bsa c 11

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by boubou, Oct 16, 2020.

  1. boubou

    boubou Adventurer

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    I'm in the mood to restore a bsa c 11 ,i buy some pieces but it's not a very common bike and not popular bike
    Any output, pieces ,literatur out there ?
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  3. motu

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    I'd prefer a C10. There were C11's around here, but they disappeared pretty quick...a Bantam was preferred over a C11, probably quicker.
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  4. boubou

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    I'm leave in Canada , yes i know the brit forum but i take a chance for pieces in USA or canada . I have only a frame a partial motor and a trans . May be it's a too big restoration because of this rare bike ?
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  5. Scrivens

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    With that small amount of the bike, the cost of rebuilding it and the time involved in finding the parts you'll need far outweighs its usefulness as a rider or final value of the bike. The C11 was a bit of a dog in many ways and it's not really worth that much effort in preserving another one as they really aren't rare. Sell the C11 parts off and save the money for something better. If you want a small BSA, the C15 was a decent 250 for its time, there are a lot of them around, can still be picked up fairly cheaply and most parts are readily available. The later C15s are better than the earlier models. If you want a pre-unit engine then the 350cc B31 is an excellent bike and old ones can be bought and rebuilt quite cheaply.
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  6. boubou

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    i rebuilt a b 44 1967 , i have too much money in this bike i agree with you Scrivens it's not a bike then it can value the effort and the money
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    Victor or Shooting Star? Both bikes are a lot of fun but need a fair bit of attention if used often. I had both for a few months on loan from a mate years ago and the SS is still one of my favourite bikes. Much rarer than the Victor here and I've never been able to buy one. I had a B25 Starfire in the early 70's - the one with the SS steel tank - and I swapped the tank and other parts with those from a friend's Victor so he could turn it into a Shooting Star and I ended up with a 250cc Victor.
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    Sorry, butting in here. For me it’s not about the time nor the money. It’s the fun, the learning, getting the old brain finding a new way of doing things. I had a c10 (side valve) as a kid and now 50 years later I still smile at the fun that was had with mates and with out them. Regards
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  9. Scrivens

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    The C10 was a nice little bike, but I've always loved side valves and the Triumph TRW and Ariel VB600 are my 'dream' bikes, both of which are very rare in Australia unfortunately. I've also done very economically unviable restos purely for the memories of the bike and the enjoyment of the work, but my concern with the C11 is that there is so little of it to begin with that buying all the missing bits would be a money pit and like quite a few restos, could end up costing so much along the way that it has to be abandoned, leaving a lot of unrecoverable expense.
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  10. boubou

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    My b 44 is a Frankein bike built with many other b44 basicaly it's a ss but i take a large part of the victor etc . I'm not a specialist of the old british stuff and i make many many mistake in the rebuilt but it's a very fun bike , the vibrations the sond and the soul of ride a piece of the motorcycle history . But my problem is that i have a very little wallet lol and for now i take my money on a bmw r 65 that i ride 6 or 7 years and now it's time to rebuilt it ,
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