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British Bikes / Re: any vintage sunbeam fans on here?
« on: June 14, 2015, 06:30:58 PM »
Heres the model 10 from  Bob Cordon Champs book, coil not hairpin springs.

yours doesn't look so far off.

British Bikes / Re: any vintage sunbeam fans on here?
« on: June 14, 2015, 02:38:01 PM »
I don't know my Sunbeam models all that well (without looking), but the presence of a Model 95 and Lion in your new book says later than 1930.

I realise that Cardan, but all is grist to the Sunbeam mill........

thanks Ian for that photo, it all helps,  a few of those tools are only pressed out stuff, the sort of  unmarked thing thats found in boxes of rusty old tools a jumbles etc. mostly asssumed to be push bike spanners.

British Bikes / Re: any vintage sunbeam fans on here?
« on: June 13, 2015, 08:16:25 AM »
yes, I saw that manual, but at 75 quid my curiosity stops

I havejust bought for 15 one that allegedly covers Models 95, 8, 250 Longstroke, Lion; looks to be about 1930, we shall see soon enough;

Would a ZXRRFERSA 1000  have any tools? I used to have lovely little wooden cups for a Model H Triumph that held a valve, a spring and its collets, and with the little gizmo supplied one could change a valve by the side of the road.
add to our tool box a couple of belt links and a spare tube you were all set.

I have couple of decent  puncture repair kits in little tin boxes about 3in square which are a little tool box in themselves.

Not needing those things might be progess but I much prefer the old way.

British Bikes / Re: any vintage sunbeam fans on here?
« on: June 12, 2015, 04:49:06 PM »
rummaging about the net I found this about tool kits, from 1926 bikes I believe.
It'd be interesting to see pics of same.

Sunbeam tools

The 1926 manual contains a full list of the tools supplied. These can vary slightly from model to model, but basically the list is:
Double ended bent spanner
D/E open spanner 1/4 x 5/16
D/E ring spanner Large
D/E ring spanner Medium
D/E ring spanner Small
Spanner for valve caps and exhaust pipe nut
Spanner for adjusting tappets, rear chain and rear brake
Adjustable spanner
Screw for withdrawing mag sprocket
Mag spanner
Tool for replacing gudgeon pin
Tube spanner 1/4 x 5/16
Screw for with drawing cush drive centre piece
Spanner for locknuts on inlet pipe and gearbox sprocket.

The Classic Biker Bar / Re: What a find
« on: June 12, 2015, 04:47:17 PM »
I had a Peugeot 505 estate a few years back, 2 litre turbo diesel with a 5 speed manual box, fantastic torque, I could put in 5th gear from the west country and drive to the 154 + mile to the channel tunnel without ever changing gear; got written off in France by a mad french woman in a Mazda of all things >:( >:(

I am also fond of old agricultural machinery using both Merry Tiller  and Wheel Horse tractor regularly.

I always rather liked those Mk9 Jags, quite  brute of a car, shame there are so few left; I remember a fellow apprentice buying one for 75quid around 1965/6, god knows how he could afford to run it, and we always suspected insurance didn't figure in running costs.

I disagree about the arguments though; I have abandoned several sites because of characters like bentley 8, or the posters that ask for advice and then tell you you don't know what you are talking about.

I also suspect bentley is very similar to a verbose troll on another site I used to use, except that ones spelling was better.

The Classic Biker Bar / Re: What a find
« on: June 08, 2015, 08:41:44 PM »
blimey what a spat, sorry to have missed it live.

I live in a nice house too, and I have a 1988 Peugeot 205, when I open the doors I can smell wet dog and compost.

luxury schmuckury...its cheap and cheerful. ;)

British Bikes / Re: any vintage sunbeam fans on here?
« on: June 08, 2015, 04:42:23 PM »
Good to see I am not alone re the 'pay as you go' forums; after all there is no guarantee they'll exist for the time of the sub. I don't need any more magazines either.

The Lion is a great touring bike, the later ones with the Burman box do not have the refinements of the early ones but remove the worry of gearbox spares for the crash boxes which have suffered lot, mostly due to owners not understanding the role of the clutch stop.

I have always wanted one of the '38/39 AMC Sunbeams but they are few and far between now, and I am no longer buying bikes.

There is a charm about 1920's Sunbeams that is hard to put into words; for me its knowing that I have a bike that was hand made and assembled by one man who took pride in his work; little things like finding the testers/foremans  initials on various parts.
The high survival rate of Sunbeams is proof of how much they are cherished.
Get on one on a quiet road on a summer evening and plod along with the engine just chuffling happily away...does it for me anyway.
My 'Beam is on the list of  my bikes that'll stay with me till I pop my clogs.

British Bikes / Re: any vintage sunbeam fans on here?
« on: June 08, 2015, 11:40:13 AM »
I have made up what I consider to be a representative tool kit but curiosity compels me to see what Sunbeam supplied.
Yes one make clubs seem to do well, but Sunbeam sites seem to pop up, get going and then die.
The Marston register has re-invented it self at least once, maybe twice to my knowledge; indeed the first words you read are "Welcome to the latest incarnation of the website ..." last item on it is from 2014, the  Sunbeam Sidevalve register is  definately dead. No posts since 2012.

Not knocking the folk who run these sites, but I find most posts on the rarer bike sites seem to be pop up posters looking for unobtanium spares, or how much is it worth...

I don't think Sunbeam ever did anything so ordinary as a parts list,  as for variation across the range...... they might all LOOK the same, but................
I'd like  to know what original kit is in your friends toolbags though Cardan please. Its same year as mine.

Failing all else I suspect I will end up stamping 'Sunbeam' on all the tools and then nickel plating them..........naughty eh?

British Bikes / any vintage sunbeam fans on here?
« on: June 07, 2015, 06:05:58 PM »
I have a 1929 Model 1 in more or less untouched condition,apart from the toolboxes which I have made.
I have a couple Sunbeam spanners but would like to know if anyone has a list of what tools were issued with Sunbeams of vintage era.
Can anyone help?
The Sunbeam sidevalve site seems to be dead, and the Marston site wants me to pay  23 to register before I'm allowed into its forum. Having seen the fatality rate of Vintage sunbeam sites I'm not keen on that.

European and Other Bikes / anyone want mobylette spares?
« on: May 04, 2015, 12:01:34 PM »
If anyone here is into Mobylettes, AV88 or 89 and earlier I have  a lot of spares for disposal. Need to clear as one lot

PM me if interested but PLEASE no messers or time-wasters.

They'll need to be collected.

south wilts area

British Bikes / pre war matchless propstand
« on: May 02, 2015, 12:29:04 PM »

I have been looking for many years for a prop stand for my 1938 Matchless, I finally found the stand now I need the footrest it attaches to.

readily recognisable by the lug on it.

a good price paid for one from anywhere

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