1969 BSA 441 Victor
Owning a BSA Victor off-road motorcycle in the late 1960s required a kind of secret handshake. The starting ritual was extensive and delicate, and involved gently flooding the carb, engaging a valve lifter, positioning the piston just so, and heaving the four-stroke beast to life with the kickstarter. On a good day. Do any of these steps wrong, and it was likely to break your leg. Museum founder Robb Talbott raced Victors and remembers
his love/hate relationshipwith the brand. “That damn bike tried to break my leg 100 times,” he said. “I think it’s one of prettiest English bikes—it’s so simple, and it has a ton of torque. But if it ever dies on the side of the trail, you’ll never get the bastard going.” TThere are two examples of Victors on display at Moto Talbott: an unrestored 1969 “square barrel” and an immaculately restored, early production ’66 “round barrel.