THE BSA BANTAM BIBLE By Peter Henshaw Available now!
(UK & USA)ISBN 978-1-84584-159-1 / UPC 36847-04159-5
£29.99 UK / $59.95 USA Y
ear-by-year, change-by-change evolution details
A complete authenticity guide to the Bantam How it came about: postwar reparations from GermanyBantam cousins – Harley and Russian 'Bantams'Success! – the early years Growing up – the 148cc and 175cc Bantams Tragedy – lack of development leads to decline What might have been – could the Bantam have survived?Useful contactsFacts & figuresWhat to look for when buying a secondhand Bantam
DESCRIPTIONThe change-by-change evolution of the BSA Bantam, a simple commuter bike that thousands learnt to ride on.
It became the standard GPO 'telegram bike' in the 1950s and was a huge success, with 100,000 built in the first four years of production alone.
It's a story with interesting asides, like the Hummer, Harley-Davidson's version of the DKW that inspired the Bantam and survived into the 1960s.
But it's a sad story too - BSA failed to follow up the Bantam's early success by developing it, and by the mid-1960s it was looking outdated, especially next to the new breed of four-stroke Hondas.
That the Bantam was allowed to fizzle out in 1971 symbolised the state of the industry that produced it, but today there's a thriving community of Bantam owner/riders.
The book ends with a guide to buying a secondhand Bantam, along with useful appendices on specifications, engine/frame numbers, and contacts among the clubs and Bantam specialists.
Every Bantam owner, or would be owner, needs this book - it's the Bantam Bible!
THE AUTHORPeter Henshaw has had an enthusiasm for anything with wheels from an early age - from bicycles to 500hp tractors.
He was Editor of Motorcycle Sport & Leisure magazine for five years before going freelance, and now contributes to a wide range of transport magazines including MSL, TAG, A to B and Tractor, as well as The Telegraph newspaper.
Peter has also written over 30 books, including 10 about bikes, and is an all-year-round motorcyclist who does not own a car.
SPECIFICATIONHardback. 160 pages. 250mm tall x 207mm (97/8in tall x 81/8in). 248 mainly colour pictures.