Restoring a 1966 BSA 441 Victor — From the Owner — Motorcycle Classics

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Restoring a 1966 BSA 441 Victor

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by Kevin Lemire

Me Again Please!

Or why I restored a BSA 441 Victor

Do you need professional Would a 12-step program be a idea for you? Are you certifiable? if you own a British car, one or more of the would certainly apply.

Why would you spend countless dealing with the quirks of motorcars and fighting the devil LUCAS? Hopefully you will to avoid the men in white coats who you should be confined and to convince that you are pretty much

Sooooo, if working on a British car not satisfy your masochistic and pulling your fingernails out at the does not add the additional pain you what do you do? Well, you can do as I do and try motorcycle restoration! Ahh, the for a suitable project at a suitable in suitable condition, very to the hunt for that magical restoration.

Do these sound familiar? find”, “ran fine parked”, “easy restoration”, needs a little TLC”, “not many of these “chance of a lifetime”, “true “finest example out there”, and on and on. I found my latest motorcycle on eBay about a year It is a 1966 BSA 441 Victor, sometimes to fondly as a 441 Victim.

I restored a Victor, er Victim, about 10 ago and sold it to buy a new driveway. In fact, of my motorcycle and car restorations had to be sold to buy MRI’s, food, clothing, and of course tuition. The 1966 was the production model, a so-called barrel” engine and presumable desirable.

The BSA Victor has a proud starting life as a motocross was world champion in 1964 and This was back in the day when a big single could be competitive. The lived about 25 miles me and had purchased the motorcycle at an auction in Nev. a couple years

 The bike was proudly as “restored, never had fluids in it, to run” and looked pretty on the surface. The owner had never to start it and grew tired of it to gather dust in his garage. We a deal and I expected to spend a hundred dollars to get it up and running and … RIGGGGHHHHT!

Silly me, you would after doing three and countless motorcycles the optimism have been driven out of me, however, I am a glass half guy, so off on another adventure in land.

BSA Victor

I should also point out all older British motorcycles use Lucas thankfully I would not be saddled some electrical system actually worked! So, I put oil in the primary engine, forks, and transmission and that pretty much seal and gasket designed to oil at bay – did not. I replaced most of the and seals in the bike in my elusive unsuccessful) search for oil tightness.

 I with British machinery we can hope to reduce oil loss to a level. I completely cleaned the bought a rebuild kit and installed it, and as a checked the model number on the body of the carb. It was actually for use on a Triumph 250 Cub, a much motorcycle and different manufacturer. The was broken and was also off a 250 Cub.

The drive unit on the rear was completely empty, only the shell remained, and there was no cable. Most cables replacement, the clutch was shot, a wheel spacer was missing, the transfer coil no longer electricity, the fuel petcock as much fuel as it passed, the release did not release compression, fasteners were incorrect, spokes were loose, and the seal leaked like an MGB main seal.

I replaced the old 6-volt electrics this will only be to other Brit bike with a new 12-volt stator and and bought the Boyer Branson ignition system with a to replace the zener diode and Well, that was about of electronics and should have the bike purr like a

The first kick or two gave me an electrical shock off the gas tank I was glad I was done having because the unintentional electroshock would likely ensure I childless. Turns out the coil gave me was incorrect for the ignition and shunted coil voltage to the gas tank. hmmmm, thousands of going through an aluminum full of fuel can’t be a thing, right?

I spent 30 years in the Naval Propulsion Program on submarines and carriers and refuse to ever let a device get the best of me. I am sure of you have faced down the mechanical and electrical demons and until you finally won. my BSA is finally “done,” or about as as any of our vehicles ever gets.

It is in 1 or 2 kicks, idles nicely, through all four gears and is to be registered and taken on some shakedown cruises. It is truly a that does nothing well and is not particularly unusual, but most of the vehicles we own it just a chord that resonates. We own the we own for no particular reason other they just feel are fun, and satisfy that to be punished and abused that no vehicle can possibly satisfy … see you on the

Kevin Lemire owns a Royal Enfield 750 Interceptor, BSA 441 Victor Special, 1969 650 W2SS, 1976 MGB, and a bike – a 2001 Harley-Davidson King .

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