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Expert in-depth reference work
on 20 April 2014
Many moons ago, ‘Rupert Ratio’ of the BSA Owners’ Club produced an invaluable manual, an extremely detailed hands-on guide to maintaining, rebuilding and trouble-shooting the Unit Single engine. That extensive and informative book became the must-have accessory for all owners of late Beesa singles and is widely accepted as THE work of reference for all the models, C15, B25, B40, B44, B50 and even their very close relative, the Triumph TR25W.
The first book only covered the unit single engine and none of the cycle of chassis parts, so if you needed any technical advice about anything other than the motor then you had to resort to other, less detailed sources of information.
Now that situation has been remedied with this new publication, another extensive practical handbook which examines the single-cylinder BSAs from tip to tail-light. It’s no surprise that this book took a while to put together – the author must have burned plenty of midnight oil trying to condense his experience as the BSAOC’s long-standing technical officer into 335 densely-packed pages.
The well-illustrated and comprehensive chapters cover everything from correctly identifying your machine, through brakes, hub, wheels, forks, chains, exhausts, filters, electrics and instruments. The author relies heavily on his three decades of experience with these bikes and has avoided simply regurgitating chunks of other manuals and publications – instead you get his personal experience and advice about which methods, components and techniques have proved successful over the years. He’s also included chunks of invaluable technical data from original factory records.
Almost every single page contains a carefully captioned image – and many of the black-and-white photos are of components as they appear now, 40 years old and frequently a bit battered. This is deliberately done to reassure owners that their parts are not the only ones which might be a bit wonky! Images like the ones showing five different types of fork yokes or two alternative kinds of gear lever are incredibly helpful to the restorer, especially if your project arrived as a pile of separate parts and you’re not certain exactly which ones really belong with your bike…
What this book most definitely is NOT is a glossy, colour coffee-table publication. It's not a marque history nor a model guide (although you learn absolutely heaps about the background to the bikes by reading any of the sections). it doesn't discuss the different merits of the various models, but it does provide you with all the info you need to actually get one back on the road and keep it there.
The text is clean, clear, easy to read and comprehensible. It leans towards the technical, as you would expect from a practical manual of this type.
Totally recommended by a BSA B25 owner...