BSA Bantam D1 125 cc Registered 1957
Royal Mail BSA Bantam D1 125 cc Registered 1957.
The D1 (the original model) 125cc was available initially only with a rigid rear suspension, although within three years the range was enhanced to include an optional plunger rear suspension. The front suspension of all D1’s possessed no damping and resulted in a bouncy ride quality. D1’s were available with a variety of electrical lighting systems.
Wipac systems were available either in 6v AC (known as direct lighting) or DC. The AC system used a small dry ‘torch’ cell battery to illuminate the forward facing ‘pilot’ bulb within the headlamp shell, the remaining lighting was only available for use when the engine was running and the dry cell had to be regularly replaced. The DC system incorporated a lead acid battery and operated in a conventional manner.
For a short period some D1’s were equipped with Lucas lighting systems and these operated in a similar manner to the Wipac DC system. The D1 continued to be available to the public right up until 1963 and was still produced for the GPO (General Post Office) for at least 2 more years.
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