Penton Wassell Sachs - Antelope Woodsman Mudlark 1972 125cc Trials Enduro

Price: £1,195.00
Condition: --not specified
Item location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Make: Wassell
Year: 1972
Engine size: 125
Gears: Six-speed manual
Start type: Kick start
Drive type: Chain

For sale is my Wassell Trials bike. Made approx 1972 in Staffordshire UK. I think that this bike has probably been in America where a lot of the Wassells ended up. Apparently the Wassells were shipped out to Penton with the Sachs B series engines (Radial finned heads and alloy barrel). At some point there was a shortage of these B engines for the Penton competition bikes so the Wassells were stripped of their engines and replaced with the A series engines for more general trials type use (as mine has). It is possible that in the USA the bike would have been a Penton Mudlark. a not very competitive trilas bike but now pretty sought after and very rare on this side of the pond. More intriguingly is the possibility that it could have been an early version of the Penton Woodsman which was more of a trail/enduro bike. The Woodsmans had an orange paint scheme and later models had a long seat and modified rear frame. bigger guards etc. This bike comes with orange side panels (plus some new blanks included if you want the Mudlark look). it also had a half orange tank (stripped by the previous owner) and had orange guards. It currently has a high mounted front guard but the forks have the lugs for a low guard. You can buy the correct stays for the MP forks from Greeves (?48 pair). The bike also has a pair of knobbly High Point Tyres which I think may be original and were used on other Penton bikes from the period.  It does run and starts easily. but the clutch wont quite clear (maybe stuck from standing unused?). The rear shocks look to be new but are an inch too long which has made the swing arm too close to the rear brake cable mount. I think shorter shocks  (12") will be needed or the cable lug moving. Rims are original and ok but the chrome is pitted. New tyres required. The motoplat ignition can run lighting so putting it on the road would be an option. There is a split in the rear of the seat. Back guard is an old alloy one that I had knocking around.  I originally bought the bike as I wanted a better seat and tank for my Wassell Bantam. as it turned out neither would fit! A year down the line I have to admit that I'm unlikely to do anything with the bike so time to find a new home. In recent months there appears to have been a growing interest in the Wassell bikes. a Wassell Antelope sold at auction last summer for ?3. 5k! With a smallish spend and a bit of time this could easily be made into a tidy bike. nbsp;Any questions please e-mailA couple of other pointsThe tank is not dented. it has been stripped of its orange paint and needs flatting and polishing to regain its shiny finish. As you can see it has the panels for the Wassell or Penton stickers. Its hard to find a tank this good. its better than my Bantam one but sadly a different shape tunnel underneath.  The frame number is W***ST . The W for Wassell and the ST is I presume is for Sachs trials.  The bike has a new old stock kick startThe original triangular air box is included. I have the brake brake arm from the rear plate. An original Sachs engine repair booklet is included

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