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Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by ricochetrider, Jan 12, 2012.
that Commando is COOL! it's great to see it's transformations. thanks for posting..
I posted this in another thread once, but a pic here with my Commando last year and same spot thirty years earlier!
I did a couple other things in between!
1973 850 Commando
1971 Trophy 650
1970 Tiger 650
To add to Tom's IoM theme from 2008....
The crew in Bebington getting ready to head to Liverpool for the boat ride
1932 BSA Sloper ridden to IoM from Belgium
A ride to Point of Ayre on the northern tip if IoM
Tom (richochet rider) and friends at Creg Ny Baa
And to continue with IoM stuff (or bore you to tears )
Sweat BSA V-twin from Luxembourg
Might have been a BSA owners club rally....but just had to take an obligatory Velocette picture :eek1
Tom and his friend Wade at Port Erin harbor
What else can you say about the picture
Ohio Valley BSA Owner's Club members at IoM
And finally, moi, on the last full day on the Island, riding up a goat trail on the west side of Snaefel Mountain...with the Victor that hauled my fat ass around!
Ahhhhhh, Triumphs...... Here's my current Brit Iron - a T120 Bonnie with a 68 TR6R motor & Jap running gear....
And here's my first Brit bike back in the mid 70's... a Raleigh Runabout RM6...
....and my first proper road going Brit - T140V
Then a couple of years later in 1982.... a T120R....
My mates current ride, a Beeza A7
I just got this 51 B33 on ebay, hopefully I'll have it within a few days.
The plan is to get some custom bags made for it (once I go through it and tidy up all the incorrect issues) and use it as a backroad weekend tourer.
NICE! good score.
and oh yeah nice bike
The B33 is a sweet looking ride...lucky dog....
Hopefully, one day, my M33 looks almost as good.
I've wanted one for 35 years....
I have the opportunity to purchase a 1968 441asking price around $1K . I would like to get an idea of a price range for these old bikes in running condition. Its kind of rough looking but looks like it is all there. The motor turns over but is loose in the frame. Dont know when it last ran. What do these sell for in reasonable condition? I have never owned a britt bike but have rebuilt a couple of old beemers so feel I could take on a rebuild of one of these.
Thanks for any input.
Depending on how rough the bike is you may be better to buy one almost done. These days if you watch you can get a nice bike for 3k, sometimes less. That can be subject to change at any time with these bikes. They do seem to fluctuate for some reason. It all really depends on the condition of the one you are looking at and how much of a project you want. Really nice examples can bring good money to the right people. Rough ones can be bought right but you can end up putting more into it than what a nice one would cost to buy and ride. But the challenge is half the fun to some. The good thing about the singles is they are fairly simple for the most part. But parts for them can get expensive. It really depends on if you want a project or not. Just my 2 cents. Good luck with whatever you decide
What're you waiting for :eek1
If that was over here (UK) it'd be sold many times over for that price - If you fancy one - BUY IT
They are only ever gonna get more rare and one day soon, prices your side of the pond will catch up with the rest of the world and go up, up, up!!!!!
"I have the opportunity to purchase a 1968 441asking price around $1K ."
A reasonably complete 68 Victor that turns over for $1k is not a bad buy at all. Things that are hard to find and pricey - fenders and good tanks. Thought a dented original aluminum tank can be salvaged. One other question, are you looking at a Victor Special (enduor style) or a 68 Shooting Star (street bike). Mechanical/electrical bits are virtually identical, but wheels (front) and body work is different. The VS version is usually more desirable in terms of resale.
Engines are relatively simple and fairly tough if put together right. Regardless of version (VS or SS), the late unit single frame is a sweet handling motorcycle. Electrics for all the horror stories can be made quite reliable and have a significant amount of upgrades available. Built right, the unit single is a nice back road bike and a lot of fun to ride. Don't even make a bad touring bike...see the pics from the IoM postings....spent 10 days using a 441 to tour in England, IoM, and Wales
there is some good advice on this. it really does depend on how much you want to get into and the actual condition of the bike you are looking at.
like someone said, you could probably buy a good running 441 for about 3K, but if you like to tinker, and you have the funds available, then maybe you should go for it. with the exception of a few parts, that may be more in demand or hard to find, i think you'll find that most bits can be easily obtained- in both the used or new (after) markets. whatever you do, don't look at it as a financial investment, rather, approach it as an emotional investment. once you have it, there's no saying you have to rush thru the project, (as far as i know) so in theory you could take your time and nickel-dime it without breaking the bank. in the foreseeable future, this bike isn't going to skyrocket in value. however, there is much satisfaction and fun to be had in getting an old bike running, and then riding the wheels off of it....
and you may never see another one in ANY condition for a thousand bucks.
let us know what you decide on it, and show us some pix, maybe even post pix and a story about the project as you go? this is exactly what i hope this thread can become- the place for just this sort of endeavor and advice.
My '51 AJS 18
This was my late father's 56 Ariel Square Four back in the day. He restored it a couple years back for it's current owner.
This 58 Ariel Cyclone was completed previously.