A Mostly British Obsession


Time to knock the rust out of the BSA tank…again. Third time in 20 years, at irregular intervals. The lining has failed again, and I don’t think I’m going to bother re-lining it this time. Just get the rust out and try to ride it and keep the tank full. Apologies about being able to see your non-influencer-looking author in the reflection!

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Getting the BSA Running Again

I haven’t ridden the A10 BSA in a few years…I got fed up with the difficult “warm start” situation so just let it sulk in the corner instead. Now I’m paying the price, as the tank is filled with stale gas and the carb was completely gummed up. As a consequence, I have the tank off to drain the crud and have the carb off to give it a clean. I will probably do a few other maintenance items, like an oil change and brake adjustment, while I’m at it.

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Discovery Update

Not much to report. I’ve put about 16,500 miles on the Disco since picking it up, and it has been a pretty good car. As you can see by the (crappy-taken-at-twilight) photo, it doesn’t get washed all that often, alas.

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GS550 Clean Up

Tried the same damp rag on the Suzuki with less effect, but that’s to be expected, it’s twoscore years older than the R6 and undoubtedly has had a fair bit more sitting around in sketchy conditions in its life.

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More Motorcycles

Thanks to a friend looking to clean out their garage, there are a couple of new motorcycles here at Rusty Heaps HQ–both need some work but are interesting bikes which will be amusing to try and coax back into life, hopefully on the “cheap”.

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Bonnie Pieces Slowly Gathering

As seen above, I have now aquired the correct front wheel for the 1970 Triumph, complete with brake and axle. I also found (some time ago) a complete 1970 fork which was rebuilt, so now just a front fender and brackets will complete the front end of this machine.

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1970 Triumph Bonneville

My good friend Jack offered me his 1970 Bonnie, as he doesn’t really see himself getting around to recommissioning it, and needs the space…so here it is, washed up on the shores of Isle de Rust. (Not that I need another project, but it’s a neat old bike, which a good friend owned for more than 20 years–I’ll be pleased to give it a new lease on life.)

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