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Love the description

Postby windmill john » Fri Jan 15, 2021 9:20 pm

Trying to find myself a project and in the description, this one says:

“Wiring loom may want tidying up a bit.”

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Re: Love the description

Postby george baker » Fri Jan 15, 2021 11:06 pm

Hi John
are you ok with electrics? If so it looks too trivial for you since apart from the electrics it looks ready to go

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Re: Love the description

Postby Mjolinor » Fri Jan 15, 2021 11:21 pm

I could do with one like that. No need to feel guilty about the dirt getting thick enough to plough.

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Re: Love the description

Postby windmill john » Sat Jan 16, 2021 8:39 am

Rob and Mjolinor are the sparkys :grin:

It’s small enough to get in my shed and I could take all the time in the world.

I’m not going for this one. I think even though British, too high a price and with the current situation, too far.

Actually, if I couldn’t retire this, I don’t deserve to be a home mechanic.

The only craziness with British bikes is the main switch. If I recall, an Excelsior Consort I had, had either 8 or 12 contacts on the switch!!! It only had a head light, taillight and ignition.... 8 to 12 contacts!!!
http://www.kittos.co.uk
Best roads: 623 Burgos to Santander. A back road to Metz; can't remember which!
Tweety Pie, my F650GS
Ari, my 500 Classic
Gupta, my 350 Bullet.
Sold my Airheads, what an idiot.
Too many bikes have come and gone, trying to be sensible now!

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Re: Love the description

Postby Rob Frankhamr » Sat Jan 16, 2021 10:35 am


The only craziness with British bikes is the main switch. If I recall, an Excelsior Consort I had, had either 8 or 12 contacts on the switch!!! It only had a head light, taillight and ignition.... 8 to 12 contacts!!!
Oh, I don't know... the general standard of electrics on bikes of that era is pretty horrible. It was even pretty horrible by the general standards of the day (which were generally pretty horrible to start with). Under rated wiring, switchgear open to the elements, you name it. It's almost as though the bike maufacturers of the day refused, as a matter of principle, to employ electricians delegating the design of such unnecessary things as lights and horn to anyone who could get a lamp to work 6 times out of 10.

The main reason for the horrendously complicated ignition switches was that most of the functions were switched by the same switch and the output from whatever sort of generator there was, was 'controlled' by switching and shorting generating coils... so at one stage or another, all of the output was switched and some of it was shorted direct to ground dependant on the light switch setting. Why anyone would think of that as a good idea I don't know.

The 'good side' of course was that the bikes would continue to start and run even with half the electrics shot and many of them had a switch setting that allowed the bike to be started with a completely flat battery... don't often see that now.

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Re: Love the description

Postby Mjolinor » Sat Jan 16, 2021 12:17 pm

I don't think that British bike (and car) manufacturers ever really left the calcium carbide era and that is why they were so convoluted.

I do not know who invented that Zener diode method of regulation but firing squad is much too good for him, hang drawn and quartered is more fitting.

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Re: Love the description

Postby windmill john » Sat Jan 16, 2021 2:29 pm

It’s an interesting hobby. Do I buy a British bike (can’t afford 99.9% of them) and spend a lot of time tinkering; isn’t that part of the interest....
Or go Japanese for an easier time.

Now.... the only problem here is that British parts are pretty accessible and lots of people are fabricating stuff.
Japanese bikes, pre last week... body parts are a pain to buy, find and cost the earth, but consumables okay.

I’ve pretty much forgotten about Airheads. Shouldn’t have sold mine, but now.... it’s cheaper to buy a Vincent!
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Best roads: 623 Burgos to Santander. A back road to Metz; can't remember which!
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Ari, my 500 Classic
Gupta, my 350 Bullet.
Sold my Airheads, what an idiot.
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Re: Love the description

Postby Mjolinor » Sat Jan 16, 2021 5:40 pm

Just build yourself an airhead from bits.

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Re: Love the description

Postby John Marshall » Sat Jan 16, 2021 7:49 pm

I have always fancied a Victoria V35 myself. There is a very nice one about around the area.
Or what about a Nimbus?
I guess not cheap though.When I think back to 1978 I bought a T160 for £700 as I could not afford the £900 for the bike next to it. A Hurricane. Oh well.....
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Re: Love the description

Postby windmill john » Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:11 am

Check out these prices from my birth month magazine I picked up:


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Tweety Pie, my F650GS
Ari, my 500 Classic
Gupta, my 350 Bullet.
Sold my Airheads, what an idiot.
Too many bikes have come and gone, trying to be sensible now!

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Re: Love the description

Postby Mjolinor » Sun Jan 17, 2021 12:06 pm

Check out these prices from my birth month magazine I picked up:
They had motor cycles then? :eek: I wonder if Queen Victoria rode one.

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Re: Love the description

Postby windmill john » Sun Jan 17, 2021 2:48 pm

I’m a mere strippling compared to you :grin:
http://www.kittos.co.uk
Best roads: 623 Burgos to Santander. A back road to Metz; can't remember which!
Tweety Pie, my F650GS
Ari, my 500 Classic
Gupta, my 350 Bullet.
Sold my Airheads, what an idiot.
Too many bikes have come and gone, trying to be sensible now!


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