BSA M21 in Movies
Definitely a BSA but I think something of a hybrid or else a very rare variant. It has the later tank badge but the earlier plunger rear suspension and has a side valve motor. The motor looks too big to be a C10 250 so I think it is the old M20 500. Date about 1953. Non-original seat and front brake.
I am riding the BSA in the pic and still own it. I am the third owner and knew both the previous owners. It is a 1958 M21 (600cc sidevalve). It is a rare civilian model (most were made for the AA). It is completely original. I acquired it in 1975 as a sidecar outfit (double adult Watsonian). I rode it as a solo and outfit (single seater) until the mid eighties. It then spent many years in a corner of the garage. Three years ago I cleaned it up, re-attached it to the single seater sidecar and use it as often as I can. It runs as sweetly as ever and has now done 41,000 miles. If anyone is interested I'll post current pictures.
980 AVW ✓ Taxed Tax due: 01 September 2018 MOT Exempt Vehicle make: BSA Date of first registration: November 1954 Year of manufacture: 1954 Cylinder capacity (cc): 600 cc Fuel type: PETROL Export marker: No Vehicle status: Tax not due Vehicle colour: NOT STATED M 21 Small goof - no front number plate - it was compulsory in those days (until 2001??). Until the 1960s maybe? I've only seen it on classic bikes.
Legal requirement for front plates dropped in 1975, probably not enforced for some time by then (I owned a 1972 500/4 and a '73 RD 250 [350 ] and neither had any sign of front plates ever being fitted), It is illegal to fit one to a bike registered after 01/09/2001, if you hit a pedestrian, front plates tend to fillet them like a kipper.
June 39 plate. AA man is removing the sign (to confuse any passing German parachutists and spies?) generaly AA bike(s) was BSA M20 as looks kick starter and few details but ^ we have 2 1959 AA bikes as BSA M21 - here, so BSA seems a traditional supplier for AA.
right with you, M21 was built also before WWII so we could say BSA M21
Dad's Army EP: 7.05
From episode 7.01 WW2 era M20 I think. The vehicle details for BSA 'JVB 54' are: Date of Liability 06 06 2008 Date of First Registration 01 07 1951 Year of Manufacture Not Available Cylinder Capacity (cc) 600CC Fuel Type Petrol Main picture replaced and the blurred picture added to the thumbnails (from ep.7.01). The clue is 600cc - it is an M21. It could be an ex military machine that was only registered in 1951. The girder forks and rigid rear end suggest a earlier date.
Yes BSA M21 'JVB 54' is already listed in 'On the Buses'. Year is 1945 according to Jun's comment, "1945-48 by postwar color & garder-fork".
Look at Life: Horse-Power Riders
Reg no. WLN174......... ... 1959 BSA M21
Compare similar AA with sidecar and WLN 191 plate - /vehicle_22696-BSA-M21-1959.html
Seance on a Wet Afternoon
As far as I can work out this is a BSA M21. The style of tank badge was only used for a short period around 1953. Compare this view - http://www.vintagebike.co.uk/pictures/1956-bsa-m21/ - with the last thumbnail. The sidecar hauling models retained plunger rear suspension long after the regular models went to swinging arm rear suspension. Plate reads PAR 234.
... = early 53.
The League of Gentlemen
The BSA M21 was produced 1946-63. This type of sidecar was introduced in the late 50s. The plate reads WLN 191. Jan 59 - July 61 plate series "allocated in blocks". 59 should be OK.
Another AA BSA M21 with WLN 174 plate and no sidecar - /vehicle.php?id=706956
On the Buses
M20(500cc) or M21(600cc) M21 is natural as outfit combination (... already eject... bail out! ) Year is 1945-48 by postwar color & garder-fork.
An old Croydon bike, possibly supplied by Godfrey's, Brighton Road.
Partie de chasse...Le side car de Don Cesare (Pierre Brasseur) est avancé !
BSA M21 I think it's postwar (1945-) model from the bigger toolbox. http://www.classicbikesuk.com/2747M21.jpg
Britain's Best Drives EP: 4
Deleted scene from ep4, included as DVD extra. Filmed outside the pub at Dunmail Raise near Grasmere. Bloke is retired AA patrolman in 1950s uniform. Plate is WLN 271, which is same series as 2 other AA BSA M21s in our collection and has several online photos such as this one. We've identified this vehicle using the details you provided BSA M21 1959 Registration number: WLN 271 Body type: M/C Combination Colour: Black And Yellow 592cc BSA M21 Date registered 26 March 1959 MOT expired on 27 March 2013 Date tested 23 March 2012 PASS Mileage 43,553 miles
The Travellers Rest, a Jennings house
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