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 Post subject: Re: Interesting historic picture
PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 10:49 am 
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Richard Simpson wrote:
http://epapers.bham.ac.uk/557/

That huge factory just built motorcycles in the post-war era, and not the other BSA products. In the 1950s BSA dominated world motorcycle production "One in Four is a BSA" the advert said.

But two of the four motorcycles in the pic are Hondas...the pic was taken in 1968.

The factory closed in 1972.



Nice snapshot in time.
Wonder what the other m/c hiding beside the truck is (in front of the "Woody" Mini)?

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John Harvey wrote:
The far building in the picture is the original factory built in 1866, BSA production finished due to bankruptcy in 1973 and the final bikes to be made there were Triumphs until closure in 1976 when the last batch of T160's were built.

Here's a couple of pictures of a 1972 BSA B25 Victor Trail bike I restored recently.
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1972 B25T.jpg

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Great job there - certainly see some influence on future XTs etc
Do you have a build thread anywhere for that, John?
I'm sure others would be interested to see it


Well done All


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 Post subject: Re: Interesting historic picture
PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 11:03 am 
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Some crackers here https://www.b50.org/misc.htm

Showing the sheer scale of the factory, plus some B50MXs going down the line. You can see the sword of Damocles hanging over the production line if you look closely enough.


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 Post subject: Re: Interesting historic picture
PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:33 pm 
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Richard, the fuel tanks on the MX & trail models were all made of polished aluminium and were fitted with a flip up aluminium Monza filler cap, tarmac models had a steel tank with a removable chrome fuel cap.

In 1974 the BSA name, for legal reasons, could no longer be used so you are right that the last 'BSA factory' built 500's were sold as a Triumph TR5MX Avenger and were for off road use only...no more single cylinder trail bikes :cry:

Andy I'll dig out some pictures of the rebuild and post them up.
Cheers John


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 Post subject: Re: Interesting historic picture
PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 1:54 pm 
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Great job there - certainly see some influence on future XTs etc
Do you have a build thread anywhere for that, John?
I'm sure others would be interested to see it

Well done All[/quote]

Hi Andy
Here is a link on the Devon forum to a build thread for this bike that I've been writing up http://devongtrf.activeboard.com/t64006 ... tor-trail/
Hope you like it.

Cheers John


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 Post subject: Re: Interesting historic picture
PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:01 pm 
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Wow, thanks for that.

Built more carefully than the factory managed.


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