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#849649 05/22/2021 2:52 PM
by JVPuleo
Last year I inherited 3 bikes – formerly the property of my cousin – that I had to dig out of the wreck of a collapsed boat house. Of the three, I've chosen to rehabilitate the 1967 B44 first, since I had one 40 years ago and remember it fondly. It is in rough condition - really the best parts are the frame and the engine/transmission so over the winter I collected parts. I'm not going to do a "exactly as it came from the factory" restoration but rather rebuilding it in a somewhat more archaic idiom, with painted fenders and inverted hand controls... I've two questions that I've yet to find an answer for...
Where was the ignition switch? - it currently has a cobbled up electrical system and looks as if someone use a simple toggle switch.
What is the travel of the clutch engagement arm? This is critical to the hand controls I've designed and will make. I'm confident of the brake lever but the amount of travel for the has to be part of the calculation in designing them.

The other two bikes were a 1960 Royal Enfield/Indian Chief that my cousin dumped so it's in need of extensive work and a 1970 Norton Commando that is complete, albeit it rusty and neglected since it was last registered in 1983.

Thanks in advance...

JV Puleo
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#849676 May 22nd a 09:27 PM
by Mitch
you can tell by the frame numbers if I remember right, but the easy way to identify a frame is the roadster had a center stand (and a side stand). the Victor only had the side stand.
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#849665 May 22nd a 06:09 PM
by LarryLebel
Clutch arm travel is a little less than 1/2".
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#849660 May 22nd a 05:14 PM
by AML
I think the answer might depend on whether it’s a B44EA Victor or B44R Roadster.
The ‘67 Victor was an ET ignition bike that did not have an ignition switch.
I’m not sure about the Roadster.
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#850048 May 26th a 12:24 PM
by Dave Martin
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Given that " it currently has a cobbled up electrical system" and you do not intend to put it back to factory spec, I personally would ( and did on my bikes) scrap the existing 50 year plus old crud and re wire with modern stuff. lets face it, it is hardy rocket science, there are only about 10 wires on the darn things. I used Vape ignition and Podtronix reg with no regrets.
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#850053 May 26th a 02:16 PM
by Gordon Gray
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JVPuleo..........or you could pour $20,000 into it and end up with a $8000 piece of garage art? wink

Re-wiring a unit single is an easy task compared to some others. Correct replacement wire looms are available too....I think. Peter Quick a supporter/vendor on this site is an EXCELLENT source for parts. BSA Unit Singles banner on the home page. His site also has a lot of digital parts and service manuals. I use them all the time.

Proud to be one of the BSA unit single guys, Gordon
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