1956 BSA B31 Scrambler Rebuild — Part I — Classic Motorcycle Review…

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1956 BSA B31 Scrambler Rebuild Part I

What was that ‘once bitten’? it didn’t to Phillip Rashleigh. After a bad experience in the 1980s he’s back for a re-match.

I guess I had start at the beginning and then onto where I have got to, and head to where I am going to Like all good stories has a start, a finish and an end.

A bit me; I have had a bit of experience with bikes. I tried and failed to a Triumph T100 / Speed when I was much younger, in 1986 (ish). I came from that experience hatred and distrust of Triumph suppliers and the classic bike as a whole.

Times change; you get older and you get and you know what to ask and the like. several years (15!) about with Minis and Rovers, it was time for another bike. But what?

God only the traders still want money for scrap and anything a rebuild is astronomical.

So should I go the Jap and pick up an emerging classic my youth? I have always RD350LCs and YPVSs (Young Vile Screamer). I came close to buying one of Japan’s teenage hooligan bikes, but years of hinting and pestering off at the last moment…

A very good friend of was going through a life and had decided to offload his two retirement a B33, all together and original a few ‘period’ items but not run for 25 or so years, and B31 donor bike / almost

I went for the donor bike it was cheaper!

What I got for my money was a (slightly hacked about), gearbox, back wheel, oil and fuel tank (not bad I you think). Oh and the whole lot had been into a scrambles bike in the Sixties, just to add some

So now I was at a crossroads. Should I spend effort and good money on it back to factory fresh or should I carry on with the theme? The scrambles theme won the day what does a BSA pre-unit scrambler look like?

I thought; ‘I need so I bought every book I find on BSA pre-unit singles, and I was to find BSA had actually campaigned beasts. Foolhardy, brave men these 1950s / 60s blokes!

So I what I wanted it to look How to I get there?

It seems straightforward: collecting parts and then the bike up rough. Parts for BSA bikes — ever buying them? Don’t; it never happen.

So I switched to B. What did BSA produce on their line that was similar to a scrambles bike?

Not a great deal for this as everyone is / was obsessed by road-racing or so it Let’s look at the good old US of A and ex-colonies of the British Empire.

Now it got and I found that the 1956 BSA Star Trials with BB was close, and the 1957 BSA B34 Clipper was what I wanted my B31 to resemble. OK. but I found out that the Clipper is in a rare bike. Bother!

trawling through internet boards followed, trying to get and leads to possible parts. I a chap in the USA who has had a chap in Oz make Clipper parts for him;

A few emails around the globe and I was to Mr Lee Slocombe, an ex-pat who now resides in Oz, and is a top Yes he does some Clipper and a whole host of other BSA parts for both the road-going and bikes, made to original dimensions and specifications.

So what did I need? Well, the forward frame-mounted footrests bring a new dimension to the term metal’), rear mudguard brace, 21-inch front (fender) supports for starters. Not a Lee says, I’ll send you pictures to see if you like the look of if so I’ll get it all in the post.


else? I had found (by accident Google) Roy Shearwood of RS Motorcycles I am told was Tudor Motorcycles). Roy is a chap and will happily though stuff and pass on his as well as selling new and used

Then there’s Draganfly who are a force in BSA bits and very — just make you have the part numbers. I looked at eBay and found one or two of interest. So that’s the parts sorted.

What next?

BSA B31 on eBay.co.uk

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