Blitz Motorcycles “BSW”

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Fred and Hugo of Blitz Motorcycles describe their latest creation as “A gentleman’s bike for a gentleman rider”. But it’s not a conservative, retro throwback. “BSW” is decidedly unconventional, like all of Blitz’s builds so far.

The motorcycle was built for an English customer called John, who lives in Paris. It’s a BMW R60/6, a 599cc airhead that was manufactured in the mid-70s. A strong, economical and relatively simple bike, it weighs just over 200 kg wet and is capable of more than 160 kph in stock form.

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Fred Jourden located the bike in picturesque Poitiers, some four hours southwest of Paris, and in August he rendezvoused with John at the seller’s house. “In a minute, the BMW R60/6 was John’s,” says Fred. “After checking the oil level and charging system, we hit the road. It was John’s first time on French secondary roads, and whenever I checked my mirror to see if he was still behind me, a wonderful smile was on his face. Especially when we approached the world-famous châteaux de la Loire!”

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John is originally from Birmingham, the home of BSA. So Fred and Hugo searched for a BSA tank to place on the BMW. (“And of course, BMW + BSA = BSW!”) On a more serious note, the whole bike has been thoroughly overhauled, right down to a change of piston rings. Matte black predominates, in the form of high-temperature paint and powdercoat.

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There’s a new rear subframe, a bespoke handcrafted seat and custom side covers. The headlight is from a 1960s French mobylette and the taillight from a 1940s bicycle. More modern upgrades include Tommaselli bars and Doherty levers. The bespoke tank straps are by Fleet Illya, a London-based leather specialist, but the BSA tank itself is exactly “as found”—right down to the lettering, which was left untouched.

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Head over to the Blitz website for more images and details on the BSW. Or check out Blitz’s previous builds in our Archives. [Pictures by Gary Jézégabel.]

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