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Control Cables


ClassicBiker

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Over the last few years a few of us in the Motor City Section have been helping a local club member restore his Series A single. When Doug purchased the bike in large lumps a small supply of spares came with it. Among the spares were new control cables, clutch, front brake, throttle, choke, magneto advance/retard. Now rather than the outer sheathing of the cables being completely black in color, these are rather multi colored. The sheathing of the outer cables are constructed of woven threads of different colors, though mostly black, there are reds, yellows, and a few other colors mixed in. Doug is trying to bring the machine back to standard, he doesn't get on the forum and has asked me to inquire anyone knows if these are the standard cables that would have been on the machine at time of manufacture or should the outer sheathing be entirely black? If these cables aren't standard parts are they possibly period replacements?
Thanks
Steven
 

vin998

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As far as I know control cables were all black and did not have any multi coloured woven covering or any type of woven covering.
 

A_HRD

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Never heard of that one before.

However, if you want to use the new made-up cables (and why not indeed) the easiest solution to convert them to black is to purchase some suitable diameter and lengths of black "heat-shrink". a minute or so with a hairdryer or heat-gun will give you the original look you need - and extra protection too. (It might stiffen them a little though and limit the available bend radius).

Peter B
 

vibrac

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Some BSA cables were woven with a red tracer especially those heavy ones like back brake
 

Cyborg

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I have some NOS rear brake cables that are similar to that description if I remember correctly and was wondering the same thing. I’ll post a photo next time I have my hands on them.
 

ClassicBiker

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Thanks for the replies. I'll see if I can get some photos as well and see if they match.
Steven
 

ClassicBiker

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Mine are different than your description.

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Cyborg,
Thanks for posting that photo. I haven't actually seen them. My description was how they were described to me verbally. I'm going to call Doug and see if he can send me some photos for comparison. Then we can all have a good gander at them and see how they compare to your's.
Steven
 

vibrac

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Thats the one I called a BSA one, I bought years ago from Bert Jeffrys in Great Missenden for my front brake cables on the twin racer after Ron Kemp had poured scorn on the flimsy things available from Harpers
 
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ClassicBiker

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Doug sent me these photos of the cable that came with his A. You can see that there some cables that appear to have Vincent like adjusters on them. We were wondering if these are in fact Vincent cables or after market Vincent cable or what? Does anyone have any idea what the cable with the yellow tracer in it might be from?
Thanks
Steven

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Cyborg

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That rear brake cable that I posted looks like it has the same yellow tracer. Amongst the rear brake cables the tracer is different shades as though some were exposed to more sun. Maybe hanging near a window. That cable also has fittings identical to the original black ones. One is shorter, so perhaps intended for rearsets?
I also just walked by the cable pile, and noticed a long front brake cable. It also has the proper fittings, the upper has the yellow tracer and the lower section (below the balance beam) is just black. No signs of it ever being used or monkeyed with. These arrived with series B and C stuff and fit correctly.
 

ClassicBiker

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That rear brake cable that I posted looks like it has the same yellow tracer. Amongst the rear brake cables the tracer is different shades as though some were exposed to more sun. Maybe hanging near a window. That cable also has fittings identical to the original black ones. One is shorter, so perhaps intended for rearsets?
I also just walked by the cable pile, and noticed a long front brake cable. It also has the proper fittings, the upper has the yellow tracer and the lower section (below the balance beam) is just black. No signs of it ever being used or monkeyed with. These arrived with series B and C stuff and fit correctly.
Thanks Cyborg I'll pass that along.
Steven
 

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