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1880 manufacture led to the supply of parts to the trade.

1904 Parts be used by other firms to machines using Minerva

1910 Entry into with single model remained as standard — quality of materials and design. model had vertically-mounted 3.5hp chain-driven magneto, sprung and excellent finish. Within six from their launching, were selling well. The were easily distinguishable rival makes by their and green painted tanks.

A TT two-speed model was soon Until well into the various models were adapted or discontinued.

1913-1917 For a of the models and prices of motorcycles see the Red Book

1915 There was a between the 85×88 3.5hp and the 85×98 4.25hp model. latter machine was offered as especially suitable for sidecar It also had the three-speed BSA gearbox foot controlled clutch was introduced in 1914 and a double BSA carburettor.

Both models could be had in version or in all chain drive encased chains, which the machine three pounds and shillings more expensive.

War I. During the war, production while BSA pursued their manufacturing, making guns, but quickly after the war.

The company made their V-twins.

Early 1920s. acquired an engineer and designer Daimler called Harold who designed new sporting machines for including their popular ohv Sloper of 1928.

1925 private company

1928 made their first and two-…, a 175cc unit bike, for only one season.

BSA’s famous Star started in the 1930s with the Star singles in 250cc, and 500cc versions. The Empire followed.

1936 Major changes introduced by Val Page. who was formerly of and Triumph. and who revised and simplified that were no longer to produce. His work remained in until the 1960s. They over Sunbeam from AMC .

BSA became the largest motorcycle in the world between the wars. In the company owned 67 factories the UK. During the war, they 126,000 M20 motorcycles — their other war production.

The company acquired Ariel (J.S.) Ltd, and by the end of the war BSA also New Hudson .

1946 Post-war saw expansion of the company, models off-road tyres and much chrome-plating. They announced a new model, the 350cc B31 .

1947 (and perhaps most model Bantam introduced, Amal carburretion and Wipac

1950s Scooters were popularity. Two models were but neither did well.

1951 The bought Triumph .

1961 Employs 4,300

1961 Manufacturers of motor including the Bantam . Super . Road Rocket . Gold . Gold Star and 250 Star cycles, B.S.A. Sunbeam and B.S.A. Dandy light 4,300 employees

1968 Award to Industry for Export

1971 Company reorganisation production at the Triumph Meriden and together BSA and Triumph launched which included many new using common parts, as forks and wheels. By this the company was in deep financial as, although an industrial giant, the proved unable to compete against the Japanese. The 1971 saw major makeovers, including 650cc twins.

1972 BSA had to major cut-backs, soon to be by the ceasing of production at the factory at Heath; production was switched to at Meriden.

1972 in a last to extend the brand life a new was developed for the A65L. As well the seat height to an impractical 33 (840 mm), it actually during testing at the MIRA track, marking the end of one of the most range of British twin motorcycles. The BSA name was finally and production ended [1] .

1973 After the collapse of shares in the Stock Market, the was sold to a new company Norton-Villiers-Triumph. by the government and Manganese Bronze ) who would also put their own company Norton-Villiers into the new The non-motorcycle parts of BSA were by Manganese Bronze Holdings ) One of NVT’s first actions was to Meriden and switch production to Small Heath but this was met by a sit in by the at Meriden who eventually formed into a cooperative [3] .

BSA Gold SR 500

1974 The cooperative received government which meant that tools were not transferred to Heath and the rationalisation of the motorcycle could not proceed to the extent on formation of NVT [4] .

1979 The name of BSA survived as and small motorcycles were from imported components. of these machines were for third-world countries and the services. For the end of the line had come in 1972.

The UK rights to the BSA name was acquired by the Aquilini family. BSA Co. was sold and a US (Bill Colquhuon’s BSA Co.) the name for Rotax-engined military and Yamaha -based Bushman for developing nations. In 1991, Norton and BSA Co. merged to create BSA . which was taken over in to form BSA Regal . They a new Gold SR using a Yamaha engine in a Gold Star chassis.

1921 BSA 499cc TT machine BSA 1921

1937 BSA Model G4 Combination BSA 1937

BSA Taxi BSA 1924

1948/49 B.S.A. STAR 500cc BSA 1948

1960 BSA STAR 499cc DBD 34 BSA 1960


1971 Formula 750 BSA BSA 1971

1972 BSA B50SS Star BSA 1972

750cc ‘Gold Star 3’ BSA 1975

750cc BSA Daytona racer, Hailwood BSA 1970

1953 prototype 250cc MC 1 BSA 1953

B.S.A Model M24 Gold 496cc. BSA 1938

1971 BSA racer

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