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Running once more
#782764 08/27/19 3:59 pm
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My '61 Clubman's Gold Star has been sitting for about 10 years. I finally did what I've been promising for years and got it going. New tires to start and a general going over. It started 3rd kick! Rode it around the block a couple of times. The full width front brake still doesn't work -- it does only have 30 miles on it so I suppose it might bed in and start. And the ignition advance is frozen. It's not the cable so I need to find some instruction on how to address that. A brief history of the bike: My Dad bought in the '70's from a fellow who brought several bikes over from the UK. He had a bad accident (more for him than the bike) shortly after purchase. We fixed it, put standard bars on and lowered the gearing at the crankshaft to make it liveable for street riding with the RRT2 gearbox. I rode it a fair bit but it became increasing hard to start and it went into the basement for 20 yrs or so. Dad and I met a fellow named Don Bradley at the Daytona vintage races who offered to restore it. He worked on it for a few years and returned it not completed. We then had it finished at Locust Grove Restorations. I rode it once or twice since it was finished but work (limited time to ride meant modern bikes were easier to get out on) and living just outside Phila. (heavy traffic and 1961 brakes) discouraged my from riding it.

I'm looking forward to getting the last bit done and trailering out to a rural area to give it a good ride. Then I'll have to decide whether I'm the best custodian for this piece of history.

[img]https://imgur.com/a/EkHtvKA[/img]

Last edited by Chip205; 08/27/19 4:05 pm.

Chip205. '61 Clubman's Gold Star, '13 Daytona 675 R, '13 Duke 690, '18 Street Triple 765 RS, '20 R1250R
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Re: Running once more
Chip205 #782771 08/27/19 5:22 pm
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And in the time it took to post the above, search the net for 'stuck ignition advance' and order a service manual (I had one somewhere), it freed itself.


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Re: Running once more
Chip205 #782847 08/28/19 7:33 am
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Some of you favourite penetrant a little heat and a gentle tap with a brass drift will have it freed up.
The casting is zinc the cam is steel and the zinc oxadizes over time .
The oxide is quite thick & prevents the cam from turning in the slot.

The magic word is not abbrakadra , it is patience.


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Re: Running once more
BSA_WM20 #782856 08/28/19 10:43 am
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Originally Posted by BSA_WM20
Some of you favourite penetrant a little heat and a gentle tap with a brass drift will have it freed up.
The casting is zinc the cam is steel and the zinc oxadizes over time .
The oxide is quite thick & prevents the cam from turning in the slot.

The magic word is not abbrakadra , it is patience.

Thank you.


Chip205. '61 Clubman's Gold Star, '13 Daytona 675 R, '13 Duke 690, '18 Street Triple 765 RS, '20 R1250R

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