On to the next!

Check out my all new blog :-) -> Triumph Spitfire Blog!

vrijdag 30 september 2011

woensdag 28 september 2011

Matt Roberts - Cambridge

Matt Roberts - Cambridge

Somewhere in the summer of 2008...

dinsdag 27 september 2011

Goodwood Revival

A Bantam picture on the Vintagent from Goodwood Revival
Off all the great bike's... Paul d'Orélans must have a good taste :-)

Thanks for the great interview!

maandag 26 september 2011

zondag 25 september 2011

Barn Find!

BSA Bantam

zaterdag 24 september 2011

D1 Drive

vrijdag 23 september 2011

Use it! Drive it!

I just love daily drivers!

donderdag 22 september 2011

Hummer museum!

Just north of Mendon, Ohio on hi-way 707. (40°40'11.96"N 84°31'27.67"W)
  There is a harley dealer who has one model of every Harley Davidson Hummer ever produced!

The Harley hummer has a great site for followers. 

woensdag 21 september 2011

Easy Wheeling Harley-Davidson Hummer!

Hold that smile! He's riding a new Harley-Davidson Hummer. Plenty of smiles to the miles with this practical set of fun wheels. Ideal, economical transportation. Takes you anywhere - whether it's off to the beach...on a trip...an errand...or back and forth to school, shop, or office. And, anyone can learn to ride. Just sit back in the foam-rubber-filled saddle, release the hand clutch lever and you're off - it's as simple as that! Safe too! Giant front and rear brakes stop you on a dime. Large headlight, tail-light and new stoplight give you perfect night-time safety. Topping the list of Hummer highlights is the super-economy, fuel-miser engine that delivers up to 100 miles per gallon. Get yourself some new smiles...get a set of fun wheels - ride the amazing Harley-Davidson Hummer!

Special thanks to DadsVintageAds for the many ad's online!

dinsdag 20 september 2011

Brenda Collins

 Ca. 1952  Brenda Collins (England, Kent)
North-America. The journalist Brenda rode a 16.000 kms long tour through North-America with a BSA-Bantam.
Route: GB - USA - Canada - Mexico.
25th.04.2001 1st information by Hugo Wilson´s book: Das Lexikon vom Motorrad, page 37.
25.04.2001 I do not know more details. Who knows more, her earlier/present address or publications about her??
08.12.2003 Not to find in internet.

Brenda Collins was a 25-year old journalist from England, and between 1953 and 1954 she rode a 125cc B.S.A. Bantam D1 motorcycle more than 10,000 miles around North America.
The young traveler had no previous motorcycle experience before taking delivery of her Bantam from Arlington Cycle & Sports Ltd., B.S.A. distributors in Montreal, Canada.
Quoted from the brochure, “…Collins, a young journalist from Kent, with a taste for adventure, was working in Montreal, and felt she would like to see more of Canada and the United States – as economically as possible! At a motor-cycle show she saw a B.S.A. 125 c.c. ‘Bantam’ and immediately decided that this was the ideal method of transport for her trip across the wide open spaces – but for one snag – she couldn’t ride.
“However, learning to ride a ‘Bantam’ is so easy and Brenda soon mastered it…”
Collins’ Bantam, one of two models available in 1953, was the 125cc Two-Stroke Model D1 with a plunger spring frame. There was also a D1 with a rigid frame.
The machine was based on the same German DKW RT125 design from the ‘30s that was the starting point for Harley-Davidson’s late-‘40s S125, later known as the Hummer. Both companies, along with Russia’s MMZ, were given rights to produce the little two-stroke design as part of war reparations following World War II.
B.S.A.’s Bantam had a 123cc single-cylinder motor with a three-speed, unit construction gearbox. The fuel tank carried 13/4 gallons of gasoline and oil mix, brakes were 5” in diameter, and the Bantam had a dry weight of 183 pounds.
Leaving Montreal in August 1953, equipped with 100 lbs. of gear, including a portable typewriter, Collins headed west across Canada. She toured through Winnipeg, Manitoba; Regina, Saskatchewan; Calgary and Banff, Alberta; before crossing the Rocky Mountains to Vancouver, British Columbia. From Canada’s west coast, she rode down to San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego before traveling east to Tucson, Arizona; Houston; New Orleans and Jacksonville, Florida. Northward she stopped in Savannah, Georgia; Raleigh, North Carolina; Washington, DC; and New York, where she arrived in April 1954.
Says the brochure, “En route through Canada she took temporary jobs to supplement her $2 a day budget, wrote up her experiences for several magazines and papers and appeared on various radio programmes.
“In a test that would punish many a bigger motor-cycle the ‘Bantam’ gave her reliable and economical service under all the varied conditions she encountered on her trip.”
Collins’ actual saddle time on the Bantam was 90 days, and her average speed was 35 to 40 miles per hour. But that modest pace was enough to add up to more than 10,000 miles by the time she was through.
It’s proof that, as the brochure says, “You, too, can ‘Leave it to your B.S.A.’”

maandag 19 september 2011

6-Volt moped / motorcycle Expo & Drive

Some snapshots of the 6-Volt event in Gullegem
Where moped & motorcycles are driven!
A good +- 65 members from belgium
And some even from the UK!
What happens in belgium .... Stay's in belgium :-)

zondag 18 september 2011



zaterdag 17 september 2011

D1 Trails bantam

Found some very nice test between a bantam and a Royal enfield. Thanks to Red Devil Motors!!
Swapping over to Dan's original trials Bantam is to experience motorcycling chalk and cheese. The bike is all correct factory spec with the exception of the lack of lights and lowered gearing. It's got a Rex Caunt cdi ignition so starting is easy and the immediate impression is of light weight and diminutive size. Standing at six foot three and having just stepped off the Enfield the Bantam feels toy-like. The riding position is set up for Dan's preferences and the bars are a little low for me but it's cheeky nature adds up to a fun ride. Whereas the Enfield will plod along the smaller engined two stroke needs to be pointed at an obstacle and given some revs and commitment.

The Bantam's decompressor needs to be used descending steep slopes and lets out an amusing whiny whiffling noise. The original forks are decidedly choppy but the handling is fine. For modern style vintage trials the Enfield is evidently the more capable bike but it's easy to see that the Bantam is the proto scurrying mammal to the Enfields diplodocus and a few years development on two strokes would see the tables dramatically turned.

vrijdag 16 september 2011

Check out my Hestra Gloves
Warm, nice finish & good looking!...

donderdag 15 september 2011

woensdag 14 september 2011

zondag 11 september 2011

BMU 870

1954 BSA BANTAM Mint Condition
Bike will be serviced and delivered anywhere in BOMBAY

donderdag 8 september 2011

Dirty old town!

Driving in the rain!

I found this little gem (10€ - 9£) in Wellen a moped jumble in belgium
 In order to test it wind / rain shield, i had to drive her to work!

I like it! You can drive when it rains. You don't need a full face helmet.
But when i drive faster than 50 - 60mph the wind is to strong...

Bantam Major

First registered on 1st December 1954, this machine is in very original condition & comes with a good history including original buff log book, guarantee card, first free service card, running intruction card & a letter from the BSA service department as well as a couple of old MOT certificates & some old tax discs. The bikes also comes with a current DVLA V5C registration certificate. For Sale

zaterdag 3 september 2011

Frank Hilton Bantam Trials

BSA Bantam Trials
Very sweet trials bantam

Isle of Man Classic Twinshock Trial 2006

Some very nice trial pic's of a D14 B175

donderdag 1 september 2011

100 years of Style

100 years / Style / East londen!