BSA

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by MotoMike, Oct 6, 2004.

  1. Eurobiker

    Eurobiker Vintage Cat Herder

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    I'm prolly preaching to the choir, here, but any Brit period rear stand 500cc and smaller would work. I couldn't see the squiggly catch piece on the fender, but she'll need that too. Isn't there an antique BSA or Triumph club on the mainland? One of those old timers would have something. Option two would just be to make one.

    BTW, how about a pic of Fiona? :nod

    Last week, a buddy picked up a BSA first cousin, 63 Matchless G12
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  2. cat

    cat Long timer

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    I'm amazed that there's all this interest in old British bikes in the USA.

    I know your DT1 well. My first real bike (after a Suzuki AS50 and a Yamaha 50 - we had licencing laws that restricted 16-18 year olds to 50s) was a Yamaha CT2. Friends had DT1's, one had a RT1, one had an RT2 360 (awesome, powerful bike), my uncle was a sugar cane farmer and the company replaced his horses with an AT1. After a year or so I wanted better offroad capability and I bought a new OSSA 250 SDR (Six Day Replica).

    I just found a picture of one. I wish I hadn't sold that bike. It had everything I wanted and it would be perfect for me to use for trail riding now. It really handled well -- compared to the Japanese trail bikes, at least. The Pirelli mud knobbies didn't last long. They were good on the road - I could stay ahead of my friends' big road bikes because of the OSSA's ground clearance, good handling, and although the knobbies would start wriggling on the edge, they were so sticky that it was quite controllable. The OSSA was much lighter than the Japanese trail bikes - it didn't have indicators or all the wiring the Jap bikes had, it was just made to be lighter. The little taillight was polished cast aluminum. The engine cases and the fork sliders were also polished aluminum, unlike the Jap bikes which had a type of clearcoat that would go yellowish and let moisture in when it was scratched and then the alloy would oxidise. Lots was alloy - Dural, they called it. The exhaust had a really good black wrinkle finish paint. (Which I need now.)

    [ ! damn, I can't upload it - work computer, we've got this WebMarshal thing; it blocks the BIN file -1 byte that the attachment manager wants to download.]

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    [looks like i managed to copy-and-paste it, but it's not working with the other one.]

    Then, the hot bikes were Honda fours and Kawasaki 900s / 1000s. There were still Bonnevilles around, but we didn't like British bikes -- we knew about the oil leaks and the unreliability and the terrible Lucas electrics.
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  3. MotoMike

    MotoMike Washed Up Desert Racer

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    I rode that DT1 literally to death. Used to ride in the dirt every day to some degree, then when I got out of high school I moved to Vegas and rode in the desert every day until the gear box let go. Had just enough gears to get home. Bike was so worn out by that time that I just took it to the dump and chucked it.
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  4. Eurobiker

    Eurobiker Vintage Cat Herder

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    1930 BSA Sloper.
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    And a closeup of a home made rear stand for Rallybug and Fiona.
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  5. ChrisC

    ChrisC Amal sex?

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    Just can't pass up posting my M20 again...

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  6. motu

    motu Loose Pre Unit

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    One day I'll find a scanner an post a picture of my old M20 I used to ride,you'll spew when you see it.
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  7. jimjib

    jimjib Long timer

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    my old bsa 441 victor

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  8. jimjib

    jimjib Long timer

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    my old bsa 441 victor

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