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A "bitsa" ?
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January 27, 2021 - 7:25 pm
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Hello from the extreme East of Kent.

New to the club and, sort of, new to Bantams. About 16 years ago I bought a “thing” from Ebay. For some reason back then I was in a daft hurry to buy a Bantam but then had to disappear for work reasons and a big project. So the bike went to the back of the garage until now when surprise, surprise, like so many people I have time on my hands to deal with it.

I thought I’d bought a 1968 D14, I only got the chance to ride it very locally a couple of times. While the engine ran quite well, the clutch slipped like the clappers and the forks leaked a lot. After recently having a good look at it and stripping it, it seems I have a D14B frame with a D10 engine and four speed box. The clutch is indeed shot and because I found the gear change spring broken, I've done a complete strip. Maybe just as well because whilst most seems fine, the main seals are like wood and I think it was last apart a long time ago judging by the copious amount of red Hermatite everywhere.

I’ve now got lots of parts on order for the engine section and hope to have it running before long, and then to tackle the forks. I can’t tell how much it is a “bitsa” or not but perhaps more will become clear soon. 



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January 27, 2021 - 7:38 pm
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its  good  to  have  something  in  the  shed  to do           it  dont  sound  like  a bitsa  to  me    wate  till  you  see  some  on here  befor  useing  that  ward     tip-my-hat   its  on  its  way  to  to  recovery     NICE   

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January 27, 2021 - 9:32 pm
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Hello Paul and a very warm welcome to the Club and the Forum. At least you've got a flying start with a bike that has actually run recently 🙂 Sounds very much like you've done the right thing in stripping it down and giving it a good going over. If you post in the Dating section , Tim Randles will get back to you with the info on your bike's provenance. Some pics would help us too - see below.

You will find just about everything you could ever want on the Forum via the FAQs and technical sections;  ** Please log in to view **

Have a really good nose around the forum and enjoy yourself. Looking forward to seeing your progress.

Good Luck!

All the best,


 '55 D3 Battery; '58 Square Four (project); '59 D1 direct lighting plunger; '59 Tiger Cub; '60 5TA;  '76 FS1-E; '91 GTR 1000;  '97 Honda Sky SGX50.

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Hello and welcome from another east Kent resident. 

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January 31, 2021 - 8:45 am
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Welcome, i bet nearly all the bantams on the road have bits fitted that never came with it when it left the factory.

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