November 12, 2017
Hello, I thought I'd take a minute and introduce myself to the forum, while finishing up my morning coffee.
I happened across an ad on the local online classifieds here while searching for BSA Royal Star parts, and a listing for a 1958 D5 Bantam showed up. I made the mistake of dropping by to 'just take a look', but managed to leave with the vague threat of 'I'll have to sleep on it'. I tried for two days to shake the idea of another project clogging up the shop, but that was completely useless.
A week later, a deal was struck, and now it sits in my shop staring back at me every morning when I come through the door, reminding me never to 'just take a look' if I don't absolutely need another project.
I've been obsessively scouring the web for any information regarding this seemingly elusive model, and stumbled across this forum. This group will surely be of help for me, and I'll try to provide any insight when I can.... may not be for a while though!
My Bantam is in a state of restoration, but still needs quite a bit of help. Everything major appears to be there, minus the horn, air filter (for the life of me can't find a correct picture for) and the majority of the wiring. I've been back and forth with a gentleman on Ebay who manufactures harnesses to spec and he's currently sorting that problem out, which I'm grateful for, as electrical is my kryptonite.
This is it's current state, and the original owner had an image from years ago before the restoration had started.
Thanks for having such a great resource specifically for these little bikes, I'm looking forward to hours of procrastination just picking away at it when actual work should be getting done.
June 23, 2013
Welcome to the madhouse. You do have a relatively rare model, in that it was only made in 1958 (there is currently a topic on the forum on just such a question). You may have a problem with the air filter - I think one of our members has cornered the market!
July 25, 2014
That is good find, The horn would have been electric and is easy to find, the Airfilter is almost impossible to find but a D7 one will fit and only the really boring rivet counters would be bothered with that detail. You do have the hard to find dip switch, don't lose that.
They are simple machines to work on and the electrics are straightforward, The wheels and brake shoes are unique to this Bantam, the brake shoes can be be relined.
Black D5 are the fastest
Verbum satis sapienti
November 12, 2017
Thanks for the welcome, and the tips! I was going through a few things today and it looks as if the headlight and trim ring will need replacement. The reflective coating on the original Wipac headlight is coming off and the ring is much further out of round and has been badly repaired. Are there decent aftermarket items still available for the D5?
I managed to fit the tank and seat for a photo this afternoon, but it's obviously far from road worthy, but you're right, Black does look a little faster sitting still.
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