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British Bikes / Re: 1929 Excelsior (UK)
« on: August 17, 2016, 05:08:42 PM »
For 1929 you could also have had acetylene lamps, especially on the cheaper bikes.

British Bikes / Re: mot test centre
« on: August 14, 2016, 09:33:59 PM »
write to DVLA, explaining what you want, and enclose a stamped address envelope with letter, to be forwards to whoever they have on record as owner.

It has worked for many.

British Bikes / Re: T100SR
« on: August 02, 2016, 11:22:27 AM »
It would be well worth paying someone to put the head on so any buyer can hear it run, after all, the bottom end could be shagged out.

As Rex said, a non runner goes cheap, very cheap.

It looks a sweet little bike, I wouldn't mind having it left to me.

Wanted Bikes / Re: Scott Flying Squirrel late 20's to late 30's
« on: July 27, 2016, 07:58:30 PM »
There have been two Scott squirrels on ebay this week.

Be prepared to pay a lot of money.

Japanese Bikes / Re: Suzuki GT750
« on: June 26, 2016, 04:24:20 PM »
It's worth is what someone will pay for it.

Once its sold on ebay,thats its price, and binding,after that you cannot change your mind.
It may well be a special bike to you, but to anyone else its an old bike.

Hard but so is life.

You could always keep it in the sitting room.

British Bikes / Re: AJS RS1
« on: June 15, 2016, 11:57:05 AM »
I've "needed" to make small profits all my life, I'm still trying to work out what went wrong :'(

British Bikes / Re: AJS RS1
« on: June 14, 2016, 02:27:06 PM »
Far too many of us have got our" fingers burnt" buying and selling old bikes, and thats just those of us who are supposed to know what its all about.

Rex advice is sound, put it on ebay with a truthful description and no BS. Lots of good clear deatail  pictures will be a must,as is up todate V5. No docs is a very big turn off as its lots of hassle now to get new ones.

You may get your money back; as its in London you might do well, as you will have  more potential buyers in the catchment area.

As a matter of interest why did you buy such a bike? hopes of investment?

You may have to steel yourself for a small loss, but who knows. Knowledge is not cheap to come by in these things.

here, similar bike similar condition.

a far better bike not much more that you were asking

and another,the list goes on.

British Bikes / Re: AJS RS1
« on: June 14, 2016, 12:24:54 PM »
Personally less than two thousand would be my guess.

Do you have a V5? does it run? does it even turn over?

If you have none of these that devalues it  a lot.

Its a nice bike but  not that special a bike, not rare at all and for that price you can get a very well set up ready to ride bike.

My advice to you is to either bung it on ebay and let it find its own value, or sell it via Kettering Classics who handle a lot of bikes for the owners club. They wills sell on commisssion for you.

My own personal  pessimistic valuation, as a long term Matchless/AJS owner,on a bike in this state with no current V5 and a non runner is 1000-1200.

Why? because to put it back on the road  overhauled but unrestored will cost that much again.

Mediocre old bikes are not the gold mine many people think they are. Except for the spares suppliers...It'll need new rims and ryres for  a start, 5-600, if the engine is stuffed, and it'll certainly be in need of a major overhaul, big end 200, then you need to get it fitted, piston 50, a set of cables 50quid if you can't make your own, it mounts up alarmingly.

not so many years ago a bike like this would have been broken for parts.

good luck with it.

British Bikes / Re: AJS RS1
« on: June 14, 2016, 10:43:32 AM »
an optimistic valuation I think.

British Bikes / Re: AJS RS1
« on: June 12, 2016, 09:24:58 AM »
Thats more like it, you have a 1957 350 AJS.

I now suggest you contact the AMCOC who for a small fee will supply chapter and verse on it. they only need frame and engine numbers, things like magneto numbers are irrelevant, possibly they may even tell you to where it was first supplied.
They have masses of info, help and a good spares scheme.

If it where my bike I'd clean it up and use as is.

BTW I never suggested  a deficit of thanks; many of us older riders also have health problems, its one reason we are found sitting at a computer rather than on a bike :)

British Bikes / Re: AJS RS1
« on: June 09, 2016, 10:30:32 PM »
Why do people these ask questions if they are not coming back with decent info? ::) ::)

The Classic Biker Bar / Re: Ken and Mollie Craven Articles
« on: June 02, 2016, 07:11:26 PM »
Parti- tours were operating in the 1950s as well.

The Classic Biker Bar / Re: Ken and Mollie Craven Articles
« on: June 01, 2016, 09:52:48 PM »
Cyril Quantrill?

 He edited and wrote for a lot of the bike press in those days, quite a well known name in his day.

Parti-tours was the name of the touring runs they organised, to lots of other places than Spain.

Craven panniers were the dogs bits back then;  a "factory"   in a railway arch in north london, they were very helpful when I went there for fittings for a secondhand carrier I had bought.

Came across as nice people in their articles.

As ever google is your friend

The Classic Biker Bar / Re: Ken and Mollie Craven Articles
« on: June 01, 2016, 04:38:38 PM »
 The Motorcycle, Motorcycling were weeklies not monthlies.

But what were the monthly mags of the 1950s? I know of two but senior moments are blocking their names :-\

the name Cyril Quantrill lurks nearby...

I remember ken and mollie cravens articles well, you sure they were not in the weekly mags? I think Motorcycling was the one.

Identify these bikes! / Re: Best & Llyod pumps
« on: May 12, 2016, 09:44:23 AM »
Here's a better link with pics;an interesting firm I did not know about. Looks like  a place to get my very odd Sunbeam Best and Lloyd re made.

I can deal in French Ok.

They are based just south of Nantes; Around Nantes there is a very good vintage club,high   interest in vintage  bikes; the annual Nantes a Montaigu  rally is a big one.

probably an encouraging factor.

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