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did bsa supply any of our forces with the bantam?

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Certainly a WMD in the right hands, I believe the infantry used them to make smoke.tip-my-hat

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December 14, 2013 - 11:04 pm
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Ask DKWwink

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How embarrassing would it be for an MP to be chasing a rogue infantry man on his Bantam D1, light flashing and siren screaming, only to have the infantryman pull ahead and get away?

 

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komet said
did bsa supply any of our forces with the bantam?

Wotcha.

 

I believe they were known as "targets" o-m-g laughout-a-here

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Lone Wolf said

komet said
did bsa supply any of our forces with the bantam?

Wotcha.

 

I believe they were known as "targets" o-m-g laughout-a-here

 

I like it.....cue Monty Python sketchcant-look

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so no airborne duty then? lol.

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komet said
did bsa supply any of our forces with the bantam?

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Ask DKWwink

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Batting for the other side whistle

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great photos! dread to think what there worth. would be interesting to compare the rt125 against a d1. whats bantam in german?  

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komet said
great photos! dread to think what there worth. would be interesting to compare the rt125 against a d1. whats bantam in german?  

bantam ?

 

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There was a lovely DKW RT125 at the NEC on the stand opposite the BSA Bantam one. Unfortunately all the photos we took came out blurred of that bike.

Peter Henshaws Bantam bible page 14 shows a photo of a military Bantam, page 15 of his Essential Buyers Guide shows a B175 Military Bushman. I've found reference to a MOS/MOD order for 6500 Bantams after the war....but nothing to back it up.

 

Cheers Col

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Yup! The British military used Bantams. The RAF used them on airfields as Courier bikes during the dark days of the Cold War - ferrying messages from Control Towers to aircraft on stand-by on DHSs, in the event of radio silence. The RAF Police ('Snowdrops') also used them for patrolling perimeter fences of those same airfields, again in the early 1950s. Bantams have been unearthed in the past, particularly on (or near to) former airfields around East Anglia, in Royal Blue livery complete with an RAF roundel on the tank.

In the Army, 14 Air Dispatch Regiment also used Bantams on airfields as their crew runabouts. I'm told that the Royal Signals did too - but I've seen no evidence. I have been told that the Senior Service also used Bantams as runabouts in Royal Dockyards, in the days when we had a Fleet. But I've not seen any records or pictures: so I can't verify that. 

As the Factory Issue Records contain over 400,000 individual vehicle details written in painstaking spidery longhand - no-one has yet had the time (or inclination) to trawl through and find a consignment that went to the (sic) WD or an overseas Army. But if anyone has a specific bike's record that we could use for verification: then the Club might be able to help.  

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Bryan Price said
The RAF used them on airfields as Courier bikes during the dark days of the Cold War – ferrying messages from Control Towers to aircraft on stand-by on DHSs, in the event of radio silence.

 

I can see it now. "Quick get this message to Charlie in his Vulcan". "Yes sir, right away sir". Kick, kick, kick, kick, kick brrrr, kick, kick, kick brrr, kick. Oh «censored» it I'll walk!

 

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would the bantam have had a model name? like wd m20. any idea of modifications from the civy  model?

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B.S.Hey said

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The RAF used them on airfields as Courier bikes during the dark days of the Cold War – ferrying messages from Control Towers to aircraft on stand-by on DHSs, in the event of radio silence.

 

I can see it now. "Quick get this message to Charlie in his Vulcan". "Yes sir, right away sir". Kick, kick, kick, kick, kick brrrr, kick, kick, kick brrr, kick. Oh «censored» it I'll walk!

 

Ha.ha.....Produces carrier pigeon from dispatch riders coat pocket....

 

Interesting info Bryan.They must have scrapped most of them,shame if that is the case.Is there a burial site with dozens of D1`s waiting to be exhumed?Reckon I`m going to invest in another metal detector!

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great bike! did you get a close pic of the brass plate?

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great bike! did you get a close pic of the brass plate?

 

 

Can just make out some of it

 

Machine Number     00ax01bsa

Chassis                  BD O1081

Contract                MF 0250

 

 

i think, a bit difficult, the first one may not say machine number

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Frame No. reads BD31081. An interesting find none the less!

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