Comerfords BSA Bantam Trials
Could it have been an earlier version of the worldwide best-selling Yamaha TY 175cc model? That’s the million dollar question asked so many times about the BSA Bantam trials machine. With works BSA team support withdrawn in the later part of 1967, Comerfords launched a project to develop a well-priced competitive machine. They believed that without the massive overheads that the Birmingham Small Arms company carried they could make it financially viable. They planned to build a prototype followed by a first batch of fifty Bantam Trials works replica models.
The new machine would be based around the cross country Bushman export-only model, which produced 13 Bhp. Modifications would include: BSA Competion front forks, a wider swinging arm, lower gearing and aluminium mudguards etc, all at a retail price of £190.10. A batch of 25 was planned but only one was built, as BSA announced they were dropping the entire Bushman and Bantam model range. Brain Martin helped with the Comerfords project but high costs would also influence the descision not to pursue the project.
The high cost of manufacturing wideratio gear sets was a problem that would stand in the way of producing them. From this side the machine looks very un-finished, with no exhaust guard etc.