Making the 650 HunterBird

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Re: Making the 650 HunterBird

Postby Steven.Carter » Sat Apr 11, 2020 11:26 am

I think that's a proper workshop.
Mines not so tidy, but its home :D
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Re: Making the 650 HunterBird

Postby tonyh » Sat Apr 11, 2020 9:05 pm

We all expand to the available space Steve

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Re: Making the 650 HunterBird

Postby tonyh » Sat Apr 11, 2020 9:22 pm

I had a few hours later this morning and managed to lay most of the wiring out on the bike. I'm using std colours as in the book for a dynamo set up. The problem is, I may have said, the headlight is not the right one so I have no main switch. However the Enfield L/H bar switch has the dip and main beam, Horn, Headlight flasher and winker switch all built in so I have made a circuit that just feed power to this through a blade type fuse box and one rocker switch on the headlight shell.

As I had no wiring diagram for the switch and there were nine wires coming from it it took me a while to sort it all out. By then, it was about 2 pm and it was over 30 deg in the shed and the heat from the roof was burning my head, sad but true. So I called it a day and will have another go tomorrow.

I don't think the rear numberplate tunnel is Ariel. I was told it may be off a Triumph but they never made one like this. Velocette did but it's not that. What I do know I have had to do a little welding inide to make holes line up. Its ok now and look the part.
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Re: Making the 650 HunterBird

Postby tonyh » Sun Apr 12, 2020 8:46 pm

Today I did as much as I could. I need a Rec/Regulator, battery and wire the winkers in. I have also moved the coils and cdi box under the seat later this afternoon to tidy the front of the tank up.
I am quite pleased with the outcome.

Sitting on the bike its much lower than my 59 VH and the VNH. I think this is because the the rear wheel is 18" not 19". The engine has done about 5K miles and starts and runs very nice and it has been in use with the 5 speed box that is also fitted, so I don't see any mechanical. problems.

Another morning should get it about there with small detail things. I want to fit a prop stand, not a std one, but one like the VNH off a Jap bike. When eventually we all are let loose again I will give a little road test to add on the end of the post.

I hope you have enjoyed this little tale. Like most specials there will always be something else to do.

My next little project will be my ES2 Norton short stroke single which I want to make a little more perky.

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Re: Making the 650 HunterBird

Postby paul.jameson » Sun Apr 12, 2020 9:04 pm

Your rear number plate is BSA - Best Scrap Available.
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Re: Making the 650 HunterBird

Postby paul.jameson » Sun Apr 12, 2020 9:13 pm

This looks like a very fine machine and I will be interested to see what you think of it on the road.

When I was a student, which is a while ago now, one of the lads in the Motorcycle Club had a Tri-Ar, which was a 500cc Triumph engine in an Ariel single sided hub swinging arm frame. Sadly, he had an incident on a roundabout which resulted in him in hospital for some time and considerable damage to the bike. He kept the engine but gave me the remains of the rolling chassis for spares. I rebuilt it the easy way by fitting a 500cc single Ariel engine to what was a typical cafe racer style bike of the 1970s.

It was on the road until about 15 years or so ago so probably still exists. Does anyone have FHD 31G ?
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Re: Making the 650 HunterBird

Postby JohnnyBeckett » Sun Apr 12, 2020 9:21 pm

HI Tony well you have done a great job of building it and it is a very nice looking bike it will be nice to see how it goes 8-) 8-) :)

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Re: Making the 650 HunterBird

Postby john.whiting » Mon Apr 13, 2020 1:22 am

The rules here include riding a solo motorcycle as exercise,and the cops wont hassle you if they see you out and about.....Which is a change.......The empty roads are nice too.Took my VG bitsa out yesterday for run ,runs pretty well ,except the gearbox spews out thick gooey oil when stopped .Very hard to get off the concrete.Empty roads are just like the sixties ,lot smoother tho....Was going to take the ES2 out this morning ,but the cat has found a nest of snakes and keeps bringing up little ones into the house.He wont let them go either ,and has started growling at me when I try to take them off him.

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Re: Making the 650 HunterBird

Postby Steven.Carter » Mon Apr 13, 2020 7:44 am

Great work Tony. Will nice to hear how she runs on the road,

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Re: Making the 650 HunterBird

Postby adrie.degraaff » Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:06 am

Yes a very nice build, you're going a long way to make a good finish.


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