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During lock down i though i would use the time productively.

Time to get that old Bamtam out of the garage ?

My wife bought it for me 12 years ago, it started off well , then found no spare time.

Well hello lock down you beauty !!!

What supprised me the most is , 

I thought it was almost complete ? 

How wrong can you be ? 

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Hi Tim and a very warm welcome to the Club and Forum. Nice looking bike you'e got there. You've come to the right place for friendly help and advice. Hopefully we'll be able to help you get up-and-running and you'll be terrorising the neighbourhood in no time 🙂 We have a lot of new Members who have been spurred on by the crisis to get their old bikes out of mothballs.

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

Good Luck!

All the best,


'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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nice   one  Tim     you & your  wife   got good   tast  dont  look  like its  gona be  much  of a problam   

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Have fun Tim, we`re right behind you 🙂

I`ve got a black D14 too, is yours F or G reg. Majority seem to be G, both mine are. Production run wasn`t much over a year, mainly `68, between D10 & B175 models.

You should find some side panels no problem, usually pop up on ebay etc.

Handlebar-mounted choke control levers are available, sometimes George at "villiersparts" has them, or universal type if you`re not bothered about originality. Cable readily available and slide here ** Please log in to view **

Your rear light lens is Triumph, which is fine, but BSA ones are available if ever you needed one. Same with missing switch top....and a seat strap to finish her off.

Looking good though, nice tidy bike.

Does she start with a tickle?



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Well spotted !

F reg May 1968

Side panels are a bit of a problem , especially the left hand panel , seems to be held on with oddie studs ?

I have 2 right hand panels and 1 incorrect left hand (think its a D7 )

It does start , but as you noticed the choke lever is missing , so is the cable and the air slider from inside the carb ?

These parts are already on their way.

Just the left panel to sort out really and its all good.

The photos are from the day it arrived.

Since then been completely stripped and powder coated.

The wheels were mint when it arrived, so they were surface greased before it went into the garage 12 years ago !

Still just as mint today .

The exhaust has a dent in the side where previous owner was using a bent kick start and hitting the exhaust , but not 1 spot of rust on the silencer.

One of the tank badges was stuck on with silicone ?

Its amazing what you don't notice first time around ?

My wife bought it for me as a 40th birthday present ,it is 2 days younger than myself, now had it for 12 years .

The plan is to take it out every 5 years or so and see which one of us is in better condition ? 

I know which one is winning !


Thanks Tim

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Excellent and congrats welcome

Mike H --

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