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The Bantam

Postby Gravesone » Sat Jul 04, 2009 10:38 am

Here's my 1953 D1 BSA Bantam ring-a-ding-ding race bike that I ride in Classic races in Holland.

The fat bloke on the bike is me.

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The engine is fully tuned, crankcase packed, polished rod, Todd head, fully ported barrel and a powerjet 26mm Amal carb.

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It has a Suzuki front end on it as wizzing along at 80-90mph I wouldn't have much faith in the original Bantam drum brake.

The bike is coming back to England later this year, it's kept by 'Cloggie Triton' at his home in Holland.

The forks are going to be shortened and a steering damper fitted to stop the wobble and potential tank slapper.
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Re: The Bantam

Postby BigBobW » Sat Jul 04, 2009 12:34 pm

Very Nice! :123 How often do you compete?
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Re: The Bantam

Postby Gravesone » Sat Jul 04, 2009 2:50 pm

I try to make 3-4 meetings a year, but for one reason or another I did one last year and it's just not going to happen this year!

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Re: The Bantam

Postby The Doctor » Sat Jul 04, 2009 7:15 pm

Would like to use the image on our classic bike gallery, http://classic-motorbikes.net/gallery-home.php, do you have a picture without the fat bloke on! :204
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Re: The Bantam

Postby kawa » Sat Jul 04, 2009 7:27 pm

Looks very nice, did you put it together yourself?
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Re: The Bantam

Postby Gravesone » Sat Jul 04, 2009 9:40 pm

do you have a picture without the fat bloke on


Not with the bike complete, as soon as it comes back to UK I'll forward one.

Looks very nice, did you put it together yourself


Everything was gathered together in England, and then shipped to Holland in bits.

'Cloggie Triton' assisted in the build over in Holland.

Frame, wheels and engine were built here, then shipped. The frame was original 'new old stock' still wrapped in brown paper.
To be honest the frame needs to be braced, at speed it tends to buck around like a bronco.

Amal carb came from California, clip ons and bar end weights also from the States.

The tank was off a Zundapp and the seat unit was 'home-made'.

It may be a small bike, but I didn't see much change out of £1.50p

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Re: The Bantam

Postby BigBobW » Sun Jul 05, 2009 12:33 am

'Cloggie Triton' assisted in the build over in Holland.

Did you tell Cloggie of the new site? :153
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Re: The Bantam

Postby MOUSE » Sun Jul 05, 2009 1:13 am

Blimey 80 on a Banty.
I had a stock one (54 D1) and got 45 tops, head down, tail wind down a hill, and i'm only half your size.


Brakes ....what brakes nz
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Re: The Bantam

Postby Welsh Wizard » Sun Jul 05, 2009 8:27 am

looks good do you do well on it at the races?
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Re: The Bantam

Postby Gravesone » Sun Jul 05, 2009 12:46 pm

looks good do you do well on it at the races?


Not really, I would say it's on a scale of fair to crap. In the Dutch races they are based on average speed & time over 6 laps or so.
The idea is to keep a constant pace the same every lap.

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