Memorable Motorcycle: BSA Victor Special — Motorcycle USA

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BSA Victor

Memorable Motorcycle: BSA Victor

The Victor in the BSA’s name refers to its motocross success.

The key to the BSA Victor Special’s concept in the bike’s name — and the different way in which motocross was in the 1960s. BSA won the 500cc World Championship in 1964 and 1965 years ago, motocross was good for road bike

Rather than being a niche activity the vast of road riders knew motocross and the mainstream motorcycle gave the sport as much as they did road racing.

So explains the “Victor” connotation: a which was directly related to Championship motocross success.

The GP racer was very much the brother of the innocuous 250cc BSA road bike — a never intended for racing. By the it transmuted into the Victor, the bike had been bored and and the power vastly increased. had been retained — — was the C.15’s 250cc weight.

For a factory motocross machine, was ideal. A works Victor was 100 lbs lighter than a Goldstar and the engine made 12 bhp less the Goldie, the handling and acceleration vastly better.

Close to 100 than a Goldstar, the BSA Victor had improved handling and acceleration.

The machines needed performance, not If a factory machine lasted the 40 plus two laps, of motocross GP its job was done. There was an unlimited of new bits to keep the bikes — and clever mechanics to that the bikes were in winning condition.

So far, so The problems began when BSA to cash in on their success by the already fragile Victor bikes into production In fact, the first Victors to be were pure race

It was only later, in 1967, the road versions appeared.

the outset, the Victors were with problems. Mechanically, the were not robust. The C.15 gearbox and clutch were fragile and, when put the hands of less than sensitive owners, they a real issue.

The big-end and main bearings right on the edge of their limit and provided BSA dealers ample spare parts

The Lucas electrics were a nightmare — pun intended particularly in their Energy form which, theoretically at allowed the bike to run without a

Even at the time of their in 1968, the Victors seemed old fashioned. Here’s the procedure came between the new BSA owner and his ride. First gently the Amal carburettor — but not a too much gas or you will wet the plug and the will never start.

the piston up to top … center on the …; engage the valve ease the piston over tdc a fraction; take a long at the kick starter and, the bike fires, catch it on the – but only with the merest of gas. For an expert, the process is — and inculcates a wonderful of smug satisfaction when the bursts obediently into

One of the main issues with converting the to a road bike was its need of upkeep under skilled

By contrast, a beginner could a Victor until he was blue in the and the thing still wouldn’t Alternatively, he could buy a Honda and away seconds after he had the electric starter button.

The also needed to be ridden a degree of circumspection. A nice is theoretically capable of something in the of 85 mph flat out. The problem is ridden like this, the will self-destruct in hours which isn’t that of a problem because the vibration have … the rider before the engine blows up.

BSA Victor

the Victor does do well is hard — and it rides a 250cc machine which has taking a large dose of steroids. This is hardly because the Victor is a 250cc which has been taking a dose of illegal steroids.

Victors came in various from pure road to our test bike — is the best of all: the Victor We have the Americans to thank for bike because in 1967 US were screaming for dirt styled road machines and none was better looking the Victor Special.

All the motocross feather light weight was — along with the derived front forks, gas and paint job. The front was BSA’s highly effective unit and meant that the could stop on a dime. In the Victor was potentially a generation of anything else in the world.

But and “ifs” litter history and no so than the Victor. If BSA — who had the and resources at the time — had a reliable overhead cam engine, a bullet proof five-speed and fault-free electrics, then the was destined to be the first, successful, sport bike and would been a motorcycling icon: but didn’t.

In addition to its light and race-derived front forks, the Special had a special visual for customers who wanted a dirt streetbike.

So today and to the $64,000 question: you buy a Victor today? Strangely, the is yes — and for a number of reasons. the Victor Special in particular is a looker.

If you hanker after the GP motocross star you never when you were 16 years nothing will excite the red BSA logo sitting proudly on the alloy and Spectramaster Yellow gas

Next, the bikes are pretty sorted now. An easily electronic ignition makes much easier and that gearbox is fine, now that the is not being revved to oblivion and the are not being stamped in without the clutch.

Finally, used as a bike the performance is very The engine is punchy and, if the are kept down, the vibration is fun and of “character”, rather than self-destructive. The Victor is feather at around 275 lbs on the road — and is slim and therefore incredibly to ride.

In short, you can have a great afternoon ride and be surrounded by when you stop for a soda.

is also more good BSA made a lot of Victors and the bikes are not A ready supply of the bike never quite made it as a deity means that a clean, useable Victor be yours for less than and with the current sky high of classic bikes, that’s of a bargain.

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