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by bacigalupo
Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: B50s and modern fuel
Replies: 28
Views: 6896
Flag: Australia

Re: B50s and modern fuel

I'm with Beat on this one - no problems with modern fuel. I use 95 Octane (in Australia). Starts well after leaving even for a couple of months. Maybe the 'modern fuels' is a bit of an excuse... I imported an old 1937 T****** a year or so ago. The import took nearly a year all up, including time on ...
by bacigalupo
Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:15 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: oil return hoses
Replies: 22
Views: 5223
Flag: Australia

Re: oil return hoses

Hi, not trying to be negative, but my experience with using a Ford Falcon one way valve to reduce the crankcase pressure wasn't successful (and just added another noise to worry about!). I substantially fixed all the leaks by fitting decent gaskets and changing out the drive sprocket oil seals. I th...
by bacigalupo
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: B50 Kickstarter: like cutting cheese
Replies: 15
Views: 4604
Flag: Australia

Re: B50 Kickstarter: like cutting cheese

Hmmm - if the clutch was slipping maybe it would be difficult to bump start too? Does the clutch slip when bump starting? The feeling of kicking with the clutch slipping and cutting cheese does seem a bit similar. I would firstly take the inspection cover off the primary cover and adjust the clutch,...
by bacigalupo
Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: Auto Advance Unit Position?
Replies: 2
Views: 1434
Flag: Australia

Re: Auto Advance Unit Position?

"
After that, buy a TriSpark and forget about the whole circus act forever."

<200
by bacigalupo
Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: 1971 BSA B50T
Replies: 30
Views: 9699
Flag: Australia

Re: 1971 BSA B50T

I've got the TriSpark ignition and coil on my B50 - seems to work really well, and easy to fit. No effect on plug life!

Steve
by bacigalupo
Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: Shifting into third issues
Replies: 14
Views: 4044
Flag: Australia

Re: Shifting into third issues

I second the advice from Midgie. What I thought was a big gearbox problem was fixed by a small adjustment of that bolt!

Steve
by bacigalupo
Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:21 am
Forum: Tales Of Woe
Topic: Mistrious BSA B50 engine from September 1974
Replies: 25
Views: 6999
Flag: Australia

Re: Mistrious BSA B50 engine from September 1974

Sorry if these are dopey questions... Is the round barrel and head from an earlier model such as a B40? It does appear to be iron in some of the shots. Or do you mean it is a square barrel that has been machined? Both would lead me to ask further questions - presumably as the B40 has a different bor...
by bacigalupo
Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:47 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: B25 inlet valves?
Replies: 11
Views: 3234
Flag: Australia

Re: B25 inlet valves?

I always assumed it meant "aluminium alloy", as used for example, in ally wheels, as opposed to "mag" wheels which use alloys dominantly using magnesium.
Steve
by bacigalupo
Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: News
Topic: BSA
Replies: 2
Views: 2001
Flag: Australia

BSA

I was reading an article in the paper yesterday, about the rise of and rise of sales of sandwiches in Britain. The sandwich industry is represented by the British Sandwich Association or ...BSA

(http://new.sandwich.org.uk/)

Steve
by bacigalupo
Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:14 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: Seem to have a Stuck Valve?
Replies: 2
Views: 1253
Flag: Australia

Re: Seem to have a Stuck Valve?

Sorry, just saw your previous post- looks like you have checked already for whether the pushrods are engaging with the rockers. :cry: Looks like you will have to take the rocker box off.

Steve
by bacigalupo
Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:12 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: Seem to have a Stuck Valve?
Replies: 2
Views: 1253
Flag: Australia

Re: Seem to have a Stuck Valve?

Hi another quick check to make sure is to take the cover off the pushrod window on the rhs of the cylinder head to see that the pushrods are properly engaged with the rockers. If you need to take the rocker box out, you can do this without removing the engine entirely from the frame, but you will ne...
by bacigalupo
Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: Where Is my COMPRESSION!
Replies: 6
Views: 2012
Flag: Australia

Re: Where Is my COMPRESSION!

Looking at it logically - it can only be an open valve or a hole in the piston! So a sticky valve, incorrect valve clearance, or the exhaust valve lifter is keeping the valve open. I understand that the valve lifter should be adjusted to give only the minimum of lift. The adjustment to the cable is ...
by bacigalupo
Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: Tri-Spark ignition Glitch?
Replies: 4
Views: 1673
Flag: Australia

Re: Tri-Spark ignition Glitch?

Hi, do you mean no spark at the plug, or that you have a spark, but the bike wont start? If its teh latter, it could be that the ignition plate has been installed 360 degrees out.

I have one of these ignition units on my B50, with a TriSpark coil. It installed and worked very easily.

Steve
by bacigalupo
Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:54 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: B50 exhaust and silencer
Replies: 3
Views: 1625
Flag: Australia

Re: B50 exhaust and silencer

The outlet is angled a bit higher, so it doesn't put quite so much soot onto the indicator! It sounds fine, and doesn't pop or bang on the over run. I'm disappointed that the original only lasted 46 years.

Steve
by bacigalupo
Mon Aug 07, 2017 5:40 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: B50 exhaust and silencer
Replies: 3
Views: 1625
Flag: Australia

Re: B50 exhaust and silencer

Hi, I got a replacement silencer earlier this year from Burton Bike Bits in the UK. I originally enquired last year, and it seems they only make them in small batches as customers express interest. It seems well made, and pretty much just bolted straight on, except for the small heat guard near the ...
by bacigalupo
Wed Jun 21, 2017 3:58 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: Brake Shoe Reline
Replies: 3
Views: 1433
Flag: Australia

Re: Brake Shoe Reline

Thanks for the replies. I have found Marfleet here in Perth. They reckon they work on vintage brakes. Has anyone used them?

Cheers
Steve
by bacigalupo
Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:34 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: B50 Gearbox access from timing side
Replies: 14
Views: 3589
Flag: Australia

Re: B50 Gearbox access from timing side

Hi Ozevo, I have recently had my gearbox apart. I was able to take it apart while the engine was still in the frame, and leaving the clutch and primary in place. That's the good news! When it came to putting it back together you just need too many hands! I realized it was easier to bite the bullet a...
by bacigalupo
Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:48 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: Brake Shoe Reline
Replies: 3
Views: 1433
Flag: Australia

Brake Shoe Reline

Hi, I need to reline some motorbike brake shoes- can you recommend anyone here in Australia to do this?

Thanks

Steve
by bacigalupo
Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:21 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: Clutch cover oil seal
Replies: 9
Views: 2792
Flag: Australia

Re: Clutch cover oil seal

I have only recently put my clutch and gearbox back together. Is the final drive sprocket fully tightened onto its shaft? Just thinking about whether this is pushing onto the clutch seal?
Steve
by bacigalupo
Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:16 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: B50 Carb setup
Replies: 143
Views: 34828
Flag: Australia

Re: B50 Carb setup

I know that this has probably been done to death, but I just wanted to share my experience. I have a B50SS and finally, after owning and riding it for 4 or 5 years have got the pilot jet clear and working as Amal intended! I had always thought that the poor tickover was part of the B50 "charm". Over...
by bacigalupo
Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:55 am
Forum: News
Topic: B50s in April Classic Bike
Replies: 6
Views: 2553
Flag: Australia

B50s in April Classic Bike

You are all likely to have seen this already! Anyway, April is the current month of Classic Bike for us here in Australia. I picked it up on the weekend, and there is a great 8 page article on BSA B50, including rides of a B50T, a TR5MX and the P92 prototype. The photos are especially good.

Steve
by bacigalupo
Wed May 31, 2017 6:32 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: Oil Leak from Gearbox
Replies: 37
Views: 8734
Flag: Australia

Re: Oil Leak from Gearbox

I have been using just the conventional gaskets that you get in the B50 gasket sets. I'll order the ones from Ed V as recommended. Annoyingly of course, before I took the engine out, whilst I had the leak at the gearbox, the rocker was pretty clean! Also, whilst I did have the engine out, I thought ...
by bacigalupo
Sat May 20, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: Oil Leak from Gearbox
Replies: 37
Views: 8734
Flag: Australia

Re: Oil Leak from Gearbox

Well the bike is back on the road. It took a bit longer than I expected- but I guess that's common! I seem to have the gearbox leak fixed! But now have a leak from the rocker covers! I'll run the bike for a couple of weeks in the (probably vain) hope that it settles down. Otherwise it looks like I w...
by bacigalupo
Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: Oil Leak from Gearbox
Replies: 37
Views: 8734
Flag: Australia

Re: Oil Leak from Gearbox

Thanks for the suggestions. It really looks like the oil was able to pass between the shaft and bearing inner race. I am going to replace the bearing with a single lipped seal, and also replace the normal oil seal.

Steve
by bacigalupo
Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:41 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: Oil Leak from Gearbox
Replies: 37
Views: 8734
Flag: Australia

Re: Oil Leak from Gearbox

Hi Beat, I was having more of a look at the dipstick and oil level. With the oil level to the mark on the dipstick, the bike would have to be leaned over almost on its side for the oil level to be up to the output shaft level. I think what I am seeing is oil must be passing between the output shaft ...
by bacigalupo
Fri Mar 17, 2017 1:51 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: Oil Leak from Gearbox
Replies: 37
Views: 8734
Flag: Australia

Re: Oil Leak from Gearbox

Thanks Beat, this is the situation I have- I fill the gearbox up to the mark on the dipstick, and then it leaks when on the side stand, but never gets to empty.

Steve
by bacigalupo
Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: Reverse Shift Pattern
Replies: 2
Views: 1219
Flag: Australia

Reverse Shift Pattern

I was surprised when I got my B50 that it had a one up-three down shift pattern on the gearbox. I realized (thanks to this forum) that a PO had reversed the shift. I know this is the common pattern for racing. Does it make any difference to the feel of the shift? The reason I ask is the shift, parti...
by bacigalupo
Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:21 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: Oil Leak from Gearbox
Replies: 37
Views: 8734
Flag: Australia

Oil Leak from Gearbox

Hi, I have an annoying oil leak from the gearbox on my B50SS. I have just about fixed all the engine oil leaks, but this one is still persisting - it will drop maybe a tablespoon of oil if parked for a day. The leak seems to be coming from the drive side. As a matter of thinking aloud, I just want t...
by bacigalupo
Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: B50 Engine Breathing
Replies: 32
Views: 7253
Flag: Australia

Re: B50 Engine Breathing

Twice I have topped the gearbox oil up to the correct level (the second time with engine oil). At the same time I have made sure that the engine oil level is at the upper mark on the dip stick at the head tube (oil in frame) after a 16km run (10 miles in old money) oil is copiously overflowing from...
by bacigalupo
Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.
Replies: 67
Views: 19927
Flag: Australia

Re: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.

Hi, just a question about fitting the plate to reduce compression - have you ridden one already, and really think you need it? The reason I ask is based on what I had read I thought the B50 was going to be a real pig to start, and when I bought one I was planning to reduce the compression. In truth ...
by bacigalupo
Fri Jan 06, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: Normal Engine Revs
Replies: 4
Views: 1592
Flag: Australia

Re: Normal Engine Revs

It will go faster!! :shock: <216 :cool: :grin:
:thumb
by bacigalupo
Fri Jan 06, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: Normal Engine Revs
Replies: 4
Views: 1592
Flag: Australia

Normal Engine Revs

Hi, just wondering what is the normal max revs that a standards B50SS should see? Mine seems to run out of puff about 5,000 - is this normal, or should it rev a bit harder?
A further question - is there any value or joy in trying to get it to rev higher than 5000?!

Happy New Year

Steve
by bacigalupo
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:12 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: Speedometer choices
Replies: 12
Views: 2895
Flag: Australia

Re: Speedometer choices

Hi Tom, if you have a look at the bikes on bikeexif.com you will read that a lot use speedos and switches from MotoGadget. There's some good stuff listed http://motogadget.com/en/

Steve
by bacigalupo
Wed Aug 03, 2016 2:56 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: Sump plate filter question [PHOTO]
Replies: 12
Views: 3797
Flag: Australia

Re: Sump plate filter question [PHOTO]

Hi, I had the same problem. Remove the brass filter with brute force, and use a plumbers gas torch to melt the solder to remove the remainder. Then buy a replacement removeable filter (I got one from SRM). The sump plate is steel, which makes it ideal to stick a magnet into it to pick up any fine me...
by bacigalupo
Tue Jul 05, 2016 1:56 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: ROCKER SPINDLE THACKERY WASHER
Replies: 12
Views: 2645
Flag: Australia

Re: ROCKER SPINDLE THACKERY WASHER

There are thin O rings that fit on the rocker shaft. You will need to press out the rocker shafts to replace them. You will then need to be careful (and lucky) to be able to press the shafts back in without wrecking the O rings! Other likely oil leaks from this area are from the banjos on the oil fe...
by bacigalupo
Wed Jun 22, 2016 12:49 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: How I Stopped (Nearly) all the oil leaks!
Replies: 5
Views: 1662
Flag: Australia

Re: How I Stopped (Nearly) all the oil leaks!

Hi mlb50, will you have to change your username when you move to Perth?!

To get a club plate you will probably have to join the VMCC. I have my bike on a normal licence, as the club licence seemed too restrictive. I didn't want to only be able to use my bike for club events.

Steve
by bacigalupo
Mon Jun 20, 2016 3:11 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: How I Stopped (Nearly) all the oil leaks!
Replies: 5
Views: 1662
Flag: Australia

How I Stopped (Nearly) all the oil leaks!

Hi, my B50SS has been back on the road over a year now, but had a couple of persistent oil leaks that meant I always had to ride with a bowl and rags to put under the bike when I parked. I was able to stop leaks from the primary cover and the tappet inspection cover by making up new gaskets from a s...
by bacigalupo
Thu Feb 25, 2016 11:54 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: Cutting out at speed
Replies: 9
Views: 2315
Flag: Australia

Re: Cutting out at speed

I had a similar problem, where the battery terminal was shorting against the sidecover. This stopped the engine being able to rev more than 3000rpm (must have had some affect on the voltage). Below that engine speed it was running fine. I was convinced it was going to be a fuel starvation issue, it ...
by bacigalupo
Mon Jan 25, 2016 1:02 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: valve lengths
Replies: 6
Views: 1684
Flag: Australia

Re: valve lengths

Sorry to weigh, but is this problem related to your previous question about whether it is possible to put the rocker spindles in the wrong way? B25 valve adjustment is by eccentric spindles.

Steve
by bacigalupo
Sat Dec 19, 2015 3:22 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: Shorting Battery
Replies: 18
Views: 3121
Flag: Australia

Shorting Battery

Here's an interesting matter. Yesterday I fitted a new battery, and then rode the B50 into work (about 30 minutes). I noticed that the bike would start missing when trying to rev above 3000rpm. When getting ready to leave at the end of the day a mate was watching me start the bike. I was just kickin...