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Hello from Stratford upon Avon
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January 9, 2021 - 3:30 pm
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Hi , I've finally become a Bantam owner!! I am secretary of VMCC North Cotswold section and one of the few members there (apparantly) who had never even ridden a Bantam, so I have finally put that right. 

I acquired a semi dismantled 1957 D3 from a lady member that had, during her late husband's 40 odd years ownership, never had any paperwork or  a reg number. Thanks to the brilliant service of Tim Randle, the Dating officer I now have a dating certificate so the paperwork has just gone off to DVLA for an age related number. 

I've fitted an electrex world electronic ignition kit and run it around a 'private road' in the village, which went well up to about 25 when it started tapping harshly and stopped when I pulled the clutch. It re started immediately and was fine again until I got up to about 25 when it did it again , so clearly some sorting still to do once it is legal. I am well used to BSA's but not two strokes, so a bit of a learning curve.

Hope to meet up with anyone local to me, and of course once things are back to normal, I would be delighted to take anyone along to our VMCC runs, we do around 40 a year around the Cotswolds, several for vintage bikes and also a Tiddlers run, although most of our runs would be quite doable on a Bantam. I don't recall ever seeing one turn up at one of our runs, oddly enough.

Regards to all


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January 9, 2021 - 9:06 pm
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Hi Chris and a very warm welcome to the Forum. Better late than never with the D3. 

 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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