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1968 BSA B44 'Shooting Star'

One of our long-serving members, Cliff Carr, bought this bike at the end of 2012. He is only it's third owner but, before he acquired it, the bike had been off the road since 1979. Cliff says, "I had a fair amount of trouble getting the bike to run at first. When I got it started & took it out I was dismayed that it was only getting about 45mpg. I fitted a carb overhaul kit which made a big difference. Now it gets about 85mpg".   Cliff reckons, "It's a great little bike. Loads of fun and a joy to ride." - NICE ONE CLIFF

The BSA B44 Shooting Star was a motorcycle made by BSA at their factory in Small Heath, Birmingham. Similar to the BSA C15 and sharing many of the same parts but with an up rated chassis.

History: In 1965 an off road motocross BSA B44 named the ’Victor’ was launched at the Earls Court Show. The model proved so popular that ‘Victor Grand Prix’ and ‘Victor Enduro’ models were developed, as well as a road-going version, the 1967 B44VR (Victor Roadster). The bikes had a displacement of 441cc. When the B44VR was exported to U.S. dealers in 1968, the name was changed to the B44SS Shooting Star. In 1968 the B44 became BSA's top export model. The good availability of spare parts and the relative simplicity of the single-cylinder engine means that the surviving examples are relatively easily restored to as-new condition.

Features: The Victor Roadster (or Shooting Star - a name borrowed from a 1950s-era BSA twin), had a top speed of around 90 mph and was designed with a focus on easy riding rather than speed. It came with high-rise handlebars and reflectors both beneath the tank and on either side of the taillight. In 1969 the Shooting Star was updated with a steel petrol tank and twin leading-shoe brakes. Victors had impressive power-to-weight ratios that made them ideal for hill climbs. The 11:1 compression ratio required a compression release lever for kick starting.

But did you know.... On the original 1969 footage of the Woodstock Concert, producer Michael Lang is seen riding a BSA Victor motorcycle across the fields!

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Model

BSA B44 Shooting Star

Manufacturer

BSA

Also called

Victor Roadster

Production

1967–1970

Engine

441cc Four-stroke, single-cylinder, air-cooled, OHV, 2 valve per cylinder

Power

30 hp 21.9 KW @ 6500 rpm

Transmission

4 speed/chain

Wheelbase

52 inches (53 inches in 1969)

Dimensions

L 82 inches    (83.2 inches in 1969)
W 28 inches   (28.2 inches in 1969)

Fuel capacity

3.3 gallons

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