Post-Sale Update: 2 hours after this writeup, this BSA Victor 441 Special sold at the BIN price of $5,500. Hope you were able to get a peek beforehand!
In the early 60’s, BSA’s race team was developing a large single in the hopes of winning the 500cc world motocross championship. A 441cc engine ended up being the ticket, which helped BSA capture the 500cc championship in ’64 and ’65. The following year, the company released the BSA Victor 441 Special to the public.
The first years of the Victor, it was simply a MX bike with lights. You got an impressive 11:1 compression system (which required a decompression lever), and a battery-less ignition system which made it a challenge to kick-start. The unit construction engine was punchy but vibrated badly at high revs, but the bike only weighs 275 pounds, helping to make it easy to ride. By 1969, the Victor had turned into more of a street bike, with lower compression, a batter with coil ignition, and other minor changes that made some feel like the bike had sold out. Want to learn more? Check out Motorcycle Classics for one owner’s long-term experience with one of these bikes.
“The 441 single is a rare jewel of simplicity and a masterpiece of performance.” – Cycle, April 1968
This specific BSA Victor 441 Special is a numbers matching example that has never been restored. With 6,900 miles on the odometer, it’s in decent shape, though there’s a dent in the muffler and a ‘repair’ on the front fender.
Find this BSA Victor 441 Special for sale in Gypsum, Colorado with an opening bid of $3,500 and a BIN of $5,500