just hoping that someone may recognise the name...............once we get snared by bikes, it's not so often that we give it up.

The Classic Biker Bar / Needle in a Haystack?
« on: September 10, 2018, 09:43:27 AM »
This is an extremely longshot, but who knows what may turn up?
Back in 2001, a friend in Oz (who I've lost touch with - why do people change their email address when it's the only contact detail you have? Are they trying to tell me something?) placed an advert for me in one or more Oz motorcycling magazines. I was interested in tracing owners of a particular New Hudson model range from the early 30s. One reply was forwarded on to me, from a Colin D Hutton, who at the time had an email address of Colin had the remains of a couple of bikes slightly earlier than the model range I was interested in, so other than exchanging pleasantries, it fizzled out.
Turn the clock on 13 years, and guess what - I bought 2 incomplete projects of the same type as Colin had! I've tried to locate Colin a few times over the last 4 years with no success. I notice that a goodly proportion of the crowd on here are out in Oz, and wondered if any of you might know of Colin, if he's still around and how I can contact him?
I know Oz in a massive place, but there's only a 1/3 of you compared to the overcrowded UK, so I'm sure you'll all know each other  ;)
New Hudsons prior to 1934 are thin on the ground to start off with, but as soon as you start looking at a particular model, the numbers drop off a cliff!
Cheers Keith

British Bikes / Re: Royal Enfield 1931 crankshaft wanted
« on: September 09, 2018, 02:33:59 PM »
No cranks or bottom ends at Netley/Beaulieu, but this side valve was up for sale with no spares to speak of.
The guy reckoned it was a 500, but I'm not sure, looks smaller, and only single down tube. It's the same sloper/bulbous crankcases/integral oil tank range.

It's definitely late '30s onwards, the adjuster handwheel on the forks came in (I think) about 1938.
There should be a separate oil tank that fits in between the engine and gearbox, between the engine plates.
Tank doesn't look right, and wouldn't have been chrome on a utility lightweight.
It may be "grey porridge", but it's a survivor. It deserves another day.

Autojumble / Re: Druid forks
« on: August 23, 2018, 08:49:40 PM »
If you can find me a set of double damped heavyweight Webbs for my 1930 model 86, I could do you a swop.
My Druids are for a 1928/29 500, but probably similar - depending on what size you are looking for - 250, 350, 500, 600?
1/2 a world away in the UK, but it's a small world these days! Daft thing is - these forks came from New Zealand!

British Bikes / Re: Royal Enfield 1931 crankshaft wanted
« on: August 23, 2018, 08:38:42 PM »
Hi Axel
Those early 30s engines occasionally turn up on ebay. I had to correct one guy who thought he was selling a New Hudson bottom end!
I'll keep an eye open in my areas of interest/events, you never know.
That's the same stroke as the 1140 KX, could the flywheels be the same? - not that they will be any easier to find (but Alan Hitchcock does replacement flywheels I believe, due to the cracking problem)?
The original part no. is certainly different, but often the casting no. is different to the part no.
Don't have an engine open at the mo' so can't check.
Cheers Keith

British Bikes / Re: Watney m/c
« on: June 13, 2018, 10:07:54 PM »
Sorry, everything in my post seems to have been said before by others!
Maybe I missed the 2nd page! Oops. :-[

British Bikes / Re: Watney m/c
« on: June 12, 2018, 07:36:19 PM »
Rim sizes were based on the beaded edge tyre size back then. There were quite a lot more tyre/rim sizes available than there are today.
(I've got a new, old stock Dunlop Clipper 26 x 2 3/8 in the shed), god knows what size the rim should be!
Basically you have 2 choices, 26 x 2 or 26 x 2 1/2. I would suggest 26 x 2 1/2 is most appropriate - I have an early 20s 250cc Triple H that runs 26 x 2 1/2 tyres and rims.
The 26 x 2 size is more appropriate for veteran machinery, as tyre sizes started smaller (descended from push bike sizes) and grew as time progressed.
26 x 2 1/2 beaded edge tyres have had a supply problem recently (Ensign brand), but I believe it may be past or at least coming to an end.
The belt rim will be more of a problem. There is currently nobody in the UK making replacement belt rims. I've been investigating with a chap in West Yorks who used to be a supplier, but quit when the quality of deep drawing steel sheet dropped off, he claimed that 5 out of 6 rims ended up as scrap!
Still trying to coerce him into making an odd one for me, but as practically every belt rim is different, they are very labour intensive for creating the formers to help generate the shape.
Good luck with the rebuild, hope to see it at Banbury one day!

British Bikes / Re: Massey & Massey Arran motorcycles
« on: March 13, 2018, 10:40:04 PM »
It sure does! It may have come to me with:
the wrong engine
the wrong gearbox
incorrect wheels
but it did have Maplestone front forks.
I've only ever seen one other set sold on ebay about 18 months back, that were for a larger bike.
The guy selling had never heard of Maplestone.
More info/pics at www.
I knew it was an Ozzy design, but I'd no idea they were being made pre WW1.
Cheers Keith

British Bikes / Re: Massey & Massey Arran motorcycles
« on: March 04, 2018, 06:47:29 PM »
Hi Leon
I'm not totally confident on dates, but I think I remember reading in Tragatsch many years back, that Triple H came first, with the 250cc Morris engine. Although I got my bike without any documents/history, I've always thought of it as 1922.
At some point, 1 x Hobbis moved to Massey Arran. I think the story went that the other Hobbis and Horrell formed 'Triplette' using a different proprietary engine of 175cc. I don't think I've seen a picture of a Triplette, no idea if it looks similar to my bike (mine's the bottom version in the attachment). If M-A took over HHH premises, I don't know where the Triplette was assembled.

British Bikes / Re: Massey & Massey Arran motorcycles
« on: January 16, 2018, 10:47:34 PM »
Massey Arran were at one time in residence in Alvechurch Road, West Heath, Birmingham.
I believe it was just after Triple H stopped production round about 1923/4. (of interest to me as I have a Triple H, but don't have a M-A).
One of the 'H's of Triple H, a Mr Hobbis stayed on to become Massey Arran's works manager.
Not sure when M-A folded, but evidently they had moved to Blackburn by then.
Info from the late Bob Currie VMCC Journal April 1970.

Have you looked through the early 1920s issues of the Motor Cycle online?

The Classic Biker Bar / Re: Brake light
« on: November 07, 2017, 01:30:25 PM »
Just a comment on R's mention of the use of cycle rear LED lights..........I went down this route a couple of months back, as I wanted a rear brake light for a veteran (no electrics).
I went down to the local cycle accessory outlet, chose one with quite a large illuminated area and came home ready to work wonders.
I fitted a universal brake light switch low down, clamped the spring onto the dummy belt rim brake rod, and wired back to the picnic hamper I have on the rear carrier. I took the batteries out of the new light, and soldered wires to each internal terminal, drilled a hole in the body, brought the wires out and then sealed up the body. I then placed a remote battery pack with on/off switch in the picnic hamper and connected all up. The LED light has 3 modes, so chose the permanent illumination mode and left LED switch in this position. Adjusted until brake switch brought light on, and off as anticipated.
Imagine my surprise when I went out for a run and it stopped working - it turns out the LED circuitry has something that prevents this type of use! Anything more than 2 1/2 minutes gap between presses of the brake pedal, and it stops working! Dismount from the bike, press the LED switch 3 or 4 times to get back to square 1, and it becomes functional again.
I contacted the importers AND the Japanese manufacturers, both were totally unhelpful.

At that point I gave up!

Identify these bikes! / Re: Rusted, hanging on the wall in a Melbourne cafe
« on: September 30, 2017, 10:43:56 PM »
Don't know where chaterlea25 is located (I'm in the UK), but I have a bare Chater Lea hub in excellent condition and a Moss screw on hand change lever (may even still have the entire box). No idea what model CL the hub is for, or whether it's front or rear, but it's definitely marked up as CL. Both of no particular use to me. If interested, pm me. Stuff I'm interested in and looking for parts for:

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