How many OIF 250's and 500's were made

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How many OIF 250's and 500's were made

Post by Jeff K » Thu May 28, 2020 3:23 am

How many of the OIF 250's and B50's were produced. I know that the 250 BSA/Triumph were only made for one year and I think they only sold the B50 up until 1972. Then there were the 1973 &1974 500's that were sold as Triumph's. It seems that there are still a lot around considering that they have been out of production for 46+ years.
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Re: How many OIF 250's and 500's were made

Post by minetymenace » Thu May 28, 2020 12:30 pm

This is documented in Rupert Ratio's book. Don't have it to hand right now.
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Re: How many OIF 250's and 500's were made

Post by Keefe » Thu May 28, 2020 2:07 pm

Couldn't find it in the Rupert Ratio books, but Brad Jones Incomplete Guide says that there were 10,120 250's made and 7,002 500's made.

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Re: How many OIF 250's and 500's were made

Post by minetymenace » Thu May 28, 2020 4:12 pm

OK Brad's book then! :oops:
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Re: How many OIF 250's and 500's were made

Post by Jeff K » Thu May 28, 2020 6:43 pm

I was surprised to see that many 250's, considering they were a one year only model. What is amazing is how many are still around after all of these decades.
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Re: How many OIF 250's and 500's were made

Post by Mr Mike » Sat May 30, 2020 3:09 pm

Jeff, Interesting question. Here's my take: In the late sixties I was looking for a commuter bike. I was getting out of the army and going to college. At the time all I looked at were 250"s...that was enough for a city commuter from the suburbs in those days. I never really considered the 500's and 650's of the day which were considerably more expensive. I bought a used BSA 250 Starfire and rode it for two years daily. By the end of that period I was checking out bigger bikes but was broke so I stayed with the 250 until I sold it. H*nda, S*zuki, and Y*maha all had popular 250's that could go on then highways at 55-60 mph. Money and credit were tight in those days so I think the lower priced, smaller bikes ruled. Of course you know what happens the first time someone lets you ride their 650! I have bikes from a H*nda 90 to a 650 Lightning, The only bike I still have is the B50. I does everything I need in a motorbike….unlike today's garbage truck, 800 pound bikes with chrome, glitter and saddle bags and engines bigger than a car.

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Re: How many OIF 250's and 500's were made

Post by Jeff K » Sat May 30, 2020 3:53 pm

The 250's used to be common around here. Mostly ridden in the woods or combination of woods road. We had a lot of BSA dealers at the time and a few Triumph dealers. I used to be able to picked up a complete 250 for about $50.00. It was a sure thing that the main bearing would be spun and 2nd gear would be missing. And The kick stater would have chipped teeth. The Missing second gear was from being run in races where they requires the left hand (clutch) held high until the flag dropped. Then the riders would crack the throttle wide open and stomp the bike into second gear without using the clutch. The 500 were very hard on the gears. I had a US seller tell me that later ones had a better/harder gear due to this. I traded off all of my pre 1971 250's last year (12 of them) and kept 3 of the 1971's. One is a Triumph 250 and I am the second owner and it is still all original. I am also helping a friend restore two of the 1971 250's right now.
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