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Real Classic - - Bsa 350 Flat Tanker -

BSA built their up­right side­valve and ohv sin­gles through­out the mid-1920s, be­fore switch­ing over to the ‘sloper’ style from 1927. While L24s aren’t ex­actly com­mon, there are a few ex­am­ples in cir­cu­la­tion – and don’t for­get to search for the 1925 L25, the 1926 L26 and so on. Vin­tage bikes from this era are el­i­gi­ble to take part in the Ban­bury Run, so the closer you get to 1931 the more the price tends to rise, along with per­for­mance and prac­ti­cal­ity.

One par­tic­u­lar L24 was up for grabs on eBay this sum­mer. Brightwells sold this ma­chine for £3400 in 2012, and it changed hands again soon af­ter. The cur­rent owner says that he finds it im­prac­ti­cal to use in the con­gested south-east of the coun­try. It hadn’t run for many years when the he bought it; ‘I had the mag­neto re-wound and it started third kick.’ He re­placed its AMAC carb with an Amal, and says this still needs some more fine-tun­ing. ‘It runs well but tick­over is er­ratic. It starts first kick if the proper prim­ing se­quence is fol­lowed.’

The L24 bid to £5350 on eBay this sum­mer but didn’t sell at that price.

Mean­while, Andy Tier­nan has a later, ohv 350 in stock. It dates from 1927 so has proper brakes and im­proved front sus­pen­sion to match the sporty en­gine spec­i­fi­ca­tion, and its restora­tion has re­cently been com­pleted. The three-speeder pulled well over an eight-mile road test, with ex­cel­lent com­pres­sion which sug­gests a re­bore in its not too dis­tant his­tory. The L27 is up for £9000 at andy­buys­bikes.com

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