1968 BSA 250cc B25 Starfire

1968 BSA 250cc B25 Starfire

The 250cc B25 Starfire (as introduced in the USA, C25 Barracuda in the UK), looks like a mini-441 Victor. The first model of the series was introduced in 1967 as a sportier replacement for the C15. Sharing many cycle parts with the 441 cc B44 Victor Roadster, the model had a 2 US gallon (1.7 imp gal) fiberglass tank and a seat with a rear hump. Front forks were two-way damped and rubber gaiters fitted instead of the metal covers of the C15 and at the rear the springs of the shock absorbers were now exposed. Chrome mudguards and a chrome headlight shell was fitted. Single-sided 7-inch (180 mm) drum brakes were fitted front and rear.

For 1968, the Starfire designation was adopted for all markets with frame and engine numbers prefixed B25B. The machine gained a full-width 7″ front brake, and larger petrol tank: 2.5 US gallons (2.1 imp gal) on the US version

The motorcycle offered

1968 BSA 250cc B25 Starfire offered here features matching numbers and the original blue paint it left the factory with. Our vendor has owned the bike since 2016, and has always been keen on regular maintenance, always keeping it clean and “ready to go.” The odometer reads 8,574, which may be genuine, original mileage, but we have no supporting documentation on that. Last ridden a year ago, this time-warp retains good compression, but the new owner would be advised to carry out a fresh service on the bike before riding it regularly, and tires date to 2014.

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