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MartinSmith
24th September 2013, 07:00 AM
Never had so much trouble finding something out! I've been all over the place but nobody can tell me what bikes the army use or have used.

I'm aware of KLR250's and I believe that the Americans had KLR650's but with a diesel engine, have they made it to Australia?

Anything else been used in the last, say, 20 years?

Having said that, just found out the DRZ400E was used...

VladTepes
24th September 2013, 10:11 AM
As a starter

Suzuki DR-Z400E off-road trail bike

BMW R1150RT-P, used by the Royal Australian Corps of Military Police to perform ceremonial support and operational duties,

(link https://www.australianfrontlinemachinery.com.au/all-vehicles/motorcycles )

These are the ones which have recently or are currently being "de-mobbed".






Oh and just as an aside there are even BETTER things up for sale...
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/australian-defence-force-to-sell-off-thousands-of-vehicles-and-other-war-equipment/story-fncynkc6-1226565344839

F/A-18 Hornet anyone ?

VladTepes
24th September 2013, 10:19 AM
Just found this which is a must-read for you!

http://www.aulro.com/afvb/general-chat/174626-have-you-heard-phelan-moore-motorcycles.html

VladTepes
24th September 2013, 10:22 AM
Also according to wikipedia (yeah, I know, but it's a starting point....) -

The Royal Australian Corps of Transport used the Yamaha XT 600

Airfield Defence Guards used the Honda XR250

Redback
24th September 2013, 10:25 AM
Here's where they are sold.
https://www.australianfrontlinemachinery.com.au/all-vehicles/motorcycles

They have used Suzuki and BMW for quite some time, along with Royal Enfiels(modern ones) Kawasaki KLR, Yamaha XT off and on.

VladTepes
24th September 2013, 11:07 AM
A mate off another forum, in Adelaide, says -


my older brother was an MP [reservist] a number of years back and the bikes they were using here at the time were Suzuki GS400s.

VladTepes
24th September 2013, 11:17 AM
Also been told that back in the day they used the BSA B40

MartinSmith
24th September 2013, 06:22 PM
Thanks mate, almost worth asking what they didn't use!

I'm looking to get one, I was hoping for some sort of big off road bike - plenty of options to look at there...

MartinSmith
24th September 2013, 06:33 PM
Also according to wikipedia (yeah, I know, but it's a starting point....) -

The Royal Australian Corps of Transport used the Yamaha XT 600

Airfield Defence Guards used the Honda XR250

Hang on - the XT600?
That's the Enduro bike isn't it? How long ago are we talking here, surely not the Tenere?

101 Ron
24th September 2013, 07:40 PM
Never had so much trouble finding something out! I've been all over the place but nobody can tell me what bikes the army use or have used.

I'm aware of KLR250's and I believe that the Americans had KLR650's but with a diesel engine, have they made it to Australia?

Anything else been used in the last, say, 20 years?

Having said that, just found out the DRZ400E was used...

Before WW2 and during the early part of WW2 civie motor bikes were impressed into service.
popular brands of motor bike were taken from their owners, repaired and placed into service with the owner being given a small amount of compensation.
Due to fuel rationing they couldn't be used by their owners any how.
Later in WW2 the BSA WM20 became advailible and they were similar to the already impressed civie models....the M20 BSA.
At the end of WW2 the Harley WLA 750cc is in service, by either purchase, or ones left behind at the end of the war of the Americans stationed here.
The BSA WM20 seems to have been out of use by the mid 1950s.
The Harley lasted to the mid 1960s.
In 1962 a small number of 250cc BSAs were purchased.....these were the forunner of the B40 BSA.
The 250cc BSAs were out of service before the end of the 1960s.
In 1967 the B40 350cc BSAs were purchased in a large number.
The B40 BSA was similar to the British version in use with the british army at the time.
Aust versions had up swept exhaust and special 1st and 2nd gear ratios.
The B40 lasted until about to 1976 with the last of the spare bikes and parts being auctioned in the early 1980s.
In 1974 the Suzuki GS400 was purchased .
It had slightly lower compression than standard civie models and a lower overall gear ratios for off road work.
It was electric start with kick start back up and Six speed gearbox........it was light years ahead of previous bikes.
The Suzuki GS400 was in two versions, a standard model with extra blackout lighting and a MPs version with flashing lights and a small metal box on the back to hold the black book.
The GS400 was replaced in the mid 1980s to late 1980s.
The Yamaha XT600 replaced the GS400 and now so starts the now long list of jap bikes purchased as required.

101 Ron
24th September 2013, 07:45 PM
This bike I ride and is still in the family.
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2013/09/454.jpg (http://s131.photobucket.com/user/101Ron/media/DSCF0485.jpg.html)
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2013/09/455.jpg (http://s131.photobucket.com/user/101Ron/media/DSCF0484.jpg.html)

Everyone and their dog wants to buy it.

101 Ron
24th September 2013, 07:50 PM
This I still own and ride.
Just turned over 2500 miles and was one of Six by father purchased from the army auctions.
One of its sisters has been preserved and I have another one in bits for spares.
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2013/09/450.jpg (http://s131.photobucket.com/user/101Ron/media/DSCF0515.jpg.html)
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2013/09/451.jpg (http://s131.photobucket.com/user/101Ron/media/DSCF0514.jpg.html)
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2013/09/452.jpg (http://s131.photobucket.com/user/101Ron/media/DSCF0513.jpg.html)
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2013/09/453.jpg (http://s131.photobucket.com/user/101Ron/media/DSCF0512.jpg.html)
The above there is a picture of me at less than 5 years old on the same bike( hanging on to my dad......I later fell of the back of it when I was 7 on the Wirraba ridge army road and broke my leg) ........it has been in the family along time.
Interestingly too, in its life with my family I only had the motor apart once and its done the army road at wirraba ridge ( used to be the tuffest 4WD road in NSW) many times in its life and today goes and looks just as good as ever.

Interestingly the B40 was still competive with the current Jap bikes of the time the Yamaha DT 1 as I wouldnt rear up going up steep rock shelfs and the donk on the B40 would hang on at Zero revs

THE BOOGER
24th September 2013, 07:55 PM
Yep xt 600 91 model got ours from auction 3 years ago don't know if there are any left in the system. Pic is not my bike but exactly the same not the tenere model

101 Ron
24th September 2013, 07:56 PM
I use to own 3 x GS400 Suzukis including a PMs bike with siren.
These bikes are still about and one day may be fully restored again.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2013/09/446.jpg (http://s131.photobucket.com/user/101Ron/media/scan0012.jpg.html)
Note exarmy moke in back ground,,,,it has been preserved and one of the B40 BSAs went to the current owner of that moke.
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2013/09/447.jpg (http://s131.photobucket.com/user/101Ron/media/scan0011.jpg.html)
Note Red Bike in back ground, it is a BSA B40 chopped down weight wise and a Suzuki long travel suspension fitted and high compression piston.
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2013/09/448.jpg (http://s131.photobucket.com/user/101Ron/media/scan0008-1.jpg.html)
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2013/09/449.jpg (http://s131.photobucket.com/user/101Ron/media/scan0007-1.jpg.html)

101 Ron
24th September 2013, 08:09 PM
My first ever restoration was a WM20 BSA which I rode around as my only motor bike.
The rego ran out about 1987..........I sold it about 8 years ago to another collector as I found I didn't have time to strip it down again for a freshen up and new rego...........I badly regret selling that bike.
It won a prize for best restored one year.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2013/09/444.jpg (http://s131.photobucket.com/user/101Ron/media/scan0005-1.jpg.html)
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2013/09/445.jpg (http://s131.photobucket.com/user/101Ron/media/scan0006-1.jpg.html)
I ended up finding all the hard to get bits for the WM20.

101 Ron
24th September 2013, 08:11 PM
Found some more pics
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2013/09/440.jpg (http://s131.photobucket.com/user/101Ron/media/scan0004.jpg.html)
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2013/09/441.jpg (http://s131.photobucket.com/user/101Ron/media/scan0003.jpg.html)
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2013/09/442.jpg (http://s131.photobucket.com/user/101Ron/media/scan0002-1.jpg.html)
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2013/09/443.jpg (http://s131.photobucket.com/user/101Ron/media/scan0001.jpg.html)

101 Ron
24th September 2013, 08:14 PM
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2013/09/438.jpg (http://s131.photobucket.com/user/101Ron/media/scan0010.jpg.html)
Kowmung river when the river was up abit.
The B40 loves water and is still running when the pic was taken........the current washed the bike on the rocks.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2013/09/439.jpg (http://s131.photobucket.com/user/101Ron/media/scan0009-1.jpg.html)
The above is Retreat river Macs flat.
I use to when I was abit younger carry my tent, food,spares and other camping gear on the bike.
The red on the arms of the oil skin are kids floaties..........a joke after the Kowmung river crossing a year before.

MartinSmith
26th September 2013, 01:26 AM
Thanks for posting up the photo's Ron, hell of a collection you've got/had!
Thanks also to The Booger, that looks like a lot of fun.
I've had a look around, can't find a GS400 anywhere and B40's are a lot of money - think the XT600 looks like the best bet at the moment. I can't find one with the same plastics in The Boogers photo - anyone know the exact model?

I can get a 600Z, a 600 ZE, a 600E, a 600L and a 600K - but none of them look the same!

THE BOOGER
26th September 2013, 01:35 AM
I believe it is the e model electric start no kick start the tank was fitted for the army :)

http://www.google.com.au/imgres?imgurl=http://motoprofi.com/bikephoto/2901/yamaha_xt_600_e_1999_2.jpg&imgrefurl=http://motoprofi.com/motospecspictures/yamaha/xt_600_e-1999.html&h=480&w=634&sz=85&tbnid=k9lHhNtYV3NZdM:&tbnh=92&tbnw=121&zoom=1&usg=__cXOGvdFGL861wZlj2u6gal0KCx8=&docid=lGg5kHZ1R7mdNM&sa=X&ei=8QJDUsDEOanqiAeSkYGgCQ&ved=0CC8Q9QEwAQ

101 Ron
26th September 2013, 07:37 AM
A very tidy GS400 sold for $1200 dollars on Ebay at Wollongong a few months ago.( I thought about having a go at it, but I am not riding much anymore)
I like the Zuk very much.
Bullet proof, cruised at 100kph and could carry a load.
They were also good off road to appoint, because of the lower than standard GS400 gearing.
The small fairing and crash bars etc made them good for long distance too.

BSA B40, viberates, cruises at 80 kph, leaks oil etc , but is OK off road but not much good at anything else.

WLA Harley....reliable and does nothing else well...................forget any off road or rough dirt road work.
The WLA takes time to master and ride well and cruises at 80 kph

WM20 BSA......gutless but is well made, reliable if sorted out well, cruises at 80 kph and is a good alrounder and it will do off road work if riden slowly.
The WM20 will slowly haul a load.

The last B40 I sold went for $2000 dollars......I don't know what they bring now.
The WLA in the previous pics has a standing offer of 13 k on it from someone who wants to buy it.

MartinSmith
14th November 2013, 06:12 AM
I've just read this through again - the hunt for a bike continues - but one thing stood out, Ron - WLA's are selling over here for more like the equivalent of $20,000AU....

Trundle
24th November 2013, 09:54 AM
I've got a basket case WLA, I picked up 8 months ago for about $4500, long slow process to rebuild, but it was bought with that in mind. A shed project for when I can. Took me 6 years to find one that was 'mostly' there and affordable.

101 Ron
26th November 2013, 07:57 AM
WLAs yes are cheaper in Aust.
May be because there are more of them around.
I would not get too excited about owning a WLA........they are more about image than anything else and a bit of skill to ride one.
Other than being reliable.........they do nothing well.
Nothing is worse than having a WLA cranked over and finding a pot hole in the road which you cannot avoid.............taking the rest of the corner is not a option and going bush is.

VladTepes
26th November 2013, 10:18 AM
For gawds sake Martin you are in the UK there would be any number of great British bikes you could have ! And at prices we'd be super green with envy at.

Get yaself an Ariel Red Hunter or even better a square four.

MartinSmith
27th November 2013, 08:01 AM
For gawds sake Martin you are in the UK there would be any number of great British bikes you could have ! And at prices we'd be super green with envy at.

Get yaself an Ariel Red Hunter or even better a square four.

I see what you're saying - but my KLR is costing a nadge over $1100AU, a Norton 16H would be like $10,000AU.....everyones got to start somewhere!

VladTepes
28th November 2013, 04:21 PM
Do what I did - 1982 Honda CX500 ! :D

MartinSmith
6th December 2013, 11:04 AM
The KLR has landed - time for a little fettling over winter....
Will add a photo later (Im on my phone at the moment and its just turned midnight) Night all...

Bigbjorn
6th December 2013, 11:47 AM
For gawds sake Martin you are in the UK there would be any number of great British bikes you could have ! And at prices we'd be super green with envy at.

Get yaself an Ariel Red Hunter or even better a square four.

You have never had anything to do with Squariels, have you. Red Hunter, yes, Square Four, no. Squariels are fine to polish and look at but not a good ride. Notorious for overheating in Oz summers and with the usual British electrical unreliability, 1920's-30's design that was never updated to modernity. Most old British bikes are crap and that is coming from someone who made a substantial part of his living selling special tools for them. Think about why the British motor cycle industry virtually disappeared between 1950 and 1970.

VladTepes
16th December 2013, 11:13 AM
Brian those 2 rear cylinders certainly do have massive overheating problems due to the unique cylinder arrangement and yes high ambient temperature is NOT a square four's friend ! I was certainly not proposing one as a daily ride!

I have a soft spot for old Ariels and BSA's.

Triumphs - well, it seems as if everyone has one of those....


As far as the Brit motrorcycle industryis concerned - it's irony that the Japs killed it by creating reliable, cheaper bieks that just worked - exactly the approach that Triumph (the new company) copied to find its renassance !

Bigbjorn
16th December 2013, 03:04 PM
As far as the Brit motrorcycle industryis concerned - it's irony that the Japs killed it by creating reliable, cheaper bieks that just worked - exactly the approach that Triumph (the new company) copied to find its renassance !

The British motor cycle industry (well most of them) made what they wanted to or what they could make. Almost all the designs they were making in the 1950's dated to the 1930's and some even from the 1920's. They, Like Land Rover, expected their distributors to sell these and the customers to buy them. Along came the Japanese with light attractive bikes that didn't leak oil, had reliable if primitive electrics and a starter motor. The Jap bikes might have been cheaply and nastily built under a pretty face but they worked and the customers opened their wallets in droves.

Now I don't like Jap bikes and would never own one but millions of customers did like and did buy. Bye, bye, Brits.

theMISSIONARY
16th December 2013, 03:42 PM
real bikes have knobby's

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2013/12/371.jpg (http://s57.photobucket.com/user/theMISSIONARY_257/media/Trips/west%20coast%20ride%202012/100_0030.jpg.html)

VladTepes
16th December 2013, 03:45 PM
Indeed.

I love Italian bikes too, but would I buy an old one? Only if I were rich.... and I wouldn't be for long ! :lol2:

Bigbjorn
16th December 2013, 08:52 PM
Indeed.

I love Italian bikes too, but would I buy an old one? Only if I were rich.... and I wouldn't be for long ! :lol2:

A six cylinder Benelli and a Guzzi 500 km racer from the 60's. The one with the water cooled 1000cc V6 made by Maserati. I once had a 45rpm record of the little V6 being run out on one of the Adriatic circuits with long straights.

VladTepes
17th December 2013, 10:34 AM
Now you're talking !!!!!

MartinSmith
19th April 2014, 05:13 PM
Sorry folks, I forgot to update you all on this one. Here's some before, during and after shots of the KLR. This is the beast before I started on it. Ok, but looking its age....
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2014/04/552.jpg (http://s199.photobucket.com/user/lightweight0_3/media/IMG_0568_zpsc71ab537.jpg.html)
Then we started the strip down....
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2014/04/553.jpg (http://s199.photobucket.com/user/lightweight0_3/media/IMG_0595_zps4e4d7110.jpg.html)
Needed a new radiator, clearly the bike had been dropped and it had been twisted...
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2014/04/554.jpg (http://s199.photobucket.com/user/lightweight0_3/media/IMG_0598_zps13cef1df.jpg.html)
Then, the winter weather kicked in and it rained for weeks, so I moved the bike into the dining room to paint the frame and fit new shock boots.
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2014/04/555.jpg (http://s199.photobucket.com/user/lightweight0_3/media/imagejpg1_zps941f4e91.jpg.html)
I had a military tank shipped over from the States (you can't get them in the UK) and started to paint the plastics. I got a guy down the road to re-cover the saddle, couldn't decide between black or green, but went with black as couldn't find a shade of green that looked right. I also had to replace the throttle cables as the outer sleeve had been kinked and the carb was full of gunk.
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2014/04/556.jpg (http://s199.photobucket.com/user/lightweight0_3/media/imagejpg2_zpsb9684c80.jpg.html)
And here it is - ready to go! To be honest it's like riding a two wheeled tractor after riding my ER-6F but I reckon it's gonna look really good at the shows? What do you reckon?
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2014/04/557.jpg (http://s199.photobucket.com/user/lightweight0_3/media/imagejpg1_zpsbd15f6ac.jpg.html)

101 Ron
11th May 2014, 03:06 PM
The above looks the goods.
Being mothers day we were going though old photos.
Found some more of my B40 BSA (still got it) from about 20 years ago and my old 1946 corgi folding bike..........sold on.
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2014/05/931.jpg (http://s131.photobucket.com/user/101Ron/media/ron%203/Scan0073_zps202dd16a.jpg.html)
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2014/05/932.jpg (http://s131.photobucket.com/user/101Ron/media/ron%203/Scan0075_zpsd433dfab.jpg.html)
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2014/05/933.jpg (http://s131.photobucket.com/user/101Ron/media/ron%203/Scan0076_zps663bc3a3.jpg.html)https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2014/05/934.jpg (http://s131.photobucket.com/user/101Ron/media/ron%203/Scan0077_zps1e9695ff.jpg.html)
that last one is of a very thin and young me......the Corgi was the second bike I ever restored.

101 Ron
28th May 2017, 10:32 AM
Well things have gone in a big circle.
The two exarmy GS400 Suzuki s I used to own and a third one which my dad used to own have now come back home, but not in the same state they left.
The previous owner of them stored them under canvass in the back yard for 15 to 20 years.
The effects of condensation have knocked around all three bikes, destroying the chrome work and taking the polish finish from the alloy.
Brakes are shot, though lack of use............motors are most likely OK, but carbies will need looking at due to stale fuel etc.
The previous owner kindly gave them back to me.
I was planning to pass these bikes on as a project for someone else, as I am time poor and have too many unfinished projects.
As fate would have it , bumped into a bloke who does chrome plating etc and we have a bit of a deal going swapping jobs for jobs.
Suddenly getting a Suzuki to historic plates running order is now viable with a option of another down the track , may be in someone else's hands.
The bike I plan to sort out is my dads Suzuki MPs bike, it still had the flashing lights, blackout lights and a faring with a rear rack that carried a metal box with Blue light to carried paper work to write out tickets.
A electronic siren/whaler is also carried.
I don't have a pic of it when purchased from army auctions.
I though I would post pics of the current condition, most of the chrome work and fittings has been stripped from the bikes ready for my friend to fix.
Still have a lot of work in front of me just to get one bike operational.
Knowing these bikes and ridden them many miles , they are worth while to restore, as they are well planted, reliable road bikes, but with the army mods of low compression and lower gearing are surprisingly good off road.
They will still cruise all day at 100kph loaded, with reasonable performance for a little 400cc machine.

101 Ron
28th May 2017, 10:42 AM
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2017/05/141.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/TWx7dS)29910-ffr-ract-randwick-perhaps (https://flic.kr/p/TWx7dS) by john smith (https://www.flickr.com/photos/141335301@N02/), on Flickr
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2017/05/142.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/UYzQ2L)DSCN0174 (https://flic.kr/p/UYzQ2L) by john smith (https://www.flickr.com/photos/141335301@N02/), on Flickr
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2017/05/143.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/TWxdGo)DSCN0175 (https://flic.kr/p/TWxdGo) by john smith (https://www.flickr.com/photos/141335301@N02/), on Flickr
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2017/05/144.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/UYzNQh)DSCN0176 (https://flic.kr/p/UYzNQh) by john smith (https://www.flickr.com/photos/141335301@N02/), on Flickr

101 Ron
28th May 2017, 10:45 AM
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2017/05/136.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/TWxd2W)DSCN0177 (https://flic.kr/p/TWxd2W) by john smith (https://www.flickr.com/photos/141335301@N02/), on Flickr
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2017/05/137.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/TWxcBh)DSCN0178 (https://flic.kr/p/TWxcBh) by john smith (https://www.flickr.com/photos/141335301@N02/), on Flickr
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2017/05/138.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Ve4qEZ)DSCN0179 (https://flic.kr/p/Ve4qEZ) by john smith (https://www.flickr.com/photos/141335301@N02/), on Flickr
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2017/05/139.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/TWxc5L)DSCN0180 (https://flic.kr/p/TWxc5L) by john smith (https://www.flickr.com/photos/141335301@N02/), on Flickr
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2017/05/140.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/TWxbT3)DSCN0181 (https://flic.kr/p/TWxbT3) by john smith (https://www.flickr.com/photos/141335301@N02/), on Flickr

101 Ron
28th May 2017, 10:55 AM
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2017/05/135.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/TWxaRJ)DSCN0182 (https://flic.kr/p/TWxaRJ) by john smith (https://www.flickr.com/photos/141335301@N02/), on Flickr


One bike was a MPs the one missing all its chrome work,( so I can get it rechromed) it had a perpex fairing with military police on it.
One bike was a General use lacking siren, larger fibre glass fairing, still had blackout lighting, no rack on the rear.
Both of the above bikes had leather saddle bags either side.
One bike was a Gs bike, but had been in a smash as purchased from auctions and was incomplete.
A friend of mine smashed a GSX 400 Suzuki and a Bitza bike was made using the military frame, but the improved 4 valve head civie motor with higher compression.......it went like a scolded cat.....180kph and still giving more when I was a young bloke riding it......it is now in the worse condition and will be used as a parts doner.
Ron

101 Ron
28th May 2017, 11:21 AM
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2017/05/130.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/VavciS)DSCN0185 (https://flic.kr/p/VavciS) by john smith (https://www.flickr.com/photos/141335301@N02/), on Flickr
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poundsterling
10th October 2017, 06:17 PM
I bought a couple of BMW RT1150 ex army escort bikes. They were immaculate I suspect based in Canberra,
low mileage, new condition, the thing that surprised me was they went to auction with all the Police gear still on them (Siren, lights, etc)

With and without gear.

Bigbjorn
12th October 2017, 04:19 PM
Ahh! The BSA WM20. What we used to know as "The Army Beezer". When I was a fitter apprentice in the later half of the 1950's you could get one unregistered from $10 to $16 dollars depending if it had good tyres or not. Registered, again subject to tyres and length of unexpired rego. $20 to $40. These things were not socially acceptable to us young tearaways being regarded as old fashioned junk. We all aspired to a late model 650 or in our dreams, a Vincent.