Bsa was the largest producer of motorcycles in the world and it was the Bantam that was to prove the most enduring and arguably the most popular British bike of all time. Small but perfectly formed, more than 500,000 Bantams were produced and sold by Bsa from 1948 until 1971 in a wide variety of configurations (road, trials and competition use). In its familiar and somewhat radical white and orange colour scheme, the Bushman variety offered a higher top gear ratio than the others and was particularly popular in rural New Zealand with its incredibly simple mechanics and light geometry. The Bantam holds a special place in New Zealand's motorcycle history. From its war effort origins to its being the basis of many backyard performance modifications for the grass tracks of the '50s and '60s, it was the Bantam that gave meaning to the word 'utilitarian' - inexpensive, simple and long-lasting. Even better, in amongst the big singles there was a growing number of riders who preferred the light simplicity of the Bantam - Stan 'Tommy' Tucker was one of them. Easily modified, the Bantam made a surprisingly competitive ride in the right hands and would quite often give the big singles a run for their money on tight courses. With its genuine patina and a particularly charming hand-painted 'Bushman' decal, this bike was acquired by Stan Tucker from one of his early apprentices in exchange for one of Stan's aging British singles and is accompanied by the original manual and ownership papers.
My first road legal bike. Bought for the sum of £25 - insured for the sum of £41. It started off as a more or less standard D14/4S - the "S" standing for sport. With a big bore high level exhaust, heavy front forks, full width hubs, humped seat and fly screen, this was BSAs attempt to lure the youth of the day. It fell flat on its face. I did all manner of unspeakable things to this bike. If you look closely at the above picture you can see a sidecar mounting lug on the front frame down tube. Yes - I ran a Bantam outfit. Sadly all my photographs of this magnificent machine were stolen, well the negatives were. Following the outfit was the performance Bantam. This saw a Wal Phillips fuel injector, padded flywheels, stuffed crankcases and expansion chamber exhaust. It went fairly well. Fuel economy dropped as low as 16 mpg, and if you missed a gear then the con rod would exit through the crankcase. All good fun
Hi,Here we have a pre 65 BSA Bantam 185 Trials bike.Engine is totally rebuilt by an ex factory BSA man, [Pete Kirby i believe] and has never been ridden in anger yet.
It has: - A Witton alloy barrel with a Suzuki 185cc piston fitted, - Todd high finned head, - D14 4 speed bottom end with trials gears. - D7 cases, - External clutch mechanism, - Amal carb, - High rise exhaust with a very fancy and well made alloy 2 box exhaust system, - Alloy side panel which are nicely made, - Whitlock power coated bantam copy frame with side stand and alloy bash plate and is in great condition, - New betor rear shocks, - TY forks and tank[paint on tank could be better,but is ok], - New mitchelin tyre on nearly new steel rims, - New renthal bars and levers.
In all a very nice well restored bike,ideal for pre 65 trials. To build these pre 65 bikes it is not cheap to do, so this is a good base to do more if you wish, but would be very competitive as is.
The bike is not road registered,but that could be fairly easily done. The bike is sold as you see it,you can view if you would like, but please note you are bidding to buy not tyre kick.