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by david weare
Sat Oct 31, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: FH650 - oil question
Replies: 6
Views: 424

Re: FH650 - oil question

Steven.Carter wrote:Straight 50 in gearbox and primary drive on my bikes, just occasionally touch the chain for oil. If dry put two tablespoons in till it gets wet


Steven.
Straight 50, ok thanks.
Good tip.
David
by david weare
Sun Oct 25, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: FH650 - oil question
Replies: 6
Views: 424

Re: FH650 - oil question

Hi On my 58 FH there is a level plug just below the rear of the bulge which caters for the shock absorber. That said, I don't use it preferring to set the level to just touch the chain by looking down through the filler port. I use Castrol XXL SAE 40 in the primary chain case gearbox and engine. Re...
by david weare
Sun Oct 25, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: FH650 - oil question
Replies: 6
Views: 424

FH650 - oil question

Dear fellow members '55 FH650 Could someone please tell me: How do I check oil level in primary chain case? What's the best oil to use in it? Also what's the best oil for the gear box? Haynes for BSA A10 recommends SAE 50 as awell as Castrol GTX 20/50 on the same page! I actually have a workshop man...
by david weare
Mon Oct 12, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: For sale/wanted - Bikes
Topic: 1950 NG 350
Replies: 16
Views: 1101

Re: 1950 NG 350

A ducati, an MZ & an Ariel.
Snap. That's what I've got in my shed.
by david weare
Tue Sep 22, 2020 11:41 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Engine oil for FH650
Replies: 15
Views: 927

Re: Engine oil for FH650

The 20/50 and such are usually more needed where cold temps are encountered, to avoid the need for lengthy warmups. It's done with polymers which do wear out so the straight oils will keep their viscosity longer but it's not a problem unless you leave the oil in there for long periods.. The convent...
by david weare
Tue Sep 22, 2020 11:37 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: 7" half width hub brakes
Replies: 20
Views: 1046

Re: 7" half width hub brakes

I always have a selection of solderless nipples in my jacket pocket. I can't remember using one on my own bike, probably because I carry spare cables in the toolbox of each bike, but fellow riders have used them from time to time. OK. Yes spare cables in the toolbox. That the sensible way to approa...
by david weare
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: 7" half width hub brakes
Replies: 20
Views: 1046

Re: 7" half width hub brakes

Cables: All but brake cables are made from DIY lengths from a friend who restores bikes professionally. The brake cables I make from inner and outer I bought a long time ago from a place in Sheffield. It is slightly larger than standard, enough so that standard ferrules don't fit the abutments on b...
by david weare
Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: 7" half width hub brakes
Replies: 20
Views: 1046

Re: 7" half width hub brakes

I've had three sets done in the last few years, most recently by these folks: https://villiersservices.co.uk/index.php?main_page=page&id=9&chapter=4 I've always used original shoes and had them relined with the softest lining available. Bedding in, I use double sided sellotape stuck to the ...
by david weare
Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: 7" half width hub brakes
Replies: 20
Views: 1046

Re: 7" half width hub brakes

When the 8" BSA brake was fitted to my sidecar I changed the fork bottoms and kept the Ariel yokes in place. This allows all the BSA wheel fittings to be used . . . BUT the Ariel forks are a little wider than the BSA so the rim had to be offset and the wheel spindle doesn't protrude much from ...
by david weare
Sun Sep 13, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: 7" half width hub brakes
Replies: 20
Views: 1046

Re: 7" half width hub brakes

You can make these brakes work pretty well. Certainly we'll enough for Norfolk riding! You'll need to adjust your riding style if you are not used to 50s technology, but replacement soft linings and proper setup works wonders. The biggest change for me came from using sandpaper, stuck to the brake ...

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