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BSA Bantam D1

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The Bantam was the best selling small motorcycle of the 1950s. The two-stroke engine and gearbox unit was based on designs from German manufacturer DKW. These had been acquired as war reparations and were re-worked from metric to imperial dimensions by BSA. Later developments led to 150cc and 175cc versions of the Bantam.

From the 1920s the Post Office favoured small BSA motorcycles for use by telegram delivery boys. This practice continued in the 1950s and 60s with many thousands of Bantams being ordered. The Bantam was also used in trials events and tuned versions were popular in club road racing. Bantam production ended in 1971.

Year1949
CountryBritish
Capacity123cc
Cylinders1
Output4bhp at 5,000rpm
Performance50mph
Price new£76
ManufacturerBSA Cycles Ltd
Loaned byPrivate Collection

 

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