1936 BSA Lady-back Tandem Model T64 with Watsonian Child’s Sidecar
21 inch front; 20 inch rear
This is a T64 BSA Tandem fitted with Cyclo gears. It was BSA’s most expensive machine for 1936, priced at £17 6/- . By comparison, the Opperman Special was £10 17/- 6d (or 25/- extra for flamboyant finish). With BSA’s excellent reputation, this was the top touring outfit of its era.
A new motorcycle combination would set you back around £70 – £80, while the cheapest fully equipped new car in 1936 was the Ford Model Y 8hp Two-door saloon at £100, £83 more than this tandem. On top of that, of course, were road tax, petrol, and maintenance costs.
So you can see why tandems were popular. Fitted with a Watsonian child’s sidecar, and a folding child’s bicycle seat fitted at the stern, this BSA outfit would have provided cheap and reliable family transport for summer holidays.