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Offline Moorey

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Re: Pick this up in the morning
« Reply #15 on: March 10, 2019, 06:19:59 PM »
One things for sure it doesn't get any easier getting older. ;D

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Re: Pick this up in the morning
« Reply #16 on: March 10, 2019, 06:25:59 PM »
I took it for a short ride earlier, it seems to run quite well, once warmed up it didn’t seem to hold back on the revs, I’ll do a bit of fettling over the week and give it to him next Saturday, front brake is pathetic, back is very good, I found that out when I went to change gear if you know what I mean!!
I think the battery has had it, 2 cells were low on liquid which I replenished but when I connected my NOCO battery charger the 6v option indicator wouldn’t select, like it wasn’t detecting the battery?, multimeter shows 4.85v but ref above I can’t charge it!, guess it’s toast.

Just get a bog standard old charger and put it on to bring the voltage up until your clever charger can see it. even a 12v charger will do just keep an eye on the multimeter until the battery gets up to 6v then put the smart charger on and it will more than likely bring it back.

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Re: Pick this up in the morning
« Reply #17 on: March 10, 2019, 10:29:41 PM »
Thanks Moorey I’ll give that a go
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Re: Pick this up in the morning
« Reply #18 on: March 13, 2019, 05:31:04 PM »
I’ve noticed that in gear with the clutch in and on tickover you can’t move the bike backwards, the clutch operates well in normal use but if you try to “paddle” the bike backwards it won’t move, I wonder is this normal?, has anyone had a similar machine?.
Ducati Scrambler 803.(Pure fun)
1977 K7 CR750 (lookalike, what of I’m not sure)
Ducati 900SS (Soul & Speed)
Kawasaki EX650R (Greater than the sum of it’s parts)
James Captain 197 (pure adrenaline, i.e. no brakes!)
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Re: Pick this up in the morning
« Reply #19 on: March 13, 2019, 05:35:32 PM »
Have you got clutch drag?

Or is the kickstand pawl engaged?

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Re: Pick this up in the morning
« Reply #20 on: March 13, 2019, 05:37:29 PM »
I’ve noticed that in gear with the clutch in and on tickover you can’t move the bike backwards, the clutch operates well in normal use but if you try to “paddle” the bike backwards it won’t move, I wonder is this normal?, has anyone had a similar machine?.

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Re: Pick this up in the morning
« Reply #21 on: March 13, 2019, 05:54:33 PM »
I had a James Commodore 250 few years back,couple strange facts regarding James motorcycles is that there is no owners club ( well there wasn’t in 2003) and James motorcycles sold more bikes in America one year in the 50s Than Triumph did..................I’ll get me coat (anorak) 😆

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Re: Pick this up in the morning
« Reply #22 on: March 13, 2019, 09:49:04 PM »
Have you got clutch drag?

Or is the kickstand pawl engaged?

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Hi John, I haven’t had any time to really investigate, been in France with work since picking it up and grabbed an hour on it on my return this afternoon, I don’t think the clutch is dragging, the Kickstarter works normally as far as I can tell, I will get a better look at the weekend, I’ve posted the question on a few forums so hopefully we’ll get a current owner of one that can say yay or neigh.
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1977 K7 CR750 (lookalike, what of I’m not sure)
Ducati 900SS (Soul & Speed)
Kawasaki EX650R (Greater than the sum of it’s parts)
James Captain 197 (pure adrenaline, i.e. no brakes!)
"Eff yir gitten awvestear yir gooin te farst"
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Re: Pick this up in the morning
« Reply #23 on: March 13, 2019, 09:50:15 PM »
I’ve noticed that in gear with the clutch in and on tickover you can’t move the bike backwards, the clutch operates well in normal use but if you try to “paddle” the bike backwards it won’t move, I wonder is this normal?, has anyone had a similar machine?.

It's a very early version of Hill Hold! 😊
Ha, I thought the same.
Ducati Scrambler 803.(Pure fun)
1977 K7 CR750 (lookalike, what of I’m not sure)
Ducati 900SS (Soul & Speed)
Kawasaki EX650R (Greater than the sum of it’s parts)
James Captain 197 (pure adrenaline, i.e. no brakes!)
"Eff yir gitten awvestear yir gooin te farst"
Sir J.Stewart.

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Re: Pick this up in the morning
« Reply #24 on: March 13, 2019, 09:54:02 PM »
I had a James Commodore 250 few years back,couple strange facts regarding James motorcycles is that there is no owners club ( well there wasn’t in 2003) and James motorcycles sold more bikes in America one year in the 50s Than Triumph did..................I’ll get me coat (anorak) 😆
There is now but their forum/web page doesn’t seem to operate correctly, I’ve posted on there or at least attempted to :(
Being an anorak is positively encouraged here Dave.
Ducati Scrambler 803.(Pure fun)
1977 K7 CR750 (lookalike, what of I’m not sure)
Ducati 900SS (Soul & Speed)
Kawasaki EX650R (Greater than the sum of it’s parts)
James Captain 197 (pure adrenaline, i.e. no brakes!)
"Eff yir gitten awvestear yir gooin te farst"
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Re: Pick this up in the morning
« Reply #25 on: March 14, 2019, 07:59:54 PM »
I’m currently sitting in a crummy hotel room in Croydon having driven a van down from Derby to pick this up tomorrow morning, 1955 James Captain 197cc, it’s a surprise gift for my 84 year old Father, he had one in the late 50’s I don’t think he’ll ride it other than in his garden but I know he’ll enjoy fettling it, I’ll try to get it running better before I give it to him though, the current owner says that it starts easily, runs and rides but it won’t rev fully, I’m thinking that could be a lot of things, blocked air filter, blocked exhaust, timing, blocked jet, needle height, float height, or worst case crank seals, any 2 stroke gurus out there?, any thoughts?
That's a great gift for your dad Mark! And a lovely bike - quite fancy having a go at a small Brit bike myself.

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Re: Pick this up in the morning
« Reply #26 on: March 14, 2019, 08:29:37 PM »
I thought along the same lines as johnwebley regarding the kickstart pawl mechanism.

If you pull it backward until it stops,  then try to push the kickstart down, you'll feel if it's holding it.

Gearbox problems can be risky as if they sieze they usually have the ability to lock the rear wheel, and you can't correct it by pulling the clutch.  Worth investigating to make sure it's safe to ride.

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Re: Pick this up in the morning
« Reply #27 on: March 16, 2019, 09:08:45 AM »
Nice looking little bikes. Missed James out of my bike experiences, but had plenty of Brit bikes. There is a very good forum for British bikes that has a lot of useful info. Have a look for britbike forum
 ( http://www.britbike.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/forum_summary )

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Re: Pick this up in the morning
« Reply #28 on: March 16, 2019, 07:00:38 PM »
John & K2 you were spot on re the kickstart, it was just a matter of taking the kickstart lever off, rotating the shaft fully clockwise and putting the lever back on, problem solved, thanks for your help, I’ve been gradually working through it and its running well now, it easily pulls 50 on the flat but I haven’t found a long enough road to achieve it’s claimed top speed of 59 yet 🙂, provided I fix a bit of a hot start issue in the morning I’ll be able to hand it over to him tomorrow .
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Ducati Scrambler 803.(Pure fun)
1977 K7 CR750 (lookalike, what of I’m not sure)
Ducati 900SS (Soul & Speed)
Kawasaki EX650R (Greater than the sum of it’s parts)
James Captain 197 (pure adrenaline, i.e. no brakes!)
"Eff yir gitten awvestear yir gooin te farst"
Sir J.Stewart.

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Re: Pick this up in the morning
« Reply #29 on: March 16, 2019, 07:02:22 PM »
Thanks for the link Seamus, it’s bloody hard to find info on these online!
Ducati Scrambler 803.(Pure fun)
1977 K7 CR750 (lookalike, what of I’m not sure)
Ducati 900SS (Soul & Speed)
Kawasaki EX650R (Greater than the sum of it’s parts)
James Captain 197 (pure adrenaline, i.e. no brakes!)
"Eff yir gitten awvestear yir gooin te farst"
Sir J.Stewart.