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Old 02-03-07, 10:46 AM   #1
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Vintage Motorcycle Forums?

Does anyone know of Vintage motorcycle forums? I am going to be starting my new bizz of selling vintage parts very soon and figured I should start building some rep on vintage sites...

Please and thank you...

Obviously besides this forum lol...
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Old 02-03-07, 10:48 AM   #2
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well considering this is a bicycle forum, I guess you're still at #0, and unfortunately I can't help much. However google is probably a good place to start.
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What brand of motorcycle?
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^^LOL what a tard I didnt even notice that...Thanks
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English, German, or American?

Anyone here own a BSA Goldenflash or a Victoria KR 35 G?

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I once bought a Golden Flash basket case but I swapped it almost immediately for a 4-pipe Ariel Sq. 4 motor then swapped that to a friend for an Ariel 500 Red Hunter. After several more trades I ended up with what I really wanted which was a Norton ES2 (slimline featherbed). I do know a guy with a very nice example of that particular BSA.
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Wow -- I'm not the only Anglophilic masochist here. My fatal attraction was Tridents and Rocket 3s. Owned five and they all made like hand grenades.
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My first "big" Triumph . . .



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Sorry, suppose my first post came across a little harsh. Didn't intend it to, guess I can see how it could however. In any case, google is how I came across BikeForums when I was first getting into cycling (and how I suspect a lot of new members find us). Vintage motorcycle groups are probably simular. Good luck with your project.
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In my youth I owned a XK120 and a 750 Commando at the same time.
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Back around 1979 I bought a basket case BSA Rocket (hi-compression) 650. Chrome gas tank. Whitworth sized fasteners. The rear triangle was bent so I cut it off and welded a hardtail to it, put an extended Norton front end on it, bicycle style sprung seat, straight bars. Looked sharp, but I never had the $ to finish it off, school sucked all my cash. Left it in Charlottesville, VA. Just another positive ground sob story.
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Lemme guess; that's how you got involved with bicycles.
Well, it's how I got involved with Detroit iron
First an Alpine Tiger, then a Motion Inc. 350 Chevy Vega. Little car, big engine. Kind of like a .44 snubbie
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I always wanted to build an XK-E with a Chevy stovebolt six in it; 90% of the performance with 500% of the reliability. Or go the opposite direction and build a Bugeye with a small block Chevy. A neighbor of mine had one and he kept twisting the splines off the rear axles.
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The XK120 had the same basic engine as the XK-E. Between the Weber side-draft carbs and the Lucas non-electrics I walked a lot.
As a WW II historian, I love to read about the British armored units that were first equipt with US made M3 light tanks in North Africa, and transport units given GMC deuce and a half trucks. AFV and motor transport that always started and ran all the time was a new concept to them!
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http://www.salt2salt.com/phpix3/albu...6/DSC02680.JPG

^ What happens to an E-type after it goes off a 300 foot cliff on Mil Cumbres.


Another picture of it: http://www.gtspirit.com/2006/11/16/l...a-mil-cumbres/
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Damn.. you guys got me all happy talking about BSA'a and then ya'll drifted off again. Besides being vintage bicycle and vintage motorcycle enthusiasts...is everyone here also on meth?

I'll just say that my 1963 BSA Royal Star A65 was crazy fast and got me lots of chicks....It was the meaning of life in a nutshell. It is interesteing that the asthetics and character of both vintage British motorcycles and vintage race bicycles have similar enthusiasts.

oh yeah....and my 1989 Jaguar XJS V-12 Convertible had the best damn engine ever.
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Since we're off on Jaguars, too, I currently "own" a '90 XJS-V12 convertible. I put that in quotes because the right bank exhaust caught on fire with my wife driving it and it's been in and out of the shop ever since. It's in right now with a blown head gasket. Lovely sound when it's running, though.
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How about vintage bikes with motors?
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I currently "own" a '90 XJS-V12 convertible.
My condolences.

From the movie, The Gumball Rally, referring the the XKE in the race that never started:
Driver 1 - "It sure is a beautiful car."
Driver 2 - "I wish it ran."

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""Since we're off on Jaguars, too, I currently "own" a '90 XJS-V12 convertible. I put that in quotes because the right bank exhaust caught on fire with my wife driving it and it's been in and out of the shop ever since.""

Same thing happened to mine. I'll tell ya the problem: Carbon build up in the distributer cap caused one wire/cylinder to recieve a very weak spark. The result is unspent fuel going to the corresponding catalyctic converter. when the converter fails, it plugs up it's exhaust.. causing massive heat that may result in fire.

Headgasket may be compromised if pressure builds up too much.

It's a simple fix otherwise...... simply clean out the distributer cap and replace the right converter (that's if you don't already have fire damage)

Other than a few problems...my '89 XJS V-12 was stupid fast. I raced a built '68 Camaro that owner claimed 300hp and took him to the cleaners! Also got it to around 150mph. A very fun car!
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Thanks, now I have something else to worry about. I was told mine caught fire because a vacuum check valve (it has a better name) between the intake manifold and the transmission failed, causing my engine to suck up transmission fluid into the right bank of cylinders, cats got hot, etc - cat replacement was part of the first fix.
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Hmmm.... I've never heard of tranny fluid in the cylinders (did they show you?)

My right side exhaust was literally glowing red-hot and the car was bearly running. I first replaced the cat ($150 for a generic cat) to unplug the pipe.....

Anyway 3 seperate Jaguar mechanics couldn't find the simple problem but they did have a host of extravagant ideas about the issue. I was looking at $1K just to identify the problem (they all wanted to rip the engine apart). A gas station worker (when told about the issue) went straight for my distributer cap, looked at it, wiped it off and laughed! He then told me the car was now fine (and he was right...it now ran beautifully with FULL power). He said it's a very common problem with older 12 cylinder engines. (the tiniest specks of carbon in there cause it to misfire since the poles are all so close together)

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they showed me the busted check valve, a bloated vacuum line, and the car had been running like it was flooded. It was also low on tranny fluid. I was going to take it in to have the flooding problem diagnosed - but my wife took the car out unbeknownst to me while I was at work.
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