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The Artful Bodger
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August 22, 2013 - 6:36 pm
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Hi All

 I love this thing, I've been helping the owner to restore it for a while now. I re-built the engine, did some straightening, made a new stand for it then powder coated the whole bike, if it ain't chrome it's powder. The pin striping was professionally done as I don't do fiddly stuff! It started first kick and is great fun to ride, if a little interesting!

  The brakes are on the handle bars cycle style, the throttle is a lawn mower type lever on the right and there is a de-compression lever and clutch lever on the left handlebar. It makes for interesting riding, stopping is fun as human nature says go for the brakes, then you remember to pull in the clutch (which self locks when fully pulled in) letting go of the back brake to do so (the best working one!), then the engine revs away as you forgot to push the throttle lever back first.

  So you fumble with a thumb to get the revs down without going to far so it stops, which interferes with your pulling on the front brake lever. You hope the clutch locks disengaged as you make a frantic grab for the back brake lever again! 

 I guess in 1951 when it was made this wasn't so much of an issue with little traffic, no roundabouts etc. and I guess with a bit of practice all would be well, just a little interesting first time out!

 

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By the way, that's the owner not me riding it.

Colin

1953 D1, 1955 Ariel Huntmaster, 1959 BSA M21, 1961 GPO D1, 1979 GS 850, 2002 Suzuki Burgman 400 (now my daily commuter as an arthritic left hand saver), 2004 Suzuki Burgman 650 (because although I hate to admit it but I loved riding the 400! and the 650's twice as good!)

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August 22, 2013 - 9:12 pm
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bow Well done! I think you'd need to be an octopus to work all those controls..

Dougie;Glasgow ;Scotland.
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Looks great ... you really have mastered the art of Powder coating ... thumbs-up

 

regards, Kathy -- 1950 D1 De Luxe, Plunger Frame, Lucas Electrics....Being Resuscitated...

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Nice job, is it faster than a Dandy ?

BSA Bantam D1 "150" in use regularly often as general purpose transport, quite a few other bikes as well. Cornwall Area Rep. 

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Haven't got as clue! It's a single gear 98 cc Villiers. 

1953 D1, 1955 Ariel Huntmaster, 1959 BSA M21, 1961 GPO D1, 1979 GS 850, 2002 Suzuki Burgman 400 (now my daily commuter as an arthritic left hand saver), 2004 Suzuki Burgman 650 (because although I hate to admit it but I loved riding the 400! and the 650's twice as good!)

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A fella wrote a piece for the VMCC magazine about the Dandy and said his mate on a Raleigh Runabout leaves him behind on hills, though he did say he was a big chap !!!

LPA required perhaps ??

BSA Bantam D1 "150" in use regularly often as general purpose transport, quite a few other bikes as well. Cornwall Area Rep. 

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that's very smart. Nicely done. The forks are a wonder on such a (relatively) humble bike though my Clymers Catalog does state about the "Bown Auto-Roadster introduced in 1950" that

" The whole design and layout has obviously been studied carefully to provide safety(!), stability and simplicity of control(!!), together with a degree of luxury, comfort and accessibility not always associated with the normal Auto-cycle."

I think they liked it.

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