Welcome,

Benvenuto,

Bienvenido,

Bienvenue.

To BSA "Otter".Com.

And to the year 2024...

Fourteen years of Classic Trials News and Stories...

 

Photo Courtesy Ian Ballard...

Dick Ramplee BSA C15T Foster Otter and George Greenland BSA Bantam Wasp..

 

The "Grand Old Man" of Offroad two and three wheeled sport George Greenland sends us a message...

A message from George…

 

George Greenland

"Please remember when you get old although you would still love to ride your original bikes it is just not possible, I have Triumph, Ariel BSA Matchless but ride a lightweight Bantam... but can only manage one or two laps, could not even consider riding on a big bike, but I enjoy doing what I can"...

 

So Should we all George and you are an example to us all… Keep on keeping on while you can, and enjoy 2024… riding what ever bike you can cope with out of your shed, and we know most of us have got more than one...

A lot like me get great pleasure in working to build machines from scratch, or even have one to restore that has been handed down from father to son or even to a grand son. And you know that this web site will do all that it can with information to help you fulfil your dream of getting a machine up and running again…2024 will be a change over year in more ways than one, so lets make it a good year for us all this year, and BSA Otter will be with you all the way…

 

Photo Courtesy Ian Ballard... 

Our Ian ( aboard his Foster BSA B40 Otter) is just one of these people that enjoys building up, maintaining, and riding his collection of bikes... well done sir...

 

01/01/2024...**...

 

A bit of a bitter-sweet update...

 

Photo Courtesy Andy Foster ...

 

The "Big Fish in a Small Pond" BSA B40 Foster Otter has been sold by Stretton Honor to new owner Andy Foster...

Sadly Stretton's son in law also Andy Foster who refirbished the machine during the Covid lockdown's  lost his battle with the medical condition he had... R.I.P. Andy..

But in stepped one of his very good mates and bought the bike from Stretton.. his name is also Andy Foster. and Andy intends to get the Foster BSA Otter back on the road shortly...

Good luck with the bike Andy...The page will be updated shortly...

 

 

24/02/2024...**...

Nice little lunch interlude, and enjoyed every minute...Hope you do...

Thank's John, and how many Ariel frames were of your build?...

 

 

Nice to see George aboard his BSA C15 Wasp...

20/02/2024...**...

Back in the real world today... and back on the engine build's for the Foster Otters...this latest engine is a Hy-brid that I have wanted to do for ages, It has a BSA C25 bottom end and C15 cylinder head and GB gearbox...The build will be on the Engine Pages...

 

Photo Otterman...

The C15 cylinder head I have built up today, with new valves, caps,  springs, and a bronze B25 exhaust valve guide... more details on the engine build pages...

 

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With information still coming in from the Telford show I have left updating the pages for a while on the two bike brands, that have now a lot more information...

 

18/02/2024...**...

One of Chris's most watched videos...Already ...

could it be the walk around the ex Barry Nutley BSA Goldie that did it...

There will be a page on the show bikes with more information about the bikes later... Hope Chris is a convert to BSA Otter he may get the right information....thats down the page...

 

 

Thank's Chris...

17/02/2024...**...

After a week of trying to catch up after the Telford show with loads of new leads on bikes and stories...I have also been collecting all the parts together to build up our Harry Foster BSA C15 G engined Otter...so the build starts next week, while the gang are still keen after the show...  Next week I will be doing the same thing collecting parts together to build the first New Foster Otter frame into a BSA machine...Going through the stores for parts, needing 7 air cleaner boxes I am going to make another batch of these so there may be some for sale at the next show we go too...

 

 

15/02/2024...**...

Well after the bikes being on the stand at Telford for two days, a lot more information about a couple of the brands on display has turned up, and I have had phone calls and e-mails about them... So New updates on pages when I get the chance... Here is one that will be updated with   new Photos and more history of the...

British Rival... 

Photo Courtesy Gary Dallow...©...

14/02/2024...**...

Still busy so just loaded the New Telford Video for you today..

Good Walk Around...

 

Thank's Simon again...

More Later...

13/02/2024...**...

OK... for today we will have a couple of BSA B25 engined bikes at the show... both show the workmanship that went into them... bigger engines tomorrow... 

Photo Courtesy Otterman...

The Faber Mk3 BSA B25 engined Otter...

 

Photo Courtesy "Otterman"...

 

And another British built machine that brings back memories of the past, and the engineering skill of Joe Maxwell who newly builds the frame kits, and also the hours spent by the builder of the machine to get this finish.. and don't forget another frame Mike Mills designed ... 

 

Photo Courtesy "Otterman"...

The BSA B25 engined JME CCM 250...

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12/02/2024...**...

Only just made time(1800 pm) to update you on the Telford show...

Photo Courtesy Otterman...

Lee looking after the Ariel line up on the stand...

More photos and update on the show tomorrow...

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I have been busy with emails and phone calls all day, from show feed back...

And it looks like a younger generation are getting into the Classic Trials scene, and are interested in the British bikes from the past, and are loosing interest in the modern day Plastic machines that all look the same, and with little character, there is also renewed interest in the BSA Otter's ...

 

Bought at the show was this 

Foster BSA B40 Otter... the ex Bill Hartnell-Dave Chick  machine from Taunton Somerset...

By a friend of mine that has bikes on this web site... and is now a proper BSA Otter owner too...

 

Photo Courtesy Ed Freeman...

Another of the missing Foster Otter's has turned up...Great stuff.

I will try and find more history on this machine later... it looks like it has spent its life down in the West Country since it was built...

 

Photo Courtesy Deryk Wylde Nostalgia Books Facebook...

Here Bill Hartnell aboard the Foster BSA Otter in a West country Two Day Trial many years ago now...

 

10/02/2024...**...

Busy Day on the stand at Telford...

Check out the list of bikes there down the page...

Photo Lee Prescott Photos...

Report later 

09/02/2024...**...

 

Here is the little Honda TL 125... For Sale at the Telford Show...

Ring Rich on 07547474748 for this nice little runner with new carb fitted....Now Sold...

 

Photo "Otterman"...

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First of the race bikes is this Dave Greenham New build Honda 500 RC181 Mike Hailwood Replica... with all the right gear on it... A Classic TT bike if ever there was one...

 

 

Photo Courtesy Richard Prescott...

 

Number 2 race bike is this rebuilt Yamaha 350 Mono with loads of history...the Neil Tuxford machine..(more information later)...

 

Photo Courtesy Lee Prescott Photos...©...

Number three Race bike is this New build 500 Manx Norton with five speed  Petty gearbox... (more information later)

 

Photo Courtesy Lee Prescott Photos...©...

 

I will put the rest of the bikes in the vans for the show on today and Rich is taking three of his race bikes to fill the end of the stand...

I will put them on later...

There is also a nice little Honda TL 125 trials that is there to be sold along with a couple of autocycles ...very collectable now I am told...

All the bikes on the stand are on the market for the right price... ring

Rich on 07547474748...

 

So you have seen these two in build...

The nice little 500 Mk4 Triumph Metisse...

with full New build...

 

Photo Courtesy Lee Prescott Photos...©...

The photos do not do this little bike justice see for your self at the Telford Show...

And the second Triumph TR6 engined Mk 3 Rickman Metisse all new build, you have seen the photos...probably better than the Steve McQueen bikes...

Photo Courtesy Lee Prescott Photos...©...

 

08/02/2024...**...

Two More Later.

 

OK... Lets have another, so 14...

You have see the build up of this Metisse machine.

here it is in all its glory... 

 

Photo Lee Prescott Photos...©...

The Brand New 600cc ABSAF Matchless engined Mk3

Rickman Metisse...

 

I hate the number 13 but love this little bike...

Royal Enfield Crusader 250...

Photo Courtesy Lee Prescott Photos...©...

 

 

The Peter Gaunt Replica  Royal Enfield Crusader Trials 250

 

With engine built by ex Royal Enfield Experimental shop wizard

 Ray Tew…

After viewing Peter's Enfield at several trials in the Cotswolds ...we just wanted that machine, so set too to build a replica, and with getting Ray Tew to build the engine instigated by Allan and the chaps from Hitchcock's Motorcycles the machine turned out a lot better than we expected… A Truly one off Classic trials bike that is priceless…

 

07/02/2024...**...

Lets have a scrambler today for number 12...

A BSA Gold Star DB34...

 

Photo Courtesy Lee Prescott Photos...©...

This Goldie DBD 34 500  from 1965 is the Ex Barry Nutley, Jim Lyons machine, rebuilt in 1990 by Roy Davis...

to this specification...

THE 1960/s  RACE SPECIFICATION AS CONFIRMED BY Barry Nutley...

Carrillo Con Rod. 

Forged Piston.

Balanced Blueprinted engine...

1.3/8th Amal Grand Prix carburettor. Amal Matchbox float chamber ...

Twin Spark competition magneto...

Norton Competition Clutch ( runs dry)...

Racing cams.

Norton Road Holder Forks.

AMC front hub.

Manx Norton rear Hub..

A bike with a very interesting past...and truly one off...very collectable...

06/02/2024...**...

Lets have another Ariel HT5 for bike 11...

 

Photo Courtesy Lee Prescott Photos...©...

This Ariel HT5 was first registered in Plymouth in 1956 owned by John Chellen Rowe from Redruth Cornwall and it spent all of its working life down in Gods county as I call it until 2001 when it came to stay in Warwickshire... living in mothers front room for a while too...not altered much since it left the Selly Oak Birmingham factory...

05/02/2024...**...

A very special Ariel today bike 10...

 

Photo Courtesy Lee Prescott Photos...©...

This is what we call the "Laird's" Ariel...

It was first registered in Scotland with reg Number MST221 and ridden by Lochaber club member Billy McLeod...after a working life the Ariel HT5 was completely rebuilt alongside GOV132... By our old mate Deryk Wylde... after being used as I say a Laird's runabout on his estate in Scotland, and after spending a holiday in Gurnsey for a while, it came along to stay with us...Still in the same condition as Deryk Wylde rebuilt it... to factory condition...

04/02/2024...**...

After spending yesterday afternoon getting the 18 bikes photographed for the show...

Today's bike 9 is the second of the BSA Otters.

This is the Faber Mk 3 framed BSA B25 engined Otter

 

Photo Courtesy Lee Prescott Photos...©...

This Mk 3 Faber Otter was built up by Nick using all the information on these website pages, even down to fitting the Jialing rear wheel... what a Super little bike it turned out,  and it rides very well for a new build...

03/02/2024...**...

Bike 8... for today is another ArielHT5 500...

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Photo Courtesy Lee Prescott Photos...©...

This time the long stroke Ariel 500HT, sporting a Paul Jackson frame...

Just been stripped, and rebuilt, with powdercoated frame, new alloy guards, rims, and tyres, new comfy seat and one of my SH Miller replica GOV 132  tanks fitted...OK with Aspen fuel...Ridden by Wrighty many moons ago in the 2010 Classic Trial Show... Been with us since 2009...

 

02/02/2024...**...

Bike number 7 for the show is the little

British Rival...

 

Photo Courtesy Lee Prescott Photos...©...

 

British Rival

from 1974 until 1978...

These small 125 Sachs engined schoolboy scrambles bikes were built over a period of few years in the seventies...

They were also built up like this little bike as an ISDT machine... 

Designed by Midlander Ken Sedgley...

With frames built by Eric Cheney...

It is reckoned that no more than 10 were ever built, and only a couple remain here in the UK, and 1 in Australia that we know of...

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Another of the Foster BSA B40's that we follow, at the start of the TALMAG...

 

Photo Courtesy Maggie Smith...

This is Steve Hammond aboard the ex Maggie Smith Foster BSA Otter that was built up originally by Jon Bliss...

Ian Ballard Pages updated with photos of him and Paul Chelwin at the TALMAG...

01/02/2024...**...

 

Being as it has been a Otter themed day, bike for the show number 6 is 

the Faber Mk2 framed BSA B40 engined Otter...

 

Photo Courtesy Lee Prescott Photos...©...

This is the BSA Otter built by Paul Beswick in 2006...

Paul is the Chap known as "Old Trials Fanatic" (OTF) on Trials Central...

The bike has always been known as "Bessie", named by Paul...

The Fanatic part in the name is right, just look at the workmanship that went into this build, and Paul found fault with most of what he did...Why?

Eventualy Paul sold the bike to finance his next project a James that he could ride in the Scottish Pre65 trial...

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Well the TALMAG is over again, with a start list for the solo's of 196, and a start number of about 170, and 18 sidecars. We realy should run more trials for "FourStrokes" like this in a year bar for the couple we have what happens to the machines for the rest of the year?

Our Foster Otter boys had a good day too...

Dave Hickman on his Foster BSA B40 was 11th in the over 300cc class,with a loss of 5 marks...

Paul Chelwin riding the Ian Ballard Foster Triumph twin was 4th in the Solo Clubmans class with a loss of 2 marks...

And our Ian Ballard riding the Foster BSA B40 Otter had a good ride in the over 65's class with a loss of just 22 marks...

And good old George Greenland managed a lap on his BSA C15.. good man... 

 

Video Courtesy Duke Dyson ....thank you...

It was nice too see Mr SH Miller enjoying the sun, and we had a glimce of Dave Hickman on his yellow tanked Foster BSA Otter... looks like a good crowd too, is the scene on the up would you think?

31/01/2024...**...

 

So that where all of the BSA Otters have been...

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Thank you Nigel...

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Well what better to follow one Gem of a machine with another...

so today Number 5 is the second of the Ariels...

Photo Courtesy Lee Prescott Photos...©....

Ariel HT3 350 Rigid …

This truly one off hand built Classic trials bike is an example of what can be done in a shed if you have the inclination to build up something that is unique…

Refinished in one week in 2010… for the Classic Trials Show

This little Ariel was galloped around the show by no other than

 Mick Andrews

If you look you will see that even the cylinder barrel has been hand machined out of a block of billet aluminium… how can you value this machine as it is once again priceless.

30/01/2024...**...

 

And a real Gem of a Classic today Number 4...

 

Photo Courtesy Lee Prescott Photos...©...

 

HJH Motorcycles…

HJH motorcycle were built in Wales for a period of two years from 1954 until 1956.

This HJH 197 Villiers 8E engined rigid trials bike from 1956 is the only one we know of in existence still.

The ex John Victor Machine… 

HJH only built 450 machines at seven per week over its production period …

29/01/2024...**...

The bike for today Number 03 is another Classic build with a lot of Class...

 

Photo Courtesy Lee Prescott Photos...©...

This superb AJS 350 from North Yorkshire...

Has the image of just a class built machine, with all the little details... Parts to note are the Boyer ignition system, Burman Clutch, Beta forks in Norton sliders...(New yokes being made)...for Pre65 Scottish...    

28/01/2024...**...

OK... lets do a bike a day up to the show on the 10th of Feb as I have to do the write-ups...02...

 

Photo Courtesy Lee Presott Photos..©...

This is the brand New MAR James with Derby Road and Race super lightweight frame...built by Alan Whitton to again be as light as possible... this James is the one that could start a revival in the brand... and if you are interested get your name down for one of the batch of ten frames that will be built if there is interest...  

27/01/2024...**...

Another Bike ready for the show...01...

Ariel HT3 380cc...

Photo Courtesy Lee Prescott Photos...©...

 

This is the ex Geoff Brooker 380 Ariel... and one of my favourite bikes...

It was hand built for Geoff if I remember up in Yorkshire, by Gary Mitchell... Geoff lives in the South...I have film of Geoff riding the machine in the 2008-9 Pre65 Scottish trial...

The Ariel HT3 has been completly rebuilt with powder coated frame, new rims, spokes, and tyres, new seat, and fuel tank ,and reconditioned oil tank and new oil lines ...new silencer, reshaped header pipe, and grey plastic guards... and cone air cleaner...

26/01/2024...**...

Been working on several New pages in the pipeline, and loads of New Makes and Names not featured before...Also updating some... One today is The "Home James" Page, with a bike that is going to make a storm of a comeback this year I feel...

More Later... 

21/01/2024...**...

 

OK...OK...I know you are sick of Metisse builds  already this year, but Brother Rich is on fire with the Metisse builds, and there is still another to come after this one, and may-be two...

 

This nice little Mk4Triumph 500 Metisse is very likeable and was built after I found an engine for it while we were locked up in the Covid lock-downs... so some good came out of them... you could say Rich is in a purple patch of builds...

18/01/2024...**...

 

Another Day Another Metisse...

This one with New Matchless Copy engine from "ABSAF"...

 

 

While I have stopped in the warm, Rich and the boys have been busy again finishing another Metisse...  why black and white, well I have a photo from Deryk with friend and Hero Dave Curtis next to the bike  this Metisse was based on... 

There will be a New Metisse Page up when we have finished the bikes... 

12/01/2024...**...

 

Well at least brother Rich has been busy this week...

I am still struggling to get fit again...Covid will just not go away...

 

 

10/01/2024...**...

 

Fiction or Fact BSA 250 Page updated with a New photo that concludes the story...

 

07/01/2024...**...

 

Another Day another Metisse...

Rich is getting a taste for these boy's now and can't stop building them...

While I am sat here still...Hmm.

Photos Courtesy Event Design and Build...

This Bad Boy with new ABSAF Matchless engine... Wow...

 

Like the pipe... What silencer ...

T.W. alloy tank too...

One more then...

 

Hmm... beginning to like this Metisse too...

06/01/2024...**...

I have just read on a Facebook page that our "Old Friend "

Terry Weedy passed away on the 4 January 2024...

RIP Sir...

I am sure Terry would have liked me to pass on this link for you...

http://www.toadsclassicbikeparts.com/#/

 

05/01/2024...**...

Two Birthday present's...Wow...

 

Photo Courtesy of Beating Covid...

Finally... that has taken seventeen day's to get a clear reading, now all I need to do is learn to breath again, just out of breath big-time. But started to eat again, and taste a bit... Wonder if I can taste the Red Wine ... Well I am old enough...

04/01/2024...**...

The Faber Frames 2020 Page as been updated...

with information about NEW frames for 2024...

 

02/01/2024...**...

 

Triumph 650 TR6 Metisse..

 

Photo Courtesy R Prescott...

I must say with guidance over the phone brother has done a splendid job in fourteen days putting the Triumph Metisse together, needs a couple more days to get it finished... one for the show in February I think...

 

Howard Fawkes has been busy too, and has got the Mk 4 "A" Faber Triumph Cub Otter frame finalised and ready for production... and ready  for the Pre65 Scottish trial...

 

 

Just an addition to this Faber Mk4"A" Otter Triumph Cub frame snippit. ...

Well I had a long chat with Howard Fawkes  this morning ... Firstly Howard and Miles Webb send a Happy New Year message to you... And Howard says that any of you that have a Faber Triumph Cub Otter frame and would like the conversion as the above carried out to your frame Faber will do the conversion for a fee of about £250.00..

Good value I think, as this stiffens up the whole frame and makes it a lot better for use on rocks like Scotland and saves the underside of the engine has well as complying with any rules...

 

Also if you have a BSA Bantam in need of a re-frame, or you are building a trials bike up from scratch...If there is enough interest Miles and Howard will consider building a batch of the Faber Mk "4"A Otter BSA Bantam frames the same as they built in the year 2000...to the pattern of the last Works BSA Bantams...

Now that should be interesting... They would also like to find one of the frames  built in 2000 if you have one...

 

Photo Credited...

The ex works BSA Bantam...Faber will again build frames the same as these... if there is interest...

 

 

More 2024 later...

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