Memorable Motorcycle BSA B.40 350 — Motorcycle USA

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Memorable Motorcycle BSA B.40 350

The may be remembered by some with glasses, but Melling’s recollections are far appreciative of the British design.

It be something to do with age. I was a young man, I was so much tolerant of incompetence. If politicians huge mistakes — and politicians were world in the 1970s when it came to — I shrugged my shoulders, weakly — and went

When another new regulation was launched in an attempt to ruin my (take a bow Ralph Nader) I my shoulders, smiled weakly and went racing.

If airlines my bags what could I do? I had my helmet as hand luggage so I a set of leathers and yes, you’ve stayed sane by going

Now, perhaps because I much less frequently, my is growing: with fruitcake who invade countries because God them instructions so to do; with bureaucrats who want to regulate us mindless acquiescence; with airlines who put profit before — and with the latest of young journalists writing classic bikes.

Take the BSA B.40 featured in story for example. I’ve read a story written by a post-fetal journalist singing of praise to a similar machine, as if it a cross between Valentino current MotoGP bike and 1967 World Championship MV “3”.

The truth is that the was, and is, a dull, poorly lackluster machine. The fact it might be a beautifully restored, maintained and 45 years old does not the evidence. The bike was a disgrace to at the time, was one of the world’s leading manufacturers.

So, let’s have a at the truth regarding BSA’s flagship. First, it is important to that cost cutting was the key at BSA. Forget quality of or long term investment, the wanted immediate profit and not term stability.

Does that ring any with General Motors’ crisis?

The B.40’s small was oversized for its gearbox and clutch.

In BSA had launched the all new 250cc C.15 In truth, it wasn’t a bad little by the fairly low standards of the day. Its push-rod engine was cheap to and riders of the day were content a non-destructive cruising speed of 50 mph and the of maybe 70 mph if you were desperately

Just as important was that riders — and C.15 were invariably sensible could coax 80 miles, or more, from every of gas. This meant a week’s commuting to the factory you worked, plus a trip to the for a Sunday fishing trip, be achieved for a couple of dollars a The 1950s were simple and C.15 owners had simple

That the C.15 didn’t particularly well, nor did it stop or lights which were better than the lumen of an arthritic glow-worm mattered The C.15 was made by the mighty BSA and was one of the 250s available.

Now move on a single year and the landscape is so very, very rapidly. brought his team to the Isle of Man TT in and the won the team prize at the first By 1961 the young Mike had provided Honda with its TT win riding a double overhead twin-cylinder, 125cc machine revved to 13,000.

So, in the same that Hailwood screamed technical masterpiece round the TT BSA’s reaction to the wave of innovative Japanese engineering was Spread the butter a little thinly on the bread and cut costs.

Honda was innovating with new concepts and racing to success, BSA along with its B.40, the last cent out of its original platform.

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So, the C.15 was bored out from to 79mm and the 343cc B.40 was now boasting a yawn inducing 20 hp at rpm. Inevitably, as a cost measure, the gearbox and clutch, was already fragile on the 250, was The bottom half of the engine was incapable of taking full usage so BSA’s fix was to reduce the ratio to near side-valve of 7:1.

Whilst the Japanese busily introducing neat, twin-leading shoe brakes on bikes BSA stuck the dull, cast iron, single anchors on the B.40.

The suspension was basic with only damping on the front forks and no whatsoever on the rear shocks. save a few cents and damn the

In fact, the styling of the B.40 the whole story. The bike like the overweight, conservatively near pensioner that it It was ridden by dull, careful, BSA customers who were way out of step what we, as “The Beatles” wanted from a bike.

The B.40 was saved from by a thousand boring cuts by a military order. What the forces wanted was a dull, workhorse which could be by the most incompetent squaddie killing himself. In this an up-rated B.40 did rather — and made a ton of money for

The bike looked like the conservatively dressed, near that it was. It was ridden by careful, devoted BSA customers who way out of step with what we, as Beatles” generation, wanted a bike.

Now here’s the sting in the Take a beautifully restored BSA out for a ride through the summer English country lanes and it is a magical experience. Duff, duff, duffing along at 50 the B.40 is very unstressed.

There is ample time to gently, so the incompetent BSA brakes are challenged and who is going to be so unreasonable as to a 48-year-old bike through Only a motorcycling philistine.

brings us back to the start of polemic. Stick a baby on a B.40 made 25 years he was born and you will, almost get a rose tinted report. So, a of applause to Motorcycle USA’s for publishing classic bike which tell the truth in all its gory detail!

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