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Bantams at the Ace Sunday 28th September 2014
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Doug Brown
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September 22, 2014 - 8:13 am
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 Well I can't believe another year has gone and its this time again!

       So we would love to see you all. Even if you get there by train , bantam , car or foot, come on down. You know you always wanted to see the Ace anyway right? Go on you know you want to.  You can have a mini adventure, start small thats what I say :-)

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September 22, 2014 - 10:33 am
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I intend to be there. Whether it is on a Bantam (in pieces) or Gold Star I'm not sure at the moment.

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September 22, 2014 - 10:33 am
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I'll be there, but unfortunately not on a Bantam. Second gear started going click, click, click on the way home yesterday and I won't have time to fix it.

I hope we get a good turnout, the Ace is a unique venue with an atmosphere to match!

See you all on Sunday.

David.

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September 22, 2014 - 10:48 am
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I hope to be there, on my Bantam, anyone riding from the Guildford area?

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September 23, 2014 - 10:22 am
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We will definitely have two with a possible third bantam :-). I ride every day and its colder than you think at 5 am ! Wrap up warm people. I rode down the A 40 through white City this morning and it was about 8 degrees in Wiltshire is was colder !

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September 25, 2014 - 12:05 pm
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Looks like I wont be there bit of a crisis at home, oh well next time then :(

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September 25, 2014 - 2:44 pm
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Wotcha.

Well I'm going to attempt to get therecool

I mean - what could possibly go wrong ? cant-look

 

I don't know whether I'll stop overnight at Stokenchurch, or set off early Sunday morning and do it in one run.   I'll see how I feel on the day.

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September 26, 2014 - 2:11 am
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Well the weather forecast is really good. They are saying that even on Sunday  at 07.00 it will be 13 degrees  cool! I hope they are right :)

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xcgb said
Looks like I wont be there bit of a crisis at home, oh well next time then :(

Mate, that sucks. I hope it turns out O.K.

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Well, things are getting interesting. Having stripped and reassembled the engine several problems have arisen. Firstly when I lubricated the small end a lot of the needles stuck to the screw driver. That shouldn't happen should it? Fortunately I had a spare.

Then the clutch cable became far too long. How can that happen? I didn't do anything to it apart from clean up the faces. A shorter cable solved that, but it was a devil of a job to fit.

Fitted the air tube with filter foam stuffed into the end inside the cover in place of the pan cake filter. Finally I got it to chug into life, but that is all it will do. Detaching the air tube only improves things a little.

Got to work on Saturday (should do Sunday too). Oh the pain and pleasure of running a Bantam!

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September 26, 2014 - 10:44 am
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"Clutch cable became far too long". You haven't lost the ball in the clutch arm have you?

Colin

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September 26, 2014 - 4:28 pm
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I might wander down if I've nothing  else on, Sunday next, let's hope the weather's gona be fine..M.

Four now on the road and at least several in bits.

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When I said too long I meant by about an inch. Anyway it is all together now and just about running. Should make it on Sunday.

Afterwards I tackled the Goldie. It had been vibrating badly and the primary chain seemed loose. On investgation the 'new' chain had shed a large proportion of its rollers, parts of which were sitting at the bottom of the chain case. This is the second time a 'Speedline' chain has broken up on me. The previous occasion was when I put one on the B31 to go to Italy. A make of chain that I will avoid like the plague in the future.

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Peterg said
When I said too long I meant by about an inch. Anyway it is all together now and just about running. Should make it on Sunday.

Afterwards I tackled the Goldie. It had been vibrating badly and the primary chain seemed loose. 

Wotcha.

I have a belt drive on my B33 (crosses fingers ) so far it hasn't given me any trouble.

Can't say I've come across "Speedline" chains.

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Well, fell back asleep as usual and had brekky about 8.20, left house for about ninish.

Totally unremarkable drive down except for making the same stupid mistake on the M25 as two years ago, when instead of staying on for central London actually got steered away, putting us about ten miles maybe out of our way and a half hour later than what we’d have been if we hadn’t just gone over the one lane instead of the two that the sat. nav was trying to tell us when it said “keep to your right” two of the four lanes went downhill to another roundabout, us with them…ended up in Rickmansworth!!!
Earlier on had noticed Lone Wolf Gary on road up in front of us just the London side of Stokenchurch as I decided to leave the M40 and take the A40 into the venue instead. Almost switched sat nav off after many miles of “turn around where possible” and “at the next roundabout turn right then right again” My old sat nav could be programmed for A roads or motorways, but not this one.
Almost turned back for home at one point, but struggled on.Must have got to the Ace at about tenish or maybe later, couldn’t find much of the “plenty of free parking” this time. Or is that just for bikes?
Spoke to Gary first, went over a bit of old ground and shared a little joke about one of my long posts elsewhere. Always glad to see him though.
Sadly, not many bantams about today. Sarah and Doug Brown arrived with their distinctive B175 Doug and red D7 Sarah, a bit later whom I was also glad to meet again with. A couple of D1’s belonging to non forum or club members, a gorgeously resto’d D7 and another tucked out of sight around the corner together with Nick’s D7 silver and Gary’s B175 were the backbone of the contingent today.
A few others may have nipped in and out quickly as I was elsewhere, but I think that about eight was the best total.There were of course lots of bikes of every other make year and manufacture there, as the 59er club was having a do too.Gary told me that the bike police force contingent were there too, earlier, but we missed that.

Lack of cake and Mr and Mrs Blakeborough did tend to put a bit of a downer on things, but hundreds of bike interesyted and oriented folk helped us forget those missing.

An enjoyable day and  had a few words of discussion with Piquet too, before leaving.

Four now on the road and at least several in bits.

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September 28, 2014 - 8:10 pm
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Four now on the road and at least several in bits.

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September 28, 2014 - 8:47 pm
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I did want to go today but decided rather than risk the miles & banty breaking down, I opted for a venue slightly closer to home & hopefully myself & banty will come next year :)

1951 D1 Bantam. 

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September 28, 2014 - 10:41 pm
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Well what a beautiful day at the Ace Cafe , the weather simply stunning coolcoolcool , the crowds the food and the friendly interest of those there in our little bikes :)

 

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Wotcha.

Well - what can I say ?   Great weather, great company, dare I say it - great bikes too ?  

I managed 93 mpg and even saw speeds in excess of 60 mph.

Total mileage - 243 . . . .I'm afraid I wimped out and went up the pub on the B33 this evening.

Photographs, video and a few more words to follow . . . . time to curl up for the night now.

(edit)  Oh, OK then . .

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Great to meet up with fellow Bantam enthusiasts and get a Bantam 'fix'. smile

Around 200 miles covered unfortunately not on a Bantam (mileage still beaten by Lonewolf who was on a Bantam!), having just moved house all of mine are in storage. frown

I'm not a complete idiot ............................................ some parts are missing.

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