November 2023 Bike of the Month
Bike of the Month Larry Horn of Huntington Beach with his 1961 BSA D1 Bantam

Make: BSA
Model: D1 Bantam
Year: 1961
Country of Origin: England
Engine: 125cc Single Two-stroke
Transmission: 3 speed
Owner: Larry Horn
City: Huntington Beach

1961 BSA D1 Bantam

Congratulations to Larry Horn of Huntington Beach for winning Bike of the Month with his 1961 BSA D1 Bantam. Larry won a plaque provided by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys.

Larry has owned the bike for 20 years and started the restoration two years ago. All the parts had to be shipped from the United Kingdom, and shipping costs generally outweighed the price of the parts.

The D1 is actually a German DKW design. After WWII England brought the factory equipment from Germany and started producing the motorcyles. This bike is as it was originally with virtually all the parts painted and very few chrome parts.

According the Larry, they produced the Bantam up until the early 1970's.

Here's a Wikipedia page with much more information.

Larry has been a part of this group nearly as long as it's been running. This is the seventh time he has won Bike of the Month.
Here's the run down:
August 2014 - 1954 Jawa 500 OHC
April 2014 - 1948 Norvin
March 2013 - 1957 Ariel Square Four Mk II
December 2011 - 1950/52 Norvin
May 2011 - 1955 Velocette MSS
His daughter's bike:
January 2013 - 1959 Triumph Tiger Cub 200

Thank you Larry for bringing your BSA out for all of us to see. See all the photos in our November 2023 Gallery.

The Bike of the Month contest is held monthly at the Vintage Bike OC meet. Qualifying motorcycles must be 30 years old or older. Former Bike of the Month winning bikes are not eligible to win again. Anyone attending the meet is eligible to enter a qualifying bike in the contest and vote for their favorite bike. The winning bike is chosen by a popular vote and is featured on the Home page for one month and in this feature article. The Bike of the Month articles are permanent content on the site.

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Photo gallery of all the Bike of the Month winners.
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1961 BSA D1 Bantam
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1966 Honda S90
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1973 BMW R75/5
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1974 Honda XR75
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1975 Honda MT250 Elsinore
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1947 Indian Chief Bobber
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1982 Kawasaki GPZ1100
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1975 Yamaha RD125B
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1981 Yamaha RD350LC
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1968 Honda CB77 Super Hawk
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1970 Briggs & Stratton Motorbike
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