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BSA Shooting Star

 

The BSA B44 Shooting Star is a motorcycle made by BSA at their factory in Small Heath, Birmingham. Similar to the BSA C15 and sharing many of the same parts, the B44 had an uprated chassis.

In 1965 an off road motocross BSA B44 named the Victor was launched at the Earls Court Show. Developed from scramblers used by Jeff Smith to win the 1964 and 1965 500cc World Championships, the model proved so popular that Victor Grand Prix and Victor Enduro models were developed, as well as a road going version, the 1967 Victor Roadster was produced and the B44VS Victor Special was also successfully exported to the US between 1968 and 1970.

In 1968 the the B44 became BSA's top export model and sold in the USA and Canada as the Shooting Star. The good availability of spare parts and the relative simplicity of the single cylinder engine means that the surviving examples are easily restored to as new condition.

Specification

Production 1968-1970
Engine
441cc (26.91 cubic inches) Four stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, OHV, 2 valve per cylinder
Power
30 hp 21.9 KW @ 6500 rpm
Transmission
4 Speed / chain
Fuel capacity
3.96 gallons (15.00 litres)