2023...

Welcome,

Benvenuto,

Bienvenido,

Bienvenue.

To BSA "Otter".Com.

 

Now in its thirteenth year the BSA Otter  website has continued to inform people that are interested in the Classic “Old Trials Bike” scene, about what is going on  in the sport, and with information about trials bike builds and rebuilds, and delving into the past of makes and brands that were little known about.

This also helped to create New interest by people that at the start of 2010 only glanced at one or two pages on the site and then got interested in the Classic “Old Trials Bike” sport, and more so  in the bikes that were featured and constructed for the BSA Otter site. Numbers of readers had reached the dizzy heights of 44 thousand a month at one time but has always had a realy good following through out the time span of the BSA Otter web site being  launched. With the changing age group now younger, we need to find a way this year to try and encourage more younger members of the population interested in old motorcycles and machinery, to find a way into the interest of playing with

“Old Trials Bikes”, rebuilding them, and riding them…

 So this year faces a challenge for the site to find a way this might work…

Welcome to 2023...

01/01/2023...

 

So this story is just what we wanted for the start of the new year. Over a month ago, late November, I had a email sent to BSA Otter contact page by a chap named Dave asking about what oil to put into a Otter frame, and where was the drain plug, and how much oil...

I was busy that week and did not answer mails until that week end.

In the meantime Dave had placed the same message onto Trials-Central, and our old friend Ian Ballard had found the inquiry and had given the young man the information he needed, and then had contacted me to let me know. I found the contact and replied to Dave... In the mean time Ian had spoken to Dave on the phone has he had it in his head that the bike could be one of the missing Foster Otters.  Long story shorten'd , It was... and it transpires that Dave's  father has owned the Foster BSA Otter for the past fourty years, and had given Dave the bike twenty five years ago, where it had just sat in the shed, and the last work done on the bike was in the nineties  when the late Reg May had  done some work on it... Dave Hickman although a very busy chap has decided to try and get the Foster Otter, frame number 3088, running and up to scratch to ride in the TALMAG trial at the end of this month...

 And the best part is that our Ian Ballard is keeping an eye on the project... so you see we have already got a new face into the sport and on a machine that just could have sat in that shed until the scrap man had taken a liking to it...

Although Dave thinks a lot of his fathers Foster Otter  and says he will never part with it..

Good luck Dave we are with you... 

 

Photo Courtesy Ian Ballard...

This is Ian Ballard's Foster BSA B40 Otter when he first built it in the eighties... Thank's once again Ian lets have a good year... Ian is building a Jim Susans framed bike up this year as a tribute to the man who sadly passed away late last year... I also know of another Jim Susans BSA C15 that is being rebuilt this year after sitting in boxes for years, we will also follow that bikes resurection... So we have a good start to the year...

 And on Thursday my favourite number kicks in, 77 years old...

Bring on the "Old Trials Bikes"...

More Later...

 

Just a bit more inspiration...

 

 

Thank you Dougie and Herbert Poelz for building his "Otter" bikes using these pages as a guide...

Check out Herbert's trials bike builds down the page listings...

More Later...

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25/05/2023...**...

On the same swinging arm note I have now built a replacment arm for Mini-Otter five that got lost at the powder coaters, and the last arm for number seven... I should realy build one more for the Fraser Honda replica frame that is on the cards... for the engine I have had for years...

 

 

Replacment for Mini-Otter five...

 

I have now used bigger radius silent-block bushes...

Swinging Arm page also updated for you...

 

18/05/2023...**...

Another good couple of days in the workshop..

Three Foster Otter swinging arms for the three finished frames. 

Fraser Honda Replica frame next I think...

 

 

17/05/2023...**...

New Page up. "The Zundapp 200S trials bikes"...

14/05/2023...**...

Just a peek at two bikes (and there are more) on the computer and New pages on them coming up shortly...

 

Photo Courtesy Justyn Norek...©...

 

Photo Courtesy Justyn Norek...©...

13/05/2023...**...

I have updated so many pages this year that I have not let you know which ones, this one I have just finished it is the Triumph TR20 Tiger Cubs page... If you get to the bottom of a page and it has this Updat2023...01 to 05... it has been updated, the rest will follow over the year, and there are a load of NEW pages due when I get to edit them...

08/05/2023...**...

Had a good four weeks in the workshop...

And tonight brought three more Foster Otter frames home ...

This now fulfils my promise to the late Carol Foster that I would at least build Five Foster Otter frames from Harry's Jig... more bikes to the collection...More Frames Later...

 

30/04/2023...**...

Day Two of the Pre65 Scottish from again Phil Haygarth, thanks once again Phil for a superb video...

Winner again Dan Thorpe...

 

29/04/2023...**...

First day of Pre65 Scottish.Trial...

Thank's to 2 Wheel Offroad...

Andrew Black first Foster Otter on 13 marks...

 

27/04/2023...**...

From after my fourth Covid Jab I have suffered with Very High Blood Pressure... and looked deeply into a reason, and spent weeks delving into every bit of information I could find to why I should suddenly have this added burden to my long running illness (Fibromyalgia) The surgery have put me on a lifetime of Amlodipine tablets to help reduce the pressure...but the side effects of these tablets worsens my Fibromyalgia, so I am trying to keep the pressure down with eating a green diet daily Spinnage, Rocket, and Beetroot seem to help...

But now realise I should not have taken the Covid jabs. You may not agree? But I like Andrew have done a lot of homework...

The Truth will out in the end... this man needs every platform he can get... I feel... Let me know what you think, and have you suffered...

 

17/04/2023...**...

Bike of the Week... from Stuart Brown...

Photo Courtesy Stuart Brown..from BPS in France...

While we are chatting here is another one of my recent rebuilds DMW, came to me as an Enduro but after a bit of chopping and shunting its now a nice trials classic,
what is very interesting (though not a good piece of engineering) is the front down tube,
its tapper turned out of thick wall tube, weighs a ton I might add, but have never seen such a thing before, makes it very interesting though...!
 
Cheers....Stuart...
A page later for you Stuart..then I can add all the photos...
 

13/04/2023...**...

Just updating most of the Pages and got to the gear shaft replacement page ...and thought I did some video footage about that, so found it out and stuck it on to YouTube for you...

12/04/2023...**...

OK... I know it is not April the First I missed it Sorry...

So here is a good one for you ... And a new threat to trials riding if it happens... that could be long term.

Bird Flu... A-H3N8 has one human fatality in China  and two other human cases... the WHO advises...

WHO advice

To minimize the risk of infection, countries should increase public awareness of the importance of avoiding contact with high-risk environments such as live animal markets/farms, live poultry, or surfaces that may be contaminated by poultry or bird faeces. It is recommended to maintain good hand hygiene by frequently washing hands or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer and wearing respiratory protection when in a risky environment.

You read it here first...

10/04/2023...**...

Talking Books...Just had my superb book from the Deryk Wylde NEW Rich Mixture series.. the First is packed full of over two hundred A-four sized photos of Classic British Scrambles riders and bikes...Just the first book that I can hand down to my grand sons after all the history of British Scrambles bikes has vanished from the internet ...it is getting that way already.. Get your copy in your hands before it is too late there are only a limited number of each book  printed... Go to the web site www.nostalgia-books.com  for your copy...

 www.nostalgia-books.com

 

All photos in superb grey scale...

 

 www.nostalgia-books.com

 

09/04/2023...**...

Happy Easter folks...

Just been advised, to publish My growing up in England stories at the bottom of the listings.. Should I ?.. and also turn the web-site content into a book as well?...

31/03/2023...**...

Well been more at the workshop than normal this month...and got

Mini-Otter frame finished, and Foster Otter frame 47 in the jig...

 

 

16/03/2023...**...

Good News for Road Racing and Trials fans in Northern Ireland ...

 

Jim Switzer...
 
BBC NI Web page...
 

Motorcycle racing in Northern Ireland - including May's North West 200 road race - will go ahead in 2023 after initially being cancelled.

All bike racing in Ireland had been cancelled in February because of soaring insurance costs.

However, the Motor Cycle Union of Ireland Ulster Centre has accepted a lower quote with an insurance company.

The deal will allow road racing, short circuits and trials take place in Northern Ireland this year.

Thank's once again Jim...

10/03/2023...**...

One-Off-Trials Bikes Page updated for you ...Lets get some more one offs...

09/03/2023...**...

Busy day today... so lets start with a photo of the bike that started off the BSA Otter story the Scott Ellis BSA C15... 

Our much missed late friend Colin Dommett got the BSA finished just before leaving us... 

 

Photo Courtesy Jake Bee and his Copyright,©...

The Scott Ellis BSA C15T BOK 228C...

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Photo Courtesy Steve Hammond...

Steve Hammond has sent us this photo of his first ride on the Foster Otter that he purchased from Maggie Smith earlier in the year.. Well done Steve...

 

Hello Charlie...

 

I had the first run out on the Foster Otter over the weekend, I travelled from Suffolk to County Durham to take part in the M-ECVC Long Distance Trial.  The bike performed better than expected and covered the 95 miles on and off road without missing a beat.  19 challenging sections completed that included water crossings and steep inclines.  There were other BSA’s present but no other Foster Otters.  It did have many admiring looks when unloaded from the van.

A couple of photos attached 

I will certainly be taking part in a few more of these events as this is why I bought the Otter 

All the best

Steve...

 

 

Next Up Mike Waller has sent me this video, as he says I may be interested in one of the bikes competing ...

 

David Yetman FramesUSA...

Photo Courtesy Scott Kirn...

David S. Yetman from Marblehead Massachsetts  was an auto dynamics engineer  in 1965 when he saw a market for building space type motorcycle racing frames for mainly lightweight road racing bikes for Honda and Yamaha engines, from that period until 1976 when the frame business was closed after other successful projects taking his time…just short of four hundred frames were built, some for the emerging chopper market…at the time... So it looks like the little Honda Cub engined trials bike must have been built during this time frame… what comes around goes around… Thank’s Mike for the video find…Looking Forward to your next project...

 

05/03/2023...**...

Just doing some home work for a friend on the Excelsior Manxman

And found this ... Now this is where the word Classic British comes from...

 

28/02/2023...**...

I have had some emails from Stuart Brown of BPS engineering in France and Stuart has sent me a couple of photos of the bikes he currently is riding...Very interesting...

 

 

Thank's for your prompt reply Anthony...
 
See below photos of my latest Honda stead, infact it was made in Portugal with Honda supplied engines,
MACAL Vanguard 125cc...
Ultra lightweight, and suits this old man in the weekend of his trialing days...
 
Great web site, I knew Harry Foster and had an "Otter BSA" back in the 80's, and one of his sidecars too...
Thank's...
Stuart for bps-eng...
The BPS Greeves twin...
PS, you will note my Greeves twin in the background, 350cc very rare - goes like stink... makes a Triumph twin look like a Mobylette -
(beat all the twins in last years hill climb at Mons) 3rd place...
 
See photo how it came to me - before and after,
 
Cheers, Stuart...
 
More from Stuart Brown Later... may-be a page...
 

25/02/2023...**...

Foster Otter frame 46...

Out of the jig ready for finish bronze welding...

 

 

19/02/2023...**...

Take a look at the Scott Ellis BSA C15 BOK228C at Telford  just restored by the late Colin Dommett...

 

Thank's Simon great job...

15/02/2023...**

Scoop of the week...

Update on "The Sun Wasp trials bike" page...

 

Photo Courtesy Blackie Holden Jnr...

12/02/2023...**...

Thin-Edge-Of-the -Wedge... Update...

Niamh Campbell Belfast Telegraph
Today at 14:20 11th...
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The Motorcycle Union of Ireland Ulster Centre has said it is preparing a rescue package to prevent the loss of NI’s prime road racing events.

The move follows a motion to cancel all two-wheeled events in 2023 including the North West 200, Tandragee 100, Armoy and Cookstown 100 at an emergency MCUI meeting of its member clubs on Thursday night.

Motorcycle clubs from across Northern Ireland voted for the cancellation because of the hikes in public indemnity insurance.

“We cannot afford the premium hikes but nor can we afford to stop the events,” said MCUI chairman John Dillon.

“Members of the MCUI(UC) board and I are now urgently pursuing a series of options and sources including the launch of a crowd funding campaign.”

Insurance has risen from a cost of £170k in 2022 to £410k in 2023.

 But where does this leave Trials, Grass-Track etc...

 

10/02/2023...**...

It is with great sadness, that I have to report the sad loss of our great friend Colin Dommett... on the 9th February...

 I will be updating Colin's Page later with a Tribute...

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Thin Edge-of-the-wedge...

ManxGP...  the TT... Then into the UK...

 

Belfast Telegraph paper.

 

The North West 200 and all motorcycle road races, short circuit and trials events in Northern Ireland have been cancelled for 2023 due to crippling Public Liability insurance costs. The decision was reached at an emergency meeting of the Motor Cycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) on Thursday night.

 

National road races were facing an increase of three times more than they paid in 2022, with clubs looking at costs of more than £50,000.

It is understood that the body responsible for motorcycle racing in the Republic of Ireland, Motorcycling Ireland, is also facing a similar scenario after being unable to find an insurance company willing to provide cover.

 

 

Regards...

 

Jim Switzer...Thank's once again Jim...

06/02/2023...**...

BSA Foster Otter of the week is, Mike Smallshaw's Updated B40...

Now with REH forks and yokes, and alloy clutch...etc...

 

03/02/2023 **

Just delivered one of these superb AJS 16C frames up to Alan Whitton  for him to build into a rolling chassis using his hubs, for my brother...

We will be following the build...

 

Photo's Courtesy Nine W race engineering...

 

 

 

01/02/2023 **

So on the first of February 2023... A New Foster BSA Otter frame starts its journey into life...Number 45 ...

 

 

31/01/2023...**

Dave Hickman finished his BSA B40 Foster Otter and then had a superb ride in the TALMAG Brilliant Ride Dave...

 

 

Dave...

Evening Charlie, hope you are well? Well after a lot of hard work my Foster Otter made it to the Talmag and finished. We had a little teething problem before the first section but it didn't miss a beat after. The bike rode well with plenty of power and we went clean all day only loosing 1st place on the special test. So I can't grumble about 2nd in class out 60 odd riders for my first Talmag and my first real ride on my dad's bike that's been sat for so long. A big thanks to Ian for all his advice on the bike...

30/01/2023...**

Well another TALMAG done and dusted. I should have reports and photos later...

 

Despite suffering with Stage 3 Hypertension for nearly a month, I have updated several pages for you...I will do a list later...

With what. I have been suffering, I would suggest if you have taken the Jab shall we say, it would be wise if you are an oldie like me to get your blood presure checked out... we would not want to loose any of you would we...

 Take care folks be back later "I hope"...

17/01/2023...**

My mate Mel Kew just sent me this, I changed some words...

 

Well he thought it was funny...and said it was for the site...

 

15/01/2023...**

One of the best BSA B40 engined Foster Otters changed hands yesterday...

 Maggie Smith sold her Foster Otter  bike featured on this site to new owner Steve Hammond... Steve has bought the bike to do some long distant trials on this year. Good luck with the bike Steve, and thank you Maggie for being part of the BSA Otter Community...

 

Photo Courtesy Maggie Smith...

Maggie riding the Foster BSA Otter, in a competition...

 

11/01/2023...**

"BMCA A Year for Al" Page updated for you... with more to come...

 

02/01/2023...**

 

 

Enjoy .. Best wishes for 2023...

 

 

 

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