AT THE NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM
1936 BSA Y13 V-Twin
If you walk into the British motorcycle display area in the National Motorcycle Museum, you’ll be met with a wide range of single and twin cylinder motorcycles. You’ll also see a few V-twin machines, Broughs and Vincents, some of the finest machines in the Museum, and in the world. But one bike that’s a stand out, and is pretty rare, especially in the States, is a BSA Y13. Based on a 500cc military spec machine, the 750cc V-twin arrived in 1936 and production ended in 1938. The right side is the most striking given the exhaust system and the bold chrome plated pushrod tubes. But here’s a little background.
- Engine: Air-Cooled OHV V-Twin
- Bore & Stroke: 71mm x 94.5mm
- Displacement: 748cc’s
- Lubrication: Dry Sump/Four Pint Tank
- Carburetion: Amal 76
- Electrics/Ignition: Lucas MagDyno/6 Volt
- Starting: Kick
- Horsepower: 26.5HP
- Clutch: Multi-Plate, Dry
- Primary: Chain Driven
- Transmission: 4-Speed, Right Foot Shift
- Frame: Lugged/Brazed, Duplex Cradle
- Wheelbase: 54 Inches
- Suspension: Girder Fork/Sprung Seat
- Fork Damper: Friction
- Brakes: 7″ Drum, Front & Rear
- Wheels/Tires: 4.00 x 18/4.00 x 18
- Weight: 450 Pounds, Approx.
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