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  1. Sorry can't give your an answer. I assume you have looked at http://www.villiers.info/post.php?part=EXD09
  2. When you get it sealed, have a look at Charlie's piece - expensive but you may consider it worth the extra cost. http://www.bsaotter.com/aspen_fuel..html
  3. Came across this. Nothing to do with pre65 but interesting considering in the 60''s, apart from a Cub, nothing was much under 320 lbs. Or is my memory confused again? Doubt that.
  4. What are the dry weight of the 'modern/replica/updated/fake (pick your own description) of such machines?
  5. Thanks Hanks Had a 'google' and it certainly appears to be similar. Asked the son (who has a better memory than I do) about it. Said he got it some 20+ years ago as 'off a Spanish trial bike'. Let the buyer beware! Jim
  6. Anyone recognise this k/s?. Probably from the 70/80's. Shaft diameter is 12mm. Jim
  7. A question to make Charlie P despair! In the lightweight class we have had the James, Triumph Cub and Bantam eras, all machines passed as being pre-65 in style and substance. What might be the next all victorious model in this class.
  8. Any heating localised heating ie welding, will not be good for the piston as it will cause distortion.
  9. Rebuild a 30 year old Bantam trials and was wondering re the MZ forks - from what model, year and yokes? Many thanks Jim
  10. In case you are still wondering re forks, ‘The Story of Royal Enfield’ by Peter Hartley p 116 ‘A Villiers Starmaker 247cc ……. Note the Adoption of Reynolds leading-link front forks.’
  11. On the Villiers Starmaker facebook site there is a post from October 8 2013 re 'your' RE scrambler. For some reason I can't open the comments.
  12. I’m with you now. I assumed as there was no points cover on the clutch side, the c/shaft must be reversed to have them on the drive side as per 3 speeder. But, as you say with electronic ignition it just needs a trigger on one side of the crank to work. Stupid ould me. Any experience with suitable carbs? Many thanks, and apologies. Jim
  13. When up at the Two Day pre 65 Trial I saw some Bantams which looked 3 speeders but were definitely not. Am I correct in thinking it is a simple (!) case of fitting a 3 speed crank in a 4 speed c/case to get the ignition on the ‘correct’ side and using 3 speed outed casings? Our son has a B175 based trials bike and we were thinking of converting a spare engine to a 3 speed look-a-like over the winter just for something to do. Any suggestions on what to replace the old Amal carb with – make (Mikuni ?), bore etc? He will never be competing in any restricted specification events so no worry on that issue. Jim
  14. Hi folks Re using Aspen fuel: I am rebuilding an old racing Bantam for fast (!) road work. As it has a fibreglass tank I wanted to stay away from modern fuels so asked Aspen for their recommendation. Their reply was to use Aspen4 (4 stroke mix) 'to give storage stabile fuel and the other benefits, then add 2stroke oil recommended for the Bantam.'
  15. You have forgot to add and 'a lot of hard learnt skill'!
  16. Nice job. What technique did you use to shape it?
  17. Hi bezaboy Do you find it worth the bother?
  18. Anyone suggest a suitable decompressor for a Bantam cylinder head? The only one I can think of is a RE Bullet item.
  19. My son and I built a trials Bantam from a B175 model some 15 years ago. The bike, which was a runner cost £200 and we had to add another £700 to get it competitive, ie capable of completing a trial, but certainly not winning one. Then almost every thing had to be made as there were very few suppliers selling trials bits. Was it worth the trouble? No really. If we had bought a twin shock it would have been a real trials bike ready to go. And would have kept its value more than a home build Bantam with no competition record.
  20. Is the mod easy DIY or of the machine shop type?
  21. Hi Trev. Have just seen your PM. Sorry but no. Home is Bangor in Northern Ireland



  22. Hi Marty Congratulations on the rebuild. Sorry but can
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