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1971 BSA Barracuda aka Starfire advice #397092
10/02/11 9:46 am
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Hi all,
I've come across a 1971 250 Barracuda in running order for a reasonable price ($5k). But, its my first bike and I'm no mechanic by any stretch, mostly because of time. Who's ridden one? What are they like?

Should I forget it? What are the common pitfalls / hassles on a bike like this? And what would be some idea of the amount of time it will take to keep on the road year round?
Any and all advice much appreciated.
Cheers from Melbourne.

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Re: 1971 BSA Barracuda aka Starfire advice [Re: Carnaby] #397098
10/02/11 10:34 am
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Just an opinion,
sounds way, way to expensive
take your time, shop around
HTH
Cheers
Dennis B


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Re: 1971 BSA Barracuda aka Starfire advice [Re: Carnaby] #397101
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The Starfire was 68 to 70, Barracuda was 67. This is probably a 70 Starfire mis-described as a Barracuda. Way too much in price, you need to do a lot more research so you know what to look for and go and look at some bikes without buying, ask as many questions as you like here and post pics before committing.

But make sure you do not give any clues as to its whereabouts as if its good wink Joking !!!

Re: 1971 BSA Barracuda aka Starfire advice [Re: Carnaby] #397231
10/03/11 3:34 pm
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Carnaby,

Get the engine number and frame number and check against BSA owners club.

http://www.bsaownersclub.co.uk/Engine_Frame_Listing.html#1970


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Re: 1971 BSA Barracuda aka Starfire advice [Re: Carnaby] #397236
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Why bother when the asking price is at least double what the bike is worth?


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Re: 1971 BSA Barracuda aka Starfire advice [Re: Carnaby] #397241
10/03/11 4:32 pm
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Originally Posted By: Carnaby
Hi all,
I've come across a 1971 250 Barracuda in running order for a reasonable price ($5k). But, its my first bike and I'm no mechanic by any stretch, mostly because of time. Who's ridden one? What are they like?

Should I forget it? What are the common pitfalls / hassles on a bike like this? And what would be some idea of the amount of time it will take to keep on the road year round?
Any and all advice much appreciated.
Cheers from Melbourne.


Depends on what you're expecting out of it. If you're expecting a pleasant little bimble bike that will be happy at 50 MPH on back roads and can go on smooth dirt, are prepared to buy the Rupert Ratio book, and maintain it regularly, perhaps you could go see the bike.

If it is complete and runs well and quietly, you might offer US$2200 or so for the bike, which is all it is worth. "Worth" in the sense that, if you look around, you can find nice B25s or T25s in that price range.

Lannis


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Re: 1971 BSA Barracuda aka Starfire advice [Re: Carnaby] #397311
10/04/11 1:12 am
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"Worth" is a subjective thing though.

I agree it is probably over priced for a 70's 250cc bike but then again there aren't that many of these around any more in this part of the world.

This one is running and complete (I think) and it's a first purchase.

It's a single so easy for a learner mechanic to work on

It has some nice styling quirks that are unique to the era.

It's not just another 650 twin or 500 single so will stand out in a crowd.

Sometimes the little stuff is just as much fun. Personally I ride a 250 C10L from time to time and it has less desirable characteristics than a Barracuda in terms of rideability. Even so it's worth every dollar I spent on it in my view because it was my first restoration and its a product of its time. Cheap and cheerful.


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Re: 1971 BSA Barracuda aka Starfire advice [Re: Carnaby] #397338
10/04/11 8:28 am
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still sounds like too much money to me.......maybe things are different in Australia. How is the dollar? In our dollar, it would have to be a totally restored bike and the engine would have to be perfect for 5000. But, whatever....Cheers, Wilf


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