• "BSA" stands for "Birmingham Small Arms".
• BSA was founded in 1861 in the Gun Quarter, Birmingham, England by fourteen gunsmiths of the Birmingham Small Arms Trade Association, who had together supplied arms to the British government during the Crimean War.
• The company branched out as the gun trade declined. In the 1870's, they manufactured the Otto Dicycle (see picture right), then in the 1880's, the company began to manufacture bicycles, and in 1903, the company’s first experimental motorcycle was constructed.
• BSA remains a well-recognised brand throughout the world.
• At its peak, BSA was the largest motorcycle producer in the world.
MORE INFORMATION & RESOURCES:
BSA Australian & New Zealand Clubs:
• BSA NSW
BSA Rally Websites:
International BSA Clubs:
Australian British – Historic Motorcycle Clubs:
BSA Forums & Single Model Pages:
The Otto Dicycle
A motorcycle show featuring BSA's, just after WW2
One of many fun vintage adverts for BSA motorcycles
Meet our Club President, Dave Long!
Born in the Birmingham suburb of Moseley, his claim to fame is he was born 2.2 miles from Armoury Road, Small Heath. The home of the 'BSA'.
Emigrating with his parents in 1961 as a 'Ten Pound Pom' He grew up in Elizabeth, and had various bikes during his youth, much to his Mum's horror. Joining the Army at the tender age of 17, his love of bikes was put on hold whilst doing his time and then, subsequently getting married and raising a family. As his family grew older, his love of bikes was rekindled, and he bought an 'Ariel' for restoration, (it's OK, BSA owned Ariel at that stage). This was much to the displeasure of his wife, who commented on seeing the bike in his trailer, "Why didn't you just take it straight down the tip!"
On discharge from the Army, as a 37 year old, Dave and his family moved back home to Adelaide. Looking for a family oriented club, he came across the BSAOC of SA and liked what he saw. The only problem was he didn't own a BSA. So subsequently he explained to his wife that he needed a BSA, (a pretty hard story to sell), and she relented and said "Yes", (actually she said- Whatever, which he thought meant yes, but apparently it isn't!). The rest is history and fast forward 27 years, and Dave has held positions in the club as Vice President, Club Captain, Club Registrar, and Editor.
"I love BSAs. At it's peak, one in every four bikes manufactured worldwide was a BSA, 'The Most Popular Bike in the World' was it's slogan. It had a huge range and huge following. From Racer to Commuter, Tourer to Worker, the bike for everyone and for everyone a bike. I think this diversity is reflected in our club membership." Dave.
Joining Dave on the BSAOC of SA Committee are:
PRESIDENT. DAVID LONG. 0413 899 189
VICE PRESIDENT. ROD BAILEY 0406 982 582
SECRETARY. JONATHAN MOORE. 0418 830 552
TREASURER. STEVE HOLMES. 8353 1912
EDITOR. RAY BARKER 0466964322
CLUB CAPTAIN. GEOFFREY WOOD. 0402 410 827
LIBRARIAN. ALISON JONES. 8390 3177
FEDERATION REPRESENTATIVE. GEOFFREY WOOD. 8272 3897
HISTORIC REGISTRAR. IAN ROUNSEVELL. 0412 708 410
2ND HISTORIC REGISTRAR. DAVID PEARSON. 8288 8242
PUBLIC OFFICER & SAFETY OFFICER. ROBERT PEARCE 0444558531
COMMITTEE MEMBER. JIM NIXON. 0418 817 146
COMMITTEE MEMBER. JEFF CLEARY 0417820321
COMMITTEE MEMBER. IAN ROUNSEVELL. 0412 708 410
COMMITTEE MEMBER. ALISON JONES. 8390 3177