Foot rests

The rider's foot rests are, in theory, fully adjustable although those fitted to cross-over gear changes make no such pretence. The foot rest, itself, uses a knarled, close fitting to the frame through which a large setscrew bolts to a captive nut. For practical reasons, movement is limited because it is necessary to operate a pedal from that foot rest. Never find yourself locating the footrest without being able to fully operate the appropriate pedal — the brake side is the important one. The foot rest rubbers are push-on only, although a ball-end on the chrome rest helps it to stay on. SFC foot rests are not adjustable bolting direct to a bolt-on plate on the frame. From mid-1979 Jotas were equipped with bought in rear set footrests of the type previously offered as options. They are easily fitted and adjusted and excellent in quality.

The folding passenger foot rests are much more conventional hanging from a special frame bracket. They are not adjustable and their rubbers are removable, only on late post 1977



The side stand fitted to the Twins and Triples, especially the taller late Triples, is not a good one. Take great care that your machine cannot fall over if you use the side stand — it is not a stable stand.

To remove it, prise off the return spring with a screwdriver, and then unbolt the pivot bolt. The centre stand, on the other hand, is a masterpiece. It is easy to use, holds the machine very firmly (on firm ground) and does not scrape in hard cornering. It pivots on two bushes on a special bracket welded to the frame. (The SFC uses a very similar stand but it does not have a long foot press-on lug).

The centre stand is difficult to remove because it is hidden under the gearbox and has a strong return spring. Remove the two pivot bolts and bushes and the return spring will fall off. Obviously the machine must be carefully propped first — and not on the side stand.

The unlubricated bushes will need replacement after a long period of usage.

Rear number plate

The rear number plate itself is normally screwed to the rear number plate carrier; the number plate carrier is screwed to the rear tail lamp bracket (the SFC uses its seat as a number plate and rear lamp mounting). Rear tail lamp removal is discussed in another chapter — it therefore makes good sense to discuss the whole unit there, for it is so simple.


The factory have offered three fairings — one as standard fitment to the SFC, another as an option on the GTL, although this was normally only supplied with police machines, and the Anniversary 1200.

The SFC frame-mounted fairing, or 'half-fairing,' needs the SFC frame to be mounted properly (when it is fitted to other machines, special, complicated bracketry has to be made up) and clip-ons should, of course, be fitted. The glass fibre orange-coloured fairing uses two brackets only. The top bracket is wishbone-shaped; the two ends of the wishbone each have a vertical two-point bracket. These brackets bolt to the front of the fairing, either side of the headlamp, by two screws. The centre of the wishbone locates to the steering head on a special 'telescopic' adjustable bracket. The lower bracket locates on the two front, top engine bolts and then rubber mounts at its two ends, to the 'wings' of the fairing. The perspex is screwed in place with brass screws that are covered with a rubber U-profile. A special headlamp and rim are used mounted direct to the fairing. These fairings are flimsy and require special care.

The GTL and Anniversary 1200 fairings use traditional bracketry to mount them to the handlebars and forks, for they are handlebar fairings rather than a frame fairing like that of the SFC.

NOTE: Some early Twins sent to America (post Eagles though were equipped with 'bikini' fairings. It is not clear where these were fitted!

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