Posts Tagged ‘Flathead’

I have had a problem with lack of spark, and it seems that my bike (1951 WL) has been running on battery power alone. To the point where it killed the battery and i had to be recovered.

Today I replaced the blown headlight and Generator bulbs, and after starting the bike, all seemed well, the gen bulb going off as revs increased as you would hope.

But then as I turned on the headlight again all seemed well with the headlight getting brighter as revs increased, but then again it all went bad. the generator lamp came on, got really bright and then blew, at the same time causing a backfire from the motor. So I again replaced the Gen bulb, and the exact same thing happened again.

Ignition Cutout

Ignition Cutout

32E Generator

32E Generator

It is fitted with a 32E Genny, but I did find the two wires were connected to the wrong terminals (would this cause a problem?) I swapped them over to the correct position, and once again replaced the blown Genny lamp, but still had the same result? I seem to be getting a spike in voltage from the Genny?
With the voltage “spike” thing in mind, I put my voltage meter across the battery terminals, and had a steady 7+ volts at the battery, but I would also get a hit at 14 volts? what is going on there.

So the day ended in frustration, trying to catch the fault all to no avail. So I had nothing else to do except drag out the Panhead and go for a ride….

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Harley WL Sidevalve…

Posted: July 20, 2015 in Just Me
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For a long time now, years in fact, I have wanted a Harley “45”  not particularly the WLA or WLC war machines, but a later civilian model. Well this last week I managed to scratch that itch, when I bought this 1951 WL, hand change, foot clutch, 6volt electrics, perfect. This will sit quite nicely along with my other Harley’s, the Shovel, and the Panhead.

51 Harley WL

51 Harley WL

Side valve flathead

Side valve flathead

Old School Harley

Old School Harley

Harley WLA….

Posted: September 23, 2013 in Just Me
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I may have mentioned this before, but I love Harley flatheads, and one of these days I am going to pull the trigger and buy myself one, they are just so damn cool. Have a look at these two I spotted at Kempton Park bike jumble last Saturday.

Harley WLA's

Harley WLA’s

Harley Flathead

Harley Flathead

 

 

Man I want A Harley 45…

Posted: May 30, 2012 in Just Me
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Today again I called in at Jack’s for some lunch, and my most wanted bike turned up, an unrestored Harley  WLC flathead, from around 1942, I have long wanted one of these, and maybe it is getting close to thinning out the herd, and consolidating the money to buy one, I love the bikes I have, but I really want a Harley  W series flathead.

Harley WLC

Harley Flathead

I Have A Dream…

Posted: October 26, 2011 in Just Me
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I n the words of Martin Luther King, “I have a dream” and although it may not be as grand a dream as his, it is still a dream.  And my dream is American “Flatheads”,  either an Indian of some description, probably a 741 Scout, or a Harley WLA, but one of these days when funds allow, I shall have a US flathead V-twin.

Indian 741

So in this post I shall put a few Indian pictures I have taken over the last couple of years, and my next post shall be Harleys WL series flathead.

Indian Tank

Nice unrestroed Indian tank.

Old Indians

 

I am sure I have some more pictures here somewhere, I will have a look and post some more later..