1948 BSA twist grip shifter


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SirMike1983

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 27, 2008
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That could well be a 1948 - looks like a model #604DC Streamlight Sports Roadster with the optional chain guard in the 21 inch frame size. They made the same bike with rod brakes as the #604D (the additional "C" stood for cable brake model). The 1950 BSA catalog actually shows the twist grip shifter of that era.

http://veterancycleclublibrary.org.uk/ncl/pics/BSA catalogue 1950 (V-CC Library).pdf

(see page 2)

I'm not sure how reliable they proved to be compared to the quadrant of the earlier era and the flicker shift on the handle bars of the later era. You see more quadrants and flick shifters on the bikes today than this twist shifter. It's neat how the cable enters the handlebars themselves to connect.
 
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