Hi, I am new to this site and was interested to know if you would count a BSA Tracker as a Britbike. I am midway through rebuilding and have lots of photos to share. Please let me know if there is interest. Regards Oggsy
Hello and welcome to this forum, your Tracker may not be everybody's cup of tea in the more "traditional" britbike world, but many of us have never heard of , or seen one of these bikes, and since it named BSA, I think most of us would like to learn more about your bike. I am certainly interested to see some pics of your restoration work.
Peter. 1974 Commando 850 1972 Trident T150T 1961 Goldie DBD34 1969 Benelli 250 sport special
The BSA Tracker was I believe a re-naming of the NVT (Norton Villiers Triumph) Rambler, which had Yamaha engines and Forks, a British frame and Italian cycle parts. There was an NVT Easy Rider step-through moped as well.
At the time of the BSA Tracker, you could also buy the BSA Brigand and the BSA Beaver (I kid you not) mopeds, same deal of British frames and Italian cycle parts and engines.
All this was at the time (mid 70's) when scarely a week went by in the British Motorcycle press without mention of a new model (Norton Wulf etc) that would save/revitalise the British motorcycle industry.
Hi, just a quick Thanks for your interest. Heres my bike in its roughest state when i picked it up from Brighton just before xmas. Lots more to see as the bike is stripped if you would like to see, at this moment I have the frame painted and seat refurbed, clean up next! Toodle pip
Yes fellas you are nearly there with its origin, originally a NVT Rambler with 125 or 175 Yamaha DT MX engine with 6 speed box, When GB motorcycles were struggling they got together for cost saving purposes Italian (Marzocchi) suspension front and rear, Italian frame, Jap electrics and motor, all put together in Birmingham England 5 miles from where I currently live.
Tom Dup1 you are absolutely right about BSA Brigand(the trials 50cc) the Beaver (road going one) and the GT50 (the supposed faster one) as I had one of the Brigands on 26/9/1980 brand new for my 16th birthday, hence the interest in these particular bikes.
Glad you like it GrandPaul. I have a better view of monoshock from other side of bike which is ok but could ideally be replaced, but not sure what could be compatible as i am led to believe and common sense says it is doing the work of 2 shocks so has to be twice as hard to begin with. i am told Italian MotoMorini and Ducati may fit but looking at this at moment. Pics also show missing side panel which i have found from a nvt rambler which in england are more readily available for a 30 year old bike. ta
Thats a fine looking bike Oggsy, and pretty much all there; good to see one being preserved. There can't be too many left and it's part of British Motorcycle history. I'd guess they struggled to sell many particularly against the Yamaha TD175MX of the time which was getting rave reviews in the press. Keep those progress reports and pictures coming!
Thanks Tom, i am led to believe there was less than 200 sold as the DT was a safer bet as BSA was more or less down the pan at this time (78-89) and on dvlas site shows that there is only 1 tracker(rambler?) been sorn or taxed during the last 10 years, not showing if there is a registered tracker but have seen picture of 1 through google images. Have had seat back and had a fantastic job done by a local man who i will pass on their number if needed and started to assemble forks after rechroming. They are a bit tight as plenty of chrome went on to fill the pitting but look nice so engine in next week touch wood. Also had new mudguard nos originally from 1981 Brigand so will be from correct era and Italian origin.Little bit of finishing to do around engine but getting there. Toodle pip
Had a bit of progress this week and had chrome bits back from finishers and was very pleased with the improvement. Also bit the bullet and had stainless spokes fitted to my hubs polished by hand and rims which are from the same company that do yam and suzuki rims for them, bought off eBay for the princely sum of 23 quid delivered. Spoke supply and fit and true by a proper engineer was a lot more at 200 quid!, ouch that hurt but it had to be done. Old tyres are going back on tomorrow as they were still unperished or hard or cracked so on they go! toodle pip
Luckily most of it was there and just needed fettling. Main missing part was the side panel which I have aquired from a NVT Rambler which was the previous model, other than that indicators and rubber bungs for kick and gear change were all NOS Yamaha. I managed to get NOS rear mudguard off eBay and front is BSA Brigand NOS along with NOS original tail lamp. So far its dropping into place so hopefully will start to reassemble this weekend with engine, front forks with clocks and headlamp, followed by rear swinging arm and wheel assembly. Toodle pip
Forgot to post seat refurbed pics and a photo before, think my man has it just right without going showy and seat base is still well firm so original foam 30 years on and using original edging strip to boot.
Had a chance to get a bit more done this week and pretty much done what i expected. ie engine in with carb and filter, forks with clocks and ignition, rear swinger with wheel and brakes set up, wiring in place so far and 2 stroke oil tank and shocker. Hoping to get oil in this week and fire it up for a short run to see if gaskets and piston are ok then should be finishing off over the next couple weeks. Hope you are enjoying this short resto and wish everyone a good weekend. P.S Stafford show next weekend so may find goodies there, Toodle Pip