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Can Anyone Tell Me Anything About this Vintage BSA
#573615 11/24/14 8:26 am
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Can Anyone Tell Me Anything About this Vintage BSA

I had problems loading all the pictures due to the file size, but can anyone tell me where I can find out more information on this bike? I found it on my Dad's property after he died about 5 years ago. Now been in storage. I want to get rid of it or get it rehabilitated so my brother can ride it. Any advice or info on where to start would be great. Thanks!
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Re: Can Anyone Tell Me Anything About this Vintage BSA
01www47 #573643 11/24/14 11:32 am
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Hi its a BSA M20 sidevalve or an m21 is it for sale

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01www47 #573647 11/24/14 12:02 pm
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Hi! I'm Joe, aka. Deadstiffcatt, and I have a friendly 2x4 to smack you upside the head with.......

Many years ago, a small boy saw an old British sportscar in his father's garage. His parents got divorced, the car got sold off, and the last time this kid saw his dad alive is when he was 6 years old. KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY- ain't no amount of money that will replace memories of your father that will come flooding when you restore and fire it up for the first time, and when you and your brother take her out for a spin. You twist that throttle, and you're gonna see him smile at your efforts, and you may even feel a little extra help giving it that twist.....

As pointed out- she's a BSA M20 or M21, roughly mid 50's vintage. This forum will not only help you to work on it and find the parts needed, you're also going to meet some really good people worldwide who will support your efforts quite whole heartly with good advice and guidance. Me, I'm a Triumph guy, so I'm not much good on the info, but so many others here are.

Here's a few links to BSA M20 and maybe M21 info and parts:

http://www.wdbsa.nl/

http://www.petersclassicbikeparts.nl/contents/en-us/d72.html

http://www.burtonbikebits.net/bsamodels.htm

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Deadstiffcatt #573648 11/24/14 12:22 pm
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Daughter, I'm sorry for your loss. My dad's been gone ten years and I still miss him every day.

If you feel any sentimental attachment to the bike, I agree with Catt, keep it if you possibly can. But if you never rode on it with your father, or saw him ride it, maybe not. If your brother wants it that is great. Maybe the two of you can make it a project together. If you are near me, I can steer you to some good folks to do some work on it. If you want to sell, keep me in mind.

This bike was built as basic transportation for early 50's British roads. Performance would be like a '49 Chevy pickup. Great for rural roads, dirt, fire roads, etc. Not good for modern traffic.

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I'm calling it a 1955 M21 600cc sidevalve, since it looks exactly like mine.

Mine's running well with a few glitches and is about a $4500 bike, so I'd call this one $2,000 to $2,500 in nice complete condition with all the tinware.

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Any progress on deciding what to do with the old M21 or is it happy where it's at ..... ?

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look on the crankcase M20 it's a 500cc, M21 a 600cc, from the early 50's. Incorrect mudguards, should be deep valance steel on the front, similar on the rear but with a hinge just above the rear light to make getting the rear wheel out easier. Engines are just about "bullet prof" the British army used no end of them in WWII


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