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Site Feedback / Re: unpopular forum, I wonder why.
« on: March 12, 2024, 05:00:59 PM »
It's a shame that the OP who seems to be a capable person seems so touchy. But I'm sure we'll limp along without him. The population here may be small but is exceedingly knowledgeable and helpful.

Japanese Bikes / Re: A bit of wheel building.
« on: March 05, 2024, 12:28:16 PM »
I seem to remember you called me stupid a couple of posts back. You're clearly knowledgeable about stuff - it would (in my opinion) be better and more helpful if you confined your comments to stuff you know about rather than slagging off long-time posters who have provided huge amounts of useful information here.

Japanese Bikes / Re: A bit of wheel building.
« on: March 05, 2024, 10:36:25 AM »
God you're rude.

Japanese Bikes / Re: 74 TX650 cafe.racer build.
« on: March 04, 2024, 10:35:12 AM »
Not only that you can modify spoked wheels to take tubeless as I did on my Tiger 955i. As Rex says I do ride older bikes with spoked wheels / tubes but also like the security of tubeless.

And who are you calling stupid?

ps some pics of sealing....

Japanese Bikes / Re: 74 TX650 cafe.racer build.
« on: March 01, 2024, 03:41:14 PM »
You weren't behind me when I had one in the back wheel of the Commando doing 60 on a dual carriageway. The bloke following me said he was convinced I'd lose it but managed to stop safely.

Spoked wheels don't cause punctures (of course) but when a tube is punctured it often lets go catastrophically as on my Norton and the spokes just let the air out in a bang. Tubeless tyres rarely if ever go down as fast. And of course if and when a tubeless is pierced it can often be fixed in situ without recourse to tyre levers etc which at my age is a workshop only job.

Japanese Bikes / Re: 74 TX650 cafe.racer build.
« on: March 01, 2024, 10:50:37 AM »
Yes, he'll be able to spend many happy hours by the roadside fixing punctures.....

This is my tastefully(?) modded XBR500. Used a CX500 tank and a locally modified seat. The Goldie pattern silencer gives a nice deep tone but no twitter sadly. I decided against spoked wheels for the above reason - not to mention cost!

British Bikes / Re: Albion EJ Final drive sprocket 17T
« on: February 16, 2024, 10:39:06 AM »
What about this - to be bored and welded? I used a big one for the rear wheel sprocket on my Tri-Greeves.

British Bikes / Re: 1950s Francis Barnett
« on: February 02, 2024, 10:38:37 AM »
That definitely looks like a Plover - I had one as my first bike way back. It was quite reliable but slow.......

197cc 8E engine IIRC.

British Bikes / Re: Tiger T100s 500cc engine knock
« on: January 31, 2024, 03:16:00 PM »
Does it have the bronze timing side bush or ball bearing?

British Bikes / Re: 1910s/1920s Silver paint?
« on: October 16, 2023, 02:37:24 PM »
For Norton tanks, I use Simoniz wheel silver aerosols. Tough and hard wearing, fairly petrol resistant and a nice satin finish.

British Bikes / Re: Troubleshooting a JAP Special
« on: August 29, 2023, 11:50:57 AM »
I've bitten the bullet and ordered a 20mm device (equivalent to the standard 3TA monobloc). I'm emboldened by the fact I just bought a complete CDI / coil package for my Honda XBR500 and it seems to work as well as the Dutch one I paid 110 for. How much for the ebay item? 10.56. And it arrived today after ordering on Sunday......

British Bikes / Re: Troubleshooting a JAP Special
« on: August 28, 2023, 04:59:25 PM »
There is some chat about viton tipped fuel needles, or not, in monoblocs.

Yep, some claim that the Viton needles are prone to sticking "up" and shutting the supply of juice off.
Re the pit bike Choagy carbs, an old boy I know paid 14 for one off Ebay, and stuck it on his reluctant Tiger Cub. Apparently it started second kick and even ticks over fresh out the box.

I've heard this myself which is why I'm considering it. Ebay also has sets of main & idle jets for a couple of quid or so. I've never had the experience if viton needles sticking despite using them for decades.

British Bikes / Re: Troubleshooting a JAP Special
« on: August 27, 2023, 04:38:35 PM »
That'll be fun.....

I am considering a Chinese pitbike carb for my Tri-Greeves. I have the correct monobloc but it's missing bits and is in poor shape. For 15 must be worth a punt......

British Bikes / Re: Norton gearbox mainshaft
« on: August 10, 2023, 02:56:05 PM »
Hi John.

I have the same box in my 1952 ES2 but cannot help re length etc. I'm not sure if the NOC forum is open to non-members but that would be the best source of insormation as I do remember conversations about this very topic.

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