Classic Bike Guide

C10 (45-57), C11(45-55), C12 (56-58)


249cc singles || 320lb || 75mpg || 55-65mph

This range of worthy and plodding postwar utility bikes didn’t have much recommend them in the area of stopping, going, and going around corners. A little dull, the C10 side valve being dullest of all, they provided ride-to-work reliabilit­y for the many thousands of people who could afford better than a bicycle. Some spares are hard to find now, and BSA built these bikes to a price affordable by working-class heroes of their day, hence their state of deteriorat­ion. They can make a sturdy, low-performanc­e greenlaner.

Prices: low £1200 || high £3250

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