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Singles / Re: bike wiring.
« on: 15 December, 2018, 14:20:39 »
I rebuilt my 1970 Victor as close as possible to the original specification and sourced my wiring components from here to make up a new loom which I found it to be quite a satisfying job.


Singles / LED replacement lamp
« on: 14 December, 2018, 17:14:44 »
What do you gentlemen recommend as a LED replacement for the stop and tail lamp bulb in a Lucas 679 rear light on a 1970 Victor?  I'd prefer a straight forward replacement if possible but also willing to make a modification.


Singles / Re: Starting engine after rebuild
« on: 05 October, 2018, 16:58:32 »
I followed this procedure for the first start of my Victor after its rebuild. All went well.

Best of luck,

Singles / LED Stop and Tail Lamp
« on: 29 September, 2018, 10:01:06 »
Please can anyone recommend a road legal LED stop and tail lamp replacement bulb or LED circuit board for the Lucas 679 rear light fitting on a 1970 BSA Victor?

Singles / Re: 1969 B44 Victor Special.
« on: 23 August, 2018, 11:44:18 »
Hello Nick,

Here's mine, a bit mis shapen over time but .....

A= 2"
B= 1.5"
C= 1"
D= 5/16" x 7/8" slot

1/8" MS plate with 3/8" radius bends.

Hope this helps,

Singles / Re: 1969 B44 Victor Special.
« on: 09 July, 2018, 09:46:16 »
Here, with appologies for the quality of the shots, are pictures of my stock 1970 B44VS headlamp.

There is one central positioned 3 position light switch and two indicator warning lights. The LH green indicator is for "high beam" and the RH red indicator is redundant.

The holes are set back from the chrome rim egde by 44mm. The indicator centres are equidistant from the light switch centre by 70mm. (N.B. These dimensions don't take into account the arc of the headlamp shell but are linear measurements)

I hope it helps.

Singles / Re: 1969 B44 Victor Special.
« on: 01 June, 2018, 15:16:25 »
Common, aren't they!
Has anyone carried out the Carillo conrod modification and if so, by whom?

The Star and Garter / Re: Motorcycle insurance for a novice
« on: 24 May, 2018, 21:48:45 »
I'm very grateful to all.
Armed with your advice I've contacted Footman James and Lynbrook and received favourable quotes from both.

Thanks again,

The Star and Garter / Motorcycle insurance for a novice
« on: 23 May, 2018, 21:47:50 »
Please can you offer any advice on motorcycle insurance to a newcomer.

Recently retired, I've just completed my first restoration on a !970 B44VS. I have owned it since 1975 and I rode it for about 5 years but it has spent the last 37 years in three packing cases. It has turned out rather well and so I'm keen to get riding again.
Any advice on where to go for insurance and what to ask for (i.e. agreed valuation) would be much appreciated.


Twins / Re: Tank painting A10 Super Rocket
« on: 24 April, 2018, 21:04:45 »
Hello Dave, I've sent you a PM.

Twins / Re: Tank painting A10 Super Rocket
« on: 24 April, 2018, 13:53:10 »
 I recently had my Victor tank sprayed and lined by these people in Poole, pleased with the results.

 Another place I've heard good reports about in Ferndown, though no knowledge of is


The Star and Garter / Mororcycle Insurance Advice
« on: 17 January, 2018, 20:29:34 »
 I've recently completed my first motorcycle renouvation and the bike, a 1970 BSA Victor Special, is ready for it's MOT ( I'm aware of the forthcoming change to MOT reuirement but wish to have an MOT for my own peace of mind).

Please can anyone offer any advice on how to obtain Agreed Valuation insurance?


Singles / Re: B44 Head Gasket
« on: 09 March, 2017, 17:49:02 »

Thank you very much and I welcome your offer and advice Arthur.
If no thick gasket is available would it be wiser to reduce the fire ring height as a remedy, making life easier in future?
I possess only hand tools and a degree of optimism!

Singles / Re: B44 Head Gasket
« on: 09 March, 2017, 17:06:51 »
Thanks for the replies so far.

I have enquired at the most hopeful stockists ( Draganfly, Ripe Motorcycles, Performance Engineering Services and my local Ray Fisher's Britbits) but no luck, the thickest so far has been 0.042". I considered the US but the cost of postage etc makes them quite expensive and therefor it was worthwhile having a go at making one.
Any other likely suppliers to try?
Any comments on the fit if the gasket to the fire ring?


Singles / B44 Head Gasket
« on: 09 March, 2017, 09:36:01 »
  I'm restoring a 1970 B44VS and am unable to find a new head gasket of sufficient thickness ( >0.045" ) here in the UK so I've dicided to attempt to make one from 1.2mm ( 0.047") copper plate. If I fail then I'll have the fire ring reduced in height to reduce the head to barrel gap which is at present 0.042".

Please can anyone advise -
Is the raised lip of the commonly available gaskets a neccessity ?
Is an interferance fit of the gasket to the side of the fire ring important ?

Thanks if you can,

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