B.S.A. Bantam


                                                               B.S.A. Bantam D5 1958

        Engine : B.S.A. 175cc 2-stroke single

        Gearbox : 3-speed

        History : Started life as a standard road-going motorcycle, modified for use in pre-1965 trials
                      events by previous owners.

        Bought by Ron Heel as a present for his wife Eileen in the 1990's and passed to us to look after
        in 2007.
        Modifications :
        Speedometer, horn, lights and all electrics removed.
        Head replaced with items from later model D10/D14
        Mudguards and petrol tank replaced to save weight with aluminium components.
        Duel seat replaced with single lighter and smaller item.
        Front wheel rebuilt with 21” rim replacing 18” original to improve ground clearance.
        Rear wheel rebuilt with wider rim to allow fitment of larger tyre.
        Both wheels now shod with knobbly tyres for improved grip.
        Lower single frame rail removed and replaced with two smaller and higher tubes to improve ground clearance
         and  act as crankcase protection when going over obstacles .
        Large rear sprocket to reduce gear ratios.
        Trials handlebars and rear-set footrests added to improve off road control.
        High-level exhaust for ground clearance.
        With the above modifications the ground clearance has been increased from 6-3/4" to 8-3/4".

                                        Motorcycle now used just for vintage rallies and fun.

                    June 2011 Electronic ignition fitted , lets see if this makes her start easier ?

August 2011 the answer to the above question is no.

New coil to go with the ignition module.
June 2011

For more Bantam info and general Bantam stuff

January 2014 

A new year and we are having another look at the old girl.