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Round the River Run – April 2013

Despite a bit of cloud cover and an early shower, 16 bikes including two side cars and a visitor turned up for the run. we had a nice selection of bikes quiet a few Triumphs, a couple of BSA's, a Levis, a Norton, a Honda , a Yamaha and two Beemers. The Swan yacht club was a great starting point, those of us who got there early availed ourselves of a splendid buffet breakfast, siting out looking over the river, and watching the rest of the bikes turn up. the run was a leisurely amble through the picturesque riverside suburbs, folks commented on how pretty it was. We had a couple of stops on the way for every one to catch up and gave every one an opportunity to have a chat. It was also an opportunity for some newer members and our visitor to get to know a few folks. surviving a short shower as we ran along the coast at Cotesloe as well as a few dodgy instructions on the route sheet, we all got back to the yacht club for a BBQ (with award winning sausages) a couple of beers and a good chat. A big thank you to new member Ron (out on his first ride with the club) who not only lent me his Thunderbird, but his wife and extended family came down to the yacht club and cooked the BBQ for us! also a big thanks to my nephew Erik who drove the back up. All in all a good morning out, I will tweak the run a bit for next time, to make it a bit smoother and correct the route sheet as well! Alex Marshall [gallery columns="1" ids="415,416,417"]

Arthur Grady Ride and Display Fremantle Heritage Festival – Saturday 1 June 2013

The Arthur Grady Ride and Display is on again this year. It is rapidly becoming an extremely popular motorcycling event in Western Austrelaia Last year saw around 120 bikes from all eras taking part and lots of interest from the general public. The event celebrates the feats of Arthur Grady who in 1924 became the first person to ride a motorcycle around Australia. He set off from the Fremantle Town Hall and returning five months later to a rousing reception and a place in the history books. The day will feature a running replica of the bike Arthur rode on his epic adventure as well as lots of information and pictures of his ride. The day will also feature a huge display of veteran and vintage bikes courtesy of the Vintage Motorcycle Club of WA. The event is open to all motorcycles from eras. I would encourage you all to take part in what is rapidly becoming one of WA’s great motorcycle gatherings. The order of the Day will be: • Assemble Kings Square Fremantle from 0900 -1030 (There will be three main sections in the Square Pre 1931, 1931 – 1988 and 1988 – present) • Ride around Fremantle 1100 – 1130 • Static Display 1130 – 1400 • BBQ Lunch from 1130 • Depart Kings Square 1400 Any one bringing bikes on trailers, in vans or utes that will not be ridden on the day will need to notify me for drop off and parking instructions. This is a great day for celebrating Western Australia’s rich motorcycling heritage see you there! Any Further queries or to book a space for your club please contact: Alex Marshall - 9432 9716 or 0405 307 126 or 

Elliott Montagu’s 1927 Triumph N model restoration – Part 6

The next thing to do was to set the timing. The "Instruction Book" says to set the points breaking with the piston 7mm before TDC and ignition lever fully advanced. VMCCUK old Triumph expert, Peter Cornelius, ( or ) recommended setting the timing at full retard on top dead centre. He maintains that the fuels we use now are so different to those used in the twenty's that the tuning figures are no longer relevant. With the points breaking, the piston at TDC and the lever in the fully retarded position it is only necessary to advance the lever until the engine sounds and pulls OK. Not very scientific but apparently it works. The timing was set and with a couple of mates watching I kicked it over. It didn't start because we had set the timing with the lever in the fully advanced position! The timing was reset and amazingly the engine fired and ran on the first kick. This was quite a moment for me. Perhaps in the fifties, after being thrashed around a paddock for years the bike was discarded. The engine hadn't made a sound for maybe sixty years and there it was running again with that old fashion characteristic exhaust note. The valve timing was obviously out as the engine was blowing back through the carby. The valve timing was altered by one tooth and that fixed it. (These engines don't have valve overlap). There were a few small problems to fix. The petrol cock fitted is a tapered rotary type and it was leaking about half a cup of fuel overnight. Lapping with polish got this down to about half a teaspoon overnight. The difficulty in seating the needle valve in the float chamber is apparently common to these carbys but it appears that once the engine is running it's not a problem. I have tried lapping the needle in, making a new needle and attaching a short rubber tipped needle from a modern carby to the needle. This didn't work because when the diameter of the short rubber tipped needle is reduced to fit, the flutes disappear and the fuel flow past the tip is reduced. The oil system on this engine is interesting. It is a total loss system. Oil is carried in a tank integral with the fuel tank and is delivered by a hand pump on the tank or…