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British Bikes / Re: 1959 triumph speedtwin
« on: November 21, 2017, 04:44:12 PM »
It'll be fine.
maybe 40 in the summer, if we have one.

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British Bikes / Re: 1959 triumph speedtwin
« on: November 17, 2017, 09:41:46 AM »
just give it a good run,it will take a while before all the smoke from'the redex,sump and what's coating the exhaust system gets cleared.

just make sure the oil is returning to the tank, if it comes in spurts the pump is ok, if its a steady stream its still clearing the sump.

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British Bikes / Re: A65 68-70 front hub spindle conundrum, 55 Goldie
« on: November 16, 2017, 11:07:38 AM »
over on sickba they'll tell you how metric spanners fit all sorts as well.

Just one other reason I won't log in there.

They use crimp ons because they cannot solder properly.

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British Bikes / Re: A65 68-70 front hub spindle conundrum, 55 Goldie
« on: November 16, 2017, 09:52:09 AM »
won't be BSA either.

You do realise there are less much folk out there who know about old bikes than there are messing about with them?
I reckon10% to 90%

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British Bikes / Re: A65 68-70 front hub spindle conundrum, 55 Goldie
« on: November 15, 2017, 11:39:16 AM »
not all those threaded spindles are the same,  C12 to A10  look similar so worth checking what bike it was from.

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British Bikes / Re: A65 68-70 front hub spindle conundrum, 55 Goldie
« on: November 14, 2017, 09:59:06 PM »
Lots of mix an match possibilities with BSA.

If you have the nut off, then only the linings can be preventing it being removed.
Can you spin the plate freely? if not , try moving the brake lever which will release the grip of the linings.

Or possibly you could remove all the bearing retainers from the opposite side and knock the shaft through backwards.
Or of course it could be a right lash up and god knows what you have.

Too many bodgers have had these bikes through their hands over the years which is why 'as found'machines fetch a premium.

photos are a help everytime.

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British Bikes / Re: Stolen bikes
« on: November 14, 2017, 11:46:22 AM »
gut wrenching.

pikey territory Norfolk.

eiethr that or destined for abroad,surely too difficult to off load here ?

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British Bikes / Re: 1959 triumph speedtwin
« on: November 13, 2017, 09:10:58 PM »
Now I know you are one of us, I might be kinder to you, we have a 70s clique on here,stiff knees and all.

The 5TA does not have a sump plate it has a plug and guaze filter  needs 7/16 whit spanner if I recall.

The sump will  likely be full of oil, so you need to get that out. As regards the smoking,if its a matter of sumpoil it will smoke for a bit but will clear after a run.
Then again you might have stuck rings; if compreession is low, chuck some redex down the bore  for a week.

Modern plugs do not like being cleaned or oiled up. see if you can get some half decent old ones and use those for starting/running till its all clear; and if the plugs you bought have an R suffix, chuck them.  Right plug ofr yours is a champion N4 or equivalent.

tappets clearances ok?

taken for granted you have a fat spark? These engines are so soft they should never be hard to start.

As for getting down and under it, some kind of bench to get it up is a must at our age. I have in the past resorted to a block and tackle to lift the things up. [and a bell to call the missus to help me up sometimes].

where-abouts in the country are you?

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British Bikes / Re: 1959 triumph speedtwin
« on: November 13, 2017, 04:58:20 PM »
Didn't you ask the same question a fortnight ago?


check the valve timing as much as you like it won't make a bit of difference. Its fixed, immovable.solid

If you are in the south I can sort this out for you.

25 per hour +parts


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British Bikes / Re: Thread size
« on: November 13, 2017, 04:02:04 PM »



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British Bikes / Re: Thread size
« on: November 13, 2017, 12:09:33 PM »
This is the problem with internet bike forums, it's too easy for the lazy to ask a simple question instead of looking in the manual.

Plus its a very good point that no-one else knows what bodgery your bike has put up with inthe past.

Getting the huff about a sharp answer also pisses me off, I, and expect many others are giving away free the knowledge of a lifetime. If I could diagnose a fault over the phone or internet I am damned if I'd ever log into a web forum again, because the money would roll in.

'ere mister my bike won't start wot is it?

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British Bikes / Re: BSA B40 Headlamp Bulb.
« on: November 08, 2017, 09:12:29 PM »
standard luca wiring for headlamps is
 blue=main feed to dip switch.
blue/white}
blue/ red  } are the main and dip feeds, it does not really matter which goes to what terminal. Its the actual switch that determines if main is up or down at the lever.

brown/black =horn
earth wire is invariably red/positive on a bike of this era.

I suppose its likely you have some kind of replacement harness, would have been Briitax mostly;possibly Wipac so do not take the Haynes as holy writ.

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British Bikes / Re: 1958 triumph speedtwin
« on: October 26, 2017, 05:28:53 PM »
and then put some clean plugs and fresh juice in it

is this a unit motor? with distributor?

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There must be more old french bikes coming into the Uk  in the backs of vans these days than there are migrants coming in.

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British Bikes / Re: BSA B40 Headlamp Bulb.
« on: October 25, 2017, 12:01:17 PM »
exactly.
headlamp 60watts
coil 10watts
rear lamp 12 watts

more than enough to spare for charging.

I used to run a 350 AJS with alternator AND magneto so had over a 100 watts to blast my way down dark roads. DFor continental trips I hung one of theose Cibie Oscar lamps on the badge bar, a falsh of that made even french HGV drivers dip their lamps.

 but as with all these things good earths are essential.

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