BSA B40WD

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BSA B40WD

Postby AWJD » Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:09 am

Before starting the restoration of my recently acquired MT560e, I had to complete the restoration of my ex-army BSA B40WD to move it off the ramp. The bike shown is a MK I B40WD which was purchased for the army in 1967. They bought about 3000 with some going to the Navy and RAF. It is basically a road going 350cc BSA B40 but using the later welded duplex frame. It has a 4-speed gear box with the lower 3 gears being very low making it completely unsuitable for road use - in fact, many people fit it with a standard B40 gearbox to overcome this problem. The good thing about the bike is that it is fitted with a 4 gallon petrol tank giving it a range of ~200 miles. The bike replaced the post-war BSA M20s and Matchless GL3s and stayed in use until the early 1980s when it was replaced by the Can-Am Bombardier.

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1985 Armstrong MT500 (Fun Bike)
1996 Harley MT350e
1987 Armstrong MT560e
1997 Honda XR250R Ex-Army
1966 BSA B40WD
1971 BSA B50T
1973 BSA B50MX

2007 Suzuki GSX1400 (Workhorse)

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Re: BSA B40WD

Postby Derrick » Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:11 pm

I was hoping you posted it in the wrong section and should have been "for sale" so I could buy it :)

Very smart.

The first bike I rode was a BSA B40, got the opportunity to ride around an army training area when I was with the cadets, and have considered getting one as a retirement present.
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Re: BSA B40WD

Postby AWJD » Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:04 pm

Up to a few weeks ago, I had 2 x BSA B40WD's - the second one I acquired relatively cheaply but decided I would never get around to restoring after recently getting my MT560e. I sold the unrestored B40WD for more than the top price you would get for an MT350 and made a tidy profit on it! The B40WD is a nice looking bike especially if you have a love of BSA motorbikes like me but, if I had to ride a bike in the army, my MT500 would definitely be my choice.
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1985 Armstrong MT500 (Fun Bike)
1996 Harley MT350e
1987 Armstrong MT560e
1997 Honda XR250R Ex-Army
1966 BSA B40WD
1971 BSA B50T
1973 BSA B50MX

2007 Suzuki GSX1400 (Workhorse)


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