[3], The system of management of BSA was changed in 1863 when shareholders elected a Board of Directors: Joseph Wilson, Samuel Buckley, Isaac Hollis, Charles Playfair, Charles Pryse, Birmingham mayor Sir John Ratcliffe (c.1798-1864), Edward Gem, and J.F. COPYRIGHT 2013 - 2020 © MOTORBIKE WRITER. [13], In 1913 BSA undertook to manufacture quick-firing machine guns for the Lewis Automatic Arms Company whose rights covered the world except for the American Continent.[14]. [10], BSA had still not recovered financially from the earlier purchase of Royal Small Arms factory at Sparkbrook and BSA were not in a position to finance Daimler, nor had either company ample liquid resources. Two BSA night-shift electricians, Alf Stevens and Alf Goodwin, helped rescue their fellow workers. 1961 was the centenary year of the BSA Group and in recognition of this milestone the company magazine produced an anniversary issue of BSA Group News in June BSA Centenary 1861–1961 in which many of the achievements of the Group were celebrated. BSA remained the largest manufacturer of motorcycles but the market was less than half the size of the late 1920s and production was unprofitable yet the value of BSA's motor cars and cycles was now more than half group turnover.[25]. The BSA bicycle division, BSA Cycles Ltd., including the BSA cycle dealer network was sold to Raleigh in 1957. They said they planned to sell 90,000 bikes a year. Bicycle production ceased in 1887 as the company concentrated on producing the Lee–Metford magazine-loading rifle for the War Office which was re-equipping the British Army with it. BSA Motorcycles were made by BSA Cycles Ltd, under the BSA parent, until 1953 when the motorcycle business was moved into holding BSA Motorcycles Ltd. [citation needed] Workers involved in the works Civil Defence were brought in to help search for and clear bodies to get the plant back into production. When the first two models launched, the order website crashed because of demand. [8], Motor bicycles were added to bicycle products in 1910. BSA produced bicycles for both the police and military and notably a folding bicycle for the British Army during World War I[41][42] and the more well known folding Paratroopers bicycle during World War II. Get the best motorbike news, rumors, deals and events each week. BSA went bankrupt in the early 1970s and merged with the Norton Villiers Triumph Group. The design was later to be classified as the Sturmey-Archer 'Type X', but all BSA hub gear production ceased in 1955[38], Sir Bernard Docker remained chairman of BSA until 1956 when the BSA removed him. The Government passed the Emergency Powers (Defence) Act 1939 on 24 August allowing the drafting of defence regulations affecting food, travel, requisitioning of land and supplies, manpower and agricultural production. Rights to the guns brand were acquired by Gamo for its new subsidiary, BSA Guns (UK) Limited. [55][failed verification] James Leek, managing director of BSA Cycles Ltd was suffering ill health and he retired in 1956, the same year the BSA Chairman, Sir Bernard Docker,[56] was removed from the BSA Board. The "Tour of Britain" model was heavily promoted in the BSA 1953 sales literature. The Birmingham Small Arms Company Limited (BSA) was a major British industrial combine, a group of businesses manufacturing military and sporting firearms; bicycles; motorcycles; cars; buses and bodies; steel; iron castings; hand, power, and machine tools; coal cleaning and handling plants; sintered metals; and hard chrome process. A revised catalogue with a much reduced range was issued in March 1940 which also saw the launch of the BSA "Streamlight" model. Please Register or Log in to add a comment. [58] was built in 1910 and displayed at the first Olympia Show, London on 21 November in that year. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. [4] The machines were available for the 1911 season and entire production sold out. The Eadie coaster hub made a brief return in 1953 on two BSA bicycle models. It should be noted that around 15% of the UK motorcycle market is in the ‘classic’ bracket and BSA motorcycles are a big part of this with all classes of machines available ranging from £2000 for a 2 stroke Bantam to £25000 for a rebuilt Rocket Gold Star 4 stroke twin and many models in between. Other features were Amac carburettor, chain drive, choice of magneto or Magdyno, 7-plate clutch, 3 speed gear box with kickstarter and new type of cantilever fork[17], During the war Daimler had built enormous numbers of aero engines and aircraft and by the end was building 80 Airco de Havilland bombers a month.

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