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#1 2016-12-30 8:34am

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1971 Don Smith DS Springer

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1971 Don Smith DS Springer

Early prototype BMX

The bike is referenced on Don Smith's memorial web page and in his book 'Ride it! BMX The Complete Book of Bicycle Motocross. The race number 16 matches the serial number of the bike.


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#2 2016-12-30 11:01am

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Re: 1971 Don Smith DS Springer

Now that`s old school cool


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#3 2016-12-30 11:14am

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Re: 1971 Don Smith DS Springer

WOW.  First time seeing and hearing of one of these, but I already appreciate and admire it!


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#4 2017-01-01 8:08pm

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Re: 1971 Don Smith DS Springer

Very cool! Anymore information? Where or how did you come across it?


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#5 2017-01-02 4:19am

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Re: 1971 Don Smith DS Springer

Thanks for all the comments. I bought the bike several years ago and recognised the frame, forks and wheels as being the prototype pictured and discussed in Don Smith's book. The frame geometry is very distinctive and when you get up close to it you can see that it is a bit of a one off. It has taken me a long time to source the missing correct parts. I have never seen a number plate like the one that fits over the double crossbar and I had to have this one fabricated. The wheels are 23'' made by atom with very heavy gauge spokes and I am fairly sure that they would be the same wheels used on small Japanese motorcycles of the same era. The only parts that are missing are the chrome mudguards, the brackets to fit them to are still present on the forks and the back of the frame. The whole bike weighs a ton and I think that Don had thought of everything except the weight of the bike. Don Smith had an amazing career in motorcycle riding, design, sales and anything else that you can do with one so I would recommend anyone to look him up on the Internet. He had a huge involvement in the early stages of BMX racing in the UK. This bike took me a long time to complete and any further comments are more than welcome.

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