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If any of you in the U. K. was unfortunate enough to sit through the television programme "Grantchester" on Friday evening you would have been rewarded by the sight of a rigid framed, tele forked sporty BSA single. M24 comes to mind but that is a wild guess. Others will know better. Unfortunately, we only saw it being pushed. If in a future episode we see it being ridden, I hope they get things right. Sometimes in the past shown on television is a four stroke single being ridden past the camera and on the soundtrack it is a Honda four or a two stroke twin. We shall see.
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He rode it in the previous episode.


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Originally Posted by resingled
If any of you in the U. K. was unfortunate enough to sit through the television programme "Grantchester" on Friday evening you would have been rewarded by the sight of a rigid framed, tele forked sporty BSA single. M24 comes to mind but that is a wild guess. Others will know better. Unfortunately, we only saw it being pushed. If in a future episode we see it being ridden, I hope they get things right. Sometimes in the past shown on television is a four stroke single being ridden past the camera and on the soundtrack it is a Honda four or a two stroke twin. We shall see.
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When we had the courier business we had quite a few production companies on our booke because we would allow them to set up a new account for each production wich made their book work really easy.
As such I have made hundreds of deliveries to various film sets and it never failed to amuse me how many would be playing a soundtrack for a totally different motorcycle while they winched the bike through the scene.
The other amazing thing is how many times they got actors who could not ride motorcycles to play parts requiring riding one.
Considering the massive amout of research that goes into finding authentic period clothing one wonders how they could allow such bloopers with the motorcycles to happen.

I did have one non-motorcyclist director say they had to use Harley sound track so non motoecycle riders would identify it as a motorcycle.


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Didn't see the previous episode. Never mind. I'll survive. Yep. It's always surprised me how a bke and soundtrack haven't matched. Incidentally, did it sound correct when it was being ridden in that first episode?

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Just ran across this post. The motorcycle looks like a '50-'52 ZB Gold Star. Motor, tank, exhaust, most of the stuff looks kosher. Has a "custom" dual seat, I think the plunger model ( it's not a rigid frame) only came with a sprung single seat and optional bum pad. Has twin clocks but on the only timing side pictures I could find, there doesn't appear to be any tacho drive on the timing cover and no apparent tacho cable.

Never seen the show so I don't know what soundtrack the bike has. The actor said he'd never ridden a motorcycle before and found it "petrifying". He said "you can fall off them and get hurt....

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the actors seem to cleverly block most of the views of the bike when it's not going and details are hard to see. My first clue besides the sound was the seat with the handrail at the back which doesn't fit the alleged time period.....Every once in a while we do see a "correct" representation. " Heartbeat " comes to mind. But there aren't many...…At least, in Easy Rider, it was refreshing to read that the actors found that riding those bikes was the biggest challenge in making the film.

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Originally Posted by Wilfred
At least, in Easy Rider, it was refreshing to read that the actors found that riding those bikes was the biggest challenge in making the film.
Hell, I've been riding since 1975 and would have had trouble riding those bloody things.
It doesn't look like they rode them at over 20 mph either, the way the front forks wander around in a lot of the scenes smile

To get back somewhat on-thread, girder-forked rigid-framed pre-War BSAs are simply spiffing, old chap

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Spiffing is one word for it. Admittedly, my ZB34/M20 bitsa is 1949 (with a 43 frame), so not pre-war, but it handles like a grumpy mule.

I punctured the rear recently, and if I ever get it off (does ancient rubber gradually, by some mysterious chemical reaction, convert to concrete, or titanium?) I have new, fresh rubber to go on front and back. We'll see how it does then.

Spiffing, hmm...

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Originally Posted by Shane in Oz
girder-forked rigid-framed pre-War BSAs are simply spiffing, old chap
I checked my dictionary to see how 'spiffing' translates from Australian into dialects of English spoken north of the Equator and it means 'excellent'. Given this, I can confirm that the handling of my girder-forked, rigid-framed 1928 Ariel is totally spiffing.

Originally Posted by NYBSAGUY
I have new, fresh rubber to go on front and back. We'll see how it does then.
All bets are off on the handling of a bike, any bike, with tires as worn and petrified as the ones you had on your BSA.

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Originally Posted by Magnetoman
Originally Posted by Shane in Oz
girder-forked rigid-framed pre-War BSAs are simply spiffing, old chap
I checked my dictionary to see how 'spiffing' translates from Australian into dialects of English spoken north of the Equator and it means 'excellent'. Given this, I can confirm that the handling of my girder-forked, rigid-framed 1928 Ariel is totally spiffing.
I say old chap. Didn't you jolly ex-colonials read 'Biggles' books as lads? I suppose you all imagined flying Mustangs or Flying Fortresses instead. Riding the 1937 M23 Empire Star, even just around the paddock, makes me feel like I should have a pencil mustache, flying jacket and flying helmet, and be on my way to scrambling in my Hurricane or Spitfire to meet Jerry over the ditch. I cn only imagine what an M24 Gold Star or overhead camshaft Velocette or Norton would be like by comparison.

The 1927 s.v. 350 feels absolutely pedestrian by comparison.

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Grantchester


Watch it all the time .
Not for its Excellence
but because it's better than 90% of the other offerings.

Did you see the episode where he starts the bike without kick-starting ?
God works in mysterious ways .

The priest and another guy are talking and walking towards bike
Bike shown... Priest gets on bike ... vroom motorcycle sound added ... and he pulls any .
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I saw that and it almost got me to turn it off. Who governs these things that so many viewers might pick up on. Not that it's a new thing but still somewhat annoying.


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