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I have been offered a girder fork BSA M20 for approximately 3000 Australian dollars which equates to about 1700 English pounds. The bike is reasonably complete though in need of a total restoration. It has a later model gearbox fitted and also appears to have a later model engine. There is no clutch or speedo.
If I bought the bike I would probably look at restoring it to "civilian mode" as I already have an original 1942 M20. So other than obtaining the correct gearbox for it I would not be too concerned about total originality.
As yet I have not seen the bike as it is located about 200 kilometres from my home, I have just been sent some photos of it.
I understand the costs involved in a restoration, what I am wondering is, if the price being asked for the bike reasonable as it stands?
I have attached some links for photos of the bike, hopefully they work.
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It would be an absolute bargain if it was in the UK. I don't know much about prices in Oz but it looks to be a really good buy. I recently paid quite a bit more for one in boxes and much worse condition.
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I'd buy that if I were you. It has prewar deluxe girder forks.
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The frame is also a later tele fork model if you look at the front engine mount area so the engine might match the frame?
I'm not certain about the chronology of the changeover to the later style gearbox for the M models but I think it was around the time of the switch to tele forks so it is possibly a later model with the earlier girders fitted.
The primary case (outer at least) also looks to be a later one as does the generator.
I would think that isn't too far off the mark for Australia these days assuming there are internals in the engine and gearbox - I haven't seen many M20s of any vintage in an almost complete state come up for a while.
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Seems to cheap to me specially from a shop as most complete ones in Australia are asking around $10000 nearly complete. But not getting that much been army one near Melbourne that has been on Ebay and gumtree for about 18 months. I notice the head has been off and looks like timing case covers might be missing screws not sure though. Might be missing internals for sure. Plenty are buying restored bikes from auctions here that have been in museums and have no engine or gearbox internals and Honda wheel rims but look the part from the distance with nice paint job. If you look at it and it is reasonable complete then yes a great buy with the girder forks. Last time I looked on Gumtree and Bike sales there were about 6 WM20 for sale around $10000. Trouble is trying to find someone to refurbish girder forks if they are stuffed. The old hands who knew about these bikes are now in old peoples homes or the grave yard unfortunately.
['The old hands who knew about these bikes are now in old peoples homes or the grave yard unfortunately..']
Not all of them, fortunately...:laughing: ...Ian
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I'll second that Ian!
Something about that bike bothered me from the day I firs saw the photographs of it
Now it has come back
That looks very much like Don Nolans old M20.
From memory that went to his brother Max after he died and Max would be getting on by now as well.
Don wanted girders and because he was getting on a bit and the body had sufferred from years of motorcycle racing back in the day he also wanted some rear end springing .
His shoulders were quite bad thus the deluxe forks with the rubber mounted handle bars
Down side was he had not ridden since having children and the ride from Lidcome to Homebush ( about 4 miles ) was too much and he had to get MArk to ride the bike home while I drove him back.
Don't think I ever saw it again as he decided to do some thing with his round tank that he never managed to finish
A really good bloke & keen BSA enthusiast .