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Poor man's Gold Star
#777666 07/01/19 5:39 am
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Around here in the late 50s early 60s a good number of young lads who could not afford a real Gold Star bought BB34A Clippers for scrambling. These machines could be made to go quite well if one did not worry about the small bearing bottom end. After all a Clipper had the same head as was used on a BB34GS scrambler just a few years earlier so it was really up to the piston, cams and carb to define the output.

Brother Wilfred had such a machine and after using it as it came (used) he worked with one of the BSA dealers to upgrade it. In went a 10.5:1 piston and what the dealer said were "Road Race" cams. As well at times a TT carb was used to try and squeak a bit more hp than the Monobloc. It became a decent machine which would have had the same performance as the BB34GS. It was particularly good in muddy conditions.

Here is a shot of Wilfred competing at the BC Provincial Championship races around 1960 in Vancouver BC before he upgraded the engine. Yes it was a muddy track.

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Re: Poor man's Gold Star
Gordo in Comox #777669 07/01/19 9:28 am
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Great story, Gordo. And a great shot of Wilfred. Thank you for sharing.

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Gordo in Comox #777881 07/03/19 4:36 pm
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This is a shot of Wilf on his Clipper at the top of a hillclimb that I have posted before but it captures the fun we were having. A close look will show a loose wire coming down the front to the mag. This was needed to rig up a deadman cutout switch for when/if the rider departed the machine. We normally used a short bit of a hacksaw blade at the end of the wire. The blade bit was taped to handle bar in such a manner that when the rider departed a cord tied to the wrist pulled out a bit of plastic insulator to short out the mag. High tech for sure.

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Gordo in Comox #777887 07/03/19 5:28 pm
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Originally Posted by Gordo in Comox
This is a shot of Wilf on his Clipper at the top of a hillclimb that I have posted before but it captures the fun we were having. A close look will show a loose wire coming down the front to the mag. This was needed to rig up a deadman cutout switch for when/if the rider departed the machine. We normally used a short bit of a hacksaw blade at the end of the wire. The blade bit was taped to handle bar in such a manner that when the rider departed a cord tied to the wrist pulled out a bit of plastic insulator to short out the mag. High tech for sure.

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Glad he kept the BSA decal on that beautiful chrome fuel tank, HaHa.

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Boomer #777888 07/03/19 5:37 pm
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Re: Poor man's Gold Star
Gordo in Comox #777903 07/03/19 9:33 pm
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Bill: The use of a turpentine can (I think) really did reduce the weight. The Clipper had the heavy steel scrambles type tank. Besides the hill had a reputation back then for machines to at times flip and and head back down the hill end over end. Hard on tanks. They had distance markers up along the side because a lot of bikes did not make it to the top so the distance was needed for some. The pitch does not look too steep in the photo but at the finish the slope was leveling off.

While my T100C had no issues with the hill, my Triumph Tiger Cub never did make it to the top, it either bogged down or flipped

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