BSA Bantam by Owen Wright
BSA bantam by Owen Wright
190 page's with mostly text and great pictures & ad’s.
I like bike's that have a story behind them. The Bsa Bantam is a very good example of this. It’s not a bike with the most glamour’s lifestyle but it has so much more!
Owen Wright has made a very good book about the bike, some time ago.
The book has one big main development story and from time to time a side story.
It’s about using the bike, maintaining a daily driver, some glimpse about travel story’s.
It also tells how to make it fast, what points you need to watch and where to invest.
Even the GPO & postal bike’s have a nice place in the book!
From the early days before the wars, about the factory, the corporate takeover, ...
In what world the D1 got it’s stand in the BSA range and kept in production & development. What they changed and why. Design wise and for the maintaining! You won’t get a technical spec sheet with how many air you need to pump up your tire’s.
But you will know what tire they used at that time for a spare part! He even explains you, why you should be glad you have a bantam instead of another bike!
The search from BSA for a rival, for the many Italian style vespa’s & lambretta’s.
Experiments with different new engine’s and how they turned out. The creation of the Beagle with pressed frame. And how the Japanese made a moped after it!
And later on about how Honda made the change. Not about the big CB750. Who was a big dreambike. But how they build a first factory in Europe (Belgium) and made a cub & a Honda dream, who changed the world for lightweight bike’s forever. How BSA could not match the finish of the Honda. But still got a big amount of followers, who loved the simple bike.
The following redesign with the famous 4 speed gearbox, the experiment with auto lube and a how blabliblabla as a new director made the famous BSA bushman a fact. With modern colors and a modified frame! How eventually BSA turned it’s back to small motorcycles and focused on superbike’s.
Thank god the story does not end there! You get a nice idea of many victory’s with bantams. What & how you can find information on how to make your bantam faster without losing to much reliability.
From the book you get a lot of ‘bang for the pound’ much like the bantam (once) was!
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I totally enjoyed the book on my 2 weeks holiday trip to Sweden and I now I will fall back on it sometimes
Ruben Deboosere 8 / 08 / 2011