1942 BSA Military Mk.V Roadster with Rifle Clips

 

1942 BSA Military Mk.V Roadster

With Rifle Clips

Serial Number: ‘BSA 59′


This is a very interesting Mk.V BSA: all the others I’ve seen have frame numbers starting with the letter ‘T.’ This one, however, proudly shows its manufacturer’s name – ‘BSA 59.’

It also has the date ’1942′ stamped on top of the handlebars.

Photo thanks to Bob George/ The Boneshaker No. 159, Summer 2002

Frame No. BSA 59

Paul, who was the BSA marque specialist for 20 years, tells me that BSA did make a special batch for the Irish army, that bore a different series of frame number. I wonder if this was one of them?


FRONT RIFLE CLIP

It’s also blessed with original rifle mounts. I’ve started to use them as a pattern for a replica pair. I’ll let you know how I get on.

The above photos are after the bicycle’s restoration. Those below are before restoration.

REAR RIFLE CLIP

The photos below are before the bike was restored.

28 x 1 1/2 WARGRADE TYRES

I’ve started a separate page on this website for War Grade Tyres, to compare the various types available.

MK.V

MILITARY ISSUE PEDALS

These pedals appear to have seen plenty of boot action. In contrast to the sliding pegs of the BSA Airborne, these enormous pedals are larger than those fitted to tradesmen’s bikes, and were obviously manufactured with boots in mind.


 

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