My Dad's BSA Sloper

December 06, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

My Dad must have been de-mobbed from the RAF in 1944 and he returned to his original job at de Havilland at Burt Oak, Edgware,Middlesex. To get to Edgware from Petworth in West Sussex he purchased a BSA for the 60 mile journey. He did this journey every Sunday afternoon, stayed in 'digs' over the week in Edgware and rode back to Petworth on Friday evenings. 

He did this for many years and I remember seeing his Kapok, quilted flying suit hanging up to dry in the shed!

Later, he took a train to and fro from work and the bike was parked up in the shed covered in an old blanket.

I used to sit on the bike and my memory of it is as follows 

 

Its had a green tank with a black headlamp.

It had girder forks and a stand which folded down from the front mudguard. It had a similar stand clipped to the rear mudguard too.

There was an angled upward filler cap for oil which had a hexagon casting for a spanner.

It had a single saddle with a separate pillion pad.

It had a hand change gear on the tank and the most important part of my memory, I think the registration Number was MG 1444

My Dad later gave the bike away to a Chris Chapman who lived on a farm at Upwaltham on the South Downs. I wonder where it is now...

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I did this drawing when I must have been about seven or eight years old.

 


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