Had a nice ride yesterday afternoon, and Little Willie seemed to go really well. Until we returned home again. Then, as I left the D7 ticking over - quite evenly, as it happens - I went to unlock the workshop, and rode the bike up the wooden ramp and inside. Even before I could hit the 'kill' switch (an earthing switch direct to the insulated coil/points/comdenser pillar) the engine just spulttered and died, accompanied by a strong smell of petroil! When I look down there was a yellow fountain spraying from the tickler button! I was amazed at how quickly it was pouring out! So, the carb is acting up - yet again! Taking it out, I stripped the carb down and looking in the float chamber. No sign of any muck! So why was the float needle sticking? Surely it's not to do with the ethanol they're putting in petrol, is it? Or is it the plastic float? Something I have yet to check. Any other ideas, anyone? I just seem to be having lots of problems this year, don't I?
I've been the proud owner of a 1965 BSA Bantam D7 since 1991, affectionately known as Little Willie (Wilhelmina) and love to take her out for a ride so that others can see her.