BSA Y13 metal wall sign
V-twin | 750cc | OHV | G14 | Girder fork | Small Heath | Armoury Road | J34-11
Size: 300mm x 400mm
Instructions for use:
1. Remove carefully from the packaging.
2. Inspect the sign and feel pleased that you bought it.
3. Find a suitable spot on a suitable wall or door.
4. Position the sign thoughtfully using strips of masking tape if necessary.
5. Carefully mount the sign with nails or screws taking utmost care not to damage any part of the design (Tip: Use fibre washers both in front and behind the sign if you're the particular type or have an obsessive-compulsive tendency).
6. Open a beer, light a fag, hug your partner or favourite pet.
7. Stand back and enjoy the sign and do this as often as time and convenience allows.
8. Drop us an email to let us know how satisfied you are.
9. Wipe the sign occasionally with a soft cloth (and wax it if you're the particular type or have an obsessive-compulsive tendency).
10. Tell your friends.
That's all that's required. The sign should still be fit for purpose long after you're gone, and we hope that's a long time into the future.
IT'S GOTTA BE RIGHT
We only sell signs that we
hang on our own walls. If you have a problem with anything you buy from Sump, tell us and we'll sort it out. Pronto.
No fuss. No arguments.
BSA 750cc Y13
Call it something fundamental, if you like. Call it earthiness. Or just plain simple. Meaning low-tech engines. Basic transmission. Hope & pray brakes. Crude suspension (and usually only at the business end). And, generally speaking, nothing but a spring-loaded saddle to soften the worst of the bumps. We've covered thousands of satisfactory miles on bikes like these.
The 750cc BSA Y13 V-twin was built largely as a heavyweight sidecar hauler. But BSA was mindful of the fact that there were also one or two in the professional classes who had a use for a long-legged touring mount—notably one that was significantly cheaper than, say, a Brough Superior or Matchless Model X.
The 750cc, OHV, pushrod, four-speed Y13 first appeared in the BSA catalogue in 1935. By the end of 1938, the motorcycle was out of production again.
But it wasn't the only V-twin in the Small Heath range. The similar looking 500cc J34-11 had been unveiled to the public in 1934. The following season, the J34-11 became the 500cc J35. In 1936 it was marketed as the 500cc J12,and that was the last year of its production.
There was also the G14 V-twin; a flagship 985cc heavyweight sidevalve that offered plenty of raw, chair-tugging power for the sidecar tradespeople of the day, but not very much in the way of a sporting journey.
That left the 750cc Y13. With its OHV engine and slightly reduced weight, this 27-odd horsepower @ 4,800rpm bike offered a more responsive ride with a good turn of speed at around 80mph coupled with fairly nimble handling.
The engine dimensions were 71mm x 94mm. Wheels were 4.00 x 18-inch front and rear. The frame is a twin cradle rigid. BSA used its own heavyweight front fork. Brakes were 7-inch front and rear. The weight was around 450lbs (205kg).
Today, these bikes are very rare and highly sought after and prized. Around 1,600 were manufactured.
Our more modest BSA Y13 metal signs are original designs printed direct-to-metal in the traditional way. So you can expect an old fashioned patina appropriate to this kind of artwork. The dimensions are 300mm x 400mm.
Will you like it when you see it? We think so. If we didn't, we wouldn't be flogging 'em.
We package these signs as well as we reasonably can, and we despatch as soon as possible (usually within 24 hours of ordering, and very rarely longer than 2-3 days if stock has run out and needs to be re-supplied.
Either way, we'll keep you posted. And if for any reason we can't supply your sign, we'll tell you without unnecessary delay and will refund your money in full.
And remember this if you will:
We don't sell anything that we don't hang in our own garages.
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