The first time you pick up a new Amal aluminum Premier carburetter, it is shocking how light weight it is. Even if It looks like a 930 concentric that was made 50 years ago, it is worlds ahead in manufacturing, tolerances, and materials.
This specially built carb was made for Franz and Grubb Engine, and reading this should help know if this carb is right for you.
The "California Carb" was designed for single carb Triumph applications, but would also work on a lot of other bikes.
See what parts make this carb different, and ready to go right out of the box...
All of these parts combined make the perfect Amal for most single carb 650 & 750 Triumphs.
(If you have a Triumph T120 Bonneville I have pairs of Aluminum Premier carbs perfectly set up...click here to see them)
One major difference is that these carbs came from the factory with no choke!
Only restoration guys use a choke in Southern California, and many people ask me to ditch the choke and plug the cable hole in the carb top.
These carbs never had a choke, and have a cable delete plug on top from the factory. The carb top has no adjuster so old style cables will fit perfectly.
Also installed is a dual banjo for 5/16" push on fuel line, at no extra cost.
The pilot jet is removable for cleaning, and can be changed for tuning. Premier pilot jets range from 15 to 23 in increments of 2. Most 930 carbs come with a 17 pilot but the 19 should be better suited for 650 and 750 Triumph twins, no matter how hot the camshaft is.
If you have never seen these pilot jets, there is an easy way to identify them.
Back to the machining, a lot has changed since Burlen Fuel Systems took over Amal almost 20 years ago. They have really stepped up and the results are incredible. Their investment in tooling, dedication to excellence, and the knowledgable and experienced crew are bringing new life into these old carbs.
But how light are they?
With brand new tooling, these carbs are pressure die cast aluminum, not the zinc alloy (Mazak) metal used in earlier versions, which is durable but heavier. This carb weighs in at just about one pound (453g).
Extended idle and pilot screws for easy adjustment
The extended throttle stop screw makes changing the idle without tools easy.
MADE IN ENGLAND
Burlen Fuel Systems manufactures Amal carbs in England, to the highest standards. Here is a photo of one of their machine rooms with a former "White Helmets" Triumph TR7 (aka Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team), The Skinner Special (a Morris Minor frame stuffed with a Hudson straight 8 and topped off with 4 SU carbs), and a vintage Austin J40 pedal car. This company is proudly English!