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The BSA Bantam Bible
All Models 1948 - 1971
by Peter Henshaw
- Year-by-year, change-by-change evolution details
- A complete history of the Bantam
- How it came about - postwar reparations from Germany
- Bantam cousins - Harley and Russian 'Bantams'
- Success! - the early years
- Growing up - the 148cc and 175cc Bantams
- Tragedy - lack of development leads to decline
- What might have been - could the Bantam have survived?
- Useful contacts
- Facts & figures
- What to look for when buying a secondhand Bantam
Year-by-year evolution of the BSA Bantam, a simple commuter bike that thousands learnt to ride on. It became the standard GPO 'telegram bike' in the 1950s and was a huge success, with 100,000 built in the first four years of production. It's a story with interesting asides, like the Hummer, Harley-Davidson's version of the DKW that inspired the Bantam, and survived into the 1960s. But it's a sad story too - BSA failed to follow up the Bantam's early success by developing it, and by the mid-1960s it was looking outdated, especially next to the new breed of four-stroke Hondas. That the Bantam was allowed to fizzle out in 1971 symbolised the state of the industry that produced it, but today there's a thriving community of Bantam owner/riders. The book ends with a guide to buying a secondhand Bantam, along with useful appendices on specifications, engine/frame numbers, and contacts among the clubs and Bantam specialists. Every Bantam owner, or would be owner, needs this book - the Bantam Bible!
Covers: D1, D1 Competition, D1 Deluxe, D3 Bantam Major, D5 Super, D7 Super, D7 Deluxe, D7 Bantam, Silver, D10 Supreme, D10 Silver, D10 Sports, D10 Bushman, D14/4 Supreme, D14/4 Sports, D14/4 Bushman, B175, B175, Bushman.
First published by Veloce Publishing in July 2008.
This is the most thorough, complete and entertaining book on the humble BSA Bantam that I have read. The Bantam isn't a bike I know a great deal about (although a D1 did pass through my garage a little while ago), but I still found this book to be a very good read.
I know it is a little trivial, but it is crammed with colour photos, and I don't know about you, I do find black and white books that little bit duller to read... There is no chance of that happening with this one!
It covers every aspect of the evolution of the bike from its launch in 1948 right through to its eventual and rather sad demise in 1971 providing details on the specification of every model. But this is only a small part of the book. Most of the book, is crammed full with well written, features and articles on various aspects of life with a Bantam. These include the history of its development (and lack of it...), buying a Bantam, racing a Bantam, adventures on a Bantam, living with a Bantam etc etc. Seems to be missing the "50 Ways to Leave Your Bantam" chapter though...
This is a high quality, well composed book that I am very confident every Bantam owner, past, present or planned, would enjoy and benefit from.Learn More
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The BSA Gold Star
By Mick Walker
The BSA Gold Star is the companion book to The Manx Norton and The AJS 7R. This book covers every aspect of one of the best loved classic racing machines, from its beginnings back in Small Heath through the Brooklands days, Trials, the Café Racer scene to the classic scene of today.
- Brooklands and the Birth of the M24
- Post War Small-fin Developments
- Clubmans TT
- Scrambles Star
- Trials Activities
- Café Racer Culture
- Post War Big-fin Developments
- Road Racing
- Roland Pike
- Rocket Gold Star
- The Classic Scene
Designed and published in 2004 by Redline Books.
This is the first of Mick Walker's books that I have read. This is somewhat remarkable as he has written over ninety books. That's more books than I have read never mind written!
If the rest of his books are written to the same standard that I enjoyed in this book, then I shall be sorted for Christmas presents well into retirement….
What I like about this book, is the fact that it is not just a list of specifications and details on how the bike varied from year to year. Instead it provides a colourful and animated history of the Gold Star and the people who were and are linked with the bike in it's various guises. Some of the photographs, of which there are many, are superb and would grace many a mantelpiece. There are very interesting sections on some of the riders who raced the Gold Star including Bob McIntyre, Dick Aldous and Derek Minter.
The book doesn't constrain itself to the bike's history, but also describes how it is seen in today's classic scene including information on some of the more recent modifications available for the bike. It is a very well structured book with chapters addressing specific aspects of the bike such as it's Clubmans TT performance, its Stateside popularity, its scrambling and trials history, and also the development of the Rocket Gold Star.
As a keen Gold Star owner, I am quite familiar with the bike, and have read much on the subject. So it is always refreshing to find a book that addresses areas I was not aware of. This is such a book. In summary, a well researched, well written and well presented book on one of the true classics.Learn More
The Essential Buyers Guide
BSA 500 & 650 Twins
A7, A10, A50 & A65: 1946 to 1973
By Peter Henshaw
- A complete guide to buying both pre-unit and unit BSA Twins
- Just like having your own BSA Twin expert by your side
- Ownership advice - is it the right bike for you?
- 10 minute and 30 minute evaluation checklists
- How to check the bikes' authenticity
- Which models are best?
- The implications of restoration
- Running cost details
- Auction guide
- How to get the paperwork right
- Lists of useful contacts in the BSA community
- Get the right bike at the right price!
Sometimes living under the shadow of the flashier, high profile Triumph Twins, the equivalent BSAs were just as numerous, and were exported to the USA and all over the world. BSA was often seen as a less glamourous marque than Triumph or Norton, associated more with commuting and sidecars than coffee bar cowboys, but that doesn't detract from its collectibility today, as the bikes have become highly usable, enjoyable classics. This book is a practical guide to buying one of these bikes today. and covers the complete range, from the very first 1946 500cc A7 to the final 1973 650cc A65s. Photos and a unique scoring system smoothly guide you through the buying process without making expensive mistakes. One hundred colour photos, useful appendices and expert advice mean that this book could save you thousands!
Sometimes living under the shadow of the flashier, high profile Triumph twins, the equivalent BSAs were just as numerous, exported to the USA and all over the world. BSA was often seen as a less glamourous marque than Triumph or Norton, more associated with commuting and sidecars rather than coffee bar cowboys. But that doesn't detract from its collectibility today, and the bikes built are highly usable, enjoyable classics. Unlike the many marque histories, this book is a practical guide to buying one of these bikes today. It covers the complete range, from the very first 1946 500cc A7 to the final 1973 650cc A65s. Chapters include what to look for (10min and 30min evaluations); spares prices; guides to auctions and paperwork; lists of useful contacts in the BSA community; and just as important, consideration of whether it‚s the right bike for you. One hundred colour photos, useful appendices and expert advice mean this book could save you 1000's
Covers the complete range, from the very first 1946 A7 500cc, A10 650cc, A50 500cc, A65 650cc.
Have you been considering a new addition to the garage? Thought of a BSA Twin? One of the backbones of the British Motorcycle industry for thirty years, the range of twins made by BSA offered a no-nonsense, practical approach to biking for many people - and they still do. Perhaps not as glamorous as some of the Triumph offerings, but they are, nevertheless, considered by many as being highly usable classics.
This book has been written to offer a very practical guide to anyone who is considering buying one of these machines. As the author admits, it does not offer a year by year breakdown of the specifications of each of the bikes - there are many other good books that already offer this. Instead it describes some of the pitfalls and things to watch our for, with the main objective and trying to ensure that you are getting what you are paying for. It does include full engine and frame numbering details and a list of models with their dates of production. With bikers costing several thousand pounds, if it can do this, then the purchase price of the book will be more than paid for.
It's very clearly laid out with some very good advice, some of which is just good old common sense. But personally, it does us all good to be reminded of some of the obvious checks we should all be carrying out when looking at a bike. How many of us have bought a bike, got it home, and then remembered some of the things we should have looked at...?? Sound familiar? Well this book is a very useful reminder to use your head rather than your heart when considering a bike. If I were thinking of buying one of these bikes, I would certainly consider buying this book.
- Introduction & Thanks
- 1. Is it the right bike for you?
- 2. Cost considerations
- 3. Living with a BSA Twin
- 4. Relative values
- 5. Before you view
- 6. Inspection equipment
- 7. Fifteen minute evaluation
- 8. Key points
- 9. Serious evaluation
- 10. Auctions
- 11. Paperwork
- 12. What's it worth to you?
- 13. Do you really want to restore
- 14. Paint problems
- 15. Problems due to lack of use
- 16. The community
- 17. Vital statistics
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Rupert Ratio Unit Single Engine Manual
"I recommend this book ..." The Star (BSA Owners Club magazine)
"Anyone embarking on a rebuild of a BSA unit single will get a wealth of tips from the Rupert Ratio Manual." Classic Bike
"If you have a sick or senile BSA, try this book." VMCC Magazine
"Bottom line is that if you are even thinking of wrenching on your BSA Unit Single, you need this book." BSA Southern California Magazine
Armed with this book even the least experienced 'spanner man' will be able to not only rebuild a BSA Unit Single, but make it go better and more reliably than even BSA thought possible! This book quite literally takes the BSA (and Triumph) Unit Single engine apart, then it shows how to rebuild the engine correctly. The book includes wiring diagrams, complete specifications, hundreds of illustrations, a wealth of invaluable advice and tuning tips to make your unit single perform!
The Rupert Ratio Unit Single Engine Manual will also be of interest to all BSA enthusiasts since it charts the development of one of the last and most successful machines to come out of Small Heath. Long after the factory closed Unit Singles were still a competitive force in trials and motocross riding and many are still used for that purpose today.
Rupert Ratio is a long time contributor to the journal of the BSA Owners Club, The Star, on technical matters relating to BSA Motorcycles. He is also one of the many 'Agony Uncles' for membes of the club, i.e. a technical consultant who can offer advice and assistance to club memebers when their beloved Beesas are beset by mechanical afflictions. He carries out the latter role under his real name, Dave Smith, who is a design technology teacher by profession.
- The Unit Single Saga
- Unit single quick stripdown guide
- Preparation of aluminium castings
- Lubrication system
- Main bearings
- Crankshaft and conrod assembly
- Timing side
- Kick start mechanism and outer timing cover
- Primary drive
- Cylinder and piston
- Cylinder head
- Engine breathing
- Electrical system
- Life with a B40
- Exploded engine drawings
- Appendix: Rupert Ratio engine stand
First published by Panther Publishing in 2000.
My first bike at the age of seventeen was a BSA C15 - I still have one now. As an extremely enthusiastic, but slightly optimistic mechanic, I have spent many hours over the years, sweating over a partially dismembered engine, trying to spot the difference between the way the manual said things should be and the way I left them last time I was in there. These fumblings were based on a small amount of common sense, a few badly photocopied BSA service sheets, and a lot of trust in the Haynes manual.
If only I knew then what I know now…. This book written by Rupert Ratio (aka Dave Smith) is the ultimate book if you fancy (or are being forced to undertake) any mechanical work on any of the range of BSA unit singles, is an absolute necessity. It covers the BSA C15, B40, B25, B44 and B50 models with plenty of explanation as to where each of the models differ.
The author is the technical consultant to the BSA Owners Club for these models and is able to write this book based on many years of personal experience. This is reflected in the numerous "handy hints" that are used throughout the book. These have proved invaluable to me as they offer a real world solution to many of the minor obstacles posed. Many of them are not specific to BSAs, but cover many general topics such as carburettor tuning, making your bike oiltight, and repairing an alternator.
Many BSA Service sheets are contained within the book, although somewhat surprisingly they were perhaps the least useful aspect of the book.
It is very hard to fault this book in any area. It contains many photographs and diagrams that illustrate all of the work described, but it is not just a workshop manual. It is also a good read for anyone interested in the history of BSALearn More