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by Brad Jones
Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: News
Topic: B50 Speedway photos
Replies: 3
Views: 230
Flag: France

B50 Speedway photos

I am currently working on a book about NVT, the B50 aspect being P92 and the Speedway project, and am trying to source period photos rather than having to solely rely on magazine pics if possible. In particular I'm wondering whether anyone here ended up buying these photos (see pic) from ebay severa...
by Brad Jones
Sat May 05, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Parts & Bikes wanted
Topic: How to order Brads new book
Replies: 8
Views: 4332
Flag: France

Re: How to order Brads new book

Hi Stan
Apologies, but I've only just seen these posts! I don't know what happened about the cancelled order but the book is available. If you're still interested in a copy, all I need is an email address to send the PayPal invoice to.

Brad
by Brad Jones
Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: News
Topic: Christmas list
Replies: 12
Views: 1438
Flag: France

Re: Christmas list

To anyone that may be interested, 'From The Inside - BSA/Triumph's Umberslade Hall research establishment revealed', is now in stock and can be purchased over at www.bsa1971.com During the research, I was lucky enough to have the help of several ex-Umbersladers, three of whom were particularly keen ...
by Brad Jones
Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: Parts & Bikes wanted
Topic: B50 alternator lead grommet
Replies: 5
Views: 669
Flag: France

Re: B50 alternator lead grommet

Hi Chris Nothing like you have, that's for sure! I can't even remember the last time I tried to obtain something that fits, but my 'stock' is made up from grommet's that either fit into the crankcase but freely slide up and down the stator lead, or some that are a good fit on the cable but just fall...
by Brad Jones
Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Parts & Bikes wanted
Topic: B50 alternator lead grommet
Replies: 5
Views: 669
Flag: France

B50 alternator lead grommet

Does anyone know whether an alternator lead grommet (40-0705) that actually fits the cable and crankcase aperture properly exists? All efforts to secure such a part in recent years from various suppliers has just left me with having several that are virtually useless! Any pointers would be most welc...
by Brad Jones
Wed Mar 01, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: Can you cut down a long seat to make a short seat?
Replies: 11
Views: 1213
Flag: France

Re: Can you cut down a long seat to make a short seat?

Here's the drawing for B50.org
by Brad Jones
Fri Oct 21, 2016 7:46 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: Power Arc electronic Ignition
Replies: 25
Views: 2284
Flag: France

Re: Power Arc electronic Ignition

I can't remember whether the main topic was ignition or not, but there was another B50 Speedway post on the forum several years ago, because I remember posting a pic from MCN (possibly with Nigel Boocock on board) and also a photo of a speedway piston.

Brad
by Brad Jones
Wed Sep 21, 2016 12:07 pm
Forum: Parts for sale
Topic: SS front mudguard
Replies: 3
Views: 774
Flag: France

Re: SS front mudguard

Mudguard now sold - thanks.
by Brad Jones
Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:46 pm
Forum: Parts for sale
Topic: SS front mudguard
Replies: 3
Views: 774
Flag: France

SS front mudguard

B25/50SS Home & General export front mudguard. Professionally repainted several years ago and has spent much of the intervening time sat on a shelf in the garage. The guard can also be seen on the red B25SS in the Big Escape DVD! Price £30. If anyone is interested, the mudguard is in the Oxford ...
by Brad Jones
Fri Jul 29, 2016 7:46 am
Forum: Parts & Bikes wanted
Topic: Headlight fasteners
Replies: 4
Views: 577
Flag: France

Re: Headlight fasteners

Hi John

BSA part No. is 83-2210.

Because the headlamps, indicators, stalks etc. were supplied by Lucas (usually as a complete sub assembly), BSA, unlike Triumph, didn't see fit to list the washers as individual items!
by Brad Jones
Fri Jun 24, 2016 7:15 am
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: Plum Crazy E35 Fury Project
Replies: 247
Views: 44984
Flag: France

Re: Plum Crazy E35 Fury Project

This sure sounds exciting Winsur...
by Brad Jones
Tue Jun 21, 2016 3:38 pm
Forum: Parts for sale
Topic: B25/B50 mish-mash
Replies: 2
Views: 692
Flag: France

Re: B25/B50 mish-mash

All parts now sold! Thanks to all.
by Brad Jones
Fri Jun 17, 2016 8:04 am
Forum: Parts for sale
Topic: B25/B50 mish-mash
Replies: 2
Views: 692
Flag: France

B25/B50 mish-mash

A few surplus P34 bits... 1. 1972 spec B50T rear mudguard (good chrome under the grime) - £30 2. 8 inch conical hub brake plate - £15 3. Hagon rear shocks approx half an inch longer that stock - £15 4. Triple Cee rear lamp clip - £8 5. Battery carrier - £8 6. 3 x SS front mudguard brackets (not pict...
by Brad Jones
Fri May 06, 2016 7:15 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: B25ss front brakes
Replies: 3
Views: 533
Flag: France

Re: B25ss front brakes

Bill's spot on.

One thing that could explain the confusion on this is that some UK dealers were supplied with US spec B25SS models - Elite Motors, for instance, would often buy up surplus export models from BSA, hence US spec bikes sometimes carrying UK reg. numbers.
by Brad Jones
Fri Apr 22, 2016 7:23 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: OIF seat differences.
Replies: 15
Views: 1352
Flag: France

Re: OIF seat differences.

Reiterating Midgies comment, I remember Polly Palmer recommending Leighton's as seat cover suppliers many moons ago, also telling me that Mr Leighton used to ply his trade with BSA at Small Heath - hence covers that actually fit.
by Brad Jones
Fri Apr 01, 2016 7:30 am
Forum: Parts for sale
Topic: B50 / B25 - Center Stand
Replies: 9
Views: 1475
Flag: France

Re: B50 / B25 - Center Stand

Off the top of my head the main difference is the tang - a short stub for the singles and a convoluted long one for the twins in order to clear the exhaust system on the road variants. The twin stand also comes in two different heights, brought about by the use of shorter rear shocks on the later mo...
by Brad Jones
Fri Mar 25, 2016 1:36 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: My 1st motorcycle
Replies: 20
Views: 1791
Flag: France

Re: My 1st motorcycle

It was actually a Bantam that first got me interested in BSAs Barry. There was a semi-derelict one in someones front garden that I could see from the top deck of the bus on the way to school, circa 1977. Always intended to ask the owner if he would be interested in selling it, but never did! Poor qu...
by Brad Jones
Fri Mar 25, 2016 9:34 am
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: My 1st motorcycle
Replies: 20
Views: 1791
Flag: France

Re: My 1st motorcycle

Confession time - yes, my first motorcycle was a Y*maha!! This pic was taken in 1979 when the bike was only a month or so old, the unquestionably un-cool top box foisted upon me by my parents for use Tec-college (books etc.) The even more dodgy sticker is advertising 'Fri-Pies', a product that my ma...
by Brad Jones
Sun Feb 21, 2016 12:02 pm
Forum: This Forum
Topic: newbie
Replies: 19
Views: 1283
Flag: France

Re: newbie

In short, yes, and lining as David S says.

Brad
by Brad Jones
Sat Feb 20, 2016 12:14 pm
Forum: This Forum
Topic: newbie
Replies: 19
Views: 1283
Flag: France

Re: newbie

Being an EE, and judging from your pic, the bike would have left the factory pretty much as it is: Black frame, possibly carrying dove grey underneath. The dove grey rear shocks are also correct too (!!), though not exclusive. Black side panels with the white number plate for America (square as oppo...
by Brad Jones
Fri Feb 19, 2016 9:30 am
Forum: This Forum
Topic: newbie
Replies: 19
Views: 1283
Flag: France

Re: newbie

Hello Tomfern I don't offer any of this as answers but...If BSA had inadvertantly stamped up two bikes with the same numbers I'd expect there to be a note made in the despatch books about the duplication, which there's not, although it does have two different despatch dates attached to it. This is r...
by Brad Jones
Fri Jan 08, 2016 2:58 pm
Forum: This Forum
Topic: Forum Change 1
Replies: 7
Views: 935
Flag: France

Re: Forum Change 1

Does B50.org ever go backwards? Don't think so.

Keep up the good work Rickard.

Brad
by Brad Jones
Sun Nov 22, 2015 5:48 pm
Forum: Suppliers and New Products
Topic: 97-4023
Replies: 3
Views: 1578
Flag: France

Re: 97-4023

Looks like a quality part and dimensionally very accurate to the original. The seller has informed me that he will be making up a number of the equally elusive B50 type tacho cables too.

Brad
by Brad Jones
Sat Oct 31, 2015 8:41 am
Forum: Off topic
Topic: Coming or going ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1643
Flag: France

Re: Coming or going ?

There is an answer to this Stan and I think it's lurking in an early '70s issue of UK Motorcycle Mechanics. I remember the magazine was reporting on the then experimental reflective plates, yellow for the rear and white for the front. Never mind about the bobbies though, my concern centres on how th...
by Brad Jones
Fri Aug 28, 2015 7:51 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: Flushing Castrol R out of a frame.
Replies: 8
Views: 1334
Flag: France

Re: Flushing Castrol R out of a frame.

I had (still have) a B50SS motor that was running on R when I bought it and sought advice from my local Brit bike engineer on what to do in order to revert to mineral oil. He suggested stripping the motor completely down and washing every component with petrol to remove all traces of R. This I did a...
by Brad Jones
Thu Jun 25, 2015 4:03 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: Fork seals
Replies: 47
Views: 3412
Flag: France

Re: Fork seals

...and a girling shock absorber adjusting tool works well too which, because of its curved back, bears the leverage pressure on the defunct seal itself rather than the slider. Brad
by Brad Jones
Fri May 29, 2015 12:20 pm
Forum: Parts & Bikes wanted
Topic: B25 oil filter rubber seal
Replies: 2
Views: 749
Flag: France

Re: B25 oil filter rubber seal

Hi Brad! Brit Bits have supplied me with an O ring that fits into the filter body recess perfectly - not yet used it but I don't foresee any problems. Hat's off to Ray Fisher once again because in the absence of an original part he'll always spend time trying to find something that will do the job. ...
by Brad Jones
Fri May 01, 2015 9:18 am
Forum: Parts & Bikes wanted
Topic: B25 oil filter rubber seal
Replies: 2
Views: 749
Flag: France

B25 oil filter rubber seal

Ref the rubber seal that fits between the oil filter bowl and main filter body, does any-one know if this is this available as a seperate part? I have a couple of filters left that don't have this included in the packaging!

Brad
by Brad Jones
Sat Feb 07, 2015 9:19 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: B50 tyres
Replies: 15
Views: 1582
Flag: France

Re: B50 tyres

Back to the K70 and fitted to my B25SS, I can confirm that the combination of a 4.00 x 18 K70 rear and the Cheng Shin 'K70' 3.50 x 18 that Rich mentions on the front work well and still hold the tarmac 'till the footrests ground, so no problems in that respect. As for availability, I last bought one...
by Brad Jones
Sun Jan 25, 2015 12:12 pm
Forum: Parts & Bikes wanted
Topic: centre stand
Replies: 20
Views: 2229
Flag: France

Re: centre stand

Or Jack...?
by Brad Jones
Sun Jan 25, 2015 12:10 pm
Forum: Parts & Bikes wanted
Topic: centre stand
Replies: 20
Views: 2229
Flag: France

Re: centre stand

Something else to watch out for is that the A65/T120 etc stand comes in two lengths, presumably shortened once the rear shocks had been replaced with shorter units for 1972?? One will obviously raise the front wheel higher off the ground than the other. I suppose we need to measure the stock B50 ite...
by Brad Jones
Sun Jan 18, 2015 12:24 pm
Forum: News
Topic: B25/B50 despatch records book?
Replies: 13
Views: 1630
Flag: France

Re: B25/B50 despatch records book?

I guess it's probably a goer then! I still have a few technical issues to discuss with the printers, but nothing too problematic (I hope!) As Minety correctly, and helpfully, points out it's just too easy to copy from a disc, something that Steve S for one knows only too well. I am also aware that m...
by Brad Jones
Sat Jan 17, 2015 11:32 am
Forum: News
Topic: B25/B50 despatch records book?
Replies: 13
Views: 1630
Flag: France

B25/B50 despatch records book?

Just trying to guage interest for a possible new book containing the contents of BSA’s original 1971 & 1972 model year P34 (B25, T25, B50), despatch records. Having spent countless hours over the last four years working on these, all entries have now been transferred into a printable electronic ...
by Brad Jones
Fri Jan 09, 2015 11:52 am
Forum: Off topic
Topic: Fascinating letter about BSA / Triumph Umberslade Hall days
Replies: 10
Views: 1370
Flag: France

Re: Fascinating letter about BSA / Triumph Umberslade Hall d

Excellent and interesting post craig10.

The last time I recall Classic Bike printing an objective letter from an ex Umberslade employee was back in the 1980s and rather predictably, they half filled the following issues' letters page with a selection of very anti U/H correspondence!

Brad
by Brad Jones
Thu Jan 08, 2015 1:13 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Owners Database
Replies: 6
Views: 878
Flag: France

Re: Owners Database

This probably doesn't move this on much but all I know about the company is their full title as far as BSA were concerned i.e. 'P. Mitchell & Co', and besides having bikes assigned for Australia, a number were also assigned to a Birmingham address. Whether this was just an office or an actual de...
by Brad Jones
Thu Jan 01, 2015 10:53 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: B50 Gear Lever Screw Thread
Replies: 9
Views: 1167
Flag: France

Re: B50 Gear Lever Screw Thread

Hi Youngjohn, likewise.
BSAs B50 parts manuals list the bolt as being 1/4" BSC. Hope this helps out!

Brad
by Brad Jones
Thu Dec 18, 2014 1:51 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: B50 Conrod Breakage (or Not) Quick Survey
Replies: 81
Views: 8878
Flag: France

Re: B50 Conrod Breakage (or Not) Quick Survey

Regarding Midgies comment " years ago the original clews ccm rod was the 'weapon of choice' a lot like a beefed up std rod,but very heavy and like a hammer going up and down" , I know that Eric Cheney poured scorn upon them for much the same reason, and the resulting additional vibration t...
by Brad Jones
Fri Dec 12, 2014 10:32 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: B50 Conrod Breakage (or Not) Quick Survey
Replies: 81
Views: 8878
Flag: France

Re: B50 Conrod Breakage (or Not) Quick Survey

Having spoken to someone connected to the factory, Kevin Hawkins was told that the problem was due to the rods being ground across rather than along their lenghth as is usual practice, thereby sowing in a potential stress point(s). This arose due to BSA employing unskilled labour that was, it would ...
by Brad Jones
Tue Dec 02, 2014 2:08 pm
Forum: This Forum
Topic: BSA Origin info
Replies: 7
Views: 1290
Flag: France

Re: BSA Origin info

Hi Mike The UK BSA Owners Club hold microfiche copies of the original factory despatch books for many of BSAs models, and for around £15 they will send you a certificate with the relevant details of your bike. Their web site address is: http://www.bsaownersclub.co.uk/ Once in, go into the machine da...
by Brad Jones
Wed Nov 05, 2014 12:39 pm
Forum: Off topic
Topic: The Final Evolution
Replies: 16
Views: 2628
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Re: The Final Evolution

Ta to all for the positive feedback, very much appreciated. The original title was to have been 'BSA 1971: The Final Sunset', which worked in conjunction with the then proposed cover pic, this being the same image as the A75/beach scene on the Fench ad on page 90, albeit with a far more yellowy/oran...

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