Wednesday, February 15, 2012

AJS RACE BIKE, 350cc 1956. CAFE RACER, MODIFIED

Just finished tuning and sorting out my AJS, great bike and fun to ride.
This classic racer features:
  • 350cc single engine with alloy head
  • Lucas SR magneto with auto advance and rare extended cover with AJS script
  • Custom alloy rear engine and gearbox mounting plates
  • GB26k53 4 speed gearbox with folding kickstart lever
  • New 626 Amal concentric carb
  • New lever action fuel taps and fuel line
  • Custom made fibre glass Manx style petrol tank
  • Custom fluted cafe racer seat
  • Alloy side mounted race number plates
  • Front mini fairing with perspex wind shield
  • Tingate racing clip-on handlebars
  • Quick action throttle with GT heavy duty handgrips
  • Alloy front and rear mudguards
  • Full width finned alloy front and rear hubs
  • Genuine Akront alloy rims, 19" front and rear (very rare and expensive!!) with Dunlop tyres
  • Reverse cone short muffer
  • Custom made rear sets
  • Heavy duty brake and clutch cables
  • Chrome shocks, made in Japa
  • Smiths rear speedo drive
 








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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

BSA D175 BANTAM BUSHMAN, 1969

The most desired Bantam of all and the epitome of BSA Bantam engineering.
This BSA 175cc Bantam Bushman is one of 300 UK market designated models signified by the BB prefix.


The 1969 model is the last Bushman and the best performing Bantam featuring:
  • new design cylinder head with central mounted spark plug to facilitate quicker and more accurate timing
  • re-engineered stronger crankcases
  • stiffer crankshaft
  • 10:1 piston compression ratio
  • 13 bhp (previous D14 models had 10bhp)
  • heavy duty front forks with hydrolic damping and gaitors
  • larger diameter exhaust port with improved gas flow
  • exposed rear springs
  • Large Amal 626 concentric carb
  
BSA Bantams span from 1948 to 1971 and were used for commuting, racing and trials. Probably the most succesful British motorcycle ever built in terms of numbers but the design was actualy based on the German DKW RT125. After the war companies including Harley Davidson, Russian Voskhod, Japanese Yamaha and ofcourse BSA all used the DKW layout. DKW continued to build motorcycles in West Germany but in East Germany the old factory was renamed IFA and then MZ. The RT125 design was also used. 

Bantams are still very popular today as many restorers and collectors find them easy to work on and fun to ride. 





The Bushman featured here is quite rare. These are not like other Bantams. They are more powerful and modified to suit both on and off road situations without hesitation.






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