keep the price low, BSA ignored the frills. The only
chrome part is the gas cap (the handlebars were painted
silver). There was no speedometer, no front fender and
there were no lights. The British postal service bought
thousands of street-legal Bantams for telegram delivery
duty, which made the Bantam one of the most commonly
seen bikes in the 1960s. Our featured Bantam was one of
two purchased by a San Jose BSA dealer and was never
sold. The Early Years of Motocross Museum purchased
the bike for $2500. Always look for the upswept exhaust
with fish-tip muffler. Also, look for the long saddle,
Dunlop Sport tires and original hydraulic suspension.
A bonus would be the 47-tooth trail sprocket that was
included with all Trail Broncs. ❏
175cc two-stroke engine was 8 horsepower.
BSA importer Hap Alzina in Oakland, California, asked
BSA to build this entry-level machine for the U.S. market, but its release corresponded with the introduction
of the Yamaha YG1 80cc trail bike (and later with the
Hodaka Ace 90), and the result was poor sales for BSA.
Additionally, BSA dealers focused on the larger 500cc and
650cc four-stroke machines. The Trail Broncs sat in the
dealer showrooms and some, like our featured bike, were