The BSA Ban­tam Bi­ble

Old Bike Australasia - - EYES RIGHT -

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.

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