BSA Bantam

Richard Smith recalls his early riding times with BSA’s stalwart two-stroke. He started with a fairly standard D7 Super, but soon the 174cc machine evolved into something a little quicker… My first bike was a Honda C100, the Super Cub; a lovely machine, perfect for learning and nipping around locally. When I left home to start my aero-engineering degree, I…

BSA Bantam

Back in the 1960s, Doug Barton owned a couple of BSA’s sprightly lightweights, and vividly recalls his experiences with the trusty two-stroke… At the time, I was the proud owner of a Harley Duoglide. There were not many Harleys around then, when Fred Warr was the only UK dealer. I needed a small bike for commuting from my home in…

Three Decades At Drags

Engineer Mick Holmes is one of the behind-the-scenes guys at British bike specialist Draganfly Motorcycles. He’s an engineer in their in-house workshop, one of the team who develops and fabricates the company’s unique components – those rare spares which are essential for keeping old BSA, Ariel and Triumph motorcycles on the road. And he’s been with the firm for 30…

BSA B25 Starfire

Our roadtest on a BSA 250 unit single prompted Nigel Orchard to share his Starfire experiences, and he pulls few punches about the reality of riding an old bike on modern roads. Darrell Parsons and Bill Nelson chip in with some more hands-on expert advice about these characterful lightweights… I enjoyed the article on the BSA Starfire in RealClassic magazine…

BSA Rocket Gold Star: out of the archive

BSA’s classic pre-unit supersports 650 was only manufactured in 1962 and 1963 and has inspired hundreds of enthusiasts to build replicas. So how do you know if you’re looking at a real RGS? At the end of the production run for the 650 pre-unit motor, just before the A65 was introduced, BSA’s customers were clamouring for a top of the…

BSA B44SS: out of the archive!

Adrian Hughes always wanted a café racer so he built one from scratch, hoping for a cheap, fast-finish project. Well, at least part of the plan worked … My B44 was built entirely from bits and pieces which were purchased from various sources around the country. I have always wanted a café racer, so I set off to build what…