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British Bikes / Re: 1973 Bonneville Ignition Switch
« on: September 08, 2021, 04:56:37 AM »
My '73 T100R Daytona sat for a year while I was involved in other projects. When I got back to it, I could not start the bike, even with a new battery. But I had spark -- the bike would fire on starter fluid but immediately die. Fuel flow into carbs appeared to be fine. I pulled off both carbs, dismantled them, and did a full cleaning, and noted that in both carbs the pilot jet was severely blocked -- took a lot of soaking in carb cleaner, plus running a #10 guitar string into the air pilot screw hole to remove the blockage (I know some advise against the latter, but it was the only way I could clear the blockage, as revealed by free flow of compressed air through the passages). While i had the carbs apart I replaced the needle jets and the float pins. Upon reassembly, I now have first-kick starting every time.

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British Bikes / Re: Wiring 1967 BSA Starfire
« on: June 30, 2021, 12:26:03 AM »
Thanks for the feedback. I'd like to assume for now that the rectifier is OK, and at least get all the wiring right. If at that point it's not working I will go to a solid-state unit --  I will try to find one in the US, where I am located (Wisconsin). Do either of you which wire goes on which "fin"?

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British Bikes / Wiring 1967 BSA Starfire
« on: June 29, 2021, 02:09:35 PM »
Iíve picked up a junkyard í67 BSA Starfire 250, engine/frame number C1429. It was an absolute mess Ė the PO had installed extended forks, V-line handlebars, now-rusted chrome do-dads. Iíve managed to replace all that crap with stock items, and now I want to get her running. The original wiring harness had been modified and was pretty much rotted away. I bought a replacement, but there are some discrepancies between the wiring diagrams in my Haynes manual (ďBSA Unit Singles 1958-1972 Owners Workshop ManualĒ, 1980). Does anybody on the forum have familiarity with the wiring on this beast? Iíve managed to have ridden for 52 years without ever having to do any motorcycle wiring, so I am a real novice. Obviously with the harness taped up the way that it is, I cannot follow individual wires end to end, so Iím working off wire colors and their positioning on the harness.

So, the first question regards the wiring to the ignition switch (IS). The switch has 3 terminals. According to the manual, the connections should be W from the coil, NW from the Zener diode, and NW from the rectifier. But the IS portion of the harness has two push-on clips: one clip has 2 W wires. I assume this is from the negative terminal of the coil (which has a W wire), but why are there two W wires? The other clip has two NW wires. Are these from the Zener diode and the rectifier? If so, why are they wired together? How should they be positioned on the switch Ė one at each end, leaving the middle terminal open (or covered)?

The rectifier: It has 4 fins. The outermost one (furthest from the frame) is labeled ("Stud +"), so I assume the red wire from the harness (which has an eye terminal) is bolted there. The other three wires from the harness are NW (I assume from the ignition switch), GW and GY (both apparently from the alternator). Which order should these 3 wires be positioned on the fins?

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