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Re: Cornering Clearance Suggestions for A65?
linker48x #812915 06/17/20 2:15 pm
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Fit crappy vintage tyres, you will be on your arse before running out of clearance


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Re: Cornering Clearance Suggestions for A65?
linker48x #812956 06/17/20 9:13 pm
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Now that is funny, Andy, and you are right, I wouldn't be having such issues if I had only spooned on a pair of K70's or something, LOL. Fortunately, or unfortunately, the only bike I have with classic tires on it is my DBD34 Clubman, everything else gets modern tires, mostly Avon AM26s and some Bridgestone BT45s.

And thanks MarcB for posting that shot of your 68 Spitfire centerstand, it looks to be the same that I have. Looking at mine closely, mine may have been "reshaped" a little by some prior owner, but it is largely the same piece as yours. As you can see, the centerstand is basically the same as MarcB's

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And to pull my left exhaust in as far as Gary E's, I have gone ahead and bought a pair of the same flat and painted brackets 68/2780/1 from Draganfly as you have used. My left 68/2781 is the oem formed piece, and while it clears the chain nicely, it has almost no "z" offset to it, so instead of taking it off and hand fitting it, I will just replace both with a pair from Britain. As you can see, my left 68/2781 is formed, but has almost no offset to it to bring the pipe in.

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And thanks for your advice, AllanG, my plan here is to keep all original pipes and such, rather than modifying things with siamesed or up pipes. I think changing the brackets and maybe manipulating the centerstand is all I am willing to do at this point. Thanks everyone for your input.

By the way, guys, your Spitfires are beautiful! Unfortunately, mine is not so pretty in closeup photos, it is more in original fettle with patina complete with paint chips and road dirt.

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Re: Cornering Clearance Suggestions for A65?
linker48x #812963 06/17/20 9:49 pm
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Originally Posted by linker48x
On the folding footpegs, that is interesting, I do have folders. Not stock, I guess, but that is a good thing though, as far as I can see, from the point of view of not being one more solid piece to hit the ground.

On the centerstand tang, I've planted it pretty solidly already, in the first 200 miles, much to my surprise, enough to get the rear tire off the ground. Fortunately didn't see a ditch though--hope your friend was okay. Any suggestions how to raise or trim it?

And any suggestions about raising the pipes?

A SPITFIRE SHOULD HAVE FOLDING PEGS

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Re: Cornering Clearance Suggestions for A65?
linker48x #813011 06/18/20 6:45 am
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Hi Linker, I wasn’t suggest that you should fit a Siamese (id cut the arm off first as this would gain you a lot of clearance)


Here’s the other style arm I’m referring to, it tucks better around the silencer.
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Re: Cornering Clearance Suggestions for A65?
linker48x #813068 06/18/20 6:08 pm
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I think you are right that cutting the arm off will make it difficult to use the centerstand. My DBD34 Clubman has had the arm cut off and I basically have to block the stand from slipping with my foot then get ahold and lift it up and over center onto the stand. Plenty of cornering clearance though. Thanks for responding.

Re: Cornering Clearance Suggestions for A65?
linker48x #813070 06/18/20 6:23 pm
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My centre stand never touches down. It's impossible from inside a box in the workshop


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Re: Cornering Clearance Suggestions for A65?
Andy Higham #813093 06/18/20 11:49 pm
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Originally Posted by Andy Higham
My centre stand never touches down. It's impossible from inside a box in the workshop


+1
I always thought they were fitted just to save the footrest rubber, or as a spark generator of some sort.

Re: Cornering Clearance Suggestions for A65?
linker48x #813601 06/22/20 7:54 pm
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Andy and Nick, when we were building race cars back in the 60's, my dad used to say "nothing weighs less than nothing". Y'all are saying, "nothing avoids dragging on the pavement like nothing." Good point.

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