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Singles / Re: 1969 B44 Victor Special.
« on: 01 June, 2018, 09:11:36 »
Hi Nick.

Stating the obvious really...but in case you didn't know the books by Rupert Ratio are the "Bible" for these bikes... full of useful info & improvement tips. As for mudguards, mine came with the alloy jobs but they can be had from a couple of places I spotted on the interweb...Try Feked. They took over the Sammy Miller offroad stuff. As for're right, they're hard to find especially in half decent nick. I had to do quite a refurb job on the one I tracked down. I believe there's someone in the states who has had some made.....but blimey.... Good luck!

Singles / Re: 1969 B44 Victor Special.
« on: 31 May, 2018, 16:38:07 »
To encourage you here's mine as it was finished at the end of last year......

Singles / Re: 1969 B44 Victor Special.
« on: 31 May, 2018, 16:29:49 »
Hello Nickdun,

Funnily enough I did exactly what you are undertaking just over a year ago. The same model too! I bought my Victor Special from a chap who had ridden around the woods for a bit on it, then left it unridden for several years. It too was repatriated about 10 years ago from Texas & came with no documents - other than my purchase receipt. First thing with regard to documentation is to get a NOVA form from HMRC & you'll get it cleared that there is no duty payable on it. It all seems a bit daunting to start with but the guide on this website as given above is very helpful. Just follow the steps... Then once it's all rebuilt & together you apply for an age related number plate, having got a dating certificate from the BSAOC to prove it is what it is!

I too would be interested in finding out where my bike had been from it's despatch in 1967 to the US before coming home but I believe that the US transport depts don't hold records for such things like us Brits!

An interesting project. Wishing you good luck! 

Singles / Re: B40 Silencer
« on: 21 May, 2018, 11:10:36 »
My B44 peanut silencer - or as I saw on a forum post once, "loudener" is from Armours & has a very healthy bark. Gets you noticed & on a long ride you need earplugs &/or a decent fitting helmet like my Davida otherwise can be wearing after a while. Dunno what to suggest as stuffing cos it'll ultimately get blown out...sorry.... 

The Star and Garter / Re: Mororcycle Insurance Advice
« on: 18 January, 2018, 11:48:46 »
I'm with RH Insurance & have 2 bikes on the same policy - a '75 Triumph Trident & a '67 BSA Victor Special. Both have decent agreed values. Its really simple. Do some research & try to find decent replacement bikes similar to yours to give you an idea of what they're going for.
Then following the insurers instructions, take photos & email them off. There has never been any disagreement with the values I have suggested, & goodness forbid if the worse happened, you'd get paid out the agreed value of your bike(s).

Thanks for the replies so far chaps. Yes, I was really asking about how others had constructed their sheds & the pitfalls or otherwise of going certain ways. I must admit to a certain degree of "Shed Envy" re Star twin's HUGE job! Lovely! My pal has a lovely brick built job with a machining area equiped with a mill & lathe, with bike storage to the side & a separate assembly / building area behind. Very jealous!

So most of you guys with sheds with wooden floors don't have problems with "sweating" or condensation on the bike's cold bits in summer? 

As I said, if money was no object, I'd opt for a concrete base with integral damp proof membrane, screeded smooth floor & brick / block wall construction, with a pitched tiled roof......then move out there myself!  8)

The Star and Garter / An ideal garage / Bike workshop in the garden
« on: 05 December, 2017, 16:55:05 »
Hi All. I'm toying with liberating a bit of the garden to free up space in my main garage for further bike projects & wondered about others experiences of construction & use. From my perspective in my last house when i kept my bike in a wooden shed in the garden it suffered horribly with "sweating" in the summer - ie condensation all over the cold metal. I suspect this was because the bike & shed stood on a bare concrete floor with no damp proof membrane. Those of you with sheds with wooden floors, do you get this sweating problem at all? Ideally, I'd love to build a brick / block construction if I can afford it, with a tiled roof. Is this allowed under UK planning regs? Presumably you can construct it out of any suitable materials, provided it fits the rules governing distance away from boundaries & neighbours & size restrictions etc? Any thought's or ideas gratefully received, what you'd do better or ideal scenarios! Cheers chaps!  :D

Singles / Re: Victor Special Tank
« on: 02 October, 2017, 12:04:12 »
Well....I happen to like the look when it's all finished nice...admittedly it is small, but I can get 100mpg & well over 100 miles to the tankful with mine. I believe rupert ratio states that the BSA range of central fixing bolt tanks fit.

Singles / Re: B44 centre stand
« on: 07 September, 2017, 14:47:34 »
I've got a 1967 B44 Victor Special & there's no lugs on the frame for a centre stand. I don't know about other models like the Shooting Star though. Yes, the engine is equipped with a decompressor & starting is a knack that once acquired becomes easy. In my opinion, its always been best not to start any bike on it's stand as it really stresses the stand / frame joints. You'll manage it ok!

The Star and Garter / Re: Dating certificates & DVLA applications
« on: 01 August, 2017, 10:51:50 »
 :( Crikey Mark...... So sorry to hear your tale of woe. It really is shocking about DVLA's lack of performance. Whats an MSVA anyway? It would be sad to break the bike if it is up & running ok & engine & frame numbers match ok. Just wondering......Is it that there is something unusual about the bike or it's provenance that they are hesitating issuing a number? For instance, have you assembled the bike from parts from several others for instance, or changed it radically? Anyway, hope you get it sorted soon. Best of luck. Don.

Well done Raymond!!  :D I bet you are chuffed!! All go now then!!

Wow! What a lovely looking & sounding bike. Think you've got a good un there! Nice!  ;D

Singles / Re: B44 Victor Special Primary Chain Tension?
« on: 10 May, 2017, 11:25:50 »
Well, after fettling the bosses in the chain case where it was touching & reassembly & trying it the "rattle" is still there, so following perceived wisdom have ordered a new chain & clutch rollers etc to fit. Hopefully that'll stop it as I'll be able to get a consistent tension, & the chain wont be able to move off the clutch chain ring & kiss anything.  :)

Hold the faith Raymond!! You'll get there!! This inspection - if its the same as I've heard about before - I believe just takes about 10 mins & is for "them" to visually verify the paperwork & description all tallies with the "real thing". I really hope it all works out soon for you...cheers Don.

Yes Raymond, thank you, a great feeling resurrecting a "dead" bike & feeling it alive again & as it was 50 years ago! Crikey! Shame yours is taking so long with them. I guess I was very lucky as mine was straightforward just needing a new number issuing. Hopefully after a bit of carb tuning & tinkering, she'll be good to go for another 50! Good luck with yours.

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