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November 11, 2015 - 9:25 pm
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That's made me laugh. I had to cut off one of my old tyres too. My word, it was absolutely solid! It took ages and I had to get Him Indoors to help. I think it was an old Avon or maybe a Dunlop. Anyway it had more metal in it than rubber! They don't make them like that any more.

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That's made me laugh. I had to cut off one of my old tyres too. My word, it was absolutely solid! It took ages and I had to get Him Indoors to help. I think it was an old Avon or maybe a Dunlop. Anyway it had more metal in it than rubber! They don't make them like that any more.

Yeh and the small wasn't nice also!! Got my eye on so retro looking Avons, i Had abit of spare time yesterday and as I am still awaiting to get the wheels back from the powder coater I thought I would paint the shoe covers.
The front shoes look new while the rears look like they have seen better days.
Once the wheels and the new bearing arrive I will assessable them.

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November 27, 2015 - 10:31 pm
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In the past I wired my D1 in a similar manner to what you  suggested. To determine the best post to connect to start the engine and putting a voltage meter or a bulb to earth and checking which of the four posts gave the best result.

The final wiring is very simple one wire to a on/off switch then to dip switch on handle bars and two wires to headlight. Taillights run from the on side of the on/off switch. Like you say no requirement for brake switch and a simple horn from the pushbike shop.

I think that you need to have a main and dip to be legal but am willing to be corrected if I am wrong.

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November 28, 2015 - 1:07 am
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That's made me laugh. I had to cut off one of my old tyres too. My word, it was absolutely solid! It took ages and I had to get Him Indoors to help. I think it was an old Avon or maybe a Dunlop. Anyway it had more metal in it than rubber! They don't make them like that any more.

My old girl had ancient Avons too, the motorcycle place I took them to had a hell of a time removing them even with their whizz bang tyre removing machine thingy....  Bloke said he'd been in business for over 20 yrs and reckons he'd never seen anything as tough as them.  It was a shame as they weren't cracked, had reasonable tread; but! the square flat block tread design on the rear tyre had been stopped from legal road use years ago.  Looking at the replacements I got all those yrs back for the D1 I may be asking some questions of my Aussie colleagues as to what brand they are using as they look too flimsy.

MD cheers

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Just an update the wheels are still at the powered coaters, I had SGS visit to inspect the bike so fingers crossed all will go well and I will get a V5 and a reg in the next few weeks.

i also did a little sketch of how I want the bike to look in my head, still not sure of tank colour but would like to go original green.

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Update on the BSA I picked up the powder coated wheels today and wow they look amazing! I have new bearings to be fitted tomorrow and I am looking at fitting Avon speed tyres to the rears which are 3.25 x19 but the orginal front size of tyre is 2.75 x 19 but Avon don't do the speed tyre in that size would I be able to still fit a 3.25 tyre on the front?

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December 16, 2015 - 6:30 pm
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powder coating covers good thay look ok cheaper then haven new 

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December 16, 2015 - 9:54 pm
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Those look good.

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December 16, 2015 - 10:33 pm
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Just remember to clean the drums or the brakes don't work too well I speak from personal experience

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December 17, 2015 - 11:03 am
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Be careful on how you fit the tyres, powder coating can chip very easy when using levers to fit the tyres

I could agree with you, but then we would both be wrong

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December 17, 2015 - 8:15 pm
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A piece of split hose pipe is what our tyre fitter at work uses to protect the tim on newly painted rims

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December 17, 2015 - 8:20 pm
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u can buy some plastic clips over rim very good 2 use

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December 17, 2015 - 9:39 pm
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Cheers gents, So for me the look of a tyre is just as important as the cost and grip, with this being a retro build I wanted to go with old school looking tyres that will keep with the look of the bike.
After much looking I have ordered the following, for the front I have for 19x2.75 mitas H01 and for the rear I went for 19x3.00 maxxis c116, these sizes are in keeping to the original sizes and there will be a visual increase between the front and rear, most old school bobbers had different patten tyres to the front and the back.
Can't wait to for them now!!
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December 18, 2015 - 7:29 pm
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Great news I received the V5 today, it got a good number to!

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December 28, 2015 - 2:35 pm
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Today I fitted the new tyres to my freshly powder coated wheel, have to say they went on without much fuss which was a nice surprise and they look bang on how I wanted them to look old school!
I have had to get another rear spindle as when I sent the wheels for powder coating I removed the old bearings, I fitted the new sealed units and the fronts fitted perfect but with the rear I had an issue fitting the rear spindle back in that the bearings which were stupidly tight and I had to use a hammre to bang the spindle through, this in turn caused me to «censored» the thread and then the spindle got stuck in a bearing and the bearing came out with the spindle!! So new bearings also ordered and going to try again!! Got to love old bikes!

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Hi

Gotta say thanks for posting all of this!!

Am one step behind you on a very similar project (well maybe a few more steps...)

Have a D1 Plunger Frame from '52, a set of D7 forks which I have modified to fit, D1 wheels with Firestone tires to go, Tank is of an unknown 60s Beezer as is the rear mudguard.., apart from that I'm pretty much starting from scratch - well that and a beautiful BSA emblazoned Bobber solo seat that I had made by Hermitage Leather Works (Amazing thing to behold; and part of the inspiration for the theme of the bike).

Really pleased to see someone else embarking on a similar project around the same time as me, who if needs be I can chat to along the way?!

Will post some pictures along the way if you like?

Once again; thanks guys.

John

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Hi john great to see I am not the only one, I look forward to reading your build thread!

I had a good day today and I managed to get the rear wheel fitted all back together again, I bought a new second hand spindle and new bearing and not sure if because the bike was a competition one that the rear spinner is thicker as the new one I got fitted the bearings perfectly where as the old one would fit the bearing over it!

With the wheels on I could fit the clip on handle bars and I also mock fitted the seat and the front light, think the front light needs to sit lower as it feels abit high!
His Defo starting to look like a bobber now, kind of want to run without a rear fender and also want a side stand. I am also thinking now I will keep the original tank and the colour is think it's good to keep apart of his history!

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January 5, 2016 - 10:01 pm
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thumbs-upI reckon the headlight looks fine as is...

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Small job done today and I got the seat fitted, I will have to make some spacers for the bolt at the front but looks like my plan will work.

The next big job will be doing all the cables as the orginal ones are in pretty bad shape, as it finally stopped raining I thought I would see what he looks like in day light, I lowered the front light which looks better now but I'm loving the way his starting to look! 

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Couple of jobs done today, got the new front light fitted, I've spaced the units down to give the bike a lower look, the bolts are just temporary and I will get some black dome Allen key ones.
The other job I've been putting off for a while, the left foot peg has been bent since I bough the bike, to fit the side stand I will need to remove the foot peg complete which in its current state it didn't fit through due to the bend! So out came the blow touch and it is now lovely and straight! I also fitted the brake peddle back correctly as it wasn't fitted right before so overall a good afternoon!
The chain I got from kempton park yesterday didn't fit which was a real disappointment as when I was paying for it the trader was talking to a guy about how all he sells are correctly fitting parts!!

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