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    BSA Lightning Bobber

    I noticed that whenever I kicked the engine through I would feel a slight puff of air coming back through the carburetor so I started to wonder if the cam timing was off. I wanted to get a look at the kickstart quadrant shaft anyways so I decided to remove the inner timing cover. I turned the...
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    BSA Lightning Bobber

    Shouldn’t it just slide in the kick pedal when it’s not mounted though? This one would slide in and out easily even with the lever off the bike. Is it always very difficult to slide the kick lever on and off the shaft? Seems like it should just slide on and off but it’s very difficult. Sent...
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    BSA Lightning Bobber

    I read that on a couple of forums. I went ahead and ordered a couple from Lowbrow. I’m tempted to check with the local bike shops anyways. I was unable to install the one that came with the kick pedal. It would not smoothly go through the pedal on or off the shaft. I damaged and broke it trying...
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    1975 Yamaha RD350(LC) Preservation-mod Hellride

    I like the spokes much better. Sent from my iPhone using DO THE TON
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    BSA Lightning Bobber

    Put things back together and tried giving it a few kicks. Didn't have the fuel tank mounted so I was hoping to fire off whatever fuel is in the float bowls and I squirted in a little ether just for good measure. It seems a little easier to kick over without all that oil in there but I didn't get...
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    BSA Lightning Bobber

    Little by little. Figured out I can’t mess with valve lash without Whitworth tools. Managed to pull the sump plate and let the oil drain. Between what gushed out when I pulled the timing locator plug and the sump plate there was probably a quart of oil in there. That was all I got done before...
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    BMW R90/6.. TAT G/S Tribute

    Love it man. Rock hard reliability and dirt road capable. You could go anywhere on that bike. Sent from my iPhone using DO THE TON
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    1975 CB550K “that GULF bike”

    Cool to see it back with the original owner! Sent from my iPhone using DO THE TON
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    BSA Lightning Bobber

    After I check valve clearance I’ll drain the sump for real. Catch it, check it and if it’s good pour it back in the tank. I’ll do all that before I try starting it again Sent from my iPhone using DO THE TON
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    BSA Lightning Bobber

    Earlier today I was reading about wet sumping, a common issue with these engines apparently. When I pulled the timing plug out I got a gush of oil, probably half a quart. I know that’s a problem but would it make starting difficult? Sent from my iPhone using DO THE TON
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    BSA Lightning Bobber

    It’s wasted spark. This one is running a single coil and both plugs fire at once. Sent from my iPhone using DO THE TON
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    BSA Lightning Bobber

    Last night I managed to pull the valve cover and have a look. I rotated the engine through a few times just to make sure the valves were moving and all seemed well. I’ll check clearances next time I get some garage time. There must be a problem in the kick mechanism so I’ll pull the inner...
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    1975 Yamaha RD350(LC) Preservation-mod Hellride

    This thing is awesome. Sent from my iPhone using DO THE TON
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    BSA Lightning Bobber

    My shop time comes in brief stints but today I put the ignition back together and roughly timed it. It makes sparks when I kick the engine over so it looks like the ignition is okay. I tried firing some starter fluid in the intakes and kicking it through a few times but all I could get were...
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    BSA Lightning Bobber

    Hoping i get this one running easily without getting into the engine. Long term though, who knows? The frame would look good with some powder coat on it and if the engine is out of the frame… One thing at a time though. Sent from my iPhone using DO THE TON
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