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British Bikes / Re: t100s rebore
« on: April 02, 2008, 06:45:19 PM »
If the smoke clears quickly, there's probably no problem.
As long as it starts and runs, IIAB,DFI...as they say ;)

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British Bikes / Re: Tank sealant
« on: March 24, 2008, 10:19:58 PM »
Yes, and if you want to go to the web-site and actually view and buy something, you'll have to use .co.uk.
Thanks again for the link, and feel free to have the last word, if it's important.

BTW, you can't be "a pedantic". The word is "pedant".

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British Bikes / Re: Tank sealant
« on: March 23, 2008, 05:19:27 PM »
No call for any of that. My correction was info for anyone else who may need this stuff, not to be "clever" to you.



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British Bikes / Re: Tank sealant
« on: March 22, 2008, 10:20:10 PM »
Thanks, I've paid for a tin of sealant remover; hope it does what it says on the tin!
BTW it's .co.uk at the end, not .com

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British Bikes / Tank sealant
« on: March 22, 2008, 05:12:15 PM »
Has anyone ever found a way to remove petrol/gas tank sealer?
One of my tanks has been done badly, so I need to remove it and redo it.
The local Dip'n'Strip place failed, as did NitroMors paint stripper, and I'm getting desperate!

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British Bikes / Re: 6 or 12 volt
« on: March 19, 2008, 09:11:00 PM »
12V every time. Better lights, cheaper (and more choice) batteries, bulbs from any car parts place, solid state rectifiers,etc etc.
The question should be "why NOT convert?" as it's so cheap and easy.

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British Bikes / Re: I'll Bet ....
« on: February 13, 2008, 06:25:04 AM »
And it was taken on top of Portsdown Hill looking South probably near the Nelson Memorial, at 10.32 am.
OK, I made that last bit up..... :) but as there used to be regular commemorations of Nelson's life by the Senior Service, you can bet that's what these two skates are doing there.

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British Bikes / Re: original or chopper?
« on: January 10, 2008, 05:17:04 PM »
Choppers went out with Donny Osmond and platform shoes.
Boring then and boring now.
People who build custom bikes (Bobbers are in now) tend to build from bits sourced from Ebay or swapmeets, but ripping up an original bike is both crass and expensive.
Far better to sell the bike to a rider who'll use it, then build what you want with the money.

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British Bikes / Re: Extortionate Nuts and Bolts
« on: December 22, 2007, 05:48:09 AM »
No, definitely NOT desirable.
Good point made about sub-standard imported bolts too, and is why I'd always use a cleaned up and replated original bolt over a new "replacement" any day.
There really IS more to choosing and using nuts and bolts than the ease of buying new shiny ones.......

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British Bikes / Re: Extortionate Nuts and Bolts
« on: December 19, 2007, 11:25:41 PM »
You really have to be realistic. If the machine is not intended as a show-piece but as a useable mode of transport/fun, then why not use whatever is best/easily obtainable.
If a metric nut and bolt can be used where a Whitworth, or whatever was, then use it. Not everyone walks around with a micrometer or vernier guage and is about to pounce on your bike with a thread pitch guage.

It's about doing a "good" job. As the Imperial stuff is readily available there's no excuse for fitting metric fasteners.
As someone else has said, if nothing else it means only one set of spanners needed, and that's apart from the rather obvious metric bolt markings (ie no vernier needed).





If, as some would like, you go for purity, then you should have crappy tyres, crappy lights and ride with goggles and a cork helmet/flat cap or none at all.

That's taking the debate to the ridiculous extreme....

Originality has it's place but practicality and common sense must prevail.

Agreed, but there's STILL no reason to fit metric fasteners...... :)

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British Bikes / Re: Extortionate Nuts and Bolts
« on: December 19, 2007, 06:59:59 AM »
Quote
Rex,

"One good reason why not is that it looks so f*****g awful! "

So, just to play devils advocate here, to the untrained (or uninterested) eye, a metric hex head is only superficially different to an imperial. Does this mean the substitution of old fashioned zinc or cadmium plated parts for stainless constitute the same originality faux pas?


Using plated nuts etc is very different from using cheap metric replacements; one is a different thread and size, the other merely a shinier finish, and YOU'D know the difference.....




It's a dialemma for me right now - I have a 1959 T120 which would be quite valuable if it were restored to concours originality, but to be truly original it needs cheap, plated nuts, bolts and spokes. Yet, if I fitted it with stainless it could be devalued despite the obvious advantages. Whaddya do?

Please don't spoil a 59 Bonnie with crappy metric fasteners. Many (including me) would see nothing inherently wrong in using stainless parts, but certainly would in using metric stuff, whatever the finish......

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British Bikes / Re: Extortionate Nuts and Bolts
« on: December 19, 2007, 12:06:07 AM »
One good reason why not is that it looks so f*****g awful!
It looks like the builder/rider has no idea of engineering, but merely buys his stuff at the local B&Q; not good.
Far from being ignorant buffoons or incompetent, the users of old Imperial threadforms were actually very efficient and the threads diverse enough for any application, unlike the subsequent Unified stuff which was only adopted to enable the British manufacturers to sell in the US.  

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British Bikes / Re: TR5C ?
« on: December 11, 2007, 05:09:59 PM »
It has ET ignition, so that's a bit more complex than twist-and-spark. Try Haynes or Triumph number 4 for a good manual, as it's not that different from the other 500s of the time.
There's a book on Triumph Trophies which gives a good run-down on this bike with pics too.
Typical that some chopper dork had to pick a valuable frame to screw up, when there's loads of ordinary Tigers or 5TAs he could have destroyed instead.....

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British Bikes / Re: TR5C ?
« on: December 10, 2007, 07:01:46 PM »
Hi, that's a genuine TR5AC made for 1961 only, and very rare. I believe only 691 were made in total, and they're sought after.
One went for a huge sum a while back in one of the big US auctions.
I hope some numb-nuts hasn't irrepairably skunked the frame by chopping it, because you'd be lucky to get another matching number TR ever!
Nice bike!

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