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BSA (Birmingham Small Arms Company) was founded in Birmingham in 1861 and was initially a gun manufacturing company. Fourteen gunsmiths from the Birmingham Small Arms Trade Association founded this company and set up in Small Heath, intending to mass-produce weapons. BSA manufactured guns for a while and was very successful. During the duration of the Second World War, BSA made almost 0.5 million Brownings, 400,000 Sten guns, and 1.25 million Lee-Enfield rifles. They branched out to various markets such as cars and bicycles. In 1910, the company branched out to motorbikes, and the BSA 31/2 hp appearing for the first time in London at the Olympia Show.
After the First World War, motorbikes were in high demand, resulting in the Small Heath factory focusing on the sole production of motorcycles. The first V-Twin, 770cc side-valve motorbike, was launched in 1919. It had a complete loss oil system with a mechanical pump and interchangeable valves. The next BSA motorcycle made its debut in 1928, the two-stroke A-28 that became the inspiration for the A29 and the A30. BSA’s prices were reasonable, and they focused solely on practicality and reliability. As a result, BSA flourished, and they moved on to become racing bike manufacturers.
All through the 1950s, BSA flourished, and they ended up acquiring Triumph in the year 1951. By 1965, the company was floundering, struggling to catch up with Japanese Yamaha and Honda. BSA made marketing blunders as they were out of tune with the market, plus poor management and lack of innovations. One example was when they invested heavily in Ariel, a three-wheeled moped that flopped in sales. They restructured in 1968 and decided to concentrate on the Canadian and US markets.
To grapple with the Japanese motorcycle influx, BSA got into a merger with Norton-Villiers in 1972, but it did not do them any good. The final range of BSA bikes consisted of the Goldstar 500, 650 Thunderbolt/ lightening, and the 750cc Rocket Three. In the end, BSA was unable to compete with the more advanced and faster bikes, which resulted in the company shut down.
Supported VIN CHECK FOR BSA Models
|BSA||C||1938 - 1970||8|
|BSA||G||1927 - 1940||2|
|BSA||B||1927 - 1973||22|
|BSA||A||1921 - 1972||10|
|BSA||Bluestar||1938 - 1951||1|
|BSA||Y||1937 - 1938||1|
|BSA||Flat Tank||1914 - 1923||1|
|BSA||Fury||1971 - 1972||1|
|BSA||X||1933 - 1936||1|
|BSA||M||1937 - 1961||5|
|BSA||DB||1956 - 1961||2|
|BSA||Beagle||1963 - 1966||1|
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