Bolton Motorcycles, Lancashire


Year 1925
Mileage 1,999
Engine 500cc

A true Piece of motorcycling herritage, this 1925 BSA S25 is in stunning condition for nearly 100 years old. Full of charm with original parafin lights and wooden top box. This bike needs to go in a collection or a museum. This bike has a certificate from the BSA owners club confirming thats its still fitted with the original engine and date of prodution was 16th february 1925. Highlights Matching frame & engine numbers Eligible for the Banbury Run Genuine collector's item Sympathetically preserved The Background The Birmingham Small Arms company (BSA) was credited as the single biggest supplier to the World War One war effort a serendipitous side-effect of which was its move into motorcycle production. As its name suggests, BSA started off as an armaments manufacturer building guns, shells and ammunition. But as the requirement for other items grew, the companys Small Heath Works in Birmingham were asked to diversify, first into the manufacture of trolleys and bicycles and later by attaching motors to the bicycles, such as Belgian Minerva single-stroke engines that allowed them to self-propel. From 1919, though, that evolved with a range of BSAs own side-valve singles, which would go on to power an entire generation of proper motorbikes, including the companys iconic M-Series. BSA added its 350cc and 500cc side valve models to its range in 1923, priced at 57 and 70 respectively, the larger one featuring BSAs three-speed countershaft gearbox. And thats what we have here a genuine 1925 BSA S25, which was the name given to the 1925 model sidevalvers. The bike has been restored in the past and has a number of original features, while it is also eligible to take part in the Banbury Run an iconic event for owners of pre-1930 bikes only, comparable to the London to Brighton run for cars. The History BF 8754 was supplied new in February 1925 to a Mr C Laston, though after that its history is very vague the original information is gleaned from factory build records but it does back up the fact that the bike has its original frame and engine number. The current owner acquired it in mostly restored condition in 2018 so he could take part in pre-vintage motorcycle events and most recently used it for the 2019 Banbury Run organised by the Vintage Motor Cycle Club. He is selling it as he wants to reduce his collection of classic vehicles ahead of imminent retirement. The Paperwork There isnt a huge amount of paperwork with the BSA, though it does have a dating certificate provided by the BSA Owners Club that backs up the originality of its matching numbers. Theres also a V5C in the current keepers name, along with photocopies of old books and manuals that will be a really valuable resource for the next owner when it comes to sourcing parts. It also comes with a CD-ROM parts catalogue to help the next owner identify part numbers and source replacement components. The Condition Overall, this is a very smart bike. The distinctive green and cream flat tank that define this era of BSA are correctly picked out, while the frame itself is in good, tidy and solid condition. It features a wooden storage box bearing the bikes name (Patricia), which the vendor is happy to leave on or remove depending on the buyers preference. It also retains its original (and wonderful) acetylene lamps front and rear, which are hinged and need to be lit with a match if you want to ride the bike at night. Headlights like candles in more ways than one, but theyre a thing of beauty in their own right

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