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British Bikes / Re: 1949 Norton model 7
« on: October 05, 2018, 01:34:08 PM »
Is anything with Norton on the tank ever beyond economical repair? I suppose there's some desperate piles of shite that are only good for parts but if someone has the abilities to renovate and/or adapt stuff and enjoy doing it then why not?

Even Jubilees and Navigators are steadily increasing in price.... :-\

British Bikes / Re: 1949 Norton model 7
« on: October 05, 2018, 12:23:09 PM »
I'm happy with "totally knackered" Ian as that's what restoration is all about. Buying a non-running seventy+ year old bike and expecting it to be useable is a bit optimistic!
I appreciate that the term "barn find" means a lot of things to different people; I was using it in the context of "a non-running but basically complete and unmolested" bike, rather than the Ebay "rusty hacked about old Honda being sold on by the ever-hopeful but hopeless Saturday mechanic because he's just broken off another head bolt while attempting to remove them" description. ;)

British Bikes / Re: 1949 Norton model 7
« on: October 05, 2018, 11:47:40 AM »
Nice bike, the Model 7 and one I would like one day.
Personally I wouldn't buy a restored bike. You pay a lot for shiny paint and chrome (and possibly sh*tty Taiwanese pattern parts!) without having a clue about the condition of the mechanicals.
Without generalising too much, amateur mechanics range from dumb to terrifying in their abilities, and what is totally spunked to you me and the next bloke might be perfectly OK to the seller...especially when he sees that a new part would cost 100.
Genuine "barn finds" are very popular and for good reason, ie no-one's had their Machine-Mart 100 piece Metrinch junior tool kit anywhere near it, and that's the way I like to buy them. 

European and Other Bikes / Re: Monet Goyon Identification
« on: October 04, 2018, 09:32:09 PM »
As far as I'm aware in the era when Scott competed in races (pre-war) they weren't given any concession for being two-strokes and both engine types raced together.
Little French commuter two-strokes are as different from virtually hand-built to order Scotts as it's possible to be.

British Bikes / Re: oil tanks
« on: October 04, 2018, 08:56:06 AM »

Agreed, but still does not answer why a tee at the base of the tank is considered an improvement over a tee at the top!

This is one of those "how many angles dancing on the head of a pin" discussions.
Oggers, maybe the reason for the change is more prosaic than you think? Perhaps Triumph found that they could save two bob on every tank with the tee at the base?

British Bikes / Re: anyone up for a good run out?
« on: October 03, 2018, 05:12:27 PM »
I like the ones who go on the Net to argue about oil and profess to buying the latest synthetic forty quid for five litre stuff, and then claim they change it every autumn after doing a whole 500 miles.
The bike is usually some mundane plodder that worked five days a week taking someone to work, and which was run on the cheapest crap oil that could be bought back then.
MV Agusta maybe, Ariel VB...nope.

British Bikes / Re: oil tanks
« on: October 03, 2018, 09:54:18 AM »
The return is pressurised by the pump and gravity doesn't come into it.
The restriction (to force oil down the rocker line) comes from the top of the tank return pipe having only a small hole for oil to come out of rather than a hole the dia of the return pipe.
The scavenge may be intermittent at tick over but rev the engine and the flow is continuous.

British Bikes / Re: T 100 490cc 1968
« on: October 03, 2018, 09:49:59 AM »
If it's the front F/W hub you're talking about, then the answer is "not a lot".
The spoke holes in the hub point to the relevant dimple on the rim, so provided you're got the right spokes (CWC are good) and can tell that a spoke is being forced/bent into position (and so is in wrong spoke hole on the rim) you can't go wrong.
There's lots of hints and tips on the Net and take drawings, measurements of off-sets and digital pics before stripping.

British Bikes / Re: T 100 490cc 1968
« on: October 02, 2018, 09:48:39 PM »
That's the tyre size you've listed there. Normally 18" WM2 or WM3 as I recall for that bike.
There's always good old CWC..or have a go yourself? It's a useful skill to learn.

European and Other Bikes / Re: Monet Goyon Identification
« on: October 01, 2018, 05:55:43 PM »
I agree, the position of that carb says "lawnmower"  rather than "bike".
There's too much of a mix of "shiny" and "rusty" for this to be anything other than a lash. If you could get it running for peanuts then it could be a bit of fun for you but you really don't want to be shelling-out for any sort of restoration.
Just had a thought....given the industrial carb position and the extra bracing on the frame, maybe this started out as one of those three-wheel delivery trucks with two front and one rear wheel, and the articulated front load bed?

European and Other Bikes / Re: Monet Goyon Identification
« on: October 01, 2018, 01:49:55 PM »
Allegedly the quick and dirty way to tell a JAP bike engine from one from an industrial engine is the bike crankshaft will have a tapered crankshaft for the drive while the industrial unit will have a parallel keyed shaft.

European and Other Bikes / Re: Monet Goyon Identification
« on: September 29, 2018, 09:27:15 AM »
He was probably the bloke selling it.
"It looks like a race bike" is second only to finding "E Presley owned this bike" scratched underneath the saddle for sucking in the gullible interested bidders.

British Bikes / Re: oil tanks
« on: September 28, 2018, 09:27:46 PM »
At a guess, insufficient oil supply?

European and Other Bikes / Re: Monet Goyon Identification
« on: September 26, 2018, 09:44:12 PM »
The OP's bike looks to have been seriously jiggered with. The extra bracing and fillets are odd, the tank has clearly been partially refinished (or just a new tank panel decal) and from the pic the exhaust pipe looks home-made.
That sort of stuff rings alarm bells when I see a bike as it indicates "tarted up for resale" or "I couldn't get this bike going so I'm making it look it's best for the advert".
I remember that later M-Gs had the Villiers engine made in France under licence but I have no idea whether parts are interchangeable with Villiers engine made in the UK. It shouldn't be a difficult bike to get running anyway, but the way to preferably buy 'em is as the one in Mini-me's photo.

European and Other Bikes / Re: Monet Goyon Identification
« on: September 26, 2018, 12:15:39 PM »
I'd say just pre or post-war although the starburst finning on the head looks to be (or makes it look) earlier. I was on the M-G forum some years back and there were a couple of helpful members there, although in the main even when I tried Google Translate most weren't impressed. The most helpful bloke was a German funnily enough, but there's a lot of good info there.

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