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by JB
Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: B40 breather
Replies: 25
Views: 1123
Flag: England

Re: B40 breather

The threads of the two rocker box studs either side of the pushrod tunnel can be a cause of leaks, especially if the threads have been repaired with a helicoil...don't ask me how I know this :???:
by JB
Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: 1971 BSA B50T
Replies: 30
Views: 2232
Flag: England

Re: 1971 BSA B50T

WOW... :shock: That is VERY NICE... :grin: :grin: :grin:
What a fantastic job you have done with this bike, you must be well pleased with the result of this, BSA definitely got the design of these bikes right imo and you've captured this perfectly with your restoration :ok :ok :ok
by JB
Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: Podtonics or Sparx volytage regulator
Replies: 12
Views: 647
Flag: England

Re: Podtonics or Sparx volytage regulator

I use a 12 degree AR unit off a Mk 3 electric start Commando on my B25 with stronger springs which gives a very progressive advance curve up to 4,500rpm. It's the last of the Lucas units before the RITA nishers came out and is an improved version compared to what our bikes had originally, it's a str...
by JB
Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: B44 Victor Special
Replies: 8
Views: 1059
Flag: England

Re: B44 Victor Special

That's a great restoration job you've done there :ok The finished bike looks very impressive :thumb :thumb :thumb
by JB
Tue Aug 21, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Parts & Bikes wanted
Topic: Bike Magazine Winter 1971 Issue No 3
Replies: 0
Views: 125
Flag: England

Bike Magazine Winter 1971 Issue No 3

I know this is a long shot...but here goes :???: I've a collection of every Bike magazine from the 1970's from when it first started here in the UK in the Summer of 1971, I'm missing just one issue which is the Winter 1971 which is the 3rd issue. If anyone has or knows of a copy of this, I'd be very...
by JB
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: Best valve guides to use.
Replies: 18
Views: 1029
Flag: England

Re: Best valve guides to use.

Jeff, standard valve stem sizes on BSA valves are meant to be different with the exhaust stem always slightly smaller in diameter than the inlet. The reason for this is that they are made to a standard engineering convention call 'Hole Basis' which is the corner stone of engineering Limits & Fit...
by JB
Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: b50 bottom end
Replies: 15
Views: 894
Flag: England

Re: b50 bottom end

Agree with BSA_WM20
From memory the dove grey frame colour was dropped around May 1971 the vast majority of B50's were made after that date with black painted frames, unless yours is a rare genuine Dove Grey framed B50 of course?
by JB
Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: Hammer of the Gods - B50SS Project
Replies: 95
Views: 8245
Flag: England

Re: Hammer of the Gods - B50SS Project

Fantastic result, you've built a thing of beauty, I bet you spend as much time admiring your hard work with this terrific bike as you do using it :lol: :thumb :thumb :thumb
Good tyre choice too, I they look right compared to modern low profile tyres on these bikes.
by JB
Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: Best valve guides to use.
Replies: 18
Views: 1029
Flag: England

Re: Best valve guides to use.

I'm jealous of your Sunnen bench hone :lol: I know you don't use carbide ball hones, just warning people here about them as they do seem to get recommended by some people for sizing guides, they're good for certain jobs but not for bronze guides imho. The clearances I'm running in my B25 head with C...
by JB
Thu Aug 02, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: Best valve guides to use.
Replies: 18
Views: 1029
Flag: England

Re: Best valve guides to use.

Jeff, I've read your previous posts on this subject with interest, my experiences is different to yours, I don't think it's better or worse... just different. I've replaced a number of valves and guides over the years on late 1,2 & 3 cylinder BSA & Tri***h bikes using what was available at t...
by JB
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: Ian Grout's New 73 CCM
Replies: 73
Views: 9475
Flag: England

Re: Ian Grout's New 73 CCM

Brilliant job Ian, you must be well chuffed to have this bike finished and to finally be able to race it :thumb :thumb :thumb
by JB
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: Reed Valve Breather issues
Replies: 14
Views: 1354
Flag: England

Re: Reed Valve Breather issues

The timed breather works well on a 250 and the chaincase vented breather on a B50 also works well, if you ever run a clear tube on a B50 chaincase vent you will see oil clinging to the sidewall in ripples that vary with the engine rpm (there's a time lag but it does alter) for this reason it's impor...
by JB
Wed May 30, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: News
Topic: Bit short of cash tried to sell the B50
Replies: 8
Views: 1620
Flag: England

Re: Bit short of cash tried to sell the B50

That's a brilliant written comedy story you have told there, would have loved to have seen that, so funny it makes me laugh every time I read it :laugh :laugh :laugh
by JB
Tue May 29, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: B44 Pushrods 1967-1968
Replies: 2
Views: 548
Flag: England

Re: B44 Pushrods 1967-1968

I'm not sure if this is right... but that might be around the time when BSA beefed up the cam followers when the foot was made thicker and possibly a shorter pushrod to go with it?

That is purely my guess though :(
by JB
Mon May 28, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: frame problems
Replies: 15
Views: 1839
Flag: England

Re: frame problems

He's not cheap but then the quality of his work is simply brilliant, I was amazed how good a job he did on mine, especially so as it was all done through the filler cap <119
by JB
Mon May 28, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: Front wheel bearings
Replies: 4
Views: 664
Flag: England

Re: Front wheel bearings

mlb50 wrote:I did. More protection can only be a good thing.

+1 Doing no harm leaving them in place and it just looks right with them there :ok
by JB
Fri May 25, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.
Replies: 54
Views: 5533
Flag: England

Re: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.

Liking what you've done there with the front wheel, I too went for the Valtru rims and with the stainless spokes you've got a something that not only looks good but it should also stay that way :lol: Really good to see the B50T progressing and as Grace Jones once said 'keep it up' :thumb
by JB
Sun May 13, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: Stainless Steel Luggage Rack
Replies: 23
Views: 2245
Flag: England

Re: Stainless Steel Luggage Rack

Well here it is finally and I'm really pleased with how this has all worked out. Many thanks to John for sending his rack off to be copied and also John at classic racks for such a good job. 20180513_110730.jpg 20180513_110724.jpg John from Classic Racks told me he is having issues loading new produ...
by JB
Sun May 13, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: Ian Grout's New 73 CCM
Replies: 73
Views: 9475
Flag: England

Re: Ian Grout's New 73 CCM

Nice one Ian, bet it was great to finally ride it after all this time :grin:
by JB
Sat May 12, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: Help with forks please!
Replies: 19
Views: 1485
Flag: England

Re: Help with forks please!

Blimey, that is tight!

If that's the case then it down to all the old tricks using heat, if an impact driver doesn't work then you could try using a T bar with the bar located centrally and two bars to grip so it applies all the torque down the centreline, try tightening first as that often helps.
by JB
Fri May 11, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: Help with forks please!
Replies: 19
Views: 1485
Flag: England

Re: Help with forks please!

I've not read all the replies above but all I do is hold the lower fork clamped in a vice (with a cloth to protect it) and unscrew the cap head. If it's tight this will sort it out, if it's not really tight but the damper rod spins around with the cap head then you need the 'special tool'. You just ...
by JB
Thu May 10, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: Fitting MX cam and 32mm carb - port match the head?
Replies: 5
Views: 842
Flag: England

Re: Fitting MX cam and 32mm carb - port match the head?

The stepped inlet on the Gold Star is well documented by the development engineer Roland Pike who developed the DBD series Goldie to being nearly as good as the Manx Norton, back in its day. The story goes that an apprentice was sent to get a 1 3/32" GP carb and came back with a 1 3/16" ca...
by JB
Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: Stainless Steel Luggage Rack
Replies: 23
Views: 2245
Flag: England

Re: Stainless Steel Luggage Rack

Now that looks gooood, really pleased to see this work out, I've just ordered mine and looking forward to fitting it to the bike :ban :ban :ban John, many thanks to you for all your help with this and I am really pleased to see it work out well for you... especially with you selling your old one :co...
by JB
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: Excessive noise on top end
Replies: 6
Views: 795
Flag: England

Re: Excessive noise on top end

To be fair noise is relative, Ducati dry clutch's spring to mind!!!

You won't really know if it's excessive without having something similar to compare it to... unless it's really bad and something is obviously wrong!
by JB
Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: 1971 BSA B50T
Replies: 30
Views: 2232
Flag: England

Re: 1971 BSA B50T

The chrome guards were only fitted to the 72 B50T model and the rear guard is the harder one to source as it is unique to that model, you could of course have a good 71 guard chrome plated...not sure of the cost though? The front is the same as the TR5T and new pattern ones are available, which is w...
by JB
Fri Apr 13, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: 1971 BSA B50T
Replies: 30
Views: 2232
Flag: England

Re: 1971 BSA B50T

WOW...that's nice :grin: :grin: :grin:
by JB
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: BSA B25 racing bike
Replies: 97
Views: 13338
Flag: England

Re: BSA B25 racing bike

Another doubt is... that I don't like this gap: ESPACIO JUNTA CULATA 2.jpg when I use a standart cooper cylinder head gasket, it's higher than the gap, then the top of the liner don't touch it accommodation in the cylinder head. I have read that cilynders prior to 1968 they used rings to compensate...
by JB
Sat Apr 07, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: 1971 BSA B50T
Replies: 30
Views: 2232
Flag: England

Re: 1971 BSA B50T

Steve
The blue capacitor is only there to allow the bike to be started with either a flat battery or no battery at all, it will store enough of the charge to enable kickstarting the bike batteryless as standard, whether that's still possible with your ignition I don't know.

John
by JB
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: 1971 BSA B50T
Replies: 30
Views: 2232
Flag: England

Re: 1971 BSA B50T

Steve The BSA wired cut out button is the live feed wire for the ignition, when you press the button to stop the engine you are simply cutting the power supply to the ignition. The problem with those Lucas switches is that unless you strip them out and make sure everything is 100% they can be a sour...
by JB
Thu Apr 05, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: BSA B50T Valve clearance question.
Replies: 23
Views: 1919
Flag: England

Re: BSA B50T Valve clearance question.

what is needed is a volunteer with a running b50 for a scientific test. (it wont take long or do any damage to the bike) set the engine to tdc, but at the end of the ex stroke (thats at the start of the intake stroke) in that position with both valves slightly open, set the clearance to 0.008"...
by JB
Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: BSA B50T Valve clearance question.
Replies: 23
Views: 1919
Flag: England

Re: BSA B50T Valve clearance question.

Reducing the valve clearances will reduce the rattling but it will never eliminate it because it all stems from the clearance and wear of the timing gears, our engines are known for it and many of the contemporary road tests picked up on this and complained about the engines rattling from new! It is...
by JB
Sun Apr 01, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: Stainless Steel Luggage Rack
Replies: 23
Views: 2245
Flag: England

Re: Stainless Steel Luggage Rack

That's good news John, I will follow it up in a week or two and hopefully have one on order soon: :thumb :thumb
by JB
Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: Stainless Steel Luggage Rack
Replies: 23
Views: 2245
Flag: England

Re: Stainless Steel Luggage Rack

I agree John the discount offered to you was less than I'd have thought, seeing as you were able to supply a perfect example of the rack to copy! As the op for all of this, I obviously want one of the racks as I had one on a B50SS years ago, if it helps John I'm happy to pay any postage costs if it ...
by JB
Sat Mar 31, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: Parts & Bikes wanted
Topic: How to order Brads new book
Replies: 8
Views: 4331
Flag: England

Re: How to order Brads new book

by JB
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Parts & Bikes wanted
Topic: How to order Brads new book
Replies: 8
Views: 4331
Flag: England

Re: How to order Brads new book

You'll find more information about it here http://www.bsa1971.com/id47.html
by JB
Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Parts & Bikes wanted
Topic: B50H Twinseat
Replies: 7
Views: 834
Flag: England

Re: B50H Twinseat

minetymenace wrote:Ah, to ease the wedding tackle up and over the larger tank during sharp deceleration. :shock:

Oh Yes... the "Wedding Tackle Protection Department" at BSA insisted on the change, whatever changes they asked for they always got, no one was man enough to stand up to them :shock:
by JB
Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Parts & Bikes wanted
Topic: B50H Twinseat
Replies: 7
Views: 834
Flag: England

Re: B50H Twinseat

minetymenace wrote:
JB wrote:The only remaining difference is the front bracket was higher


If they were just shortening the nose, why would the bracket height change?

I think BSA did it to raise the front of the seat slightly, for whatever reason, I seem to recall a photo of the two brackets in Brad's incomplete guide.
by JB
Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Parts & Bikes wanted
Topic: B50H Twinseat
Replies: 7
Views: 834
Flag: England

Re: B50H Twinseat

As far as I'm aware the seats for the 3-gallon tanks were all made from standard seats by BSA, they simply modified the standard seats from the outset rather than re-tool it, in theory, you should be able to modify a standard one yourself as BSA did! The steel base is the same metal pressing but was...
by JB
Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Parts & Bikes wanted
Topic: How to order Brads new book
Replies: 8
Views: 4331
Flag: England

Re: How to order Brads new book

Hi Stan, first port of call would be to contact Brad by email, I'm sure he'll sort it out for you. juxta71@aol.com

Cheers, John
by JB
Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: Stainless Steel Luggage Rack
Replies: 23
Views: 2245
Flag: England

Re: Stainless Steel Luggage Rack

Minety, I'm sure some pips or hooks could be added if required.

I've had a price of £65-£70 + postage of approximately £10 in the UK for a stainless steel version of these racks from classicbikeracks.co.uk ...seems a fair price to me for a hand made rack in stainless steel?

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