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by Tincan3
Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: Northern Meet in the House of Bruar this Sunday 11th August 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 234

Re: Northern Meet in the House of Bruar this Sunday 11th August 2019

Hi Keith et al.
Sorry, but I am not going to make it tempting though it is. I am away next w/e for three weeks so it would not have gone down well if I'd been away two nights this w/e. Hope it is not too wet and you all have a good time!
by Tincan3
Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Rear brake light permanently on
Replies: 34
Views: 841

Re: Rear brake light permanently on

By coincidence I happen to have cleaned my 1975 rear brake switch yesterday exactly as Rob describes above. The innards had accumulated dried grease/dirt that hindered movement and the contacts certainly needed cleaning. In my case I had to shave off part of the switch base to allow clearance with a...
by Tincan3
Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Cold Throttle Backfire
Replies: 42
Views: 1150

Re: Cold Throttle Backfire

Ah! I can feel for you mate that is very annoying. A good release fluid is a 50/50 mixture of ATF fluid and acetone - shaken, not stirred. Heat of course also helps. Keep the bit of fin there may be a way of reattaching it to at least look cosmetically OK.
by Tincan3
Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Cold Throttle Backfire
Replies: 42
Views: 1150

Re: Cold Throttle Backfire

Have you ruled out the shorting possibility between points and advance mechanism? Elimination of that is an easy check in the dark with the front cover off and the engine running - just look for sparking across. If it is happening it is an equally easy fix - bend the points tab well out of the way. ...
by Tincan3
Sun Jul 28, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Seat chrome bar
Replies: 26
Views: 591

Re: Seat chrome bar

There would be nothing stopping you from making up and bolting on your own brackets to take the screws for the chrome bar. It would mean removing and replacing the cover. A replacement seat I bought (can't remember the name/brand) had the cover only crudely glued onto the underside base which would,...
by Tincan3
Sun Jul 28, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Seat chrome bar
Replies: 26
Views: 591

Re: Seat chrome bar

Yes, that is what I remember from recovering my seat - threaded holes in brackets.
by Tincan3
Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Speedo Calibration
Replies: 30
Views: 779

Re: Speedo Calibration

I'm with Mjolinor on this and would prefer to calibrate with a measured mile. Unfortunately our local authority - Argyll and Bute - are a bit parsimonious and could not afford a measured mile so have a measured half mile instead (true!). That was no use for my Smiths clock so I was forced to use the...
by Tincan3
Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: General Off Topic Chat
Topic: Any entomologists in here?
Replies: 12
Views: 438

Re: Any entomologists in here?

Great to get an ID! Nicrophorus would have been my next genera guess - but, you do know they are only attracted to something rotten..............?
by Tincan3
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Cold Throttle Backfire
Replies: 42
Views: 1150

Re: Cold Throttle Backfire

Finally! Found the item on the points tab:
https://www.bmbikes.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=20485
by Tincan3
Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Cold Throttle Backfire
Replies: 42
Views: 1150

Re: Cold Throttle Backfire

After placing my two pennyworth (points shorting on advance mechanism) it occurred to me that a good spark is needed when cold but a weak one will do once the bike is warmed up. Hence the misfire/backfire near the start and less so when warm. I thought I had placed a photo of the errant points tab o...
by Tincan3
Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Cold Throttle Backfire
Replies: 42
Views: 1150

Re: Cold Throttle Backfire

I remember having similar symptoms with my R75/6. Misfires would occur resulting in a backfire or two. If I remember it seemed to be less once the engine was warmed up. The problem was due to the advance mechanism shorting on a tab on the points (not sure why there was less effect once the engine wa...
by Tincan3
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: General Off Topic Chat
Topic: Any entomologists in here?
Replies: 12
Views: 438

Re: Any entomologists in here?

Sirex noctilio, a species of horntail, looks to fit your beast more closely especially in colour and size. Google it and see what you think.
by Tincan3
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: General Off Topic Chat
Topic: Any entomologists in here?
Replies: 12
Views: 438

Re: Any entomologists in here?

Could it be a saw fly or wood wasp? Does it have an ovipositor (egg laying tube) tucked under the abdomen? These insects are quite harmless and, generally, lay their eggs in wood. The common species (Urocerus gigas) has dramatic black and yellow bands in the female while the male is smaller, more un...
by Tincan3
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Stephen and Violeta Carson
Replies: 7
Views: 383

Re: Stephen and Violeta Carson

Indeed, nice bikes.
Very neat panniers on the R69. Mine are just ancient Cravens.
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Welcome to the forum!
by Tincan3
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: Fork Oil Change
Replies: 10
Views: 396

Re: Fork Oil Change

I had a GT550 Kawasaki for a while and seem to remember that, indeed, the fork oil drain procedure consisted of taking each leg out in turn and placing it upside down. The tempting idea for drainage was drilling and tapping a small hole in the outer lower leg plugged by a dome head screw. A similar ...
by Tincan3
Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Your Travel Tales
Topic: Scotland to Normandy France
Replies: 6
Views: 337

Re: Scotland to Normandy France

Hi guys, These specialised maps may be of interest. I have used this company for other maps but do not know what this series is like. It will surely have information more clearly laid out for the D-day landings. https://dash4it.co.uk/european-maps-40/ign-historical-map-normandy-d-day-6th-june-1944.....
by Tincan3
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: Northern Meet this Sunday 16/06/2019 at Rannoch Station
Replies: 17
Views: 545

Re: Northern Meet this Sunday 16/06/2019 at Rannoch Station

Yes, thanks Keith for setting this up - I would probably never have got around to going up Loch Rannoch otherwise. Sorry we were a tad late but it's a long way up that road! Great to see everyone. Estelle seemed to enjoy her day - only her third in the Highlands. We went back south along Loch Rannoc...
by Tincan3
Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Bin the Bings or ?
Replies: 17
Views: 691

Re: Bin the Bings or ?

A good releasing mixture is 50:50 acetone and hydraulic fluid - well shaken, not stirred!
Plus diito about the heat cycles as suggested above (avoiding igniting the release fluid of course).
by Tincan3
Tue May 28, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Clutch question
Replies: 6
Views: 479

Re: Clutch question

When I did the clutch on my R75/6 I replaced the pressure plate and clutch plate. In order to make sure the components, including the flywheel, were balanced I used a bowl to float the components separately to see where they were heaviest. See topic: https://www.bmbikes.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=2...
by Tincan3
Sat May 25, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: Northern Meet - Biggar - Sunday 26/05/2019
Replies: 19
Views: 688

Re: Northern Meet - Biggar - Sunday 26/05/2019

Well, I had been planning to go but the R75/6 combo rear lights (stop and tail) and front bike sidelight have stopped working and unless I find the fault before 17:00 (ferry time) it will be a no-go. Fuses are OK.
by Tincan3
Sat May 25, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: General Off Topic Chat
Topic: Shattered illusion
Replies: 21
Views: 790

Re: Shattered illusion

Last time I went to the hairdressers it cost two shillings and sixpence . . .
by Tincan3
Sun May 12, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: Northern Meet in Glen Lyon this Sunday 12th May 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 497

Re: Northern Meet in Glen Lyon this Sunday 12th May 2019

Hi Jockboxer, You were quick with the upload. Thanks for the photos. Here is the link to the Pictish signalling article - https://www.researchgate.net/publication/264549818_Messages_from_the_past_Iron_Age_signalling_in_Argyll I'm happy to discuss it. There is a lot of information I had to leave out ...
by Tincan3
Sat May 11, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Gold Plated Airheads
Replies: 6
Views: 329

Re: Gold Plated Airheads

Wow! Some over the top price estimates. A friend suggested the cohort of riders used to British bikes is thinning out now so that the prices for bikes of that period has reached a plateau. This cohort of riders is now being replaced by the next cohort - those who grew up when the Japanese machines s...
by Tincan3
Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: Paint matching help...
Replies: 12
Views: 504

Re: Paint matching help...

Some years ago I need to match the "Monza blue" colour (I think that is what it is called) for my 1975 machine. No searching on the internet threw up anything. Then, on a visit to my local car accessory shop, the chap behind the counter consulted some database and came up with the formulation which ...
by Tincan3
Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: Northern Meet in Ceres this Sunday 28th April 2019
Replies: 15
Views: 548

Re: Northern Meet in Ceres this Sunday 28th April 2019

Sorry I could not make this last one at Ceres. My internet has been down for several days. I was under the sidecar over the w/e rearranging the suspension (now done). Six old valve springs might just make the difference! Overcharging battery problem is also solved so I might make the next meet which...

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