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Suntour 3 speed / SA Army BSA

Old 04-11-05, 05:53 AM
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Charl Cilliers
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Suntour 3 speed / SA Army BSA

I have just bought what I was told was a south african military issue (WWII) BSA Aquarius. It has a perished sprung leather seat, block-pedals and cable brakes. It has a lovely bell mounted on the handlebars with an saint christopher design on it (encircled by the following lettering ASPICE CHRISTOPHORUM ET TUTUS VIAM CARPE). It also still has the headbadge intact. The bike is predominantly black with dark red mudguards, BUT it also has a 3-speed Suntour hub (found this info on the net: Sturmey Archer made 3-speed AW hubs with a SunTour logo on the shell for Maeda in the 1970s. The Sturmey Archer manufacture is not mentioned in either company histories.Frank Berto August 26, 1998 https://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~hadland/page35.htm). This makes me conclude that the hub and gears were fitted years later...

Can anyone tell me more about this bike and or the hub? I will be posting pics on my website https://www.oldbikes.741.com soon (within 36 hours from now!). Oh, and once it is polished and fixed up, it will be up for grabs :-)

Pretty interesting?!

Regards

Charl
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