Category Archives: British – not Triumph

All British bikers other than Triumphs entered in this years show

BSA Goldstar Special 1959

Entry number 020 – Entered by Simon

I purchased this as a CRMC registered race bike but I converted it for using in tarmac hill climbing. I rode it in NHCA events last year and I’m hoping to do the same again sometime this year.

Simon’s BSA Goldstar Special – 1959

Ariel W/NG 1940

Entry number 016 – Entered by Paul

My Ariel W/NG 350 ‘Winston’ was built to a War Dept contract from Sept 1940. It has matching  numbers (many army bikes had engine swaps), but I know nothing about its service history.

The bike is neither khaki or army equipped as it was built by the previous owner in the early 80’s for long distance trials. It had a hard life, so on buying it 3 years ago, cosmetic tidying, some engine work & a magneto rebuild were required. I have also converted it to 12v with LED’s. It is great fun to ride

Paul’s Ariel W/NG – 1940

BSA Super Rocket 1961

Entry number 014 – Entered by Andy

My Super Rocket was sent to the Rickman brothers dealership in New Milton, on 20/9/61. The 1st entry in the log book is D Rickman.

It had 6 owners in the first 5 yrs. Ending up with Alec Bennett in Southampton, in 1968. The guy who bought it, built it into a cafe racer. Using many special parts from Eddie Dow in Banbury.

It ended up vegetating in his shed, until I came across it in about 1980. I finally had enough time and money to restore it properly in 2017/18, keeping many of the Dow parts.

Andy’s Super Rocket – 1961

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New Imperial Light Tourist 1914

Entry number 010 – Entered by Andy

Original paintwork and structural rust, no kickstart, no twist throttle, no clutch, very little suspension, almost no brakes.

Up to 40mph once you run and jump start, still being used regularly and 100mpg if you can keep going!

293cc 4 stroke engine, two speed and freewheel gearbox, tram handle gearchange, belt final drive, twin lever carburettor, manual magneto advance, manual oiling, 45psi in the museum quality tyres, wooden block as a rear brake and a useless bicycle calliper on the front.

Andy’s New Imperial Light Tourist – 1914

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BSA A65 Thunderbolt 1972

Entry number 009 – Entered by name David

This is my rally touring motorcycle for me and the wife, The engine has SRM low compression pistons, clutch, oil pump, magnetic billet sump, Paul Goff spin oil filter, Pazon sure fire and ref/ rectified, wiring loom, Led tail light halogen & LED front. T140 Harris twin disc front end, new chrome custom made rims stainless spokes. All fastening stainless lots made by stainless classics. This bike is for riding and took the wife camping round the West Country with friends with a 72 TR7 twin disc.

David’s BSA A65 Thunderbolt – 1972

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BSA B25SS 1971

Entry number 005 – Entered by Jim

Best British Winner – 2020

This bike was bought locally in 2010  and the engine was supposed to have been rebuilt by a specialist, but clearly had not. With a total rebuild  and much tinkering, the bike now runs well, very light and quite lively for a 250cc. The bike came from West Midlands dealer John Brittain, better known as a works rider for Royal Enfield.

Jim’s BSA B25SS -1971

BSA Thunderbolt 1971

Entry number 003 – Entered by Jim

UK bike bought from a dealer part exchanging a Norton Navigator. The bike ran rough and a new carb and proper setting of ignition and valves had the bike running properly. It came with a US small tank and I decided to fit a UK large tank for better range. It has been a great bike which is very underrated.

Jim’s BSA Thunderbolt – 1971

BSA Rocket 3 1969

Entry number 002 – Entered by Barry

Joint owned with me and my brother Daniel. It’s been with us for nearly 2yrs.

Britain’s final push at the Superbike Market to tackle the mighty HONDA 750/4.

It’s like a turbine to ride as the torque is amazing. You don’t have to plan overtakes that well but you do need to plan “stopping” for sure even with the twin leading shoe.

Can’t wait to get back out on her post COVID19.

Barry’s BSA Rocket 3 -1969