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    I’m not familiar with modern, after-market girder...

    I’m not familiar with modern, after-market girder forks in detail, but I do have experience of OEM units.

    Firstly, the geometry of the links in the OP is definitely wrong. The fork will not...
  2. Thread: A10 survivor

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    Very nice old school bike. Love the fork shrouds....

    Very nice old school bike. Love the fork shrouds. Personally I’d want something to keep my heels out of the primary drive.
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    Most British and European motorcycles built...

    Most British and European motorcycles built between about 1920 and 1935 were set up like this - right side throttle, brake lever and hand gearshift, left side hand clutch and rear foot brake. The...
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    I don’t think the 2LS brake is a styling problem...

    I don’t think the 2LS brake is a styling problem at all, in the context of the wheel discs and skirted fenders. I’d go for shorter forks and shrouds over the springs, preferably chrome - I think...
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    Very much not to my taste as it stands, but I...

    Very much not to my taste as it stands, but I agree about the “rainbow Indian” or two-tone, bath-tub Triumph style. Agree about the shape of the tank, I’d also go for shorter forks (particularly as...
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    The Dyna Glide Sport models are pretty much this,...

    The Dyna Glide Sport models are pretty much this, with later type fatbobs and 19” wheels. Clean, functional combination. Personally I think the 19” wheels suit the style better, and certainly agree...
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    Well, yes. The battery and coil ignition system...

    Well, yes. The battery and coil ignition system was developed in the 1920s and was widely used on cars and motorcycles from the 1960s until the 1980s, when the electronic systems started to appear....
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    AFAIK, the brake plates for all Sportsters are...

    AFAIK, the brake plates for all Sportsters are interchangeable but the cable, and rod operated brake mechanisms aren’t - a cable operated brake plate can be used with a rod operated brake arm, and...
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    The chain, or belt line is defined relative to...

    The chain, or belt line is defined relative to the centreline of the bike, subject to maintaining the clearance between the inside of the chain and the tyre.

    The “offset” on any given sprocket is...
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    European and particularly, British Bikes had left...

    European and particularly, British Bikes had left foot rear brake, right hand shift and left hand clutch for a long while in the 20s and 30s, with some lasting into the 40s. It’s quite easy when you...
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    What he said. Harley made Bikes with 4-speed,...

    What he said.

    Harley made Bikes with 4-speed, kick-only transmissions in rigid frames for over twenty years, and using kick and electric start in a swingarm frame which wasn’t much different in...
  12. For the money invested in an S&S engine, I’d bite...

    For the money invested in an S&S engine, I’d bite the bullet, change the oil pump and have done with the issue. You know it is fixed then.
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    Thanks for the mention. I’ve got a set of OEM...

    Thanks for the mention. I’ve got a set of OEM switches for an older, early-90s bike which would be worth putting somewhere safe!
  14. It probably fits fine, apart from the mountings,...

    It probably fits fine, apart from the mountings, which are substantially different; but why bother? Sportster exhausts are plentiful and cheap. No results on google tells the story.
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    That would certainly account for why the bike...

    That would certainly account for why the bike won’t continue to run from the alternator, once started!

    This isn’t usually a problem. What sort of primary cover do you have? Any pictures?
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    What he said. Electric start shovels aren’t...

    What he said.

    Electric start shovels aren’t the greatest design around but they have their uses. Fit a kicker if you like but keep the electric foot as well, you’ll be glad you did at some point....
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    I don’t understand the “fun not practicality”...

    I don’t understand the “fun not practicality” part... an unrideable bike is no fun!

    I also don’t understand the “points, because they are easier to replace by the roadside” part. My 1992...
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    I’d always suggest that you ride the bike as-is...

    I’d always suggest that you ride the bike as-is for a few weeks at least. See how you find it. See what suggests itself as an improvement. Customising bikes is a seriously bad investment, so be sure...
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    I’d never heard the one about taping a coin...

    I’d never heard the one about taping a coin across the terminals! But that would certainly work.... it’s certainly right that they are little use against theft. I once had a 45 that suffered a switch...
  20. Sportsters have better ergonomics than most...

    Sportsters have better ergonomics than most people give them credit for. The original bike was, after all, a conventional, state-of-the-art sport bike and the general proportions of the Evo are still...
  21. If you find the Sportster short of legroom, you...

    If you find the Sportster short of legroom, you need a higher seat. 1” or 1.5” will make a great difference. Look at the original bike for how this works, or one of the taller solo spring seats....
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    Start by fully charging your battery, using a...

    Start by fully charging your battery, using a charger.

    Continue by checking the continuity of the main earth lead to the frame. You should be able to put one multimeter lead on the live battery...
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    So, what was the actual answer?

    So, what was the actual answer?
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    One big problem here, is that I stopped having...

    One big problem here, is that I stopped having anything to do with British machines when the supply of NOS spares and cheap, usable second-hand parts from running bikes dried up, sometime in the 90s....
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    If there is a shorter top nut listed, that says...

    If there is a shorter top nut listed, that says that this is a known issue, and the OP doesn’t have the correct combination of parts - assuming that they don’t have the correct top nut already, of...
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