1952 BSA 125cc D1 Bantam


Item specifics

Condition: Used Year: 1952
VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): 78144 YD Mileage: 91
Exterior Color: Green Make: BSA
Engine Size (cc): 125 Model:

125cc D1 Bantam

Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty Sub Model (Optional): Ex-Ewan McGregor
Vehicle Title: Clear Type: Standard
For Sale By:
Private Seller


From the private collection of Ewan McGregor

1952 BSA Bantam 125cc D1 Bantam with Wico Pacy Electrics

Engine Number: 78144 YD

Movie fans will know Ewan McGregor from his roles in 50-plus films, including a young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars series and Christian in the musical Moulin Rouge. But McGregor, a consummate motorcyclist may be more impressive to us with his riding résumé, which includes the travel documentaries Long Way Round and Long Way Down, in which he and longtime riding mate Charley Boorman circumvent the globe on a couple of BMW adventure-tourers.

His ever-changing collection of motorcycles is wide-ranging, with everything from track bikes to scooters and everything in between. Now, in an attempt to “thin the herd”, a selection from this very discerning of collections is available for sale. See my “other items for sale” for details.

Many a now-mature British motorcyclist’s first two-wheeled experience will have been gained aboard a BSA Bantam. Developed from the pre-war DKW RT125 and announced in 1948, the Bantam became a top seller for BSA, in excess of half a million leaving the Birmingham factory before production ceased in 1971. Originally of 123cc, the engine grew first to 148cc and then to 172cc. Battery electrics powered by a 6-volt Lucas alternator became available as an option in 1950.

The bike offered here, a 125cc D1 Bantam with Wico Pacy Electrics of 1952 vintage, is in excellent mechanical condition, starting easily, and it runs well. McGregor installed a Rooster Booster electronic ignition system for increased reliability and power. Everything works as it should on this diminutive, rigid-framed cockerel.

Cosmetically, the bike is in fine original condition, steeped in patina. It is far from a perfect show-piece, but has the lovely worn and enjoyed look of a 65-year-old bike. And with the very fitting leather brief case…