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brought this a little while ago as tired of the  big modern bikes i've been riding the last 8 years.

i wanted something with character, with soul & with a British military connection.

i love it. I love riding it and i love maintaining it. I have THE biggest smile and am getting used to the right gearchange, left braking.

just wondering if others have the same bike.

here's mine

 

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Hi Dave,

I owned two B40WD bikes in the early 1970's, loved them, one was ex-army the other ex-navy. I also owned a B25SS and a B50SS in same period, so was an avid BSA unit single enthusiast. I have ridden the army Can-Am and Armstrong bikes and they were not as pleasant to ride as a BSA B40.

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Lucky you Richard.

interesting to hear you prefer the B40 to the later models.

the only "drawback" is having a gearbox with three 1st gears and an overdrive 🙂

a B44 or B50 is next on my list. 

Though a WW2 British bike would be nice too.

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1 minute ago, Canadian Dave said:

Lucky you Richard.

interesting to hear you prefer the B40 to the later models.

the only "drawback" is having a gearbox with three 1st gears and an overdrive 🙂

a B44 or B50 is next on my list. 

Though a WW2 British bike would be nice too.

Dave,

The army B40 gear ratios were just right for trials riding and the gear clusters were sought after for that purpose. I used the bike for road and green-lane riding in those days and the gearing was ideal.

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I had read that Richard and will see how true that is when I green lane this one once the weather improves.

i understand that is why WD's are a bit rare, many were converted to trials irons. Shame.

mine was originally one of a batch of 25 bought by the father of someone who runs a B40 WD website. I have been in touch with him and we're meetingbup in the spring.

there's no BSA or Brit bike owner clubs near me but hopefully if i get problems (or should that be when ?!), places like here will prove to be full of helpful enthusiasts with great advice.

cheers, Dave

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Hi I also have one took a while to get used to the controls being the wrong way round,I also have an mt350,the wd is nice for bimbling along,but if I wanted to go a distance or get there a bit quicker I would use  the mt350.Mine didn't come from far from you,I brought it from Dave who is  a  friend of the man that runs the website.

Simon

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Totally agree Simon.  Pootling about between quaint Suffolk villages is exactly what it was meant for - plus some light, dry weather green laning.

i'm meeting up with Lee soon. My bike was one of his restorations though i got it from someone who bought the bike from him.

nice guy and very helpful to a vintage Brit bike newbie like me.

dave

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