You can now add BSA to the list of storied British brands being brought back from the dead. Thanks to Anand Mahindra, chairman of India’s massive Mahindra Group, the first BSA bikes since the 1970s are soon to be built in a new Midlands factory ... Read the full news on Hagerty.com:
Just for laughs, in late 2000 I toured the Deutsches Museum for five (5) solid days - WOW! In it's motorcycle collection/display all the British bikes had drops of oil under them! I'm not making this up. You can't fool a Kraut! My FireBird is a blast (and nearly as cool as say, Steve McQueen) - when I pull in for gasoline I'm attacked by the masses asking "Hey mister, what kind of bike is that?" ... It has all original emblems and I wouldn't polish the flaming blue off the pipes any more than I'd clean the exhaust dirt off the side of a North American P-51 Mustang. www.vidocq.pro
My reaction is like many others with British vehicle experience. After regular strandings roadside in rain or other inclement circumstances, impossible to reach hydraulic lines, Zener Diode failures, “Prince of Darkness” electrics and on and on, why would I consider any British marque? I would be stupid correct? And pay more that a HD price?!
I have owned over 50 motorcycles and must say that I have had no more breakdowns with the British bikes than I have with Harleys or Japanese. I have even owned two Chinese bikes which gave me no trouble whatsoever. I think it's all down to care and attention.
Like with most of us who actually had a BSA, the zener diode reference brings a smile. What a genius design to regulate the charging system output by bleeding off excess power to ground. I enjoyed my A65 but I don't actually miss it. Why do the classic black leather King of the Road jackets have so many pockets? I think you do because BSAs didn't have saddlebags for all the spare parts you had to bring along. Part of being a quarterback
Will they be offering a model, say a 750, with a capacitor instead of a leaky battery that isn't wired 'Positive Earth'? Please viciously avoid all lucas (Prince of Darkness), smith's and amal anything. Owner, '68 FireBird that left the factory with connecting rod bolts that were 'finger tight' + 1/16th of a turn!
Considering it's Mahindra it probably could sell a lot more bikes by calling them Indians. As for the subsequent court challenges, I'm sure the provenance would be no worse than the "Victory Indians" which could perhaps be rebranded, "Indigenous Motorcycle Co.". 😝