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The Classic Biker Bar / Re: Where to get a speedo hub drive from?
« Last post by Rex on July 29, 2021, 09:08:33 PM »
You don't need to pass an MoT to get the bikes registered again, and even if you did a non-working speedo isn't a failure item. Then again, if you want a speedo then the push-bike things do the job perfectly well, but I just don't like the look of 'em on an old bike.
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The Classic Biker Bar / Re: Where to get a speedo hub drive from?
« Last post by doughobbs on July 29, 2021, 04:52:06 PM »

Nothing, a) because I'm sensible enough to slow down when I hit a 30mph zone or near a school etc where there just might be 1:100 chance of a copper with a speed gun and b) neither me nor anyone else I ride old bikes with is going to ride on dual carriageways, motorways etc at a speed over and above that of the surrounding traffic....if at all.
Having a working speedo is nice, but we're not talking FireBlades or Hayabusas here. 8) You've really got to try to break speed limits on a pre-war Ariel or Panther...

From my perspective it was more passing an initial MOT to get the bike registered again, I guess (possibly wrongly?) that any road going vehicle needs to have a working speedo and I suspected a bicycle one may not 'pass the test', if people are using these then its an easy win!  :D
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The Classic Biker Bar / Re: Where to get a speedo hub drive from?
« Last post by Rex on July 29, 2021, 04:24:27 PM »

What did you do for a working speedo?


Nothing, a) because I'm sensible enough to slow down when I hit a 30mph zone or near a school etc where there just might be 1:100 chance of a copper with a speed gun and b) neither me nor anyone else I ride old bikes with is going to ride on dual carriageways, motorways etc at a speed over and above that of the surrounding traffic....if at all.
Having a working speedo is nice, but we're not talking FireBlades or Hayabusas here. 8) You've really got to try to break speed limits on a pre-war Ariel or Panther...
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The Classic Biker Bar / Re: Where to get a speedo hub drive from?
« Last post by 33d6 on July 29, 2021, 02:47:55 PM »
A local Matchless rider has a push bike speedo very neatly mounted in a pretend Smiths speedo casing. He has a neat black plastic sheet under the glass having a rectangular slot revealing just the speedo numerals.
It looks utterly normal but is nothing more than a tin can painted black with a home made clip on lid. Itís brilliant, looks just right and it stops any silly nit picking by some bloodyminded bureaucrat.
Nothing to stop you doing something similar.
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The Classic Biker Bar / Re: Where to get a speedo hub drive from?
« Last post by doughobbs on July 29, 2021, 01:53:36 PM »
Easy. You use a push bike speedo. One of those diddly things that clip on and off the handlebars and measure your speed via a magnet attached to the front wheel.

Are they classed as road legal? I need to register my bike (when I get there with it) as its has no V5, as part of that process would a pushbike speedo suffice?
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The Classic Biker Bar / Re: Where to get a speedo hub drive from?
« Last post by 33d6 on July 29, 2021, 06:01:48 AM »
Haven't got to the GPS type yet. I've still got a supply of the old sort and can't wear them out.

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The Classic Biker Bar / Re: Where to get a speedo hub drive from?
« Last post by cardan on July 29, 2021, 01:08:08 AM »
... that clip on and off the handlebars and measure your speed via a magnet attached to the front wheel.

Oh come on old fella :) The GPS ones are really excellent, no wiring, no magnets, no fiddling and one unit can be switched from bike to bike. The cheaper ones don't display a map, but once home you can download your data and look at where you've been and the incredible climbs conquered on your busy bee.

That said, nothing I own goes fast enough to break the speed limit.

Cheers

Leon
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The Classic Biker Bar / Re: Where to get a speedo hub drive from?
« Last post by 33d6 on July 28, 2021, 11:28:31 PM »
Easy. You use a push bike speedo. One of those diddly things that clip on and off the handlebars and measure your speed via a magnet attached to the front wheel.

Theyíre not only dirt cheap, they are far more accurate than the old mechanical speedos.

As for the new replicas, the only bronze oneís Iíve seen available are sold by the VincentOwners Club spares people and are expensive.
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The Classic Biker Bar / Re: Where to get a speedo hub drive from?
« Last post by doughobbs on July 28, 2021, 10:10:09 PM »
Empty or damaged bodies aren't so rare, so on my old Empire Star the drive was a dummy and the speedo was just for show.


What did you do for a working speedo?
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British Bikes / Re: Q: BSA A65 L - Cylinder Barrel Correct Part #
« Last post by john.k on July 28, 2021, 01:55:17 PM »
Guy sold  me  a Bonneville once,piston and bearing seizure...$30 .....he had levered the barrels up just enough to get a hacksaw into the gap and sawed off the rods .....certainly made  it lighter .
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