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1930 BSA SLOPER 557CC AND SWALLOW SPORTS SIDECAR

I have had this bike for a number of years now. The original owner was a cattle inspector who worked in the Eastern Transvaal area. The story goes is that he used the bike to transport his tent and equipment in the sidecar and moved from one farm to the next. His job was to inspect cattle for foot and mouth, and other diseases. It required a total rebuild.

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I got this bike from a fellow in Escourt. This is the condition it came in. Evidently it had been lying under a house for 20 years.
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A very worn and tired bike.
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This is what happens when you drag a sidecar over rough roads...
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...and then throw it under a house for 20 years.
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After an extensive rebuild, with the sidecar nearly finished I decided to do a rally. With frost on the ground someone asked me if I was cold.
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My daughter said 'Daddy please get me out of here'.
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Displayed in the Waterfall Library.
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The original sidecar was only good enough to use as a pattern. Each piece of the original wooden frame was used as a pattern to cut new wood. This way I got the sidecar to look just the way it was when new.
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Many of the sidecar connections were renewed.
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Total respray on the bike and sidecar.
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Total engine rebuild was required to get it up and running.
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They say the BSA Sloper is the 'Holy Grail' of the BSA range and after owning one I can agree with this. One kick and it starts, very comfortable to ride and total reliability.
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The polygon cut out on the parcel carrier is to strip the spark plug. Hinged mudguard to get the wheel out. They did think of everthing.
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Takes some getting used to, to ride a bike with a sidecar. Both rider and passenger need to lean around corners.
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Comfortable seat.
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That hand changes is not as easy as it looks to use. When your right hand is on the lever, your left is steering the whole bike and side car. Don't attempt a hand change in a corner at speed.
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A display in Hillcrest High School.
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