Camchain and tensioner seen up close in a cutaway bike engine


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nab301 said :-
@ Rev. Mick , I don't know, apart from the oncoming traffic on a Dual way It seems a bit like Ireland to me! although the powers that be don't seem to rate it badly from a legislative point of view .
Southern Ireland, Driving offences incurring penalty points, see link below with lots of other inconsistencies.

Speeding , 3 points and €160 Euro fine rising to €320 euro if not paid on time
Driving against traffic flow on motorway, 2 Points and €80 euro fine rising to 160 Euro.
Failure to turn left entering a roundabout 1 point and €60 euro fine
I haven't met any oncoming vehicles ( yet ) on motorways but I have met vehicles travelling the wrong way around large roundabouts or on the link roads under motorways.

19/09/2023 14:57:20 UTC
Rev. Mick! said :-
Nab 301,
I live down by Dingle in Kerry. I think if I started driving Indian style it would scare the living Bejaysus out of everyone.
That said I have seen some very strange driving in Dingle on occasion. There used to be an Auld fella, now dead, who would turn down Main Street as he had always done despite it being made one way up hill only.
Living it up in a lounge in Delhi Airport. Seven hours till LHR plane.

19/09/2023 15:40:58 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
A bit more progress on the Tri-Greeves. Oil tank all sorted out and plumbed in (pics to follow as it's on the other side). Chain fitted - it needed a cranked (half) link which was difficult to find. Chinese Mikuni copy carb fitted - no idea whether it will work but the correct monobloc is in a right state and this was only £16 delivered from China. But the major step forward is starting work on the exhaust - this is the left (drive) side one with the polylock flexible section inserted and a "chopper pot" silencer. I did try a chrome one but it made everything else look too scruffy.

The exhaust is in place but not finally snugged down but I'm pleased with the look and I think I can see how to sort the rear brake pedal out.
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25/09/2023 16:03:06 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
The other side. Again just loosely assembled. I've also put some oil in the tank and turning the engine over with the kickstart seems to show it flowing - certainly on the return side.
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25/09/2023 16:59:40 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Well that carburettor and flexi-zorst ain't gunna cut the mustard with the purists! Do you plan to enter into some pre-something-or-other trials? Or is this just for the sheer pleasure of doing it?

25/09/2023 20:03:04 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
Mostly pleasure but sometimes pain. I'm hoping it will be a nice light bike for ambling around the local lanes. And who cares what the purists think?

26/09/2023 09:59:21 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
I think it looks very smart Ian, I agree about the purist comment, these things from new would have been fettled and bent from day one.
I can't see why the carb once set up won't do the job.
Good work fella.

26/09/2023 11:08:32 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
Looks better with the silencers aligned with the top frame tubes. That flexi tubing is great!
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26/09/2023 16:25:48 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
timing side.
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26/09/2023 16:26:49 UTC
nab301 said :-
Ian, the flexi exhaust look much better than I'd imagined it would when you mentioned it a while back .

26/09/2023 17:17:39 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
Yes, I'm quite pleased with it although it looks better in the photos than in real life - don't we all! I'd like to tuck it in closer on the RHS but am just a bit short of room to get it inside the footrest rather than outside as it is.

I need to do something with the gear lever which apart from being far too high seems to be off a different bike as the serrations don't match. I'd also like to change the gear sequence from 1 down 3 up to the opposite to match most British bikes but the linkage will be complicated.....

27/09/2023 11:48:19 UTC
nab301 said :-
I meant to ask is that still a dry build and also, having spent small fortunes om Amal carbs from UK suppliers for my Enfields over the years It'll be interesting to hear how the £16 Chinese Mikuni runs!

27/09/2023 16:18:29 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
Still dry but getting wetter with all oils in. Hopefully will be trying to start it before long. You will be the first to know!

28/09/2023 10:12:19 UTC
ROD¹ said :-
The project is looking great Ian.
I think your neighbours may be the first to know with that wonderful exhaust system lol.

28/09/2023 11:40:54 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
Yes, those "silencers" don't look as if they'll do much. I have a Gold Star replica on the XBR and have to say it's not too loud - at least in my opinion! and has a nice bass thump much like the Norton, which I awoke from its slumbers yesterday. It must have been feeling neglected as it took several kicks to burst into life including a fairly savage kick back that had me limping for a couple of hours.

28/09/2023 11:53:39 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Who did the welding from the flexi pipe to the silencers Ian. I'm guessing the flexi is stainless and I'm told stainless welding is not a trivial task.

29/09/2023 07:50:43 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
They're not welded, the flexi comes with slotted sleeves (an option) which I'll use Mikalor type clamps on. So there'll be a clamp from the front pipe to the flexi and one on the flexi to silencer (I've used the offcuts from the front pipes to make sleeves going into the silencers). I also need to devise some way of holding the whole lot to the frame - I have some 22mm P clips and probably will use Mikalors with them. Hopefully not too untidy.

Next job is making a chainguard - picking up the alloy sheet this morning at a grand cost of £4.16.

29/09/2023 10:12:19 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
£4.00 for cash?

29/09/2023 13:40:53 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
No, ordered online from Rapid Metals who're just down the road. I'm amazed as they're happy to cut exactly what I want even when it's only a quid's worth. I just hope they don't start applying a minimum order as they won't get rich from me or people like me.

I've pretty much finished the chainguard (who said metal bashing in the Midlands was dead?) and will pop a pic up later.

29/09/2023 13:52:59 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
Here it is. I could of course have bought a "universal" one (which in my experience will fit nothing) for £40 or so......
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29/09/2023 15:53:18 UTC

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