Posts tagged bsa

Montgomery Motorcycles, San Clemente

Today I went up to San Onofre and San Clemente to visit my friend Justin who runs the Peanut Butter Coast blog. He’s down from Seattle with his friend Chris on a surfing adventure road trip dubbed 'The Peelgrimage'. After food, he showed me a cool motorcycle shop he had stumbled upon, Montomery Motorcycles. 

image

San Clemente, with a small population of some 60k people, caught me off guard with the super cool vintage motorcycle shop. It’s only about an hour from San Diego, but I didn’t know of much going on there besides nice surf.

Flattrack babe Kara Kolodziej photographed by Corinna Mantlo at the Mid-Carolina Speedway. Kara races flat track with Five & Dime racing in the AMA Vintage Grand National Championship Circuit. A 1965 BSA/Triumph 250cc is her motorbike in the 250 “Ironman” class.
[ source: IG @miss1932 | more flat track ]

Flattrack babe Kara Kolodziej photographed by Corinna Mantlo at the Mid-Carolina Speedway. Kara races flat track with Five & Dime racing in the AMA Vintage Grand National Championship Circuit. A 1965 BSA/Triumph 250cc is her motorbike in the 250 “Ironman” class.

[ source: IG @miss1932 | more flat track ]

A collection of 1953 motorcycle messengers (many women included). 

A photo of 1953 messengers at Hockley Post Office. Note that they had five B.S.A. 250cc C10 models with JLE registrations ranging from 181-188, maybe not all of their fleet of bikes is on show here. A later 1958 photo shows BSA Bantams which replaced all of these C10 250cc bikes well before 1958.See a photo of Grays G.P.O.in 1954, with myself, Colin, Norman & Charlie with a much smaller fleet of B.S.A. motorcycles than Hockley. They must have had a vast area to deliver their telegrams to, with this number of bikes showing here.

[ source: mickGPO flickr | more motorcycle history ]

A collection of 1953 motorcycle messengers (many women included). 

A photo of 1953 messengers at Hockley Post Office. Note that they had five B.S.A. 250cc C10 models with JLE registrations ranging from 181-188, maybe not all of their fleet of bikes is on show here. A later 1958 photo shows BSA Bantams which replaced all of these C10 250cc bikes well before 1958.See a photo of Grays G.P.O.in 1954, with myself, Colin, Norman & Charlie with a much smaller fleet of B.S.A. motorcycles than Hockley. They must have had a vast area to deliver their telegrams to, with this number of bikes showing here.

[ source: mickGPO flickr | more motorcycle history ]

Corinna Mantlo from NY on a vintage BSA. Photo by another motolady from NY, Michelle Medina Carrillo.

Corinna Mantlo from NY on a vintage BSA. Photo by another motolady from NY, Michelle Medina Carrillo.

1969 Triumph/BSA Chopper: Electric Alice

When Daniel said “I’m going to ride this thing out of here tonight or tomorrow” I couldn’t help but feel pessimistic due to my own failures during my Monster build. 

image

Daniel Ross’ beat up frankenbike named “Electric Alice” outside Pokez Mexican restaurant in San Diego today… Daniel put this thing back together in three days. He found the chassis in a barn- hadn’t been registered in 30 years. After some swapping, it’s probably close to just as dangerous as the day it was first built. 
See him fire it up for the first time on instagram»

Daniel Ross’ beat up frankenbike named “Electric Alice” outside Pokez Mexican restaurant in San Diego today… Daniel put this thing back together in three days. He found the chassis in a barn- hadn’t been registered in 30 years. After some swapping, it’s probably close to just as dangerous as the day it was first built. 

See him fire it up for the first time on instagram»

BSA Gold Star at dawn from the Papke Family album 1975-1987.
[ more tagged BSA | sunshine ]

BSA Gold Star at dawn from the Papke Family album 1975-1987.

[ more tagged BSA | sunshine ]

Rust Bucket Project: The Bondo Bike

At the Deviants CC compound in Vancouver, WA… I spent a few hours going at the BSA frame with an angle grinder yesterday. My mission was to remove the bondo from the frame so I could see what is really going on with the structure of the hard tail, where I need to cut and start over again. 

The welds look pretty old judging by the wear and tear, and Wolf told me they were probably stick welds not something more fine tuned. Whoever built this bike must have fancied themselves a sculpter because they chose to use the bondo crap to shape it instead of metal. Seems silly to me. 

The Rust Bucket BSA Project Inspiration

While I’m finishing the Monster, I’ve had a lot of things rattling around in my brain for this Rust Bucket / BSA Project of mine. Firstly, I found out it’s a 1958 BSA A7 or A10. The difference being the exact model and either 500 or 650cc (thanks to everyone who corrected my typo). I’m stoked to know it’s about 7 years older than I thought and pre-1960s! So cool. 

image

Hand stamped VIN number close up- this is one thing I love very much about this bike. It might have been bondo-ed to shit, but damn it has character. Paul D’Orleans of the Vintagent clued me in on the fact that all British bikes have hand stamped identification numbers. I had no idea!

Anywho, I figured I’d share some of the inspiration I’ve collected while figuring out exactly where to go with this. 

The Rust Bucket Project: Phase 1

So, I bought this early 60’s BSA frame a couple months ago from a neighbor with the intent to start working on it when the Monster is done. I didn’t post about it because I knew I’d catch a whole lot of flack from people wondering why the hell my Monster has taken so long, and why I’m picking up new projects before the first is done. But let’s face it, if you’re into motorcycles and especially customizing them… you know exactly what is going on here. 

image

It’s got a Harley rear wheel on it, a custom (crappy) hard tail job, and a fair amount of rust. Anywho, since I’ve done all I can do until this week on my Monster, I decided to take the rear wheel off this bad boy and start cleaning up the frame. 

A little flash back from a motolady in Australia.

"My husband’s 1951 BSA B31 350cc which I learned to ride on briefly during 1956…….no licence then. Didn’t start again until 7 years ago and got my licences then. That is me on it! I now ride a 1200cc Custom HD in Aussie — a Bulls, New Zealand" (Monique W. Petersen)

A little flash back from a motolady in Australia.

"My husband’s 1951 BSA B31 350cc which I learned to ride on briefly during 1956…….no licence then. Didn’t start again until 7 years ago and got my licences then. That is me on it! I now ride a 1200cc Custom HD in Aussie — a Bulls, New Zealand" (Monique W. Petersen)

MotoLadies in advertising- Chesca Miles rides a BSA Spitfire motorcycle and poses with the Carte Blanche James Bond book. (May 2011)

Chesca Miles is a stunt rider, singer, and actress.

[ more tagged Chesca Miles | advertisements | stunting ]

BSA Rocket 3 advertising from the 70’s. It has “ray-gun silencers”… so cool.

Works Engineering: classic motorcycle shop

Works Engineering: classic motorcycle shop

BSA and walk away

BSA and walk away