BSA Marque

FACT FILE

 

• "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:

Wikipedia - Birmingham Small Arms Company

 

BSA Australian & New Zealand Clubs:

BSA Motorcycle Owners' Association (Victoria)

BSA NSW 

BSA Owners' Club of Queensland

New Zealand BSA Owners' Club

Canterbury BSA Owners' Club NZ

BSA Rally Websites:

Australian BSA National Rally website

International BSA Rally website

International BSA Clubs:

The BSA Motorcycle Owners Club (UK)

Australian British – Historic Motorcycle Clubs:

Vintage Motorcycle Club of Australia (NSW)

The Classic & Enthusiasts Motor Cycle Club

BSA Forums & Single Model Pages:

The BritBike Forum

The A7 A10 Forum

The Unit Single Forum

The WM20 & Other Military Bike Site

The C10-C11-C12 Site

The Bantam Club Site

Mist Green a Bantam Page

BSA Gold Star Club

Triples On Line ( A75-T150-T160 )

Trident & Rocket III Club

 

Other Resources:

Online parts & shop manuals

The Otto Dicycle 

A motorcycle show featuring BSA's, just after WW2

One of many fun vintage adverts for BSA motorcycles

THE COMMITTEE

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

CONTACT

 

Please note: Due to Corona Virus restrictions,  all meetings are now being held at the Plympton Glenelg RSL until further notice.

Rides will still continue as per normal. See 'President's Update' for further information.

Plympton Glenelg RSL

464 Marion Rd, Plympton Park

SA 5038

 

Postal Address:

PO Box 380, PLYMPTON SA 5038

 

Phone: (08) 81208178

 

Email: secbsasa@gmail.com 

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