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My '71 A65L ... in 2019 #775207
05/30/19 10:56 pm
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Last of the bikes out for a state inspection before tomorrow's deadline. The bike does everything well (except for braking), it's just so different from my dry frame Triumphs, always takes some getting used to. The gearing and gear ratios are very different from the Triumphs, especially that big gap between second and third. Lots of traffic the first five miles, but once I get out past Lexington, the roads open up.

Nice breeze coming off the river:

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Back home, just 45 miles today:

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The LEAKPROOF fork seals installed two years ago are still leak-free, thanks to Tridentman for the recommendation beerchug

Today's small job, I installed LED headlamp and taillamp "bulbs" supplied by C.B.S. -- REALLY BRIGHT! Thank you! thumbsup

Next:

Louder horn(s)
Install turn signals.
Install handlebar ignition kill switch.
Install trim strips on the tank seam while the tank is off.
Install T140 rear fender and taillamp.
Install NOS T140 luggage rack -- has discolored chrome over 2" -- got it for $40 laugh
New tires -- will get Avon RoadRiders, the current Pirellis are mis-matched.
And ... and ... and!








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1968-70-71 Triumph TR6R Bitsa - 1969 Triumph TR6R - 1971 BSA A65L - 1973 Triumph TR5T
1980 Suzuki GS1000G - 2005 Ducati Multistrada 1000S - 2012 Ducati Hypermotard 796 - 2014 Kawasaki ZX1000
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Re: My '71 A65L ... in 2019 [Re: kurt fischer] #775217
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Nice looking bike. Where did you get the front fender from.

Nigel

Re: My '71 A65L ... in 2019 [Re: kurt fischer] #775218
05/31/19 1:25 am
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Looking very good, Kurt.
How is the TR5T coming along?

Re: My '71 A65L ... in 2019 [Re: Bougor] #775226
05/31/19 2:24 am
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Nigel, thanks. The 'glass fender came from Glass From the Past
http://gftpstore.com/

Check the fender page -- I got the Norton Fender NORFDRA.


Tridentman, aka Richard, thanks. Somehow I always find something else to do so I can postpone the wiring job on the TR5T. I like to do a neat and robust job, so I have to "be in he mood". All the components are mounted, and the ignition and charging are wired and working. Got some new fuse holders in from Del City, the kind with the LED warning for blown fuse. Getting there ... .


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1980 Suzuki GS1000G - 2005 Ducati Multistrada 1000S - 2012 Ducati Hypermotard 796 - 2014 Kawasaki ZX1000
Re: My '71 A65L ... in 2019 [Re: kurt fischer] #775228
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Thanks Kurt

Re: My '71 A65L ... in 2019 [Re: kurt fischer] #775269
05/31/19 5:41 pm
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Looks nice Kurt. I've had a bit of a hankering for an oil frame A65 since I rode No Name Bill's at last years Three State Ride. I especially like the looks of the home market gas tank over the chrome sided smaller ones for some reason.


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(Used to be a Triumph here)
71 Norton Commando
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Re: My '71 A65L ... in 2019 [Re: kurt fischer] #775272
05/31/19 6:35 pm
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lookin good Kurt, Knee grips are a good thing , I need a set. Try Vintage brake or some place similar, new linings made a huge difference to my conical drum.


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56 Norbsa 68 Longstroke A65
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Re: My '71 A65L ... in 2019 [Re: kurt fischer] #775281
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Good looking BSA there, by using mudguards you are going against the trend of today's internet "build" pages!
How retro!

Re: My '71 A65L ... in 2019 [Re: kurt fischer] #775289
05/31/19 9:16 pm
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"Install NOS T140 luggage rack -- has discolored chrome over 2" -- got it for $40 "

Consider chopping this shorter, so it fits further up the rear , the stock grab rails look droopy arsed, it will make the line to the seat ,more complimentary. thats if you are fitting a blank rear mudguard. this is on my list of things to do the next time around. If you fit blinkers , let me know the pit falls.


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56 Norbsa 68 Longstroke A65
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MZ TS 250
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Re: My '71 A65L ... in 2019 [Re: gavin eisler] #775306
06/01/19 12:46 am
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Thanks, Mike. I like the BSA, just getting used to it -- I need to ride it more. The bike came with a big center mount Triumph tank that was in poor shape. Fixing it might have been a lot less trouble than working with the Home Market tank! But no going back smile

Thanks, old mule. Mudguards AND mudflaps. I bought a roll of rubber mat (recycled rubber, actually a truck bed liner) so I can keep cutting out mudflaps for the rest of my life.

Thanks, Gavin. I'll probably go with Vintage Brake. A local shop, Nova MC, has a gap bed lathe that they use for setting up the drum brakes on their vintage racers. I was thinking of taking the wheel to them, have them check and skim the drum, then measure it, and then I'd send the measurement and backing plate to Vintage Brake for linings and arcing.

The knee grips I got from a Triumph dealer, yes, looks better, and they are quite thick.

Not sure what you mean about shortening the rack. The luggage area of the rack is very short, but it will look right on this bike. The T140 fender is a nice used one, imperfect chrome and one small crack that I had welded. A nice fading 5-Speed decal, too. I'll just drill it where ever I need to to fit the BSA frame and look right. I can plug any extra holes with plastic plugs from the hardware store. As to turn signals, not going with Lucas (style), I have a set of universal blinkers, might see how they look.



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1980 Suzuki GS1000G - 2005 Ducati Multistrada 1000S - 2012 Ducati Hypermotard 796 - 2014 Kawasaki ZX1000
Re: My '71 A65L ... in 2019 [Re: kurt fischer] #775312
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The stock rear grab rail sags at the back, the line from the rear shock top mount to the rear guard is not "fair", the rear needs to lift a little, the guard wont move but if the horizontal was cut/ slugged , shorter , it would fit higher up the rear guard. Savvy? A later rack with a top platform may differ I dunno?


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Re: My '71 A65L ... in 2019 [Re: kurt fischer] #775391
06/01/19 7:57 pm
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OK, I see what you mean, Gavin, shortening the horizontal rail would mean that the rear attachment points sit on a higher part of the fender.

For my bike, I'll have to see how the T140 parts fit, starting with the fender. Here's a picture of the grab rail and the luggage rack I have, both allegedly T140:

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1980 Suzuki GS1000G - 2005 Ducati Multistrada 1000S - 2012 Ducati Hypermotard 796 - 2014 Kawasaki ZX1000
Re: My '71 A65L ... in 2019 [Re: kurt fischer] #775409
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Always enjoy seeing this one, Kurt. I also have a 71, T-Bolt bottom end, Lightning head and large tank. What did you use to attach the knee pads ?

Re: My '71 A65L ... in 2019 [Re: Gary Szucs] #775431
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Thanks, Gary. Which glue did I use four years ago? Hmmm ... about then I think I was using clear silicone sealant. Have used contact cement in the past, but the bottle usually dries up since I use it so little, hence the switch to silicone. Any problems with your tank clearing the frame toward the rear? Taking Gavin's advice, I ground down some of the welds on the frame to gain a bit of clearance.


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1980 Suzuki GS1000G - 2005 Ducati Multistrada 1000S - 2012 Ducati Hypermotard 796 - 2014 Kawasaki ZX1000
Re: My '71 A65L ... in 2019 [Re: kurt fischer] #775518
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Originally Posted by kurt fischer
Thanks, Gary. Which glue did I use four years ago? Hmmm ... about then I think I was using clear silicone sealant. Have used contact cement in the past, but the bottle usually dries up since I use it so little, hence the switch to silicone. Any problems with your tank clearing the frame toward the rear? Taking Gavin's advice, I ground down some of the welds on the frame to gain a bit of clearance.
I will have to check. Had the tank off quite a while ago didn't notice any problem with the tank clearing the frame.

Re: My '71 A65L ... in 2019 [Re: Gary Szucs] #775637
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Kurt , I checked the tank today and the left side is OK, the right is close , but no missing paint.


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