Author Topic: New Resident In My Shed  (Read 3729 times)

thrang

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New Resident In My Shed
« on: April 16, 2016, 12:53:00 PM »
I've just added a new friend to my shed, a 1956 BSA Shooting Star, a bike I have been after for many years because when I was 'knee high to a grasshopper' my dad had one and it was the first bike I ever sat on/was taken for a ride on. (Sat on the tank holding he handle bars in front of my dad doing probably 20 or 30 mph riding round the block, ah the joys of a world before health safety and child endangerment laws!)

Cosmetically the Beeza is immaculate but as its been sat in a central heated house and not run for six years the engine needs refreshing and the mag is deader than David Cameron's reputation as an honest man....


Offline wilcom

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Re: New Resident In My Shed
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2016, 01:12:20 PM »
Beautiful bike !!!!
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Present:
1984 BMW R65LS "Herr Head"
1982 BMW R65LS 
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1979 R65
1980 R65
1982 R80RT
1974 R90/6
1972 R75
1964 R50/2
19xx R27
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Offline skippyc

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Re: New Resident In My Shed
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2016, 06:06:48 PM »
I like BSAs It is a nice looking bike and the good thing is there are plenty of spares for them.

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Re: New Resident In My Shed
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2016, 12:46:18 AM »
Very nice. Would not mind one off those myself.
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thrang

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Re: New Resident In My Shed
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2016, 05:21:57 AM »
Even the wife is not as annoyed about me getting another bike as I expected, result! I do have to shift her old GS 450 from its place to fit the Beeza in, but as that is going to a new owner tomorrow it's all worked out rather well... Now I just have to get the pretty lady working, so I've ordered a gasket set and seals, along with a set of points, plugs and carb kit from TMS in Nottingham, so hopefully it won't be long before I hear the music of her peashooters.  

http://www.tms-motorcycles.co.uk/

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Re: New Resident In My Shed
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2016, 03:06:53 AM »
I don't like the full width hubs and crossover rear brake on that model, otherwise gorgeous!

Offline Semper Gumby

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Re: New Resident In My Shed
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2018, 09:36:04 PM »
Crikey what a lovely bike.

O have too many BSA’s and only one BMW.
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Re: New Resident In My Shed
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2018, 01:05:41 PM »
That's a beautiful looking bike.  Old enough that they won't have over tuned it at the expense of vibration and reliability. 
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Offline Justin B.

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Re: New Resident In My Shed
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2018, 09:43:09 PM »
I don't think I've seen a Beezer on the road for 30-40 years, or so.  In the mid 70s I used to ride around with a group where one of the members had one.
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Re: New Resident In My Shed
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2018, 09:58:05 PM »
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I don't think I've seen a Beezer on the road for 30-40 years, or so.  In the mid 70s I used to ride around with a group where one of the members had one.

I rode an M20 BSA home from our last restorer's club meeting for the owner who was feeling a little poorly. Gee but modern motorcycles (even from the 70s and 80s) are wonderful. I've come to the conclusion I was a lot tougher  44 off years ago when I started riding motorcycles, I could not get off the thing fast enough.
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Re: New Resident In My Shed
« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2018, 09:15:25 PM »
Sorry to hijack the thread Tony Shaw but since the title is appropriate for me too....
New in my shed - a mate's Pantah 500SL that I got going for him and tuned, then bought it off him and recommissioned to road worthiness.  She's just on the road.  Have to say that my rebuilt twin F05's are pretty shite compared to a single F08.  I've got new pads to put in, will have to try them and I guess braided lines would probably make a difference.  She's an ex track bike, the exhaust note can probably be heard 1km away, she sounds pretty meaty! Great to ride around the hills in my area.

They are supposed to have a fairing on the front with a rather large windshield but I prefer the look of it without the fairing.  So far what I've noticed riding it (I've only had a couple of decent goes) is that it's not as flick-able as the R65.  But I'm only just starting to try some 'spirited' riding, compared to being well used to what the R65 can do (which I quite often leave some of my mates behind on the tight and twisties)
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Re: New Resident In My Shed
« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2018, 05:31:37 PM »
I have a friend who recently got rid of one after a lot of work.  Had trouble getting it sorted and it eventually drove him to distraction.  He is safely back on his GSA now. 

Is the black on the tank original?  I do like them with the fairing and always looked at the red and green model as a mini MHR. 

Many years ago whilst at the IOM TT, I passed up the opportunity to purchase a painting of the late Mike Hailwood by a local artist whilst having a pint in a pub.  You've only just reminded me of that! 

On that same trip, I did get to visit the Wynne Racing garage near Cheshire(?) and test rode their 900SS (red and white one) demo bike but had to travel to Padgett's at Preston to do so. 
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Re: New Resident In My Shed
« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2018, 07:05:25 PM »
I fear my sister has gone completely over to the dark side.

In the 80s she had an 860GT, then a Pantah, followed by a Monster. More recently she has a Multistrada for day to day riding and a 916 for playing.


And now this of all things!

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Re: New Resident In My Shed
« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2018, 01:58:52 AM »

Sweet Jesus that's shiny!  Wow there we go, a proper MHR.  Wonder what it rides like?  Can you keep up on the GSA Tony?

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Is the black on the tank original?  I do like them with the fairing and always looked at the red and green model as a mini MHR.

Hi Burt, the tank and bodywork's off a 350 Pantah, I've got the 350 fairing which I might try out, after I've got the suspension and charging sorted ;D
I've also got the 500 tank and fairing.  Not sure if I'll keep it, see how it goes.
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Re: New Resident In My Shed
« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2018, 03:22:58 AM »
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Sweet Jesus that's shiny!  Wow there we go, a proper MHR.  Wonder what it rides like?  Can you keep up on the GSA Tony?


I doubt it. She lives 2,000km away and she spends a lot of time on the 916 at the race track. Her racing leathers have "You got passed by a girl - get over it! on the back.

The last time we rode together was a couple of years back on hired RE Continental GTs - to be honest I couldn't keep up with her and much as I'd like to claim unfamilarity with the roads I reckon she had me covered.

More recently I can repport that the the GSA and I could not keep up with the Multistrada going up the Gillies.
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