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British Bikes / Re: what is the purple oil in my BSA RGS
« on: June 09, 2018, 04:09:20 PM »
Make sure some posy $%^ has not used  castor oil instead of mineral before you top up with mineral.

auto censor strikes, that should of course read twot with an a.


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a bit like George Washington's axe though?

A subtle difference between unfixable and why bother?

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Identify these bikes! / Re: Nostalgia is strong on this one
« on: June 05, 2018, 11:39:16 AM »
Yes, out here we still have shotguns.

Top tip for visitors to London, if you see a bloke or blokes waving a machete he's not offering to cut your hedge.

Always wear a fake Rolex, that way the muggers will get crap when they try to sell it on.

Stay well out the way of scooters especially if two up,  riding on the pavement or the wrong way down a one way street and wearing black hoodies, they are not on their way to a gym.

Other more explicit advice can be obtained by PM.

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Identify these bikes! / Re: Nostalgia is strong on this one
« on: June 05, 2018, 10:39:01 AM »
Do not leave out the Birmingham Museum of Transport which would probably be more informative than the other one which I found a disappointment in many ways.

Much further south, for sheer exotic bikes Sammy Miller museum is unbeatable.

If you will be based in London, keep your wallet out of sight, do not use your phone in full view in the street, don't leave it lying around in pubs or cafes; be careful with your change in pubs etc; use cash machines inside the banks,  our bank notes are now plastic and tend to stick together and its easy to pas out two instead of one, and have all your wits about you 24hrs a day. The London of Barry Mckenzie does not exist any more. Use black cabs not Uber. Some of our more recent arrivals can spot a tourist from a mile or more away.    Carry your bags across your chest.

I speak as a born and bred ex Londoner, I never go back there anymore.

PS parts of Birmingham might give you a shock as well.

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Identify these bikes! / Re: Identify Grandad's 1920s Motorcycle
« on: June 05, 2018, 10:28:19 AM »
Forget Norton, but it seems to me that the sides of the tank are actually curved, and you can just make out a logo that seems to be 3  letters, BSA is first that comes to mind,but there were others such as AJS, NUT. Not sure either would fit here.

Cycle stem handle bar fitting; rim front brake, I can't see a gear lever so possibly single speeder? A lot of air under that tank which might be a clue. Side valve engine with exhaust held on by a nut. There is a cable running to the timing gear chest [valve lifter?] same as my Sunbeam but I don't think it is a Sunbeam though.

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yes, I  know really want to hear if it ever gets to run, properly.

I still have plenty of sarcasm left ;) 8)

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 I disagree, It's entertainment, makes a change from "oh look at my overpriced new bike", or" I'm off on a cruise," or"I just watered my plants see the pretty pic" type of thing elsewhere.

I  am beginning to admire his misguided tenacity and the depth of his wallet, but I'm 80% certain there is something unfix-ably wrong here, sometime in the past incompatible parts have been fitted, some kind of mechanical/electric mismatch.

Personally I would have spent a fortnight in France doing the rounds of the jumbles there and found a replacement engine, for sure the only way would be to compare like with like.

On the bright side hopefully this saga will at least discourage others from buying old french tat. The cost of all this would have bought a decent old Brit classic.

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My dog is constantly humping a cushion, but after a while end he gets fed up and tries a table leg.

There's a moral there somewhere.

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Nothing in this saga makes sense.
A sane man would have junked it long ago.


Tout de mÍme, tout le monde a son propre poison.

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Have you tried moving the barrel  round a little to the left perhaps?

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I wonder just what else can get in my way?

A reality check?

Bankruptcy?

the end of the world?

the second coming?

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I think this engine is bored to death.

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British Bikes / Re: The price of classic bikes is it healthy
« on: May 30, 2018, 09:39:27 PM »
Sterling work, and a good job, but did nothing for me back in 1963,still doesn't.

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British Bikes / Re: The price of classic bikes is it healthy
« on: May 30, 2018, 05:13:52 PM »
Dead right, no its not healthy,but this same question has been largely asked for decades.

Once a price of something starts to rise all the chancers come out of the woodwork,[or in the case of this forum, a van at Kempton].

I saw it in the late 70s early 80s people paying silly money for rubbish,but that bubble burst.

Lately I have been browsing old Classic Motorcycle mag and have been wondering where have all the bike in those long lists of stuff for sale gone to?

I think an awful lot is just hoarded, think of that silly shed programme and the vast collections of dusty barns they "uncover."

A well known dealer who has pages of the stuff in the mags is reputed to have a couple million quids worth stashed away, class bikes of the kind which never appear in his lists.

When people cannot afford even a mediocre 350 because of its alleged worth that tends to drag up the prices of junk,old mopeds, french tat and so on.

These things have peaks and troughs but I doubt the next trough will be so low as to make bikes in demand very cheap. Those days are gone for good.

People also fall for bullshit for some makes, Vincents for one, ok bike but not worth the money asked, and as for Broughs, I stuggled to get £900 for an SS80 and petrol tube sidecar chassis back in 1980; I knocked it out to another dealer for what I paid for it, never touched another since.

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The Classic Biker Bar / Re: New Bike Restoration Youtube Channel!
« on: May 25, 2018, 09:49:50 AM »
just spam.

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