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British Bikes / Re: royal enfield 355 1929
« on: February 10, 2024, 01:42:07 PM »
Clue...if it's smoking like a WW1 destroyer chasing subs it's over-oiling.. ;)

Not as fatuous as it sounds. I have a Scott (obviously also total loss oiling) and some owners think that having the oil pumps WFO is a good thing, but there's no need for it. A light blue haze when working hard is more than adequate.

British Bikes / Re: Tiger T100s 500cc engine knock
« on: February 10, 2024, 09:18:30 AM »
probably get more replies if you start a new thread about Villiers spark plugs?

British Bikes / Re: 1950s Francis Barnett
« on: February 02, 2024, 09:51:41 AM »
There was a tidy restored BSA B40 on Ebay recently, and the price was quite low too. Turns out that at some time in the past some t*at had poorly restamped the frame and engine numbers and the BSAOC declined to issue a dating letter (quite rightly).
Engine numbers are no biggie, but it would need a reframe to get around the iffy frame numbers.

British Bikes / Re: Tiger T100s 500cc engine knock
« on: January 31, 2024, 04:25:35 PM »
My old T100S had the plain bush main bearing. I think it was a model designation which only lasted from 1967 to the 1970 model year.

British Bikes / Re: Ambassador Series 1
« on: January 08, 2024, 05:24:01 PM »
A Guide to Ambassador Motorcycles? That's a best-seller right there.. ;)

OK size-wise on my PC, but I reckon you were more fortunate if that's all you could see.. ;)

British Bikes / Re: 1920s/30s carbs
« on: December 19, 2023, 09:41:57 PM »
The usual with different float bowls.
Usually done when the engine design was for a relatively high-mounted mag.

European and Other Bikes / Re: Albion Gearbox Identification
« on: December 09, 2023, 05:22:24 PM »
Blimey, that was one big photo.
I had to go next door to see the far end of it.. ;)

British Bikes / Re: Electronic ignition - ammeter connections
« on: December 08, 2023, 05:54:22 PM »
At it's most simplistic I'd connect it in the red between the unit and the battery.

Wanted Bikes / Re: Victoria bergmeister v35
« on: November 24, 2023, 05:52:47 PM »
He's probably either given up waiting or found one after 7 years... ;)

British Bikes / Re: Australian-made motorcycles in the 1950s - help please
« on: November 22, 2023, 09:18:41 AM »
Certainly lost the patina.
He ought to sort that saddle out too. :o

British Bikes / Re: 1910s/1920s Silver paint?
« on: October 17, 2023, 12:57:13 PM »
Then again, if you have the sole remaining Triple H, who's going to know that the shade isn't the same as it was when it left the factory(?) 100 years ago?
"What colour red is Indian red?" causes more strife than anything else these days for Indian riders, but the truth is it was whatever was in the vats on any given day. RAL wasn't invented back then.

British Bikes / Re: Troubleshooting a JAP Special
« on: August 30, 2023, 09:10:22 AM »
I've just seen on a F-B group I'm on a tidy running Venom in the unusual red and black colour scheme on sale at 5750. No idea how that relates to Oz dollars but I'll bet it's less than 10k's worth.

British Bikes / Re: Troubleshooting a JAP Special
« on: August 28, 2023, 10:09:27 AM »
There is some chat about viton tipped fuel needles, or not, in monoblocs.

Yep, some claim that the Viton needles are prone to sticking "up" and shutting the supply of juice off.
Re the pit bike Choagy carbs, an old boy I know paid 14 for one off Ebay, and stuck it on his reluctant Tiger Cub. Apparently it started second kick and even ticks over fresh out the box.

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