1975 BSA 250cc C15T Trials Special Registration no. KOE 68P Frame no. CDF 29 Engine no. CDE 42
BSA's 250 trials model, which first appeared in 1959, became one of Britain's most successful trials machines, although the C15Ts that did the winning were often usually modified from standard. KOE is no exception.
Originally registered as BSA 250 it was ridden by both Brian Martin and Jeff Smith. According to an accompanying letter from Brian Martin (July 1998) to Roy Jordan the then owner, and himself a respected Midland Centre competitor, the BSA registration number was transferred to another machine. The same letter confirms the bike is fitted with an experimental Bantam frame, and that the motor is effectively a C25. Other BSA Comp Shop improvements include a staggered fin cylinder barrel, B50 fuel tank, narrower primary chain case, and a pair of neatly tapered hubs. It was in 2000 that Roy sold the machine to Peter Taft, who sadly died in late 2015. Peter and younger brother Paul, always astride BSAs, were top level national scramblers in the 1950s. While it is known Peter rode it just once in a Bonanza Trial, it is believed he did not subsequently ride it competitively. Dry-stored for a dozen plus years, and in a visibly fair condition, it will clearly require re-commissioning before further use. A fit-for-purpose ex 'works' machine; part of trials history!