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03/26/23 at 10:43:28
 
Spring is here , open practice at Lodi Cycle Bowl today and  TT coming up soon. I know I wonít be ready but maybe I can catch a TT near seasons end. Itís a good goal anyways. Mocking up the BSA , still needs frame/swingarm cleaned then assembly will begin. Most everything is cleaned and most everything is here (stuff ordered). Hopefully , have a roller with brakes , tank & seat by this time next week. I did say hopefully !  I was doing good with my $500 budget , but front brake pads and rear shocks broke the bank.
So Iím in for a penny and in for a pound , I wonít say Iím drawing the line cause Iíll go over it , but Iím at a whopping $900 , guess thatís still pretty good for a basket case project. Not to sure of its value , I really donít know what a vintage BSA flat tracker will fetch , maybe as high as $5500. The coolest thing is it will also make a great road racer too. I gonna need leathers for that. Think they will let me TT in motocross gear. Gotta go clean the frame/swingarm. New shocks will need some aging , just enough so they donít look new that would ruin the patina effect.
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Reply #1 - 03/27/23 at 10:35:36
 
Cleaning frame today , just maybe Iíll get some shocks today ! It has the possibility of rolling by morning. Stopping by Tuesday. Tank & seat by Wednesday. Image in my head , becoming clearer , even after a simple green bath  that I thought would leave the bike smelling like a urinal cake , nope she still fills the garage with her special smell of vintage motorcycles. Almost same smell as a motorcycle museum. My guitar room smells just like the guitar shop downtown. Vintage & expensive woods has a very special smell.
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Reply #2 - 03/27/23 at 22:12:57
 
Wrong shocks , that will be at least a week delay , way bummed
Turn it around and start at the other end
Iíll make a 13 1/2Ē strut to hold it up tomorrow and continue.  Sad
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Reply #3 - 03/28/23 at 08:25:14
 
So Ruttly , Your working on restoring an old BSA .

You mention the term "TT" makes me remember an old Honda 350 twin I had years ago that I wanted to put "TT-Pipes" on. † †The curve of the TT's makes me grin ! †Smiley

is yours the 500 or the 650cc ?
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Reply #4 - 03/28/23 at 10:46:14
 
MM , Itís a 1970 BSA B50MX 500cc single vintage flat tracker/ TT. †A TT is a flat track race with usually at least 2 right turns and a jump whereas flat track is wide open and turn left. TT pipes are downswept an under usually but not always out on the right. A guy who worked at the local dismantler built and raced it in the mid to late 70s. I think I got it in 82 , made it into a street tracker with mirror & lights , never had a lic plate , I didnít worry they couldnít catch me. It been a basket case for 40 years , no excuses , time flies , itís time has come. Plan to build it as a race bike with all era correct parts so it looks just like it rolled off the track in the 70s. It also has optional front disc brake for TT racing. So by changing left side foot peg and adding a front brake it becomes a TT bike. Plan to do at least 1 TT race at Lodi maybe later this year. She is a very primitive beast and might be competitive in the vintage class , if not it will be hella fun to be back at the track again. Thatís what itís all about anyways. Maybe this is the reason she was mothballed for 40 years ! †Cool
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Reply #5 - 03/28/23 at 21:31:25
 
MM , I used to really like the chrome TT pipes on the old CB450s and then later with the CB360 they had a 2 into 1 with TT pipes , ol skool. They were early street trackers. All of the 70s bikes is where I get my influences from the Savage tracker was to replace the BSA for a street bike like the SR500 and the Sportster did. They all are emulating Flat trackers either by oem design or mine , I donít know how to stop , fevers a raging !
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Reply #6 - 03/29/23 at 04:01:40
 
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Reply #7 - 03/29/23 at 09:42:28
 
Todays rant. Iíve been seeing a modern electronic ignition for the BSA singles but I think itís for street versions with lights with a full stator. The MX model only has a partial stator. About 1/3 on as compared to a full stator. Less weight and less magnetic drag with the 3 volt MX ignition. But like I said she is very primitive and still uses ignition points. I know I could probably adapt an electronic ignition to it from like a lawn mower or weed whipper. I would rather the points system. The rotor is the same rotor only the stator is different making 3 to 4 volts , after that there is only points , condenser , coil and a kill switch. Did some digging the hot set up was a Mallory condenser from a hot rod ignition( huge brass cased condenser ) and an Accel solid core spark plug wire with silicone plug cap. Did more digging found both condenser and plug wire with cap and a new set of oem points. Going back to school here , setting points and timing , might have to make a static timing light to help indicate the points opening for static timing , then when itís running set timing with a timing light. I still have timing lights , dwell meters , vacuum gauges for the ol skool stuff. Speaking of dwell the MX model uses a different mechanic advance unit than the street models , street uses a 12 degree advance unit while the MX uses a 5 degree. Also the 5 degree unit has been advanced to full advance and welded in that position. Flat track wfo slow wfo slow wfo slow , so this gives me instant advance and instant and crazy throttle response. I never lost a drag race on that bike it beat Honda 500 , Yamaha SR/XT/TT , Suzuki 370 and give the twins a bad time too. I get to use my forgotten skills  for points & timing. Canít wait to see a big fat purple spark !
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Reply #8 - 03/29/23 at 10:01:22
 
Wait a minute weíre talking Lucas electronics , Iíll settle for any spark what so ever , Iíll take it.
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Reply #9 - 03/29/23 at 10:24:01
 
She is a fair weather bike not for riding in the rain , unless you enjoy the electric chair ! Yeah once your both good a wet , if your left knee gets anywhere near the spark plug wire your still safe , till you rev up gettin ready for a 5000 rpm shift from 3rd to 4th and your fingers reach for the clutch lever

BAM you just provided the ground to the positive ground system , you are officially lit up. The smell of burning flesh and hair lingers in your helmet. Almost enough to make you drop the bike. Your fairly well insulated by the rubber pegs and grips in the rain , but go ahead touch the clutch , I dare ya
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Reply #10 - 03/29/23 at 19:17:33
 
I'm glad you can understand all that ! † Smiley

The HEI was one of the best things that came out of the 70's , I think .

I never quite understood the point system except that the motor fired when the points opened and the points needed cleaning once in a while.

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Reply #11 - 03/29/23 at 20:10:37
 
I agree , the hei was the best thing to happen since rubber tires. But this is no girly man bike with a rev limiter , this will rev till the valve float , straighten out you elbows and make your as$ cheeks pinch the seat cover , hanging on for life. I wouldnít want to change a thing. I used to keep half of a broken points file in my wallet.
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Reply #12 - 03/30/23 at 05:07:16
 
ďstraighten out you elbows and make your as$ cheeks pinch the seat cover , hanging on for lifeĒ

Yes indeed; a light weight big single, properly set up & rightly tuned, wide open and pulling hard Ö Yeeee Haaaa !
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Reply #13 - 03/30/23 at 10:41:38
 
A B50 MX stock about 310 lbs , not exactly light. If I had to guess mine is right about 300 lbs still heavy in the flat track realm. Iím not one for lightening everything it has to be tough & durable. Old vintage stuff is
different not as refined as modern singles all those valves and counter balancers with electronic ignitions of course they are faster , smoother. The   power delivery is much less refined , much more primitive more like riding a worn out carnival ride. Scary at times , hella fun , canít wait for it to scare the hell out of me.
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Reply #14 - 03/31/23 at 11:16:42
 
Did a quick polish job on the aluminum tank. That is the only part Iím gonna hit with an electric buffer & polish. Everything else is hand cleaned with Simple Green. Most of the patina is gone leaving a nicely aged bike , but have no fear , patina cleaned not removed , it will slowly reappear as time goes on. A step back in time , in a sense part of my going up. Besides the grips & tires & peg rubbers , nothing has been changed. A Time Machine right down to the points. Ooh shocks n stuff gettin delivered today , gonna burn some midnight oil. The roller will emerge tomorrow and greet her first dose of sunlight in 21 years. How cool is that !   Cool
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