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Old 07-12-2012, 11:22 AM   #31
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while preparing a ride with buddies tomorrow i proceeded to set the valves and change the oil....easy stuff right....i set the exhaust then intake changed oil and rode off into the neighborhood....bike started spitting and stalled...pushed it home...apparently i didnt tighten down the tappet nut enough and it walked itself out and the pushrod jumped out of the the lifter....god damn....on a victor you have to pull the entire motor to get the valve cover off....pulled motor pulled off valve cover and reset rod in lifter....4 hours of hell....

british bikes punish you for shit you got away with on other bikes......


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If you try really hard, you can take off the rocker box with the engine in the frame by pulling the studs instead of taking the nuts off of them. Sometimes you just have to take out the front engine mount stud and push the motor down a little.
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Old 07-12-2012, 11:25 AM   #32
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PS. Do you want a left side cover? I think I have a spare. Probably pretty beat, but original.
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Old 07-12-2012, 11:31 AM   #33
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While not quite a Victor here's one that has been for sale locally for about 10 years

http://www.europeanmotorcycles.com/f...el=B50%20Racer

600cc big bore kit. 13" front brake. Open Single Champion, 1974-1985.
US $4,500

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Old 07-12-2012, 01:16 PM   #34
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PS. Do you want a left side cover? I think I have a spare. Probably pretty beat, but original.
yes....they are pretty scarce


Mike

pm me and we'll arrange it if u can find it...
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Old 12-21-2012, 07:00 PM   #35
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had this B50 for about a year, currently trying to figure out a tranny problem...possibly bent shift fork....... leaks like a sieve, overheats on long runs...but love it when it's running.
Here @ the L.A MotoFilm Fest.
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Old 12-21-2012, 07:41 PM   #36
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I grew up in a Triumph, BSA, Yamaha, Bultaco shop in the late 60's & 70's. Be-leave me the Victors are not all that! Over sized Cub. Let me rephrase that (Dung)! A good DT-1 would kick there ass anytime any place. You couldn't wheelie one with a floor jack. If they kicked back at you back in the woods they wouldn't shift! Nice to look at maybe! Keep'm all! I raced a B50 mx for a while they had some promise but were weak in so many ways.
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:34 PM   #37
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You couldn't wheelie one with a floor jack.
I do believe I woke up in an alternate universe this morning.
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Old 12-22-2012, 02:58 AM   #38
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You couldn't wheelie one with a floor jack. .
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Old 12-22-2012, 03:54 PM   #39
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it still leaks oil.....
and if you do have a rider.....sound off...lets hear about them...I know 22manyrides has a big single....anyone else?
Thanks,
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I bought it in 1974 It's the gold star street scrambler...
Doesn't drip a drop...but does currently weep a bit at the rocker feed.



I beleive the camel man likes them too...

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Old 12-22-2012, 04:01 PM   #40
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I'd love to take a 441 motor and custom build a dual sport with it as the power plant.
In the end you'll find that with a 4 speed box it just wont cover the bases for running from street to trail no matter how you run the final drive gearing.

That's the jist of why this guy sold his RM/441 build...

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Old 12-22-2012, 04:30 PM   #41
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The B44 and B50 are basically built on modified B25 crankcases, which are too small to accommodate a large enough flywheel. That's one reason that they can be difficult to start. Another weak point is the starter gear and ratchet on the end of the mainshaft. I've owned a few of these, and the only one I really enjoyed was a B50 that had extensive head work done to install big valves and a 40 mm Mikuni carb. With the Sifton cam and valve train, it ran very well. It also had a Carillo con rod for reliability.

Then I bought an XL600R and sold the BSAs.
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Old 12-23-2012, 07:51 PM   #42
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This is Jerry's B-50 race bike. He had a nickle plated Suzuki tank on it and used a piece of plastic cutting board for a seat.
Pic from the late 80's , early 90's. Jerry , what's up ?
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Old 12-23-2012, 08:37 PM   #43
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[QUOTE=SOLO LOBO;19113702]While not quite a Victor here's one that has been for sale locally for about 10 years

Steve says this motorcycle ran hard and he is a big fan of B50's. He has tons of parts for sale for all kinds of motorcycles. He is also a master mechanic and fabricator.

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Old 12-23-2012, 08:56 PM   #44
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I grew up in a Triumph, BSA, Yamaha, Bultaco shop in the late 60's & 70's. Be-leave me the Victors are not all that! Over sized Cub. Let me rephrase that (Dung)! A good DT-1 would kick there ass anytime any place. You couldn't wheelie one with a floor jack. If they kicked back at you back in the woods they wouldn't shift! Nice to look at maybe! Keep'm all! I raced a B50 mx for a while they had some promise but were weak in so many ways.
yes the BSA Victor's were so bad they only won the motocross world championship 2 years in a row.


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Old 12-23-2012, 10:16 PM   #45
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The B44 and B50 are can be difficult to start. Another weak point is the starter gear and ratchet on the end of the mainshaft.
Then I bought an XL600R and sold the BSAs.


I have started by hand, then again I have had it throw my foot higher than I can ever do on my own. As well as damage a couple fingers that were on the throttle, or kick my heel back into the passeger peg removing skin to the bone. Once completely blew the seam full length on the original type muffler.

These things happen when something isn't right. Can't tell ya how many times it's fired and run while positioning the motor for a kick.
These things happen when things are right...it's easy to kick then.

....the guy outside the gas station..."what is that a 125 or a 250?"
Me, "no it's a 500".
the guy, "You sure kick it over easy for being a 500".

It's knowing how to kick it through the exhaust stroke and on around to the compression stroke...
Not trying to kick it through the compression stoke. This is why yamaha had the idiot window on the TT's and why there's auto decompressor on most big bores....for the people who have not had the trials and tribulations of owning a B50 long term.

Ya got a 600? well ya, duh, didn't we all?

then...



and now...



At one point I had the
BSA SS for street only
A converted SS for dual sport
And the triumph for dirt/ohv

These were the only bikes I ran for a long time. The cannables ate up my "orange tanker".

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