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B44 VS rebuild

Postby B44Claus » Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:12 am

Hi everybody,

I've have had my B44 since 2001 where I bought it as an import from the US. It was a mix of a Shooting Star and a Victor Special as it had the large SS steel tank but with high level exhaust and 19" front wheel in BSA forks.
After a traffic accident I build it as a Shooting Star and fitted a front fork and 18" wheel off a 69 Starfire.
I ran it like that for some years but after a number of winters in my unheated garage it gradually decayed.
Last winter I took it apart and had most of the bolt on parts as well as the wheel hubs powder coated.
Rather than return to the shooting star theme I figured I would rebuild it as a Victor Special.
Actually I believe it left the factory as a VS since it doesn't have any brackets to fit a center stand and also has the bracket at the front down tubes with threaded holes to attach a sump guard.
It's not entirely finished yet as I have to get some tires fitted but by April it(and the weather) should be ready.

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The petrol tank comes from an imcomplete B50 MX project maybe I'll replace it with the correct B44 VS item if I can find one.

I'll post an update when I'm ready to roll.

Brgds,
Claus
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Re: B44 VS rebuild

Postby David S » Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:46 am

Nice project you have there.I have a 68 441 Victor Special that I bought in 1978 and I still have it.This was my first restoration project at age 18 and it started my collection of british iron.

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Re: B44 VS rebuild

Postby B44Claus » Sun Apr 03, 2016 10:02 pm

Hi everybody,

An update on my B44 VS rebuild.
New tires are fitted and are a Heidenau on the rear and a Pirelli on the front. It wasn't possible to get a rear 18” and front 19” from the same manufacturer. One thing I learned was that the 130/80 modern equivalent of the original 4 inch tyre is quite a lot wider than 4 inches.
I had to adjust the rear wheel with the tyre fitted to move the rim 1 cm to the left to center it in the swinging arm.
I went for a short ride yesterday and it runs nicely just as before I left it to rot in the garage. The brakes clearly need to bed in the front brake in particular is quite weak but perhaps a 7" single side brake is just that.
Anyway, I look forward to spring and summer and hopefully many enjoyable rides.

Brgds,
Claus
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Re: B44 VS rebuild

Postby beat » Mon Apr 04, 2016 8:24 pm

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Re: B44 VS rebuild

Postby HPbyStan » Tue Apr 05, 2016 12:14 am

Wow, I really like the look of that !

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Re: B44 VS rebuild

Postby David S » Tue Apr 05, 2016 12:51 am

Use a good quality soft brake lining on your 7"SLS front brake.The front brake on my 68 441 stops very well.Much better than my SLS front brake on my 74 Triumph TR5T!

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Re: B44 VS rebuild

Postby B44Claus » Tue Apr 05, 2016 6:49 pm

Thanks for the comments everybody.
David S wrote:Use a good quality soft brake lining on your 7"SLS front brake.The front brake on my 68 441 stops very well.Much better than my SLS front brake on my 74 Triumph TR5T!

David S

Thanks David, I bought new brake shoes for both wheels when I rebuild the bike so if the linings are soft or hard I can't tell. There is a local company who can reline brake shoes but I don't believe they have an understanding for old motorcycle brakes. I might trust them a pair of the worn out shoes I removed from the bike and see if they know what they are doing.
Anyway, I'll keep a distance to the vehicles ahead of me and wait till the brakes have bed in. :grin:

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Re: B44 VS rebuild

Postby David S » Tue Apr 05, 2016 10:30 pm

Hi Claus,
You will need the brake linings for a non power braked car.The linings for a car with power brakes are much harder and will not work well with manual drum brakes.It may take a while for your new shoes to bed in so as you say leave extra room to stop.

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