This 1958 BSA Bantam motorcycle belongs to Jim Thompson, Founder & Chairman of the Crown Worldwide Group. As a young man, Jim embarked on a very special journey - a journey that ignited his appetite for international travel and eventually inspired him to establish Crown’s first operation in Yokohama, Japan in 1965.
The journey began in September 1960, when Jim and his close friend began a year long trip to see the world. Departing from San Jose, California, they made their way across the United States and Canada. They sailed from Montreal to Liverpool, England and then took a train to London. It was in London where they purchased motorcycles so they could continue their journey across Europe.
This 1958 BSA Bantam motorcycle is the actual motorcycle Jim purchased in London in October, 1960.