Page 20. 1964 BSA Beagle 75cc 4-stroke Motorcycle. SOLD

1964 BSA Beagle 75cc 4-stroke Motorcycle

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The BSA Beagle was only in production for 18 months. They are quite rare now, and the remaining examples to be found are invariably low-mileage examples.

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Though influenced by Edward Turner (famous for the Ariel Square Four and Triumph Speed Twin), it had been rushed out by BSA to try and compete in a market they were losing to imports. Italian lightweight motorcycles had excellent reputations and the revolutionary Honda 4 stroke mopeds had just started to arrive. But, with inherent engine problems, most Beagles soon ended up back in the shops that had sold them. My mechanic worked on them when he first started as an apprentice. He told me that BSA refused to honour the guarantees, so shops had to bear the costs themselves.

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This machine was restored 20 years ago by the previous owner, though he never used it. We fitted new points, coil and condensor, and it was MOT’d a few weeks ago. It starts easily and runs well.

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SUMMARY: Overall the bike is excellent, though the paint has crazed in places (you can’t see it in the photos).

It is DVLA registered. And I have a big folder with plenty of literature, including 5 BSA Beagle wall charts, receipts from its restoration, old logbook, handbook, manual and parts list (see further down the page).

If the new owner wants it, I also have most of another Beagle for spares. It’s also DVLA registered, with the (transferable) reg KUE 652.

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BSA BEAGLE

1963-1966 – 75cc OHV single cylinder.
4hp – 40mph – 125mpg – weight 145lbs

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The Beagle had roller main bearings, geared primary drive and a four speed gearbox, but a weak top end let it down, along with its many oil leaks. Handling was poor, and if worked hard the engines would often give up at well under 10,000 miles.

But these days we rise to the challenge of riding a bike that was a failure in its day. Most cyclemotors suffered from the same essential issue – which is that they were not in production for long enough for the various problems to be solved.

Mark Daniels provides an excellent summary of the Beagle in the Moped Archive article ‘Two Dogs’ – To read it PLEASE CLICK HERE. As Mark says: “Seriously re-engineering the design failings is the only real solution, and Simon Bateman at Nametab Engineering (01527-522266) does roller bearing crank conversions at surprisingly competitive prices.”

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Paperwork to be sold with the Beagle

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LOCATION: Brighton, E.Sussex, United Kingdom

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DELIVERY is not included in this auction.

This means that it is not my responsibility,

BUT I can put you in touch with a delivery chap and organize collection;

you liaise with them direct re delivery and pay them separately.

Great Britain – delivery is £40 for a cyclemotor to main parts of England;

extra to extremities such as Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, etc (and may take longer to arrive)

(Please email your postcode if you want to confirm price).

THIS BARGAIN PRICE DELIVERY IS ON A PART-LOAD BASIS.

(Collection when they’re in my area; delivery when in yours).

LOCAL DELIVERY FREE

If you want it fast, please organize your own collection.

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Ireland & N. Ireland – I’ll recommend some companies, but you’ll have to organize it yourself.

Europe – delivery is probably around €400 to Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, etc. I can recommend two companies.

North America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, etc – I’ll organize all the crating and shipping for you.

PAYMENT: Paypal is okay for cheap items; otherwise deposit only on paypal please.

INTERNATIONAL PURCHASERS:

You must communicate with me before the end of the auction to discuss payment and shipping options.

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AFTER PURCHASE: Please email me your phone numbers; I prefer to speak to all purchasers personally.

I do everything I can to make your purchase a pleasurable experience.

I’ve been selling obscure vintage vehicles on ebay since 2002.

Sharing similar interests, I’ve become good friends with many of my customers.

Please feel free to email or phone with any comments or questions…

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VEHICLE CONDITION: Vintage vehicles are wonderful beasts

– but each has an individual personality and they sometimes have bad days just like you and me.
You will need basic mechanical skills (or a local mechanic) to use one on a regular basis.

Two-strokes invariably need basic servicing before starting them, if they’ve been left to stand for more than 3 weeks or so.

These are rare vehicles whose values are not necessarily based on running order.

IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THE ABOVE, PLEASE DO NOT BID.

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