BSA 650L


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If you want to keep stock looking brake levers check Brit bike stores and see if someone offers one. If not ebay has a lot of levers for Hondas and so on that include a brake switch.

And it that doesn't work, all a small L shaped bracket to the underside of the lever to actuate a tiny microswitch from almost any modern bike and it should be almost invisible.
Thank you!


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I am an oil pressure sensor away from being able to prime the engine. Given that this has been a complete engine tear down, what oil do y'all recommend for first time use?


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I am an oil pressure sensor away from being able to prime the engine. Given that this has been a complete engine tear down, what oil do y'all recommend for first time use?
Same as you would normally run. I use Castrol GTX 20W50 in the T150V, but it all depends on manufacture recommendation for that year and engine. If it has a wet vlutch, I make dure it is motorcycle/JASO MA-2 rated.


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OK, here is the well-engineered-but-still-redneck steering lock:

An M8 bolt, some tubing, washers and a Nylon nut. Does the job I guess:

In other news I gave the swingarm to a local shop to press the two bushings in. Job done:

But, I cannot push the swing arm bolt all the way through. It jams at the mid-point, where the two bushings meet. They must be out of round or decenter with respect to each other.

I have two potential fixes:

1. Install it anyway and just bang the swingarm bolt through with a bloody great hammer. The Meriden way
2. Fix it before putting onto the bike, so the pin slides easily. But How?

I'm open to suggestions,

- Mark


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No news on the swingarm yet but I have been busy on the front end.

I got the fork yokes powder coated and reassembled the forks as described earlier:


I also painted the Betor handlebar mounts


and mounted the handlebars onto the top yoke like so:


There's not much room to access the first row on nuts when the yoke is on the bike, but it is possible, just awkward


I then assembled one of the forks. These parts:

Go into the forks leg itself and the circlip holds it all together:

Then drop the piston and spring down and finagle it until the rod comes through the hole:

put the fork leg back on and get the Allen screw up inside the leg until it secures the piston. Turn the whole thing upside down and add the seal and circlip:


Then put back on bike with gaiters:

and drop the spring in and tighten up the top bolt. Job's a good 'un

I haven't added oil yet, and I'll get the second one on soon.


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Got the other fork rebuilt using the same process. All was good, except the powder coater had put a screw of indeterminate thread into the drain hole to mask it. The screw wasn't the right size, so they used masking tape the thicken it up, and then during the heating stage it melted to a gooey mess that made it very hard to get the screw out. Nevertheless, I persisted. I had to use a tap to clean the thread out afterwards. But then the second fork was on!


Yahoo! I took the front axle:

and locked one fork down and let the other move so that the axle would go through it, and then locked that leg down too. I then offered up the front wheel, and with a little jiggery-pokery with the jack under the bike got the wheel on!



and got the pinch bolts on. Nothing is torqued down tightly yet of course. I still need to do the full wheel rebuild.


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BTW, the wheel is very crusty:

Does any of that YouTube tinfoil-and-coke stuff work? I need to clean this up, does anything work as well as it does on the Tube?


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Aluminum foil and vinegar works as well as any other method. Not magic, but is worth the effort. Make sure the vinegar get neutralized and rinsed off!


Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.
Aluminum foil and glass cook top cleaner (available in grocery stores usually) is my chrome cleaner of choice.


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Aluminum foil and chrome polish work too. It will never look like new unless it gets fresh chrome, but it's surprising how much better it can look.

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