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British Bikes / 61 Triumph T21 bathtub
« Last post by Oggers on May 12, 2019, 04:21:32 PM »
One of these for sale locally. Good mechanical nick. Light blue paintwork good, silencers very good, matching numbers, bit let down by the rims being somewhat tarnished. A good one for an original resto I feel. 2700 should get it. Started first kick. Thoughts welcome....... 
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British Bikes / Re: Spronging forks question
« Last post by antoni on May 12, 2019, 12:39:22 PM »
Thanks for the info.

The Girlings' bottom ends are forked. They are also f*#ed.

Are they de$%^&&able?
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British Bikes / Re: JAP 750 v twin ,type MTS
« Last post by john.k on May 12, 2019, 12:35:22 PM »
The owner is a millenial.......and if he says "cool" one more time ,he will be walking funny,with Jap parts inserted.
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British Bikes / Re: Spronging forks question
« Last post by john.k on May 12, 2019, 12:32:15 PM »
I would think that by 55,there should be the girling units ,but with the alloy forked cast lower end.........I assume the ally emds are threaded onto the girling  shocks..............You cant fit standard girlings ,as the mounts are different........The red oil will be Dexron autrans fluid........which is what I use........I find that Matchless forks have stanchions of vry soft steel,and easily bendable.................with the advantage ,easily straightenable,without worry about cracking heat treated  high carbon steel,like BSA s......seals are no problem......but wear in the alloy sliders is.......if worn excessively,they will need to be replaced........seen prices for new of around 200 quid each......kinds steep.
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The Classic Biker Bar / Re: 24th international meeting of Motobécane Club de France
« Last post by Rex on May 12, 2019, 12:31:16 PM »
That rear stand raise the bike very high...I bet that's a pain to use!
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British Bikes / Re: Spronging forks question
« Last post by iansoady on May 12, 2019, 11:19:04 AM »
Those forks are easy enough to strip. That's what I would do just in case there's a broken spring (or sprong if you prefer) or the like in there.
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British Bikes / Spronging forks question
« Last post by antoni on May 12, 2019, 11:08:28 AM »
Finally got a 50s 500 single. Itsa Bitsa. '55 AJS 18S with a '53 G80 engine and knackered Girling shocks. Love it.

Had been re-built but not used. Oh the joy. Pattern parts falling apart, dropping off, hitting other parts, wrongly positioned, breaking etc.

There's a strong sound of springs spronging as the forks are worked. There is a red oil in the forks which will be replaced shortly.  Is this sound a portent of doom or just one of those things?

The G80 engine has an AJ timing chain cover with a bulge at the mag end. Is that where an AJ auto advance mechanism should be? This G80 engine is manual advance (as it would have been).

On a '55 AJ what kind of headlamp nacelle and speedo mount should be fitted?  The present pattern set-up works but is wrong and a little ugly.

Are the Girling shocks repairable - they just act as springs at the moment. I'm assuming this bike should not have candle-sticks or Girlings, but  jam-pots . Anybody got any?
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Normally it is the law of supply and demand that works. Cars and motorcycles often go abroad, as enthusiasts from all over the world buy in Britain or elsewhere. Good luck with your research .
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The Classic Biker Bar / Re: 24th international meeting of Motobécane Club de France
« Last post by Rex on May 12, 2019, 09:59:09 AM »
Nicely Art Deco.
I struggled to find a French bike over 250 when I was looking about ten years ago, but that looks nice.
I was told they didn't like selling their larger classic stock abroad as there weren't that many left.
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>>>>>>>>  this S5C will be presented to the public ....



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