Andy Tiernan Classics Ltd - Dealers in British Motorcycles
1933 BSA G33/13 1000cc
Priced at SOLD. This is a pleasing example of BSA's big side valve V twin from the 1930's. Said to have been a Dublin police bike with reg of ZA484, brought back to England around 2000. Runs nicely, with loads of torque! Comes with the latest DVLA V5C registration document, is registered in the 'Historic Vehicle' class for free road tax & benefits from being MOT exempt under the pre-1960 rule.
Here is a bit of history emailed in from a previous owner who recognised this this fine old bike:
That’s my old BSA!
Some info for you – it came from Ireland in the early 2000’s, and was originally registered ZA484. It was originally a Dublin Police bike. Not sure if it had a sidecar fitted or not. A mate of mine bought it in Ireland after one of the National Rallies in Kenmare, gave it to his son who took it apart, had a few things done, then decided to emigrate and I bought it off him as a rolling chassis and engine partly in bits. I fixed it up, put it back on the road with a UK registration and slowly sorted it out. I geared it up using the biggest engine sprocket I could fit into the primary cases and the biggest gearbox sprocket that came with the bike. It went like stink after that but does feel a little hinged in the middle at speed, and more so in the wet.
Starting – use the decompressor to lift it over compression, looking for the long gap (there is one small gap between compressions, and one long one cos it’s a v-twin). Release the decompressor and give it a long swinging kick (Velocette-style). Cold requires a carb tickle and close the air slide. It will generally start but over the years has been a tricky starter till I figured the routine out (and got rid of the air leaks in the valve guides). Kickstarting in the saddle is tricky – you need to sit on the rear rack to get a good swing – so the correct routine helps a lot.
Valves are Fordson tractor valves which I had machined by George Silk of all people, and it has new valve guides too. Head gaskets I had made as I refuse to buy anything off Bantam John – possibly the only other supplier I know of. The levers are all BSA but the twist grip is more modern.
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