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#1 Ratwagon1600

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 02:53 PM

As if I dont have enough to keep me interested.

 

Saw one of these years ago and basically fell in love with the shape and style of the bike.

 

Both bikes are Birmingham Small Arms (BSA) D1 Bantams.

 

First one I bought is a 1951 model.  I probably (definitely) spent too much on it, however it was an impulse buy.  Not fully complete but certainly has enough bits to get a good restoration started.

 

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About a month ago a mate of mine rang me and said he knew of a "restored" D1 for sale at not much more than I paid for the first bike.

 

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This one (1952 model) is in MUCH better condition and runs well.  The paintjob is not the "mist green" (see gas tank for reference) that I prefer and the paint job the PO did is not up to my standards.  Still, apart from the speedo cable missing its period correct (paint colour not withstanding) and runs.

 

Plan is to get it registerd and slowly start work on the repainting and a little tidy up here and there.  Have repainted the number plate holder the black it should be and the next job is to refit it and to reinstall the rear shock absorbers the right way round (PO put them in upside down).

 

125cc of thumping British fury which should be just fast enough for me :)


Hahahaha RW bring called an ass kisser is awesome. Don't know him personally but he always seemed belligerent, not brown nosey.

You have standards?

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 03:24 PM

I want to see this thing strapped down in the bed of a 320.
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Posted 06 January 2018 - 03:25 PM

I want to see this thing strapped down in the bed of a 320.

 

Its gonna look great methinks on the back of my table top 720!


Hahahaha RW bring called an ass kisser is awesome. Don't know him personally but he always seemed belligerent, not brown nosey.

You have standards?

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 05:28 PM

"125cc of thumping British fury which should be just fast enough for me :)"

 

It looks like a two stroke.  Two strokes do not thump, except maybe a 501 Maico.



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Posted 06 January 2018 - 06:32 PM

My dad rode a BSA motorcycle back in the old country when he was young. He told me BSA stood for Bloody Sore Ass. Mom glared at him and said Reg!!!! I was maybe 10 or so. This love of motor bikes led him to by a BSA bicycle over here that he never rode really and I learned how on it.  It had a twist grip three speed and was the fastest in town where you were doing well with a single speed coaster brake CCM. 


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Posted 06 January 2018 - 06:55 PM

"125cc of thumping British fury which should be just fast enough for me :)"
 
It looks like a two stroke.  Two strokes do not thump, except maybe a 501 Maico.


Daniel, you CLEARLY need a lesson in Aussie sarcasm.

Hahahaha RW bring called an ass kisser is awesome. Don't know him personally but he always seemed belligerent, not brown nosey.

You have standards?

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 07:36 AM

I guess those are German DKW clones. Harley made the Hummer version here in the US and Yamaha did a copy also

 

Cool bikes. That one is Beautiful

 

I have a 75 RD350. Love 2 strokes


Throw on some Weber sidedrafts, Rising Sun hood.... call it good

#8 Ratwagon1600

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 04:46 PM

I guess those are German DKW clones.


Correct.

Hahahaha RW bring called an ass kisser is awesome. Don't know him personally but he always seemed belligerent, not brown nosey.

You have standards?

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 10:08 PM

those are very cool looking bikes 

keep us posted on there progress