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Autojumble / Re: 350 cc side valve JAP engine parts needed
« on: Today at 10:38:29 AM »
This "bike"  an assemblage of random unrelated  parts, has been on here before sometime back.

There is nothing pretty about it. :(

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British Bikes / Re: Oil
« on: February 22, 2019, 08:48:10 AM »
Whats the gearbox make?
some use grease,

But there is bugger all advantage in using space age technology in a stone age machine

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Autojumble / Re: 350 cc side valve JAP engine parts needed
« on: February 20, 2019, 08:33:38 PM »
That stationary engine mag won't help matters, is this one of those 'custom'  things made out of lawn mower bits? I recognise that trumpet exhaust from an ebay ad,

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If its the kind I think it is, with 3 little gizmos expanding inside the filler neck, you will find that the neck is stretched over the years, I have the same problem with pie crust fillers on AMC.

Make a gasket out of soft leather if poss or make up some kind of baffle.

I did once have an idea for an insert and threaded filler, but it was beyond my skills to finish it. Now I never fill past the critical mark.

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Identify these bikes! / Re: Can anyone ID this 1920's 30's bike ?
« on: February 11, 2019, 09:30:28 AM »
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As for the reg No, I have no idea how old reg No were worked out

years ago I bought a handy little book "Where's it from,When was it issued".

 Give dates, place of reg,Its been invaluable over the years.

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Identify these bikes! / Re: Can anyone ID this 1920's 30's bike ?
« on: February 10, 2019, 05:48:17 PM »
If thats an MW reg then it ran July 1927-1931.

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British Bikes / Re: Triumph TR 250 1971
« on: February 06, 2019, 04:59:29 PM »
Get shot of it asap is my grumpy advice, I knew them when they were new, probably one of the worst bikes to leave any British  bike factory.

 guarantee claim after guarantee claim, fragile, badly designed, assembled by a work force that hated them.

Sorry I'll amend that, to 'the worst bike'  after the 500cc version :o

It will have been through dozens of previous hamfisted destructive owners; dismantle half the bike to change a 20p spring, then some fool always put the cam followers in the wrong way round, stripped threads galore..........

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British Bikes / Re: Is a Sunbeam S8 capable of cruising at 57mph?
« on: January 28, 2019, 02:09:23 PM »
I've been browsing through some 1949 bike mags and the small ads for 1949 show in iteresting amount of nearly new S8 for sale.

I wonder why?



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British Bikes / Re: Is a Sunbeam S8 capable of cruising at 57mph?
« on: January 27, 2019, 05:38:34 PM »
Experiences shared by most of us that rode old bikes when they were just old bikes, and  bikes were kings of the roads  even the old 350 single could out run a Ford pop.

No 70mph HGVs

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British Bikes / Re: Is a Sunbeam S8 capable of cruising at 57mph?
« on: January 26, 2019, 09:56:33 AM »
Mark  perhaps you  live outside the UK?; the number of foreign HGVs  on our roads is unbelievable, especially on motorways and A class roads,  you have only to see the reports of fatalties caused by pizza eating video watching  east europeans in HGVs to see that.

While the Sunbeam S8/7 are quite a nice bikes the OP is looking to die; He wants one mile an hour advantage over a 56mph 40 ton lorry?
Can you imagine sitting on a bike  front of one like that?
Some slight mechanical failure and he's squashed toast. All because his ego wants to overtake or cruise at his imagined speed on an over crowded motorway.

frankly questions of the original kind piss me off as they do no favours to all sensible  motorcyclists.



"I've ridden a G3LS for 10,000 miles over 10 years."  =1000 miles a year @52 weeks a year, that 20 miles a week, or omitting 6 months winter, 40 miles a week.

I ride as much as that  just to get my shopping at weekends on a piaggio scooter.

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British Bikes / Re: Is a Sunbeam S8 capable of cruising at 57mph?
« on: January 24, 2019, 04:03:45 PM »
No trouble,I said all I have to say, except that you are looking for a unicorn.

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British Bikes / Re: Is a Sunbeam S8 capable of cruising at 57mph?
« on: January 24, 2019, 01:22:17 PM »
I'd suggest when one of theose HGvs overtake, hang back, you can't be in such a hurry?

Having been a mechanic for the Met and City police I think I can speak with some knowledge of their speedo practice; they were regularly checked and calibrated by a specialist police dept,run by a copper.

I was also there when the City Police took delivery of the first BMW bikes by any Police force[they were horrible bikes] and I| have the certificates from BMW to qualify me to decide what rubbish they were. I once owned an ex police RT  which was the most unreliable bike I have ever owned apart from an XZ Yamaha, so I'm not impressed by BMW worship.

I forget at what intervals but often a defence lawyer would be sure to ask when calibration was last carried out.

Yes chronos are accurate, but not as accurate as you want/believe them to be, do the numbers on the dial tally with orginal spec?

A fake Sunbeam is one made by BSA, not by Marstons in Wolverhampton, or even AMC pre war.

As you are familiar with AMC singles why not look for a 500?  that will fill your want.


Police motorcycles are nothing special apart from a few police equipment mods, despite the bollox/wishful thinking I often read from the fanciful.

The most reliable modern bike I owned was the often mocked CX500 Honda, nearly 100.k on the clock when I sold it, going up in value, far better than an S8.


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British Bikes / Re: Is a Sunbeam S8 capable of cruising at 57mph?
« on: January 24, 2019, 10:43:16 AM »
#1 don't ride on motorways,they are no place for old bikes, from the point of view of safety and other users if nothing else.
#2 On A roads, but never dual carrigeways, where I often ride bikes older that an S8, I do not attempt to keep up with or in front of other traffic.

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Informed opinions on a marque and model are what this forum is about.

Thats what you got, I've been 55 years on british bikes,seen the roads change beyond all comprehension, as well as deteriorating standards of driver behaviour.

I was taught by BSM  to drive a car in the Tottenham Court Road in the mid 60s, try that now.

The smallest cars on the road today are faster and better brakes, acceleration etc than your S8, just enjoy the ride and let the fools rush past.

57mph,such a definative  figure, not 55? or 58? your speedo won't be that accurate.


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Although the fake Sunbeams are very popular with those with a hipster leaning
;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D also required a beard, a man bun,silly haircut, face ironmongery, and an inability to order  a plain cup of coffee,.

oh my god I need a skinny latte mocha frapp now........ BARISTA!!!!

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British Bikes / Re: Is a Sunbeam S8 capable of cruising at 57mph?
« on: January 23, 2019, 05:50:17 PM »
I love these posts about whether this or that  50 yr old bike will cruise at 80mph all day or some such nonsense.

Have these people never heard of  Japanese bikes, or even Triumph?


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British Bikes / Re: Calthorpe Ivory
« on: January 16, 2019, 02:28:39 PM »
Not often that hapens, your best bet would be the vintage motorcycle club who have a register of all bikes on their books.

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