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British Bikes / Re: 1959 triumph speedtwin
« on: November 22, 2017, 10:32:17 AM »
Yes.

I am still a bit puzzled by the wet sumping as Triumph plunger oil pumps are not generally prone to this.

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British Bikes / Re: 1959 triumph speedtwin
« on: November 17, 2017, 10:28:26 AM »
miracles do happen

Nothing to do with miracles, just taking a methodical approach.

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British Bikes / Re: A65 68-70 front hub spindle conundrum, 55 Goldie
« on: November 16, 2017, 12:24:58 PM »
Somebody might take you seriously........

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The Classic Biker Bar / Re: Brake light
« on: November 16, 2017, 10:44:00 AM »
That's very pretty - well done.

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British Bikes / Re: A65 68-70 front hub spindle conundrum, 55 Goldie
« on: November 16, 2017, 10:42:30 AM »
My bÍte noir. Along with those horrible "pre-insulated" crimp connections that some people are so fond of using.

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British Bikes / Re: 1959 triumph speedtwin
« on: November 14, 2017, 01:49:26 PM »
Keep us informed.....

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British Bikes / Stolen bikes
« on: November 14, 2017, 10:34:59 AM »
From another forum:

STOLEN: A VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE COLLECTION.
From a Norfolk Section member.
Eleven machines were taken from a property in Norfolk.
1930 BSA Sloper.
1968 Bantam Sports.
1927 AJS
1926 Coventry Eagle
1952 Bantam.
1946 Ariel Twin Port.
1948 BSA ZB.
1914 New Hudson.
1933 Francis Barnett Lapwing
1929 Ariel 250 LH
1952 Ariel VHA.
A 4 wheel car trailer (chained to a concrete yard) was also taken. The robbery was quite sophisticated. An electric chainsaw was used to cut a hedge back to get a vehicle on the site.
If you hear anything at all about machines answering these descriptions, please inform the police.

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British Bikes / Re: 1959 triumph speedtwin
« on: November 14, 2017, 10:21:25 AM »
I am 70 years old this
year I am struggling to get under the bike to locate the sump plate.
I will gird my loins and try again.


I'm only 68 but struggle to kneel / bend down to get at low bits on the bike. If it's on its wheels it's often easier to lie down beside it but then as said getting up can be a struggle, plus of course the tendency to nod off when you're down there.

If I'm doing serious work I have the bike up on a lift but it's too much hassle for running repairs.

As others have said, valve timing doesn't move unless someone's had it apart. Ignition timing, points gap and carb jets are a different matter. I would go back to basics - drain crankcase, remove carb(s) and check for muck in / around the jets, check points gap(s), check ignition timing and operation of centrifugal advance / retard (if fitted).

Nice easy jobs and they will help you to get an understanding of the bike.

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British Bikes / Re: Thread size
« on: November 13, 2017, 09:48:37 AM »
Thanks for the support chaps!

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British Bikes / Re: Thread size
« on: November 12, 2017, 03:23:29 PM »
No, but I find my thread gauge invaluable and suggest you get one.......

They may of course not be what it started out with. I have a horrible feeling the ES2 I  bought recently has metric allen screws securing the rocker cover to the head.........

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British Bikes / Re: BSA B40 Headlamp Bulb.
« on: November 09, 2017, 02:08:17 PM »
I normally connect them so that up is main but it's your choice.

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British Bikes / Re: looking for bikes to photograph
« on: November 09, 2017, 10:39:42 AM »
yes, I agree. You do have some good pics on your website.

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British Bikes / Re: 55' 350 Goldie wheel spokes question.
« on: November 08, 2017, 03:21:24 PM »
In that case my character must be well formed.

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British Bikes / Re: 55' 350 Goldie wheel spokes question.
« on: November 08, 2017, 10:12:44 AM »
..... except when you get the wrong dimple / hub relationship first time and have to start over again......

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