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Forum: New, Classic and Vintage Motorbike Forum 07-06-2010, 06:15 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 29,450
Posted By mr ripley
just to prove that it's all running again here's...

just to prove that it's all running again here's some video shot while riding from my place in Brum off into the country round Romsley, Walton, & Clent hills, where I grew up

don't expect mega...
Forum: New, Classic and Vintage Motorbike Forum 01-05-2010, 07:01 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 29,450
Posted By mr ripley
well, I'm hoping to do a few trips on it if we...

well, I'm hoping to do a few trips on it if we have a decent summer,

I got it all back together this afternoon & started it up, & got the most horrendous rattling out of it you've ever heard in...
Forum: New, Classic and Vintage Motorbike Forum 29-04-2010, 06:20 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 29,450
Posted By mr ripley
hi folks, with the Bantam now finished, I decided...

hi folks, with the Bantam now finished, I decided it was about time to get back to the Saracen & change the engine bearings as I had been planning to do

it's taken me a bit longer that I thought...
Forum: New, Classic and Vintage Motorbike Forum 18-03-2010, 11:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 11,808
Posted By mr ripley
hi Gibb, it's finished, ...

hi Gibb,

it's finished,
http://www.techdiagnostics.co.uk/picture.php?albumid=8&pictureid=208

looks pretty neat eh?

yes I'm going to put it back on the road, I sent off for the log book but...
Forum: New, Classic and Vintage Motorbike Forum 17-03-2010, 10:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 11,808
Posted By mr ripley
how about this for a bit of good luck, I...

how about this for a bit of good luck,

I have got the bike together now appart from the tank, which I left out in the garage because it is still full off fuel, & the cylinder head, because I...
Forum: New, Classic and Vintage Motorbike Forum 14-03-2010, 06:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 11,808
Posted By mr ripley
it seems I put all the bolts back in the holes...

it seems I put all the bolts back in the holes they came out of when I stripped it so it hasn't been too bad so far

I had a few parts left to paint & one of the mounting lugs had snapped off the...
Forum: New, Classic and Vintage Motorbike Forum 12-03-2010, 08:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 11,808
Posted By mr ripley
hi folks, I finally got round to getting the...

hi folks,

I finally got round to getting the bantam back in the workshop to re-build it

the parts I sent off for blasting 12 months ago still haven't been done so I asked the guy to just give...
Forum: New, Classic and Vintage Motorbike Forum 10-03-2010, 11:34 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 29,450
Posted By mr ripley
yes that triumph pipe gave it a very distinctive...

yes that triumph pipe gave it a very distinctive sound

I put that one back on there for a couple of days while I was making the new down pipe for the expansion chamber, & I'd forgotten how deep...
Forum: New, Classic and Vintage Motorbike Forum 06-03-2010, 10:48 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 29,450
Posted By mr ripley
yes, I was writing a reply when it all went off ...

yes, I was writing a reply when it all went off

I had to copy it & paste it in later when it came back on
Forum: New, Classic and Vintage Motorbike Forum 05-03-2010, 09:50 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 29,450
Posted By mr ripley
I have had a few problems just lately, I...

I have had a few problems just lately,

I still haven't been able to open it out fully to see what it can do but it seems better

I've been having trouble with the speedo unit though so I'm not...
Forum: New, Classic and Vintage Motorbike Forum 05-03-2010, 08:16 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 29,450
Posted By mr ripley
I was on my way to a local shop the other day...

I was on my way to a local shop the other day when the bike started to get a bit loud,

I instantly thought the manafold had come loose as this tends to happen quite often with singles

as I...
Forum: New, Classic and Vintage Motorbike Forum 04-03-2010, 10:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,462
Posted By mr ripley
yes my bike is ex MoD, it's the Armstrong MT500 ...

yes my bike is ex MoD, it's the Armstrong MT500

just the bike though, the sidecar is ex B&Q (I made it myself) :D

I have done some green laning on it but I doubt it would stand up to the same...
Forum: New, Classic and Vintage Motorbike Forum 04-03-2010, 10:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,462
Posted By mr ripley
they were right by the door as you went into the...

they were right by the door as you went into the hall couldn't miss them

so I had to take a shot
Forum: New, Classic and Vintage Motorbike Forum 04-03-2010, 10:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,462
Posted By mr ripley
hi Gibb, I guess you hadn't looked at my...

hi Gibb,

I guess you hadn't looked at my album of show photo's yet then eh?

http://www.techdiagnostics.co.uk/picture.php?albumid=21&pictureid=175

I would love a quick go on on of those...
Forum: New, Classic and Vintage Motorbike Forum 03-03-2010, 10:46 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 29,450
Posted By mr ripley
hi Gibb, suppressed caps & plugs with...

hi Gibb,

suppressed caps & plugs with resistors tend to be used more on bikes than cars as the ignition signal can mess with TV & radio signals where as a car engine is encased in a steel shell...
Forum: New, Classic and Vintage Motorbike Forum 03-03-2010, 03:20 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 29,450
Posted By mr ripley
I think I may have solved or, at least found,...

I think I may have solved or, at least found, part of the reving problem

I was looking through the instructions for the new ignition system which are in German & I don't read German, but I did...
Forum: New, Classic and Vintage Motorbike Forum 24-02-2010, 10:49 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 29,450
Posted By mr ripley
I will be giving them a ring tomorrow, I've got...

I will be giving them a ring tomorrow, I've got to get back to those sprocket makers too at some point hopefully they will have sorted their phone line out by now

I've also got a full set of...
Forum: New, Classic and Vintage Motorbike Forum 24-02-2010, 09:54 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 29,450
Posted By mr ripley
thanks Gibb, that's a great help, I saw the...

thanks Gibb,

that's a great help, I saw the in motion stall at the show but I was busy looking for Bultaco uk so I didn't pay much attention to it other than a quick look,

turns out they're the...
Forum: New, Classic and Vintage Motorbike Forum 22-02-2010, 01:07 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 29,450
Posted By mr ripley
hi Bob, thank's, that's great news, I...

hi Bob,

thank's, that's great news,

I got a reply back from the place that can make the sprockets but the phone number they want me to ring to order it goes through to an automated system...
Forum: New, Classic and Vintage Motorbike Forum 15-02-2010, 10:04 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 29,450
Posted By mr ripley
hi Gibb, it was a pity I didn't find the...

hi Gibb,

it was a pity I didn't find the owner, I think the same guy owns both of them as the write up was almost identical for the both of them

one good thing came of it though as I was...
Forum: New, Classic and Vintage Motorbike Forum 15-02-2010, 10:37 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 29,450
Posted By mr ripley
you all know the saying about how some thing is...

you all know the saying about how some thing is like wating for a bus.. nothing for ages then two come at once,

well, I just had that very same experience

I've owned this bike since early 2002...
Forum: New, Classic and Vintage Motorbike Forum 10-02-2010, 01:07 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 29,450
Posted By mr ripley
hi Gibb, I have a chair that'll fit on this...

hi Gibb,

I have a chair that'll fit on this bike but the kickstart is on the wrong side so I couldn't start it if I put it on there :(

if you think your guy over the hill might know where I...
Forum: New, Classic and Vintage Motorbike Forum 09-02-2010, 01:29 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 29,450
Posted By mr ripley
I had to pop out to the local bike shop to get a...

I had to pop out to the local bike shop to get a side light bulb & a new breaklight switch so I popped in the 140 main jet before I set off

it absolutley killed it :(

it was fine up to half...
Forum: New, Classic and Vintage Motorbike Forum 07-02-2010, 11:03 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 29,450
Posted By mr ripley
yes it was pretty odd, I hadn't done...

yes it was pretty odd,

I hadn't done anything to it between rides & it had been running nicely up to that point,
but I had been riding it through the town where I was keeping the speed down so...
Forum: New, Classic and Vintage Motorbike Forum 07-02-2010, 04:45 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 29,450
Posted By mr ripley
I forgot to mention that I have actually fitted...

I forgot to mention that I have actually fitted the expansion chamber now

here it is,

http://www.techdiagnostics.co.uk/picture.php?albumid=9&pictureid=174

it looks a bit combersome but it...
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