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Singles / Re: C15 ss Max speed
« on: 21 September, 2017, 18:38:55 »
I have now bought a B44. first quick rides round the block.
It easily reaches 75/80 on the clock. Clock reads about 8 mph fast.
Must try to calibrate it.

Singles / Re: B44 VS steering
« on: 21 September, 2017, 18:33:08 »
My tyre pressures (As bought) were far too high.
After 15 miles I am finding it OK.

Singles / Re: Advice wanted on choice of BSA model.
« on: 16 September, 2017, 07:14:15 »
I got my 1969 (68) B44 Victor Special..
This has a centre stand, but I dont have the strength to lift it on.
I can start it on the side stand.
I dont like the fact that the gear change is the wrong way round, have to get used to it.

Singles / centre stand spring
« on: 15 September, 2017, 09:25:27 »
Fitting is very difficult. hear's how I did it.
Spring on the frame.
Bent pianowire hook on bottom of spring.
Both ends of chain on to wire.
A long crowbar, stuck in ground, pull the top end. 2 to 1 leverage.
Bike was laid over to give access.

Singles / B44 VS steering
« on: 14 September, 2017, 08:19:50 »
I have just bought one to replace my C15 SS.
First ride for 1/2 mile, up to 75 mph.
I found that the steering felt very light and I was afraid that a speed wobble might result.
Tyre's are 3.25 x 18 front and rear, normal pattern.
I wondered if a ribbed front would help, or could the fork trail be too little.

Singles / Re: B44 centre stand
« on: 14 September, 2017, 08:14:30 »
Yes, I bought my B44 victor special from another member.
The frame has a centre stand, but I am not strong enough to lift the bike on to it.
I find that I CAN start it on the side stand.
I dont need to use the decompressor, just push slowly past compression, then it will start.
There is no choke on the concentric carb, so a tickle is called for. The throttle is left shut for starting, to avoid kickbacks.

Singles / Re: B44 centre stand
« on: 07 September, 2017, 09:52:18 »
Thank you.
I guess I will have to check for stand lugs on the frame, and allow for price of a stand.

Singles / B44 centre stand
« on: 07 September, 2017, 07:52:52 »
I am looking to buy a B44, 441.
Do they have a centre stand, or can one be fitted?
I start my c15 on its centre stand. It is much more difficult off the stand.
I doubt I could start the bigger engine that way.

Singles / Re: Front brake
« on: 07 September, 2017, 07:38:49 »
Yes, they are cast iron, and very heavy.

Singles / Re: Advice wanted on choice of BSA model.
« on: 04 September, 2017, 06:59:47 »
I dont know about that, I have never tried. I have a replacement knee on the KICK side.
I have no problem with my C15 ss with 8.5/1 piston. First kick every time from cold.
I am going to try a 10/1.
I would like to find a B44 close by, that I could have a try at starting.
I an in March, cambs.

Singles / Advice wanted on choice of BSA model.
« on: 03 September, 2017, 08:29:24 »
I am 78 3/4 years old (The three quarters are important)
I rode bikes  in my youth, finally a Norton featherbed with super-rocket engine, built from parts.
I recently bought an A10, but it was too heavy for me to manhandle.
I bought a Bantam D175. Its top speed was 65 mph. Too slow for modern traffic.
I restored a C15 SS 80 mph machine, but it was no faster than the bantam. (but sounded much nicer)
I tried a Yamaha virago 250, which easily did 80 mph and was good, except for very heavy  low speed steering, and silly riding position.
I want that sort of performance from a lightweight British classic.
I am thinking B44.
What advice?
Anyone got one for sale?
I am in east anglia. There are several for sale, mostly 4 hours drive away.

Singles / Whats good about motorcycling?
« on: 24 August, 2017, 07:53:33 »
Whats good about motor cycling?
Forgetting that its cold (even in summer), its noisy (I like the noise).
Its dangerous. I like to pit my skill and roadcraft in riding.
Its uncomfortable. (I only do short rides now).
Whats good.
Getting it to start first kick every time.
Bends are fun. I feel I am using my body in a natural way
.similar to skiing or surf riding but much easier to do, at any time.
Leaning over. not just turning a steering wheel.
Overtaking any slow traffic stuck behind a Lorry.
Straight to the front at traffic lights.
But mainly nostalgia! When I was a Lad------.

Singles / Re: C15 Tickover
« on: 22 August, 2017, 09:25:03 »
Did you mean leaning over when riding?
Or on the side stand?
The latter would be expected - the float chamber would be at a different height.

Singles / Re: Front brake
« on: 22 August, 2017, 08:51:22 »
Both my brake drums showed rust on the fins!

Singles / C15 bore size.
« on: 22 August, 2017, 08:50:15 »
A quick question.
C15 bore is 67 mm. Mine is plus 40 thou. = 68 mm?
Is this correct?
I have found for sale, a 10:1 piston with a 70.85 mm OD.

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