ONE SIZE FITS ALL
Pozo’s 1952 125cc BSA Bantum
Words & Photography Matt Lindsay.
At events such as the Kustom Nationals, thereare always a few new builds or recently imported cars & bikes scattered around to take notice of but the majority of attending vehicles at events such as this are predominantly the same ones that have attended in previous years, ie; you’ve seen them all before. But on occasions there are examples that really stand out, you’re never too sure why at first but there is always one car or bike, (or truck or tractor or plane or train – we’re not bias here at Kustom Auto, whatever you fancy) that you return to time and time again. You may not know what draws you in for a closer look, it could be customised so cleanly that it looks factory yet custom, maybe there are a few bolt on accessories which are simple yet change the entire look or maybe it’s just something that’s a little different to everything else on show, a little left of field…
The latter is what I think made the bike in question stand out to me, because in amongst a sea of raked choppers, low slung bobbers and clean lines café racers was this; a simple, minimalist, 1952 125cc BSA Bantum.
I spent a little while checking it out and photographing the bike but failed to track down the owner, a couple of days later and thankyou Instagram, I managed to find out whose it was and contacted him.
“There’s not a lot to tell you about the bike” began Pozo (real name Aaron), the previous owner of the Bantum had it restored purely as a display piece with the plan to have it on show in his lounge. Now some would say unfortunately but in this case it would turn out to be somewhat fortunate, for Pozo at least. The previous owner’s wife disagreed with the rolling art in the house and it was sent out to the shed to gather dust. Two years past and like many former projects, the BSA ended up being listed on eBay, and subsequently was purchased by Pozo.
Being that the Bantum was restored purely as a display piece meant that the majority of the aesthetic work was done, but due to the bike not needing to run, the drive train components had been left untouched. There are many people and companies these days who deal with antique motorcycles but sometimes it’s the little people who are known to have a history of dealing with certain machines who become the perfect pool of knowledge. So rather than tearing off an arm and leg to get the motor rebuilt by a specialist company, Pozo took the motor out to, as he puts it “an old timer that still rides a Bantum around his farm” to get a check over. Turns out all that was needed to get the little single cylinder 2 stroke going again were a few new bearings, seals and a new coil and the result is a rolling, running work of art.
As far as future plans for the bike go, Pozo is just planning to add a small front guard, wire up some lights and it becomes the perfect starter bike to teach his girlfriend to ride. “she’s already telling everyone it’s her bike” he adds.