Owen has been toiling away on his basket case BSA “bitsa” for a little while. I’ve watched the progress on the Perth Cafe Racer facebook page and on his Instagram account. Damn stoked he allowed me to show off his ride.
"The bike started as pretty much a basket case. The frame is a ’42 BSA M20 girder rigid and I built it up from there. Forks are ’52 BSA M21, front wheel is a Greeves (I think) 21” and Avon 21-3.00 Speedmaster. The motor is ’52 M21 600cc with goldy cams, Alton alternator and SRM ignition conversion with an Amal 626 concentric. Clutch and belt drive is a Lytedrive unit and that spins the ’52 M21 box. Rear wheel is a triumph conical 18” with a Firestone 18-4.00.
Not a lot is stock on it I guess, custom brackets for everything, stainless engine plates, aftermarket guards front and back, handmade side stand… I made and stitched the seat up at home. Handlebars are chopped down drag bars with an internal throttle, posh grips and switch block and cut down ally levers. Tank was painted by Dave Nutton over east. Headlight is a pioneer fog lamp housing that I modified and tail light is a titmouse inside of a custom bucket that I made up. Has an Antigravity 4 cell hidden under the gearbox in an ally box that also houses the ignition unit.
Hope you’re well mate, keep up the good work.”
It’s so rare these days to be blown away by a custom bike. Usually my reaction to the latest release is “Yeh, not bad”.
Certainly wasn’t the case when I saw Keron Grant’s CB750. As soon as I saw it I emailed him and asked permission to feature it to which he said “sure”.
I didn’t ask for a run down on the bike as I just want to look at it. I’ve featured some of Keron’s art before and it always gets a great response. Looking at these pics it is evident that his creative juices are a little bit special.
A lot of thought has gone into this Japanese styled bike. Probably my favorite bike of the year so far. What about you?