Welcome,

Benvenuto,

Bienvenido,

Bienvenue.

To BSA "Otter".Com.

 

The "BSA Otter",   2019 News page.

 

For all that is happening in the

 

"Classic"  Motorcycle Trials World.

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 Theme for this year is 

"Onwards and Upwards"

Lets leap into this year with every thing that is positive in the Classic Trials World.

 

Photo Courtesy Chris, and Ian Ballard.......

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Young Paul Chalwin aboard Ian Ballards "Foster Otter" in the TALMAG Club Thames trial.

Lets all try and get a younger generation interested in an old British BSA trials Iron, this year.....

 Take one along to a trial and let them have a try on it.... I am sure they would get hooked on just the sound the engines make.......

I intend to do just that and get Stuart back on a BSA along with the eldest Lee....

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What am I doing this year..

"Build up Year " for me.

 I spent last year just building frames, so now have five bikes to build up over the Next few months.......We will see how we get on.

More later as always.

 

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25/05/2019.

 

Page Update. "Fraser Honda," With the true story of what realy happend at "David Fraser Products".

by the man that built the frames Steve Wilson...

 

21/05/2019..

Still struggling with computer... 

But I will get back to how we were...

 Has that really been six years in the making the

Mini-Otter-Super Cub...

 

Mini-Otter Super-Cub Development project... from Anthony Prescott on Vimeo.

PS.  Now on the fifth build , of the little bikes...

17/05/2019...

So started on the page updates, the first is the "Amal Carb page" with a review of the Wassell copy carb...

 

16/05/2019...

 

Well another week with IT problems. I have only now been able to get onto this page to update it... the questions have been flying back and forth to Freeola and they informed me it was at my end.

I tried everything but kept getting the page "Safari can not open this page"...Drrrrr.

So after asking the eldest for advice , "download "Chrome" he said.

So that is what I have done..

Unfortunately I also emptied the Cache folder,

 and have lost a load of links.

Think it is time for a new computer...with more capacity than this now Old Apple I Mac.

So I will try and update what is stacked up every evening , as we are busy with the first batch of Foster Otter frames.

And me building up the three Foster bikes for the advertising video.

Interesting time at BSA Otter at the moment.

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One disappointing thing to report  is the fact that there is to be no Brackley Festival of Motorcycling this year in August...

Jon tells me there is just not enough volunteers to run the show as it has got so big so they are having a break to regroup... but should be back in 2020...

 

 

The New Foster Otter Frame swinging arm box reinforcing....

05/05/2019...

 

Pre 65 Scottish Two Day Trial 2019 Day 2 from John (Bigfoot) Hird on Vimeo.

04/05/2019.....

 

Scottish pre 65 2019 day1 from John (Bigfoot) Hird on Vimeo.

 

Thanks John...

NEW Page...  The Steve Wilson Page....

03/05/2019...

 

First Day of the Scottish "Two day Brit-Bike" trial.

 

Report Later..

 First Day Leaders...

Five front runners on 1 mark lost...

Colin Bailey...

Dan Clark...

Ben Butterworth ...

Dan Thorpe...

Steven Murphy....

Sorry can't add to this, the secretary forgot to post the list before closing the office...

 

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 We are riding High with a New Contact with years of Classic trials bike builds behind him.

Mr Steve Wilson...

A New Page, and all updated pages with the bikes he was connected with and some we probably didn't know existed...later... 

 

Steve and the ELstar Cub...

 

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And the BSA Bantam engined ELstar...

Built in the "Bob Joyner Elstar" workshop by Steve, and bought by the Len Vale-Onslow's, So that Steve could compete on it...  Story on that page Later...

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29/04/2019...

 

Andrew Paxtons Cotswold BSA,Page updated...

 

26/04/2019...

 

ElStar page updated ... We have found Steve Wilson... and great stories to update... with a Elstar bike we did not know existed.. and it still does..

 

 

New Page up "The Cotswold Goes Dutch"

 

WARNING…

Just one week to go until the Scottish two-day trial…

And just a bit of a warning to entrants to make sure the bike registration number is actually for the machine you are riding, and at least two major components of the machine are actually dated from the registration document. And not just a Number stuck onto a NEW machine, Why?...

Well just recently I have had a couple or more emails, of bikes that have been sold to the unsuspecting new owner as registered for the road, only to find that they have been presented with a log book,(V5) and a loose alloy frame number tag, that too be honest has nothing at all to do with the machine that they purchased…

Now through this giggery-pokerey, the DVLA have got wise to what is going on with the so called Pre65 trials machines, that have not one component that was made anywhere near the time stated, or the year on the logbook, presented with the bike.

I have had a hint or shall we say rumour, that there could be a presence at the Scottish event by the DVLA and even back up by the Police..

Now you know if your documentation is not correct and is checked out by the officers, which may be there.. The end result is that your bike could be confiscated at the event and taken away to a pound.

 

So Please double check that your documentation is correct.

One of the persons that mailed me, can not get an insurance company to even consider insuring the bike, in fact they wont touch it with a barge pole…

So you may find your bike is not insured too..

Stupid little things like No speedo or battery powered horn even come into the equation…

 

Just a warning has I say.. And I hope you all have a good ride in the event. We will be watching…

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21/04/2019...

 

OK just one more.......

 

When you love what you do...Keep doing it... No matter what...

 

 

Keep Rocking Jenny.......

20/04/2019...

With this sunny weekend what better than a day out at the freak Hill climb at Red Marley...on Monday...

 And then you have this to look forward to in August...

BSA Otter will be there again...

 

19/04/2019...

 

BMCA Badlam Trials report...

15/04/2019...

All Mini-Otter pages updated...

 "Clutching at straws" page ,

 And loads more...

13/04/2019...

New Page on " The Smallshaws and George"

More later.

08/04/2019...

I have had the Sad news yesterday that one of the founders of the Foster Otter  brand and name, Carol has passed away two weeks ago...

Carol Foster was the backbone to the "Foster Otter" frame business and back up to Harry, both of them ran the business with passion, for not only what they produced, but also with the sport they were involved with.

Not only were the Foster Otter frames in their portfolio. But the many trials sidecars they built along with other products that shared the brand name.

If it was not for Carol contacting me about the famous "Otter" frame jig, and then agreeing for me to have it to carry on production.... The Foster Otter  name might no longer exist... But It does, and we will make sure that it carries on, in the memory of Carol and Harry Foster...

 

More later.............. 

 

31/03/2019...

 

New Page on "Trials Lesson with Mick Andrews"

 

Weekly update later..

Another busy week. working on four bikes.

 Mini-Otter Two is back from the Isle Of Man. So had to do a few jobs on that before I take the bike apart again to powder coat the frame..

 Just want a ride on it first..

The BSA Otter (OC) frame is all back together and the wheels ready to put in to make it a rolling chassis next week, considering putting the B25 engine into that now...

I am working on the ex Brooker Ariel as this has the frame back from the powder coaters too.

I have to make another Glass-fibre tank for that in Ariel colours, and also making a rear G/F mudguard for it out of my Mike Pearce mould.

Tomorrow I start to assemble Mini-Otter Three too...

 I will put the tale about fitting the bigger ignition flywheels onto these on to that page.. What a pain that was ..

Several pages have been updated this week too.. I will do a list later ...

 

28/03/2019 ...

 

How Time Flies...

Is it really five  years since we started the Mini-Otter project...

The video is not that good but the Little bike (Mini-Otter) has just got better, and with constant development,(now on bike Five)...

The project is ready for a production run...

I started to make the production jigs yesterday...

 

 

24/03/2019...

 

Weekly update.

 Well with nearly a week after getting the phone line repaired, I have just about caught up with the emails... and replied to most.

So I will try and get the material received onto the site this week.

Brian has been over from the IOM for four days this week end, and we have had a blitz on the Mini-Otters...

 I made a MK2 swinging-arm for the development bike the same as the rest.. that has taken me 12 hours..Brian has fitted an heavier flywheel onto the bike too, we will fire it up today and see what it is like..

 If we get on well in this warm spring day, we may start to put number three back together with its newly powder coated frame.

 The alloy welder has been out too, and the start of the TLR tank has begun. I have instructions from Chris how to do the job so I just  send him photos of the progress and wait for the next instructions.

So you can see there is a lot to fit onto the site this coming week..

 Oh and there is a page about making your own trials seats...

 Get your wife's or your mothers sewing-machines at the ready...

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18/03/2019...

 

Sorry!

Hi,


 Thank Goodness.
 Sorry I have not got back to you.
 The phone went dead two weeks ago today. and I have been without IT since BT what a shower…..
 Just sent an engineer all the way from Bristol this morning. He fixed it in ten mins at the Box down the road, “The insulation had come off of the cable buddy " he said”……..
So now have 566 emails to get through.. and a weeks updates on the website….
 is it 2019 or 1902…….
Updates on most pages this week.

BSA Otter OC project page updated.

 

04/03/2019...

Weekly Update......

Another good productive week.

Working on three-even four bikes... 

Started fitting out the frames now back from powder coat. IE, Mini-Otter Three.. and the Foster derived OC frame...It is now that you think a bit of forward planing would have been the order..

But we don't do that. do we...

 I thought I had two sets of steering head bearings in stock but could only find one set...the same  with rear chain adjusters..the right length rear  wheel spindle etc... The parts have come quickly but have stopped the flow of the builds..The TLR fuel cap was changed after a word with Chris. so I had to order a new one of those..

And then I am working on this Matchless Scrambler for my brother, and  we decided to fit an NEB speedway clutch onto this... Yes there is an appropriate clutch centre, now I have found who manufactures them...

 But now need a cush drive rear hub....Period ...

 I must say having the little powder coat gun is a winner, just need to get hold of an old kitchen oven now ,the three I asked to be kept by my kitchen design friend were skipped... Ah, well we will get there..

A few pages have been updated including the Elstar page with an interesting bike. So more later. and PS do you want me to continue publishing the BMCA Trials Results?

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24/02/2019....

 First attempt with the new Powdercoating gun, so Update on the "Painting your Otter Frame Page."

 

23/02/2019...

 

Weekly Update....

Well this week I have been mainly been  doing the Yamaha clutch conversion as you can see on the "Clutching At Straws" page, and today I have updated it  further as Ian Bowers sent me photos of how he did his conversion and also the actuating mechanism...

 We have also got the Transformer TIG up and running so Alloy Tanks here we come. as well as air-boxes etc.

 I also have back the Mini-Otter 3 frame, along with   the

Otter-Cheaper, frame from the powder coaters. so Build time for these two bikes.

Also working on two AMC bikes has well more on that later..

So busy time.. and Number 5 Mini-Otter headstock is on the jig...

 

19/02/2019...

Just about to build a couple of these up, story later.....

So I got sent this link... Hmmm those two lads at "Wasp" have some skill...

18/02/2019...

 

Well that weekend went quickly...

Here is one photo  from the Telford Show. there are loads more taken by Stuart for me... I will find a page to place them all on.

 

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Photo Courtesy Stuart Bedford.......

 I have for the past few days been putting my spin on converting a BSA Bantam clutch to the full Yamaha Modification. I will update the "Clutching at Straws" page with the full details....

 

16/02/2019...

 

Page updated .

 "Gary Britton builds bike number five"..

After working on other projects Gary is now back onto his own Number five BSA "Bariel" build bike.

I should have photos from the Telford Show later this evening... or tomorrow.

10/02/2019...

 

Pages updated and there are more I will have to note them down more often...

Change Of Name ,now "The D.O.T. motorcycle page...

Bill Todd's Square Deal Special Page...

Wilf Couldwell Motorcycling Tales. Page.

 Steel Cycle Building Construction. Page...

OK Lets Build A Trials BSA Bantam Page...

 and a Lot More...

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Could not resist putting this On Sorry...

 How did they get the result they did? Just had a delivery of a pair of shocks for the scooter, drivers name Gabriel... and he brought the spare wheel last week.... Do you think there is a Guardian Angel?.......

 

The Film will be good when it is made...

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A List of pages updated this week later and there have been a few...

07/02/ 2019...

 

 Remember this ?.......

 

 Go and visit the chaps at the MCN Exel centre Show in a couple of weeks, and visit the "As seen From The Sidecar "website for further information......

06/02/2019...

 

The ex Dave Wood  BSA C15T is for sale on the "BSA Otters for Sale" page... Take a look if you would like to own a superb machine and part of trials history...

It will sell Quickly so Hurry.......

02/02/2019...


CENTRAL ENGLAND CLASSIC series.

 

Tim Fairbrother has managed to put together a four trial series not unlike the Sammy Miller series that was.

These are to be road based trials for classic machines.

There will be two routes hard and easy.

This should cater for six or seven classes-covering rigids, pre-unit, unit, two-stroke, and twin-shocks, there could also be a sidecar class if there was interest, and up to the club that is organising their event.. There is also the potential to consider classes for trail bikes, and-or modern's.

But the idea for the series is to bring awareness and to encourage more interest in the Classic trials scene in the Midlands and the South of England.

The four trials this year and there is room for a fifth says Tim, if you give him a ring, if you are interested in organising the fifth event, his number is 01562 754827…….

So the four are the Cotswold Cup at Stroud on the 24th of March, The Sam Cooper trial run by the Stratford-on-Avon club on provisionally May 19 th, The Greensmith trial in Shropshire in October, and then back to Stroud for the Guy Fawks trial in November.......

Charlie~Oo> This could be the turn around year in more ways than one. So please get that Classic bike, especially that "Otter"out  and compete in the series. If it works this year there could be a full blown National series next year.......

01/02/2019...

Thought I better put this photo up, as there is a lot of fresh interest in these bikes this week

 This Is Mini-Otter ® Super-Cub Number "Four".

More on the Mini-Otter Pages.......

 

All in Red your all in Read...You Are...

31/01/2019..

Got a New name for the "Back of the Shed" bike....

And it no-doubt will be by some?

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The new concept front down tube on the frame I call the "Grapevine" strengthening approach we'll see how well it handles...

 

28/01/2019.......

 

Ian Ballard page updated with video...

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And look at this well put together Video of the Talmag 2019...

So Where are they the rest of the year ?

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27/01/2019.......

 

"Back Of The Shed" Page Updated with the New Project...

24/01/2019.

Another new project that has introduced its self...

 And we have all the parts in the "Back Of The Shed"... so it will be on that page...

And it is all British product..

 Godden Mini-Majesty frame BSA Bantam D10 engine.

Ariel Leader hubs Yamaha Ty forks with Four-stud sliders.....

So good for BMCA trials?

Not a good photo, but all I have to work from, and you get the idea.....

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23/01/2019.

BMCA Hunnigham trials report. 2019 trials now at the top of the page.......

21/01/2019.

 

20/01/2019..

With the theme for the year "Onwards and Upwards"

 These two chaps now back home after their epic charity ride, to bring awareness to Modern Day Slavery can only head in that direction with what ever comes next..

 Well done chaps....... 

Arrival to Banbury Town Hall.

 

 

"Bikers of the World Unite.."

19/01/2019...

 

 The Chaps  Made it to the Ace Cafe...

https://www.facebook.com/AsSeenfromtheSidecar/videos/2147796015243938/

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If you can make it tomorrow they will be back at Banbury Town hall at Three o'clock. If you live locally, just come along to welcome the Heroes Home.. and take a look at the Honda SH300I and sidecar......

 

 Great for Great Britain...

 

18/01/2019...

 The Intrepid Duo have got to Calais.

 and are on Euro-tunnel in the morning...

They have achieved an amazing journey on a Vehicle that was only built to commute a few miles to a job of work.

But then with an attachment, the vehicle was never designed for , they circumnavigated the World.

 And all for the cause of "Modern Day Slavery".

 With the shenanigans that have been going on with our so called government, UK, and perhaps another more powerful force that again wants to shut off people of the world.

 I know who are my heroes..... 

 Back at the Ace Café in London Tomorrow at Three.

 and at Town Hall Banbury at Three on the 20th Sunday.

 please if you can come along....

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14/01/2019.

NEW, Tenaci-Wong TWC200 Page now on..

 

ASFTS Chaps have new engine fitted and are on the road again tomorrow.......

13/01/2019.......

Tenaci-Wong trials bike first look.

 

Watch out for the colourful language,

 but they were exited about this little Chinese trials bike.

 

 

12/01/2019....

The ASFTS Chaps were in a spot of bother in Poland when the final drive gave up big time. 

But then that Angel again 100 kl up the road from where they cooked it, found another engine. Needle in a haystack situation again......

 

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WOW..........

 

10/01/2019.......

TLR Honda is it a Dream, Page Updated.

The Scott Ellis page updated. 

Sadly Selwyn Perry has died in a tragic road accident, near his home. He was eighty one...

09/01/2019.

BMCA ,Coney Green trial report, on 2018-19 page 

02/01/2019

Ian Ballard Page Updated.

 

Mini-Otter page later...

 

Been playing with the "Lego" kit in the conservatory, over the Holiday.

More later.......

04/01/2019.......

 

In 16 days time the Heroes from Banbury are due home......

We need as many people, preferably on bikes, back here to welcome them....

 When the Book...Film.. and Documentary about this epic journey is written and made, you will wish you had attended their homecoming...

 and you could even meet me....

 Over to Gareth...

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Ladies & Gentlemen these wonderful none motorcycling lads left the Ace café in London October 2017 and have travelled 43,000 to get home to Banbury on January 20th at three pm - we are looking for Motorbikes / Trikes / Scooters to escort them from the Ace Café into Banbury - I am so Proud of these lads - they have raised many thousands of pounds for Anti Slavery Charities- around the world - if you cannot ride please join us at Banbury town hall %uD83D%uDC4D@ 3pm %uD83D%uDC4Fand meet the boys, (Chaps), their Honda Scooter & a Charlie Prescott build side car - this will be a Guinness World Record %uD83D%uDCA5
As Seen From The Sidecar
PS the weather has been organised %uD83C%uDF1D 

 

Honda The Power Of Dreams.......

 

New Project, hope to get it running by the 20th January.......

 

Honda TLR Trials...

More Later.......