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BSA 500MX 1971-1973



After through the 441 disaster, in 1971 BSA out with a new motorcycle that hopefully repent for sins by the 441, and save BSA from a worse than ….

new bike was called the B-50 500 MX, and was last gasp at producing a motorcycle of any significance. In fact, it was the MX bike BSA would produce, as BSA in 1973, and was absorbed into the fiasco of 1974.

1973 BSA B50 500MX

The B-50 was one looking machine, with a alloy tank; alloy conical hubs and a big stinking mill to complete the package. or Metal Profile forks the front, while the rear end was up with miserable Girlings lasted about an hour the rigors of MX. The 500MX was distilled to the basics, with no unused or other stuff from the version being incorporated in the design.

A clean machine.

The was derived from the B-25 machine, with upgraded internal stuff to support the hundred’s increase in power. A roller big end bearing, and other items made their way the motor of the 500MX, and it seemed BSA had a winner.

1971 B50 BSA Note sagging crate.

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But alas, the B-50 500 MX from the same problems as the old (441) did. While BSA to lighten the 500MX by using as alloy as possible, and the frames top as an oil tank, the bike still in at a portly 310 lbs full of fluids, and put out a 34 BHP at 5000 rpm. Not what you to beat the competitive 2 strokes of the that weighed a little two hundred pounds, and put out just as power, if not more.

Not to say the 500MX was uncompetitive, and put in the hands of an rider, the bike could up and sometimes beat the two … of the time. But that was a rare indeed, when racing works Suzukis and Huskys of the

Feets Minert campaigned a in the USGP series of 1971, and placed in the top five positions. Banks rode a much B-50 re-engineered by CCM, the “Clewes Stroka” that titanium bits that got the down, but Banks was plagued exploding motors and frames would snap in half, his bid for a good finish most of the

The 1973-74 versions of the B-50 “last gasp” bikes while neat to look at, uncompetitive to the point of silliness. designed the “dual collector” system on the 1974 500 was probably away in a straight jacket, to be seen again. In 1974, the was re-badged as a Triumph, and looked goofier than the 1973 with a purple paint and those dual trombone pipes.

Wow, play me a tune. Triumph B50

The B-50 lived on for a few years in the hands of specialty in England like Clewes, CCM and but by 1978, the big thumpers were to play bike status, and a “cult bike” that still worship and covet to the of insanity.

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