crankwalk
crankwalk SuperDork
5/31/18 1:14 p.m.

I figured I'd throw this in this section too after concluding my Road Trip/adventure thread with my Land Cruiser.

I sold (or traded rather) the Land Cruiser for a pair of old British motorcycles this past weekend. The '73 Triumph Tiger with dual carbs from a Bonneville is a very clean runner that is fun to cruise around in and the '67 BSA 441 Victor Special is one of my favorite bikes of all time and so hard to find up here. The BSA has a recent engine build but I'm in the process of putting in a new Boyer ignition and clutch springs.  The compression on the BSA is SKY HIGH and will rip your leg off starting it if you aren't careful. I'm thinking about shimming the head to lower the compression for the street but who knows I may just get used to it.

 

 

 

 

I have a new Ecodiesel Ram as a daily driver with an honest to God bed, 4x4, and 3 times the fuel range of the 60 that we will be taking out for further trips this year.  Before moving here, I sold my bikes and I've missed riding but now that my daily driver isn't pulling double duty, I can get some more toys that don't need to be available to take me to work 12 months out of the year.

 

 Riding a bike in AK isn't the most practical year round but for our short summer, it's better than anywhere I've done it for sure. wink

stafford1500
stafford1500 HalfDork
5/31/18 1:21 p.m.

The BSA should have provisions for a decompression lever, to make starting easier. A roommate in college had one, 40mph felt fast.

crankwalk
crankwalk SuperDork
5/31/18 1:26 p.m.

In reply to stafford1500 :

 

It does and it mostly works but it's still pretty tight.

ddavidv
ddavidv PowerDork
5/31/18 6:00 p.m.

The much lamented OIF Triumph. I don't hate on them like most people, I just don't like the 'thing' where the oil tank used to be. Just looks wrong. That is a very pretty machine.

Having ridden Triumph, BSA and Norton from that period I can't say I have much love for the BSA. Worst vibrations of the three and the handling and brakes were all 'meh'. Yours is earlier and somewhat customized so it is probably better than what I rode (OIF Lightning).

Shortcomings aside, I like British bikes so much better than the Asian offerings even if they were better.

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
6/2/18 10:06 p.m.

Wait till you go to kick it, and she throws you over the handle bars. wink

Apis Mellifera
Apis Mellifera HalfDork
6/4/18 8:51 a.m.
ddavidv said:

The much lamented OIF Triumph. I don't hate on them like most people, I just don't like the 'thing' where the oil tank used to be. Just looks wrong.

There's a kit for the OIF bikes that fixes most of the looks issues.  Here's my '71:

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