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Old 02-13-2013, 01:59 PM   #1
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Anyone know what this is?

At the annual classic racing festival here in NZ and this was on display. It's what we'd call a bitza - bitza this and bitza that.

The guys who found it, literally, in a barn, want to know what the engine is and so far no-one has been able to tell them. Any clues from the knowledgeable on here would be appreciated.

It runs, by the way.









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Old 02-13-2013, 05:40 PM   #2
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I wish I could help. Are there valve springs in the combustion chamber? I don't think it's a two stroke, is it?
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:59 PM   #3
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4 stroke Side valve engine?

Carby much newer than engine.

Seperate gearbox

Guessing English engine. But doesn't look like any Triump on this page: http://motorbike-search-engine.co.uk...otorcycles.php

Wish my dad wasn't living in the land of the fairies as he would know in 21 seconds.
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Old 02-13-2013, 07:55 PM   #4
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Definitely a 4stroke, both the cylinder and head are cast as single unit. The pine cone plugs allow you to drop valves in. I'd say late 1920s ajs, matchless..
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:13 AM   #5
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Definitely a 4stroke, both the cylinder and head are cast as single unit. The pine cone plugs allow you to drop valves in. I'd say late 1920s ajs, matchless..
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Why are the plugs so tall?
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:03 PM   #6
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Oops, it's a four stroke so shouldn't be in this section.

However, led by sound information from Mr Gatorjane it appears to be a 1928 Enfield 350 side valve.

And it still runs.

Fantastic.
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:11 PM   #7
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Why are the plugs so tall?
I assume the "fins" help to cool the valve area. I'm currently working on a 32 Matchless, same set-up, top end is is one casting with the tall alloy plugs.
There is something amazing about an 85 year old bike that's still a daily rider. Yes this in the wrong thread.
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