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slumanbantam
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October 8, 2019 - 2:48 pm
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Hi all,

I don't currently own a Bantam but I am on the lookout for one. Looking at getting a 175. I am completely new to the world of classic bikes. Currently ride a 2007 Aprilia RSV1000R (insults welcome) but have always loved the BSAs. I've joined this forum to build up some info and knowledge surrounding them. Shall post photos of the purchase once I get one 😊

Ade

1968 BSA Bantam D14/4

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2009 Suzuki RV125 VanVan

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Welcome, Ade. Smart thinking to find out a bit about the bikes first and then make a decision. Wish I'd always employed that policy DOH!

You'll find all the info you could ever need or want in the FAQs and technical sections. Otherwise just ask. Don't be shy, we all had to start somewhere and ask basic questions.  Someone will doubtless point you in the right direction. Have fun exploring the site and look forward to hearing of your progress.

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Stewart

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

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Welcome, Ade. Smart thinking to find out a bit about the bikes first and then make a decision. Wish I'd always employed that policy DOH!

You'll find all the info you could ever need or want in the FAQs and technical sections. Otherwise just ask. Don't be shy, we all had to start somewhere and ask basic questions.  Someone will doubtless point you in the right direction. Have fun exploring the site and look forward to hearing of your progress.

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Stewart  

Hi Stewart thanks for the warm welcome.

The only thing I was going go ask at this stage, is there anything I should look out for when buying? Anything i should avoid? I found a lovely one yesterday which seemed too good to be true, phoned the guy about it and he said 'hold on a second', put the phone down and then removed the bike from Gumtree.

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slumanbantam said
Hi all,

I don't currently own a Bantam but I am on the lookout for one. Looking at getting a 175. I am completely new to the world of classic bikes. Currently ride a 2007 Aprilia RSV1000R (insults welcome) but have always loved the BSAs. I've joined this forum to build up some info and knowledge surrounding them. Shall post photos of the purchase once I get one 😊

Ade  

I'll swap you mine for the rsv 😆 always fancied one,used to have an rs250 boy I wish I still did!

What's 7/16 in mm again?

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SpacedMarine said

I'll swap you mine for the rsv 😆 always fancied one,used to have an rs250 boy I wish I still did!  

 Lemme have a few beers and I'll probably end up agreeing to that 😄

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Hello and WelcomeTry to buy a bike as complete as possible and affordable. Some parts are extremely hard or expensive to get hold of. Look out for altered frames if not already got a V5c and make sure the numbers are readable, although sometimes very faint, and not bastardised. 
if you don’t want to swap with spacedmarine I’ve got a D7 power level to the RSV must be similar 😂😂😏

Mick  

Thanks for the advice. I've seen quite a few about and they all say V5 present, matching numbers etc but they are a bit out of my ideal budget.

Reliability should be similar to the RSV too 🤭

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So I picked me up a '68 D14/4 last night.

Running a little rich so need to investigate. Been told I may need a carb kit or to strip it down and give it a good clean, new seals etc?

Took her for a little spin earlier, had such a grin on my face!

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2009 Suzuki RV125 VanVan

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I'm guessing it looks ok, its hard to decide with such a blurry pic, and clicking on it didn't help either. Enjoy the bike though, and stripping and cleaning the carb isn't too tricky to do.

Current bikes......1958 D5, a 77 Suzuki GT250 and a B175 almost ready for the road and a 76 Honda C90 in the workshop. A 1980 Honda CB400N now on the road and my everyday ride is a 2011 Harley Davidson Sportster. All bikes (except the D5) are now for sale...

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Thanks for the replied, Mick.

The bike was trailered back in the heavy rain for about 4 hours when I picked it up so I'm going to guess that didn't do it any favours either.

The photo was blurry when I uploaded it to photobucket but then seemed fine when I posted it here 🤷‍♂️

I'll do what you said later and attempt to post it again!

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I seem to recall that Photobucket are fishing for money for hosting pictures by blurring them for non-payers (or something like that). Follow Mick's advice, or find an application on the phone / tablet / PC you use which will resize your photos accordingly. For example, I use a PC with Linux Mint, if I open the photos in 'GThumb' I can easily resize them using the tool available. I think most Operating Systems have similar options. Like most things - it's easy when you know how.

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Let's try this again! Downloaded a resizing app which hopefully has sorted the sizing issue!

My 68 Bantam and my 07 RSV.

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Nice bike. Nice pics smile

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It looks in better condition in photos but for an original, 51 year old bike it's not bad.

I'm going to the bike show up in Stafford on Saturday and hoping to pick up a few little bits.

Grips. Choke cable. Couple o-rings/gaskets. Tank badges. Seat cover. Air filter.

And probably a bunch of stuff I really don't need 😄

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hi ade welcome to the club

and local as well 

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manic said
hi ade welcome to the club

and local as well   

Hello hello.

How local?

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Hi ade i am in Bristol as well

and use my bantams regularly

plus several club meets two D14s and D7

alas cannot work out how to send pics

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Hi Manic, it's a 1mb limit on image size. That's probably your problem. You'll need to resize the images to upload them. Info is here...

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It seems complicated to begin with but once you've done it , it's easy!

Loverly down in that Brizzle. I used to live in Thornbury and Cotham for a couple of years..

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