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What I did on my bike today..
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stubaker58
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Spent a bit of time today redoing the front end on my D7 mongrel.

Plan was/is to fit later, D14 oilseals to the lightweight forks and to fit the alloy mudguard properly using a set of sport brackets.  I’d realised that I’d fitted the stays without the rectangular bracket that attaches to the bracket which clamps to the fork slider and had fitted the clamps back to front with the holes forward of the forks. I made up a couple of the rectangular brackets from a piece of 2mm mild steel (hacksaw and filing) and set to. 

First issue was that on the right hand fork the bottom bush had come off the end of the stanchion and was stuck down the end of the slider, bent coat hanger to the rescue and some work with the centre punch to ensure the bush was a secure fit before assembly.  The later oil seals fit a deeper seal holder (which were not cheap but are well made pattern parts) and at least have a spring in them, I’m hoping that at least some of the oil will now stay inside.  My thinned down box spanner for the scroll top nuts had gone west, fortunately I had another the correct size and ten minutes with the file got it to fit and had them undone. I’d bought a special seal holder C spanner which also has a cut-out for the fork top nuts which was a great improvement on using an adjustable. Getting the stanchions out of the top yoke became easier when I discovered that an old swinging arm spindle was the perfect fit for a drift.

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When I put it all back together I also fitted a pair of cheap Far Eastern gaiters to protect the exposed stanchions and did a dry run for the mudguard fittings.  All seems ok, just need to get some Lidl  hammerite onto the new rectangular brackets and then put it all together ready for a run later in the month.

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D7/14 hybrid (4 speed with D7 crank etc.) on the road, D10 Bushman awaiting rebuilding.

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February 9, 2019 - 8:08 pm
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Good work. I didn`t realise the D14 forks were different to the D7 & D10. I`ve stripped a few D14 forks to replace seals and the common dropped bush you experienced too, but a long time ago. Bought some new seals the other week, wonder if they`re the right ones....guess I`ll soon find out.

My D7 trials came with D1/3 type gaiters which look smart. 

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Rode the Bantam over to The Ace Cafe to watch the Women Riders World Relay depart. Amongst them is a SERV Surrey & South London volunteer (not on a Bantam!).P1020918-Copy.JPGP1020928-Copy.JPGP1020936-Copy.JPG

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Last week I got stopped on my D14 coming home in the dark by mr Plod
no rear light, bulb had blown
and after a lecture about road safety and maintaining a vehicle in road worthy condition, they were going to give me a fixed penalty ticket for defective lights £60 !
luckily they got an urgent shout and shot off with lights and siren blaring
so thought I should do something about the single rear bulb on a bantam
which really is not that bright even when working
6 volt positive earth LED bulbs are a crazy price so bought some 1watt red led beads on ebay 99p for 10
its now lit up like a Christmas Treelaugh

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Wow, that’s bright! If you get stopped again, have a spare bulb in your pocket, and say I’m sorry officer, I checked it was working before I left home. They would be hard pressed to issue a ticket for that.

Current bikes......1958 D5, a 77 Suzuki GT250 and a 77 Honda CB125S. I have a B175 in the workshop and a 76 Honda C90 waiting its turn. A 1980 Honda CB400N waiting for MOT.  Everyday ride is a 2011 Harley Davidson Sportster. 

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June 24, 2019 - 2:40 pm
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Walked home...

"Lucky" my engine died 10min from my house! pushed the bike (up hill) on cycle path to evade embarrassment embarassed

Joys of a classic bike ownership bsa

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Getting ready for my trip to the National next weekend.  Finally got a top box fitted.  I don’t like the idea of a rack that puts the weight out past the rear wheel spindle plus I don’t like the price of a pukka rack together with a top box sooo ....

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I’d bought the top box with rack and fittings some time ago, the fittings were excellent but I could not get it all lined up as I wanted and they put the box too far back.  BSA we’re onto something with the pastoral models so I thought a modern take was in order.  I had a spare seat with ripped cover but good foam, an afternoon with the angle grinder had it an appropriate length and some time with the Evostick and the sewing machine had the cover repaired/altered to fit. I decided to keep it long enough to use the bracket onto the shock mounting as it’s nice and solid. Only after I’d finished the seat did I offer it up and realise that the rear now fouled the tubes giving an unhelpful tilt to the seat and making the bracket too short to reach the shock mounting so off it came to be altered to fit.

The plastic carrier then had to be fixed to the exposed sub-frame. A couple of wrap around brackets for the tubing (£2.50 each from the local blacksmith) and a rear bracket fabricated to use the number plate bolts and amazingly it all lined up and seems pretty solid

The top box is quick release and is a decent size so all ready for the luggage .

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See you in Cambridge!

D7/14 hybrid (4 speed with D7 crank etc.) on the road, D10 Bushman awaiting rebuilding.

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Nice job...love a shorty seat for my B175.

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Not today but at the weekend, i attended a well known VW show and i may or may not have had a few sherbets, but i let a artist have a free go at painting a picture of my D1 on the back of the van, The front down tube looks bent but that is what happens when you give them free range to use there artistic licence . It's a bit Marmite .

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July 11, 2019 - 11:14 am
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Very talented guy...very nice.

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Looks good to me, very evocative.

D7/14 hybrid (4 speed with D7 crank etc.) on the road, D10 Bushman awaiting rebuilding.

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361AA6B7-6653-491F-ACF7-D6202FD01D47.jpeg65 miles back from the National today with a clutch lever held on by cable ties!

D7/14 hybrid (4 speed with D7 crank etc.) on the road, D10 Bushman awaiting rebuilding.

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stubaker58 said
361AA6B7-6653-491F-ACF7-D6202FD01D47.jpeg65 miles back from the National today with a clutch lever held on by cable ties!  

Just the job.Reminds me of the time I lockwired half a set of Suzuki toolkit pliers to my front brake at the tt after I binned it doing a u turn 😂

What's 7/16 in mm again?

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July 17, 2019 - 1:38 pm
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Broke down. see ** Please log in to view **

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I went out for a 30 min ride and got home 3 hours later courtesy of the AA Breakdown truck. The world of new clutch cables is a very murky one indeed. Fitted mine 6 weeks ago and after just 73 miles it has ripped the cable out of the nipple at the handlebar end. No fun when in 1st gear accelerating into a roundabout.  Six miles was too far to push it home. That was my hot and sweaty Monday afternoon fun.

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July 29, 2019 - 7:13 pm
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Always handy to know a man with a van...

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20 glorious miles running in my newly restored D3,

However i did check the gear box oil and found meatal flakes hope nothing serious coming unsureIMG_5330.JPG

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Hi Bola,

I've just put a D7 on the road and changed the gearbox oil after the first 100 miles. I thought my crankshaft oil seals were on their way out, so expected the oil to be a bit petroly. All seemed fine though and looked exactly the same as yours, a bit metal flakey. Nick

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Wow that's great news, Thanks for confirming. I have done 90miles  thumbs-up

 I added new oil and now have another issue One step forward...… thinking

Not too much damage, short walk to my dads and hopefully a quick fix!

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Gee how did all those nuts/bolts come out at once?

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