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For anyone wondering about the rocker arm compression tip for A65 I mentioned a while ago here is a photo. Hope that makes it clear. I think might be similar to what NickL is suggesting with the spanner? SAt least as far as I can work out. Otherwise not sure how get the spanner to work. Nick?

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Today I was mostly setting up to machine the sump face of a mismatched set of triumph cases.

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Put the 1967 T120R back together after "hopefully" fixing the pushrods leaks. Had the head rebuilt while the "bike from hell" was down and tomorrow will see what awaits me. The bike was a basket case that was my first rebuild and all my learning and errors have come together here. It seems like I fix one thing on this bike and then something else goes south. When it decides to cooperate it runs great and handles like a dream, but that always seems short lived. My 1965 TR6SR always cooperates and runs well with an occasional garage time out. Tomorrow will tell. Not planning any trial rides too far from the house.

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Just did some work on my 66 Thunderbird. New clutch plates and springs (slippage), spark plugs, Transmission, primary and engine oil, adjusted valve tappets, Bike runs beautifully, I've had it for 15 years and 11K miles and have yet to go into the motor other than maintenance. It won't be long though, as there is some slight oil seepage at head gasket, but nothing that can't wait until winter. Or the winter after. Whoever had this bike before me took very good care of the engine, even though the rest of the bike was a bad chopper attempt. Luckily no frame mods or irreparable damage! (Best $500 I ever spent)
Also just had the head redone on the 67 A65, 3 cuts, new valves, guides and springs, and new piston rings. One spring collar went missing since I had the head redone, but new one is on it's way. Looking forward to a nice tight top end!



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Got the front end back on the BSA, steering bearings serviced, installed good hand-me-down fork tubes from the Bitsa Triumph, "Leak Proof" brand fork seals, dampers cleaned, gaiters installed, trying 10w BelRay fork oil ... .

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Lookin good Kurt , whats the front mudguard/ telecaster off.? Fitting gaiters is a good move, my fork seals havnt failed since fitting something similar years ago.


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Thanks, Gavin smile

The front mudguard aka fender is Glass from the Past's Norton fender
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It was the closest thing I could find to fit the '71 fork (do not like the stock fender). That Pirelli tire is pretty narrow, though, so another tire like Avon RoadRider probably wouldn't clear. And I did my usual thing of adding a mudflap cut from a roll of recycled rubber truck bed liner.

The gaiters were supplied by a Coventry Spares dealer. I've got them secured now with plastic zipties, have ordered black SS ties from e-Bay.


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Installed new silencers from MAC, nice 22" with a moderate kick up. Unfortunately they are not secured yet. My old silencers were 1 3/4" with the adapters to 1 1/2". I need new clamps for the proper 1 1/2" silencers. Went to a local parts house and they have no exhaust clamps. WHY? Something as small and common as universal exhaust clamps and they don't stock them. And they probably fuss because the web is cutting into their business!


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Found some free horsepower lying around the shed, made a fly screen from a bit of perspex that was tucked away, had a spare set of brackets in a drawer.
One pleasant effect, at higher speeds the bike exhaust tone is quieter, doing less work I think. I need to duck a bit to get the still air bubble.
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Today the sun came out and I worked on my 1970 BSA A65F.

Cleaned up the welds of the missing frame pieces me and a buddy reattached last May. I used a brass wire wheel and then painted them and other small paint chips, etc.. I also cleaned up the correct oil tank I just purchased to get it ready for paint.

Also, tightened all engine mounting nuts and bolts and derusted the rear axle components.

Aaaaaand, installed a center stand I purchased for it.


I wanted to do more but that's it for today !


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"What did I do to MY bike today?"

I sat on my butt, watched my dear wife trim the bushes, drank a St Pauli beer, ate peanuts, and watched the world of northern Illinois gradually turn green....

....and LOVED EVERY GORGEOUS MINUTE OF IT !!!

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"What did I do to MY bike today?"

I sat on my butt, watched my dear wife trim the bushes, drank a St Pauli beer, ate peanuts, and watched the world of northern Illinois gradually turn green....

....and LOVED EVERY GORGEOUS MINUTE OF IT !!!

(The bike gets worked on tomorrow (Monday.)

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must be nice. With my work schedule if it doesn't get done on the weekend it doesn't get done.


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(Rode it yesterday, that is, pretty rainy today ...)

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Originally Posted by BrizzoBrit
For anyone wondering about the rocker arm compression tip for A65 I mentioned a while ago here is a photo. Hope that makes it clear. I think might be similar to what NickL is suggesting with the spanner? SAt least as far as I can work out. Otherwise not sure how get the spanner to work. Nick?

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Now I'm wondering what the rocker-arm compression tip is about. I just put the thing back together with new Thackarey washers. Didn't know there was a trick to this.


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All I did today is watch the Predators defeat the Blues to advance to the conference finals. :bigt
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I bought new wood flooring for my trailer and put the first coat of Thompson's on it. Also filled one tiny dent and finished sanding my petrol tank. Handing it to the painter tomorrow.


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After a 500 mile trip washed it down, tightened all the Non driven side rear spokes, ordered a new clutch cable and bits to make one as well, the old one has a burst outer and its squeaking, looked at the cracked rear number plate, needs welding. Changed the rear damper settings from 2 to 2.5 it was a bit boingy at 2.


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Tightened RHS exhaust pipe / silencer clamp. Adjusted rear chain, got the fractured number plate welded, fitted softer rear Koni springs. Noted points oil seal failure. Your real-world MPG average is 62.65, covering 148.1 miles using 2.36 gallons of fuel.


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Took forum suggestions and painted the front fender brace, looks much better.

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Also, last month, got rid of the EMGO megaphone-muffler, replaced with EMGO TR25W muffler from C.B.S. Now I can hear myself think. It does tweedle a bit, though grin


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Originally Posted by kurt fischer
Took forum suggestions and painted the front fender brace, looks much better.



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Also, last month, got rid of the EMGO megaphone-muffler, replaced with EMGO TR25W muffler from C.B.S. Now I can hear myself think. It does tweedle a bit, though grin



That's a nice looking bike right there!! Very purposeful looking ....


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Adjusted the shifter spring, wasn't getting first gear on downshift. Hope I got it right, another BSA ," assemble, adjust, tear apart, adjust again, tear apart....." item. Only tomorrow's ride will tell.
Also sealed up my exhaust leaks. Went well until the final tightening of a muffler camp. Bolt broke. More Chinese junk!
But they're, "most favored," trading partners, must be good stuff. laughing


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Originally Posted by DavidP
Adjusted the shifter spring, wasn't getting first gear on downshift. Hope I got it right, another BSA ," assemble, adjust, tear apart, adjust again, tear apart....." item. Only tomorrow's ride will tell. ... Also sealed up my exhaust leaks.



^^ Adjust the shifter spring, seal up the exhaust ... sounds familiar grin


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Noted the LHS silencer bracket is loose ( again ) and the two bracket to silencer Fasteners are away on their holidays somewhere else.
Started making a new clutch cable with Venhill bits, the old one is creaking, waiting for bakers fluid, need to make a birdcage tool, found a bit of old angle iron that will provide stock. Luvvin the lighter Koni springs, dampers set to 2.5 , nice souple ride.


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Originally Posted by gavin eisler
Luvvin the lighter Koni springs, dampers set to 2.5 , nice souple ride.

I actually went the other way this year, put some Trident shocks on. Spring pre-load set to lightest position, seems to work. 5' 10", 190lbs.


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