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#1 bantam_dave21


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Posted 26 February 2012 - 05:40 PM

Hi all,

I'm about ready to embark on my bantam trials machine. I've had her tucked away in the garage a good few years now. Someone has had a go at her before but a bit cowboy'esque !! She has what I believe are Montesa adjustable damping forks and wheel set up. With (somewhere) the swing arm and adapters to fit this also. But it doesn't seem entirely British, I'm all for using what works the best but I think I would like to keep it at least looking like it could have come out of the BSA factory.

So then questions....heaps of them if anyone could help. Just a few for now:

- Where do I start with frame mods, lifting the reas sub doesn't seam too difficult but I'm concerned with front end mods, as if you get it wrong the rake angle of the forks wouldn't work? Or is that a myth?

- Where does everyone buy all these trick looking exhausts and other similar stuff, half of the pictures I see make you think 'yep i want one' but not something you ever see for sale.

- Do I scrap the standard rear wheel arrangement?

Many thanks in advance guys,



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#2 totalshell


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Posted 26 February 2012 - 06:10 PM

i think what i'd do if i lived in Yorkshire was to get to a yorks classic trial, theres everything from fantastic drayton bantams to stuff lads have built from standard bikes. bring a camera and ask lots of questions..
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Posted 26 February 2012 - 07:02 PM

There was a very nice one at the Normandy Goodwin Shield Trial today:

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I think the term is "bespoke".

and search for other Bantam posts; I put these on another Bantam thread and others have posted many images also:


Edited by Esteve, 26 February 2012 - 07:04 PM.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 07:15 PM

Hi there
Jim of drayton the man to talk to.
Ive been bulding a bantam over the last few months and he as helped me.He also as helped me with my riding.
hope this is of sum help

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 07:29 PM

clever pieces of engineering these bikes are, but bantams?well i rode in the 50s&60s and i never saw bantams like these, they were a joke in my day,in my opinion it would be cheaper to stick bsa stickers on a modern bike and cut out the middle man, that should stir them up, ahbuurr the real sound of a bantam

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 09:47 PM

clever, i never saw bantams like these, they were a joke in my day,

With evolution and modern technology they can be usable, no use polishing them and looking at them. :chairfall:


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Posted 27 February 2012 - 10:22 AM

I see youre a member of the VMCC well firstly before i got the grinder and welder out i would decide which clubs i was going to ride at and check what and what is not eligable. Yorkshire Classic website has a page on eligability regs which is worth a look if you intend to ride at their club. Good luck :thumbup:
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 01:09 PM

From what I've heard recently about what a Bantam is (can be/is concealed within the engine cases) .. starting with a Bantam is the wrong way to build a Bantam for trials... I think its a Fantic 200 that you need to start with!

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