I've had this little 1961 BSA D1 Bantam since I was sixteen, that was nearly thirty years ago. I passed my test on it when most lads had RDs, RGs, CBs, KHs and the like. The little bike got a lot of use, often two up with mates on the back and in all honesty never let me down. The only breakdown I can remember was a dodgy condenser, but the Bantam spluttered home all the same.
So, a lot of memories - and I can say all good. However the bike has been off the road since 2005 when I gave it a service for old times sake and then just rode it a couple of times. A good friend expressed an interest in buying it recently and I felt tempted to free up some space and money. After all you can't keep them all and really it is just sitting around.
|1961 BSA Bantam D1. If I ever do part with it, it will be on|
the condition that she remains unrestored!
Best thing to do I thought would be to get it back on the road and see if I still enjoy riding it and then make my mind up. A simple service got it going quite easily, plenty of smoke granted, but we can forgive and understand that. All it needed was draining the tank, fresh fuel, a carb, plug and points clean and that was it. I took it for a spin around the block and performance was more lively than I had expected (in truth I really hadn't expected much!) Next step is an MOT, for until May it still needs one. I'll post again after we've been on a couple of decent longer runs....
|Originally supplied by Hadleys of Chelmsford.|