1924 BSA 249cc Model B 'Round Tank'
Registration no. DS 6982
Frame no. B2214
Engine no. B41629
A top-selling model for BSA in the 1920s, the versatile Model B, or 'Round Tank', was used by just about every tradesman whose job required cheap personal transport. Popular with learners - the fact that the gearbox had only two speeds and that both brakes operated on the rear wheel were attributes guaranteed to re-assure novices - the reliable 250 sidevalve provided many with their first motorcycling experience. Advanced features, for a lightweight, included all-chain drive and pumped lubrication, though the traditional sight feed and auxiliary hand pump were retained. A three-speed version - identifiable by its black tank - was added for 1926 and then the following year a wedge-shaped tank replaced the much-loved original.
This machine was allocated the registration number 'DS 6982' when its un-restored remains were inspected by the DVLA in 1984, after which it remained untouched while other machines took priority. In 1997 the BSA was restored to its present condition, which included fitting a three-speed gearbox. Mainly used as a 'show bike', it is a runner but has not been ridden on the road since 1997. The vendor advises us that it falls outside the current DVLA SORN criteria and the registration number remains on the DVLA dormant list. Prior to road use it would require a thorough check over and re-commissioning. Described as in generally excellent condition, the machine is offered with history file and Swansea V5C document.