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Broadsman
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September 29, 2019 - 9:13 pm
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Forgive me Bantamites for I have sinned - my head has been turned to the dark (4-stroke) side.

A friend of mine roared around on a small Panther special he build which I weirdly always admired. When he decided to sell it I just had to have it. Now when I say Panther it's actually a mixture of odd parts bolted to a Panther model 10/3 frame. Originally it would have been fitted with a Villers 2-stroke engine but my friend fitted it with a BSA C15/B25 250cc engine & oil tank, a Triumph fuel tank, single sprung seat & an MZ disc brake. 

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Now I know what you are thinking - it's a really tatty looking, noisy bike verging on ugly - so why!

Well it's an absolute hoot to ride. The BSA engine starts easily and pulls really strongly. The odd front link suspension handles nicely & it's surprisingly comfortable to ride. My friend built it to attend bike rallies so it has good luggage capacity & the large Triumph tank gives it good range. Plus the disc brake pulls the bike up smartly. You do need to wear ear plugs though.

I plan to leave it pretty much as it is & just enjoy riding it. Just thought you might like to see it?

Thinking of calling it a Panzer (Panther/Beezer) - unless you have any other suggestions (just keep them kind).

CU Broadsman

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I like it 

Best of both worlds good engine comfy what more could you want 

 

Nathan

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YOU like it - that's all that matters. Personally, I could easily find room for something like that; quirky, different from the run of the mill and quick enough for everyday road conditions.

1956 D3 running, lights to sort. 7 other bikes in the Barn, 6 runners (when I get time!) and a still in progress Morini 250

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very   nice    well werth   the  rebild     ,older   frames  wert  bílt  for  frunt   Dics  braks   but  as  we are  serpos  to  use  the  back  just  befor the  frunt brake       very   nice

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Thank you all for your supportive comments & I do have an electrical oddity that members might be able to throw some light on...

It's running 12 volt electrics, has a new 12V battery, new reg/rect & everything works fine - loud horn, great lights & it starts & runs fine.

I checked the battery with a meter & it's showing 12-12.5 volts when ignition is off & a healthy 13-13.5 volts charge when running.  Plus Iv'e never had to charge the battery.

But the odd thing is that the Amp meter never shows a positive charge when the engine is running at all? It shows negative if you put the lights on - as you would expect. But it doesn't ever show a positive charge or any needle movement when running.

I swapped the Amp meter for one that I know to work but it did the same - so I don't think it's the meter.

It's running fine in all other respects so I curious as to why I might be getting no positive amp meter reading? Any thoughts??

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it  sounds  like   its   good     13.5  is  good     ,,  most  amp  meters   are  rated   at   cars    so  thats   wy   ther  not   fited   to   lots   of  motor/cycles   so thats   wiy    its  good   

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Broadsman said

I swapped the Amp meter for one that I know to work but it did the same - so I don't think it's the meter.

It's running fine in all other respects so I curious as to why I might be getting no positive amp meter reading? Any thoughts??  

Wotcha.

I would say the wire from the regulator/rectifier has been put on the same side of the ammeter as the wire which carries the current to the lights / ignition etc.   That way, the meter will show discharge, but will not show charge.

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I like it, I was bidding on it in July when it sold on ebay,     was it your friend that sold it on ebay ?

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Hi Lone Wolf & Bart,

Lone Wolf - Thanks for your thoughts on my Amp Meter problem & your suggestion about incorrect wiring makes complete sense. Over winter I plan to tidy it up a bit & I'll take a close look at the wiring then - much appreciated.

Bart - Yes it's the same bike you saw on eBay in July.

I'm in the Panther Owners Club, previously knew the owner & had seen the bike running at local events. We don't live far apart & he had helped me with some Bantam welding in the past. However I wasn't aware he was selling the bike until I also saw it advertised on eBay. I bid & luckily won the auction.

I can't say I've ever had so much attention from a bike when it's parked up - no one knows exactly what it is!  

Have since put a baffle in the exhaust & it's marginally quieter now.

CU Broadsman

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