My Norton Clubman…

Posted: July 25, 2017 in Just Me
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Well what can I say, my Norton “Garden Gate” Clubman came back home today, the motor is all finished with the later head fitted, now it is just a case of tidying things up a bit over the coming winter…

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My Norton ES2 Clubman

Last weekend it was Velocette day at the Cherry Tree pub, so a couple of us rode up there on a wet grey miserable day, of course the weather man said it would be dry. All that technology to get it wrong, when all they have to do is look out the window to get it right!

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Off to Velo day.

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Paul’s BSA Goldstar 250

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Hammy Velo’s

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500 Thruxton

1959 Velocette MAC 350cc…

Posted: July 20, 2017 in Just Me
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I have had most of the bikes I have wanted to own now, but there are still a few left on the list that I have never owned or ridden. One of this is the magnificent Velocette.

I would like any of the main sprung frame models, a MAC, Viper, Venom, and of course the fantastic Thruxton, but most are sadly out of my price range. During the week I called round to see Mick at his shop in Farnborough, and in the shed was an old project Velo MAC 350, so I asked Mick if I could have a look, and hear it run.

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Mick, Jim, and the Velocette MAC

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Matching numbers, but not totally original

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1959 350 MAC

I must admit to being tempted, although I have an old friend returning to my little lockup next week, so we shall see.

Brighton Speed Trials…

Posted: July 20, 2017 in Just Me
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Brighton Speed 2017

BSA Wiring!…

Posted: July 10, 2017 in Just Me
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Oh what joy, BSA A65 wiring, does it match the wiring diagram? of course not, does it make sense, well I think you know the answer to that one. I guess I will get it sorted eventually?

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So why did my alternator bracket fail?

Well have a look at this picture, this was taken back when I fitted the supplied kit, do you see the small anti shake lock washers under the nyloc nuts in the centre?

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Scrambler Cycle Alternator kit

Well they have both disintegrated causing the cradle to bounce around, and then the support bracket to brake, the rear washer had disappeared completely, and just half of the front one remained. I have now bolted it down firm without lock washers using just nylocks and Loctite, it is all now much firmer.

The broken barrel stud has also now been fixed, and the bike is once again back together and ready for the Rabbit rally in a couple of weeks time. That will leave me one last camp of the year, in the shape of the Moto Guzzi Club “Red Kite” camp over on the edge of Wales.

 

 

More Guzzi Ramblings, 6…

Posted: June 17, 2017 in Just Me
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AARGHHHH!
Damn, Blast, and Why?

Dropped down the lockup this morning to adjust my valve clearances and have another look at the alternator fixings as the damn thing has come loose again?

So I started wth the left side tappets, and all was good, just minor adjustment needed but hardly worth mentioning really, then after putting the left side all back together, I pulled the rocker cover on the right side, and this is what greeted me exactly as you see it here…

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Broken head bolt

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More work