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British Bikes / Re: RE: Triumph 3TA.
« on: September 22, 2021, 11:56:50 PM »
So where did your sidecover come from.
Is it the civvy type one ?

British Bikes / Re: RE: Triumph 3TA.
« on: September 21, 2021, 10:34:05 PM »
How would you get a sidecover in there ?

British Bikes / Re: Norton Electra Timing
« on: September 17, 2021, 03:34:28 AM »

Secondly, after setting the proper piston at TDC and backing it down a bit, it doesn't seem to matter how much I rotate the points backing plate, I get no reaction from the test light.

Something to bear in mind is that when setting the timing, you should ALWAYS rotate the engine forward to get to where you want it to spark.
Otherwise, all your backlashes can accumulate, and the timing will be in nowheresville.

And until you can get your timing light to show something, its not going anywhere either, is it !
Obviously we can't see what you have done, but if you open the points manually the light should come on or go off.
And until it does, you need to work on it.  Having something earthed or not isolated is a common cause of this
- but we can't see what you have done ...
Have fun !

Identify these bikes! / Re: found a 100? year old tank.
« on: September 02, 2021, 10:53:54 PM »
the nearest looking tank I could find is from a 1919 Bleriot 500cc.

Maybe !
Not a bad natch in some respects.
Velocette Levis and Raleigh mid 1920s had similar looking tanks - and many others.
Simple to make.

It only looks to have one filler cap (?), so maybe that means it was for a 2 stroke (petroil).
(so no oil compartment for a 4 stroke).

What does the underneath look like - fixtures and fittings ?

British Bikes / Re: Corrrect Speedo for a D3 Bantam
« on: September 02, 2021, 10:38:09 PM »
Quite so. But I was putting them in context.

British Bikes / Re: Corrrect Speedo for a D3 Bantam
« on: August 25, 2021, 11:28:27 PM »
This would seem to indicate that the speedo for the D1 to D3 was the same.

The later 150cc and 175cc ones would likely require a few more mph on the scale ...

British Bikes / Re: JAP 600cc UCZ rigid frame specials .
« on: August 16, 2021, 02:21:13 AM »
'Saucer tracks' - concrete style - appeared at various places in the 1920s etc.

The Maroubra speedway (Sydney) had a bit of a reputation for bad accidents, didn't last long.
Even though it was said you couldn't walk up it, apparently it was too shallow for higher speeds.
Which didn't encourage the motorcycle brigade.

A Bugatti ...

British Bikes / Re: “Star” motorcycles
« on: August 16, 2021, 02:10:55 AM »
was there much heavy industry in Oz 1920/30s ? did they gear up for the war effort?

I'm not sure that motorcycle manufacture would be 'heavy industry', they'd be light industrial ?

There was a thriving industry in the teens and 20s for taking JAP engines and slotting them into locally made frames and cycleparts.
Probably a dozen brands or more that made quite a number - well more than a mere one or 2.
And lots of engine types/gearboxes/frame lugs/cycleparts were involved in this sort  of manufacture also.
There are pages and pages devoted to this in Rob Sawards A-Z of Ausatralian made motorcycles.

Much Australian industry was involved in the WW2 effort.
Many a car maker and other industries were making guns and tanks and trucks and ammo etc etc.
At the end of the war, Oz had the 4th largest airforce in the world.
Mostly spits and and mustangs and B17s etc as lend/lease imports, but many an engine was made/rebuilt locally.
We diverge ..

There's little evidence that Villiers engines were built into locally made frames though.
Photos of any such assembly are in very short supply - even from makers who were reputed to be doing this ???
Full imports seems to have become the norm in the 1930s and postwar ?

British Bikes / Re: JAP 600cc UCZ rigid frame specials .
« on: August 15, 2021, 03:33:15 AM »
Anybody here noticed there is a craze for building home made bikes with rotary hoe motors.?.....Every Howard

Have you seen how many of those Howard rotary hoe v-twins have made their way into specials.
Those things are all iron and bronze - and heavy !
And 1300cc, so have bit of poke. As you need for a bit of cultivating ...
Rather large pic.

That steering geometry looks a bit weird ?

British Bikes / Re: JAP 600cc UCZ rigid frame specials .
« on: August 15, 2021, 03:25:39 AM »
flat tracker...........huh, not even as if such a thing existed in this country back then.

Perhaps not in that exact form.

But 'speedway'  and 'dirt track' and 'grasstrack' may be not be that far removed ...
A Rudge and a Duggie, in mortal combat

British Bikes / Re: Rooster Ignition
« on: August 14, 2021, 11:06:06 PM »
Hmmm, there may be more to this than meets the eye.
Does this kit eliminate twin points, and now use a wasted spark system. ?

Do you still have the required points connected to where they need to be.
One set would now be redundant ?

British Bikes / Re: “Star” motorcycles
« on: August 14, 2021, 10:50:32 PM »
and presumably the rebadging was done to give a local connection with a possible/hopeful increase in sales?

I'd suspect that the rebadging was done so that the local distributer didn't get his nose out of joint by another retailer selling the same brand as he was
- and for which he had the EXCLUSIVE franchise !

We mentioned Tom Byrne in Sydney selling Excelsiors just postwar, and down the road 100 yards were Waratahs, identical except for paint and decals.
And a quid less expensive ...

British Bikes / Re: Rooster Ignition
« on: August 14, 2021, 10:44:21 PM »
There are some really basic instructions about - if you can read sideways !

Have you tried just putting some power onto the (disconnected) coil(s), and watching that this produces spark(s).
Start with the basics, and all that.
Which might indicate a dodgy connection ...

British Bikes / Re: Little Latrobe Street, Melbourne
« on: August 12, 2021, 11:33:55 PM »
If you don't know who Barry Mckenzie was,

I think he met his match in Patsy and Edina  !!

But we diverge ....

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