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Offline stevejs

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Tough BSA's
« on: 02.06. 2019 20:52 »
I think we sometimes forget how tough our bikes were, and presumably can still be, providing they're in good nick. I've just finished reading a book called 'Tracking Marco Polo' which is a story of three Brits who rode two A7's to India in the 50's. Both bikes had sidecars, but these were abandoned after accidents, and then one of the bikes was also left 'in care' after a problem many thousands of miles into the journey. The final 2,500 mies were completed three up! The picture shows the intrepid team on their arrival in Delhi. The man at the front is Stanley Johnson, father of Boris. I wonder how well a rebuilt version would cope today?

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Re: Tough BSA's
« Reply #1 on: 03.06. 2019 21:05 »
Nice one Steve.
I got booked for that in the 80's, the 1st pillion didn't have a helmet. We had to ride, none of us could walk  *eek* *beer* *countdown*
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Re: Tough BSA's
« Reply #2 on: 08.06. 2019 11:09 »
Another story about how strong the plunger A7 was is the book by Norman Vanhouse Where BSAs dare. The story of the Maudes Trophy attempt by BSA in the early 50s

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Re: Tough BSA's
« Reply #3 on: 08.06. 2019 13:41 »
Friend of mine used to go touring on his A10 with wife on the pillion and alsation dog on the tank.
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Re: Tough BSA's
« Reply #4 on: 12.06. 2019 09:54 »
I rode my 56 from Jamberoo to Sans Souci , about 100km on one cylinder with the other con rod locked tight so as it came up it smashed the spigot off the right cylinder.
All of this debris was being ground & smashed up in the cases but it was still running , I had no car and had to get to work  latter that night.
This ride included going up Bulli Pass ( google earth it ) .
The bike only stopped when the rod, now bent like a bannana had managed  to rip the entire flange off the barrels, apart from a single bolt.
Note the engine was still running at this point, but I was on the top of Captain Cook bridge so could almost roll home from there.
The main reason for shutting down was the right muffler had broken its mount and was flailing around into the lane next to me as the barrels lifted & fell.

A pair of used rods from old Joe & Allparts & the spare barrel that came with the bike & I was back on the road within a week.
I was really lucky because according to Joe they were "the last set left in Sydney"
THose of you who knew Joe will remember that line, just before he quoted you a price that was way too expensive.

That bike took my backside to Uni, to work, on holidays , up to Queensland & hooning every Friday night.
I sometimes tend to think a lot of people over think & under ride their BSA's
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Re: Tough BSA's
« Reply #5 on: 12.06. 2019 12:28 »
I have not been to the pub, in the seventies I was worried about a trip of about 200 miles,my mate said come on we do that every couple of days joy riding around for the sake of it.one trip did break it but it was still running ok. sorry greybeard!!