"The Cotswold BSA's".

 

There has been a considerable amount of interest just recently about the breed named. "Cotswold BSA".

So A page was due. Here it is.

These machines were put together by the late John "Hubbo" Husband. with a little help from his friends.

 

Photo Courtesy Deryk Wylde. Offroad Archives.

Deryk has just sent me this Photograph of "Hubbo" at Play on his favourite Machine,his fathers Velocette trials bike.

 

Part of the band of Cotswold Offroad Motorcycling  community, that has flourished over the past, five or six decades.

 

John Husband not only built trials bike, but also built the Grass track machines that he was so apt at riding, he was a Star as a Grasstrack rider and a very difficult man to beat and won many championships.

Here is a very special BSA B40 grass engine of "Hubbos" and even has the name on the points cover This motor has just been fired back into live after spending many years in the dark.

 

 

 Well back to building the Cotswold Trials bikes."Hubbo" would collect the parts together, to build  the current bike he had in his head,with help from his friends ,I might add.

Then build the machine up to a ridable condition and test it by riding the machine himself, or getting another of the band of "Cotswold" riders around him to ride the bike, before eventually selling the machine and starting on the next.

 

Photo Courtesy "Offroad Archives" With permission.

A lot of the work on construction of frames and parts along with the build up of the engines , seems to have been done by Roger Taylor of RTS motorsport.

Roger was an old adversary of Hubbos through the Grasstrack activities.

The swan necked BSA's, mostly used the C15 frame T type if available and with a modified sub-frame and swinging arm. This shot of John Draper riding one of "Hubbo"s C15T's in the "Bonanza". 

 

Photo Courtesy "Otterman"

And this superb  B40 engined C15T  bike above and below. is the last "Cotswold" BSA bike, that the late John Draper, was working on for his own use  before his departing.

 

Photo Courtesy "Otterman".

There is another Swan-Necked machine that is very current but you will have to be patient because the story of that bike is in a page of its own later in the week 26/May/2014.(Now Out). Andy Paxtons. Cotswold.

 

Photo "Otterman"

 

 

 

As you can see from the article Deryk wrote way back in the eighties, one of the number of "Cotswold Motorcycles", shall we say the "Old School", was one Tony Davis. Jon Bliss will like that.

Tony's brother Malcolm, was one of the founders of "Cotswold Motorcycles", and Hubbo started to work there,as well as his job on the railway, and after Malcolm's tragic death Hubbo became part of the concern.

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Here is another "Cotswold BSA" that has just been rebuilt after years away from the trials scene.

 

Photo Courtesy "Hammertight".

An interesting machine, this "Cotswold BSA"... Father Dave Jones rode this bike twenty years back, winning a few events, and then sold the frame.  This year he managed to find and buy back the frame and the Cotswold bike was built up again, and this time Dave proudly watches Nathan Jones, doing the winning!

   John Husband was the original builder, and the bike was ridden by Andy Collins then.

An early C15T motor has taken the place of the B40. 

"Hammertight".

Charlie:> Note that the machine is now fitted with the 1971 type Triumph/BSA "fourstud forks".

Also have you noticed that this frame was oil carrying like the one above in Deryks article with Tony Davis aboard.

 

 

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"Cotswold MM" "Mike Mills" Replica frames.

 

Now we move on to the "Hubbo" copy frames built on the ex Mike Mill's jig, or  a copy of the same.

These "Cotswold MM"frames were again built by Roger Taylor of RTS.


 

 Photo Courtesy Deryk Wylde ORR-e

 

Nick Draper Pictured Here. riding his Hubbo built "Cotswold MM"framed  BSA in 1998.

 The jig has now been sold on by 'Hubbo's son Barry. but is in the throws of revival.  so I am told.

 

Photo Courtesy Deryk and Mary Wylde. "Offroad Archives".

 

Here Nick Draper riding another "Cotswold MM" type framed  BSA  built by John Husband, this one with a B25 or even B44 unit fitted.

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Photos Below Courtesy Ken Wallington.

This is the 250 or probably 280 C15 "Cotswold MM" BSA now in the ownership of Ken Wallington.

And brother bike to mine.

 

 

And this is the other side of the machine, with the trade-mark "Cotswold" flat plate timing cover.on the RTS built motor.

I asked Ken how the bike ran on its first outing with the new owner.

 

Ken.>  Fantastic Pulled like a train,and really gripped.

"Hubbo Knew what he was doing".

 

July 23 2014.

 

"What A Difference A Day Makes Twenty-four Hours" (Well a bit longer hey Ken)

But just look at the difference  with the makeover from the bike above has it arrived with its new owner.

 

 

Modified "Sammy Miller Products" tank, re-spoked wheels, and new rims, and tyres.

 

 

Kawasaki  forks. modified to look like BSA, and they do. TY Yamaha  pattern front Guard and Brace.

Stilmoto shortened  Rear Guard.

 

 

New "Amalminium" 24 mm carb, and now Tufnell spacer blocks on the way to  replace the steel manifold. Now fitted. This helps to stop the heat transference. You can also make an Alloy heat shield to put on first  next to the engine ,as this helps to dissipate the heat too.

 

 

Ken and his mate, have been working overtime on the kick-start unit, a KTM and it is not that easy to fit.

But the end result looks to be an upgrade worth doing.

Seat is re-covered,and a lot more Bit's and Bob's have been done ,IE new air filter , footrest's, oil filter, chain, and adjuster, Billet fork yokes,breather  from gearbox, ETC.

 Work in progress until Ken gets it to the way he wants,

Nice one Ken, Keep us updated.

 

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 This is the update to Kens completely rebuilt bike.

The engine developed a knock, so was striped and totally rebuilt with new shells etc, for the weighted B25 bottom end. The top end was also overhauled with new Alloy push-rod tube fitted.

 

 

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The bike now sports a much worked-on New Mark Cook casting CCM primary chain cover.

The bike looks stunning now Ken, Does it need the tank painting ?

Yellow front half would seem right?

 Ken you were right !! I keep on about saying things in BLACK and WHITE well you have taken it a stage further. "Yes I do like That"

 

 

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2016, Ken still has the bike and rides it quite often when not playing with his Ariel HT .

 

 

 

You can see the same flat alloy plate timing cover in the shot of my "Cotswold MM" bike on the bench.

The frames were very similar to the Mike Mills frames, but with slightly different head angles, and I am told slightly lower too.

 

 

This "Cotswold BSA" story continues with the page about Andy Paxton's  "Winning bike "  and also Twin Brother Nick's Twin bike.

 

Photo Deryk Wylde Offroad archive".

And here is a picture sent to me by Deryk (Offroad Archives) Of a young Barry Husband on Caolasnacoan in the Pre 65 Scottish on his Hubbo "Cotswold"  BSA.

Note, the four-stud forks and the square barrel!

 Were all-right for the rule book of the Pre 65 Scottish back then. Year 2000, Has was the MM "Legend" type frame.

 

How times change, and not for the better, of the sport.

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We now get to the "Cotswold BSA's from the other camp so to speak,

 these were and are mainly build by another trials Legend Jon Bliss.

Now Jon has always done his own thing, so this crop of BSA trials bikes are different still,

 

Picture.

Photo Courtesy Bob Ryckaert.

 

 We will take a deeper look into the build of some of these machines later.

 we will start with the machine that Bob Ryckaert purchased last year.

Bob sent me a photo of the machine, so I asked about the story of the bike.


Bob> Bike was build by Jon Bliss and Martyn Wilmore dont know a lot about the
bike 
I traded my armac cub for this bike last year at the Talmag 
I will ride the Talmag on it tomorrow, Sunday 29th Jan 2017.

 
I Won the eurocup pre 65 championship on it last year 2016.

Charlie> Bob had a good ride in the trial coming home with a clean sheet,

 but said he lost out on the special test has he does not race his trials bikes. I agree.

 Bobis going to find us some more shots of the bike.

 

 

 

Much More Later.