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    i shall look into that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffy Bridges View Post
    If I were you…….

    …..I'd find a 441 Victor and run that instead. A good big 'un is always better than a good little 'un.

    I ran a 69 Cheyne Victor for a few years. Very satisfying…when it ran.

    That's it on my avatar. Along with me and a dislocated shoulder. Don't ask!

    Fluff.
    Agreed. My first bike was a C15, and a few years later I had a B44 (441cc). The B44 had the distinct advantage (at a time when a lot of folk were riding RD250s, X7s, etc) of looking almost identical to the B25. Traffic light GPs were always entertaining.

    Unfortunate end to the B44; one night it was stolen from Morningside (the posh part of Edinburgh), and I never saw it again. I doubt that the C15 would have ever been stolen...

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    The Triumph version of the Starfire is a real hoot. Really strong engine and sounds great. Maybe they're all different, but mine is just how I expected it to be.

    Had a great run this morning and I forgot just how many folks stop and stare as you ride past

    Changing gear (r/h side) has not been the issue I expected, but I'm still trying to teach my brain how to use the rear brake properly. No indicators, no mirrors (took them off) means you know that you're riding a motorcycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Farmer View Post
    You'd be better off buying a b44
    Here's a nice easy project, quite rare too as a roadster.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BSA-B44-44...item339edbcd5a

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    yes thats nice looking

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackass dave View Post
    ah that i do not know at this stage
    I reckon one of these should suit you quite nicely.
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    Now that's cooler than Penguin piss
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nice 'n' Fat View Post
    Now that's cooler than Penguin piss
    Wait until you see the price tag

    Just found this old pic of my mate larking about on his starfire when we were 17. He's still got it


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    that looks like a zenith camera he has there on his back

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    My C15 with B25 barrel etc., brilliant ride


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    Quote Originally Posted by jackass dave View Post
    that looks like a zenith camera he has there on his back
    Zenith EM2 , what a great camera for working out aperture and shutter speed. Yup I had one at the same time I had my LC 350 , both great pieces of classic engineering!
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    Star fire tanks were fiberglass and will be eaten by modern fuels, so sealing or metal replacement tank will be required


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    My memories of a mate with a Starfire, bought new on the drip, is of an almost unbelievable lack of reliability - always the engine. OK he rode it hard, but boy did he regret not getting a CB72 - he couldn't get a decent trade-in on the BSA anywhere, such was their reputation. Sad, as his previous C15 was fine other than that annoying whine, but then we were witnessing the steady demise of the Brtish Motorcycle Industry.

    I ran an AJS Model 14 CSR at the time - a few quirks but way better in every way. I even went two up touring to France on it - coincided with the Sorbonne riots.

    I also had access to my Dad's BMW R26 - not quick, but classy for pottering around. Sadly I blew up his Greeves 2T, several times, & we ended up sticking a T90 engine in it which, along with a few Silverstone adornments, made a very quick little special, built on a shoestring. It's still out there somewhere, on SORN for the last couple of years.

    Sorry OP, I digress - suggest you forget the Starfire, or Baracuda or Triumph derivatives. How about a nice Triumph twenty-one 350 - my 1965 model was a really sweet little bike & it was oiltight. Way cheaper now, although not as pretty as the 500 Daytona others have suggested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squibb34 View Post
    My memories of a mate with a Starfire, bought new on the drip, is of an almost unbelievable lack of reliability - always the engine. OK he rode it hard, but boy did he regret not getting a CB72 - he couldn't get a decent trade-in on the BSA anywhere, such was their reputation. Sad, as his previous C15 was fine other than that annoying whine, but then we were witnessing the steady demise of the Brtish Motorcycle Industry.

    I ran an AJS Model 14 CSR at the time - a few quirks but way better in every way. I even went two up touring to France on it - coincided with the Sorbonne riots.

    I also had access to my Dad's BMW R26 - not quick, but classy for pottering around. Sadly I blew up his Greeves 2T, several times, & we ended up sticking a T90 engine in it which, along with a few Silverstone adornments, made a very quick little special, built on a shoestring. It's still out there somewhere, on SORN for the last couple of years.

    Sorry OP, I digress - suggest you forget the Starfire, or Baracuda or Triumph derivatives. How about a nice Triumph twenty-one 350 - my 1965 model was a really sweet little bike & it was oiltight. Way cheaper now, although not as pretty as the 500 Daytona others have suggested.
    I had a Gold Star B25 Bsa , Triumph also used the same 250 engine, i knocked the big end out of it. Had a Triumph 500 Daytona, a sweet peach of an engine, until it dropped a valve, i had a Bsa A 7, the kickstart snapped off in Matlock Bath one Sunday, then it completely shat itself on the way home , by snapping the crank. My Norton comando grenaded itself so badly, it separated the barrel's from the crankcases. Can you see a pattern emerging. Saying that, i still love Brit bikes because they get under your skin that way. All the best with your choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timolgra View Post
    My C15 with B25 barrel etc., brilliant ride

    That looks lovely...........

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    Shed n Buried had a Starfire in powder blue. It looked a nice bike in a plain 1960s sort of way.
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