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British Bikes / Re: Smiths Speedo Drive
« on: September 26, 2020, 11:21:03 PM »
If this is for your Electra ?, you need to study the parts book to see what Smiths speedo drive AND SPEEDO was specified.

Somewhere about then, speedos switched from chronometric (clock mechanism) to magnetic type, and the speedo
drives switched from generally being 2:1 ratio to 12:15 ratio.
The numbers on the speedo face will tell you what you have, and need in the way of speedo drives, but need some interpreting.

Be aware that India now supplies a vast range of replica stuff, but you need to be sure what you need for it all to work together,
they supply a number of varieties that are not entirely equivalent to what used to be supplied.
Beware in particular of 12mm fittings on cables and speedos, this is a new standard and must all be matched.

The Classic Biker Bar / Re: 1914 HUMBERETTE "Cyclecar" Valve Timing
« on: September 18, 2020, 09:44:49 PM »
Depends on whether its coastal or inland, and tropical north or chilly south.
And British barns would seem to be more waterproof long term ??

What a pretty little veteran !
I can well see the need to use a later amal if the Smiths is unobtanium ....

The Classic Biker Bar / Re: 1914 HUMBERETTE "Cyclecar" Valve Timing
« on: September 16, 2020, 09:38:45 AM »
There is even one sectioned in a museum
Not a very good pic...

The Classic Biker Bar / Re: 1914 HUMBERETTE "Cyclecar" Valve Timing
« on: September 16, 2020, 09:33:18 AM »
Just out of curiousity I went looking to see what this little jigger looks like.

Its a proper little car. !
And it notes there someplace that it had a sizeable production.

The Smiths carb sounds intriguing.
Can't say there is one under my bench....
Apparently if you paid an extra 15 quid you got a watercooled version of the engine.

Identify these bikes! / Re: 1920's Harley Davidson, what model is it?
« on: September 15, 2020, 06:02:00 AM »
Well spotted that man. !
My knowledge of brown motorcycles would fit on the back
of a postage stamp, with room to spare.

This pic could be close to that year/model even ?
Footpegs rather than footboards though.
New Hudson made their own engines, it would seem.

Identify these bikes! / Re: 1920's Harley Davidson, what model is it?
« on: September 15, 2020, 02:41:36 AM »
Unfortunately, I don't think that is a 20s Harley of any model.
There is not a single feature which matches up ?

It looks to me to be more like something English, possibly with a (smaller ?) JAP sidevalve engine.
You can see the 'fircones' above the side valves.
Something like perhaps a Zenith, although there are numerous similar looking bikes of the era.
Forks and tank shape are similar too. (?)  Front mudguard is different though.
This may be a year or 2 too early to match your bike though, design features moved on rapidly back then.

British Bikes / Re: girder forks of unusual type
« on: September 06, 2020, 10:37:09 PM »
Didn't Russia in an earlier era place quite a large order for military Matchie outfits ?
Not sure if this was pre revolution or not, or if they were actually delivered ?
Its a long chalk to connect that with a 31 Model X, but this was pre iron curtain,
so any traveller could have taken it there, or a wealthy local ordered it ?

British Bikes / Re: Norton Electra
« on: September 05, 2020, 11:07:31 PM »
It would have been a different story before tar was invented ?
Which was only in the 1920s.

I can recall our street being tarred in suburbia, and that was a LONG time after the 1920s.

Nortons actually have quite a record of  steering head woes.
Featherbeds had to have gussetts welded around the steering head tube.
And early Commando frames were recalled to be redesigned with a strengthening bar under the tank.

British Bikes / Re: Norton Electra
« on: September 05, 2020, 04:06:46 PM »
I have never had a lugged frame break

Your bikes must have led a sheltered life !
Rough roads soon sorted the tough from the fragile. ?

Advice from an expert on how to strengthen a Norton frame
And newly cast lugs are available to repair the actual lug there, I see.
Which I am going to resort to, I think ...

British Bikes / Re: Norton Electra
« on: September 04, 2020, 10:07:21 PM »
A lot of lugged frames were capable of doing that.
And that was much of the British Bike industry, plus others !!
There is a reason that all welded frames were eagerly adopted.

You recall the Triumph that won a GP with the frame tube snapped off into the headlug,
he rode it (very gingerly?) to the finish. And won !  Was it  Ernie Lyons ?

Modern bikes are not entirely immune from that either.
If it hits something more solid than it is...

British Bikes / Re: Norton Electra
« on: September 03, 2020, 11:37:39 PM »
Incidentally ,I suspect Herby Hopwood cribbed the unusual head design from the abortive Indian 249 model ,very similar IMHO

Not really, the Indian 249 has some of the rocker gear really hanging out.
Where the Electra is looking like a smaller version sorta of the dominator, but with alloy covers over it.
The pipes in both are poked into the head close up to the valves though, saves head soaking the heads some ....

Sorted out, the 249 is quite a capable little bike.
There was one here at a rally, with twin carbs on it, reliable ignition and all well lubed.
It was a real flyer.
(A lot of early 249's were sold with no grease in the rear hub !)
(whomever wrote that contract should have mentioned grease)
We diverge.

British Bikes / Re: Norton Electra
« on: September 02, 2020, 11:57:53 PM »
For a moment, I thought I was going to have to eat my words.
But then realised that Enfields now make an Electra model.

Maybe you could adapt something suitable ?

British Bikes / Re: Norton Electra
« on: September 02, 2020, 11:42:36 PM »
I understand the Electra is based on the cycleparts of the James/Francis Barnett range,
so the stand is likely to be common to the Navigator/Electra/Jubilee . (?)

I had a FB in my yoof, and it had a cobbled up centrestand made from what looked like small bore waterpipe !
Quite well done and easy to use, but I don't think it was oem ?
I've never seen mention of a supplier of them, and what happened to all the original ones taken off by would-be
cafe racers has always puzzled me ...

All I can suggest is you take a tape measure to bike shows, and discretely take some measurements.
And keep a beady eye out at car boot sales.
Good Luck.

Pic selected at random

Japanese Bikes / Re: Honda cb175k6, 1972 re-build
« on: August 18, 2020, 11:22:32 PM »
Very smart, very smart indeed.

I had a CB450, and just made it a metallic blue. In good quality paint.
I think I sold it for at least $100 more than it cost me,
so I thought that was a good result ! (at the time).

Japanese Bikes / Re: Looking cb175 Honda side panel
« on: August 15, 2020, 10:11:55 PM »
Seems I don't have permission to view that.

This one ?
Grim when the price is POA  !

If the demand is there, and you can print them to look good ...

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