The BSA Bantam Bible
All models 1948-1971 By Peter Henshaw Published by Veloce Distributed in Australian by Renniks (020 9695 7055) 160 pages soft cover RRP: $75.00 Another in this popular and longrunning series, the Bantam Bible begins with a history of the model, which as we know, was conceived as the DKW RT125 but given to BSA as war reparations. And although the basic design appeared under several different makers’ names, including Harley-Davidson, it is the Bantam that stood the test of time and is best remembered. Indeed, the Bantam became BSA’s most successful model, acclaimed for its simplicity and reliability. Thanks to home tuners like Bert Flood and Eric Walsh, it could be made into a highly effective racer as well. The book covers the first Bantam, the D1 with its rigid frame, through the plunger frame era, and into the final swinging arm versions. Along the way the Bantam, grew from 125cc to 150cc and finally 175cc. In Britain, the Bantam in its bright red livery scurried around for years delivering the mail, and many of these models found their way into private hands when decommissioned. Sadly, the longer the Bantam run continued, the poorer quality became, and in the face of fierce competition, it was never going to survive. This book is a very comprehensive guide to model identification, restoration tips, even how to hot up the little engine. There’s a comprehensive specification section listing model by model changes.