Classic BSA Motorcycles

Star-Crossed Scrambler: BSA-Velocette "VeloStar"

Meet the VeloStar: a Velocette 500 single in a BSA Gold Star frame with suspension from a Husky. Yes, we’re serious.

Malcom Gruver's 1970 BSA Thunderbolt

Reader Malcom Gruver shares his 1970 BSA Thunderbolt, which was given an amazing restoration treatment.

Tales of Ron Fish’s BSA Victor

A reader sends in stories of his former bikes, including a BSA Victor.

Precious Metal: 1956 BSA Gold Star Dirt Track Racer

The BSA Gold Star was a formidable racing machine from the start, dominating competition and creating an exciting reputation for its company.

Best Kept Secret: 1961 BSA Super Rocket

It took owner John O’Regan nearly 12 years to gather all the needed pieces to rebuild his rare BSA Super Rocket.

1968 BSA Firebird Scrambler (Video)

Richard Backus and his crew bring a 1968 BSA Firebird Scrambler back to life.

1957 BSA A7 Twin

A 1957 BSA A7 Twin on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

BSA Magni R3: The Ultimate Café Racer

Brent Lenahan built his dream BSA triple: A Magni-framed, Rocket 3-powered café racer.

1954 BSA B34 “Alloy Clipper”

A 1954 BSA B34 “Alloy Clipper” on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

John Banks, Alan Clews and CCM

Looking at Alan Clews, John Banks and CCM’s impact on motocross racing.

1971 BSA B50SS: The Other Gold Star

Was the Gold Star name sullied by the BSA B50SS, an overgrown commuter bike?

Hot Rod: BSA Spitfire Mark III

In the 1960s, BSA was known for flash bikes with bright colors and lots of chrome — but the BSA Spitfire proves there was more to the English import than just shine.

1953 BSA Bantam

A 1953 BSA Bantam on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

Comparing the BSA A7 and Norton Model 7

Head-to-head on a 1949 BSA A7 Twin and a 1952 Norton Model 7.

BSA Victor Issues

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein looks at a detonation/pre-ignition condition in a BSA Victor after setting the points gap.

1970 BSA Victor Special Leaking Fuel

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein solves a leaking carburetor issue in a 1970 BSA Victor Special. 

Restoring a 1966 BSA 441 Victor

Kevin Lemire shares the story of his efforts with British motorcycle restoration.

1939 BSA B12 Sports

A BSA B12 Sports model on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

BSA MC1 250 Racer

Alan Cathcart wonders what might have been had BSA followed through and raced its unusual twin cam MC1 250cc single.

Low Numbers, High Collectability: The BSA A70L 750 Lightning

Low numbers make BSA A70L 750 Lightnings highly collectible.

New Rules: 1971 BSA A70L 750 Lightning

A last gasp model from a dying motorcycle manufacturer, the BSA A70L 750 Lightning was too little, too late.

Avon Tyres Contributes to Military Bike Giveaway in Support of Re-Cycle for the Troops

Avon Motorcycle Tyres North America (Avon Tyres) has contributed tires to a custom-built military-themed 1967 BSA Lightning built by Bryan Nikkel and Justin Bailey of Darwin Motorcycles/Brass Balls Bobbers for Re-Cycle for the Troops.

Classic Motorcycle Racing on a BSA Gold Star

Jeffery Lane shares photos and a story from his father's flat track racing days on a BSA Gold Star in the Fifties.

John Michael Sullivan's 1969 BSA Rocket Then and Now

John Stratton shows us photos of his brother-in-law's 1969 BSA Rocket, then and now.

1948 BSA A7 Sidecar Rig

Wayne Dowler became resourceful and added a sidecar rig to his 1948 BSA A7 when his family expanded, instead of giving up the motorcycle life completely.

The Past and Present of BSA Gold Star Racing

From dirt track racing in the 1950s to contemporary racing circuits, BSA Gold Star racing is still popular.

1962 BSA Gold Star DBD34

It was an anomaly for a company whose bread and butter was in workhorse street bikes, but the BSA Gold Star was one of the most successful racing bikes of the 1950s.

1962 BSA A50 Royal Star

The BSA A50 Royal Star was born In 1962 when BSA announced the arrival of new unit-construction engines available in the 500cc A50 and the bored-out 650cc A65.

Found on eBay: 1968 BSA Firebird Scrambler

Though this BSA sounds like it needs a little tuning to be ready for the road, it appears to be in fine original condition. The Firebird Scrambler debuted in 1968 with both high exhaust pipes and lights, and it sold reasonably well.  

Fond Memories of a 1969 BSA A65 Lightning

Dan Delehant shares memories of riding his beloved 1969 BSA A65 Lightning.

Bobby Sirkegian's Daytona BSA headlines Bonhams’ Las Vegas Sale

Bonhams & Butterfield, known the world over for its class-leading auctions of everything from exotic motor cars to fine Chinese vases, will hold its first Las Vegas vintage motorcycle auction this January 6, 2011. The sale will include an ex-factory 1916 Excelsior board track racer, a first year 1901 Indian from the Otis Chandler collection, plus former racer Bobby Sirkegian’s 650 Triumph drag bike, Pretty Boy III, and his factory-prepped BSA Gold Star that raced at Daytona in 1957, 1958 and 1960.

1969 BSA 441 Victor Special

Robert Smith bought a 1969 BSA 441 Victor Special in 1976, and still has it.

1954 BSA Wrecking Crew’s Kenny Eggers

Sad news comes from the vintage racing world, where it’s been reported that Kenny Eggers, one of the top riders of the 1950s, has passed away at the age of 80 of natural causes. Eggers shot to national attention in 1954 when he sailed to fifth place in the Grand National Series opener at Daytona, riding a BSA Shooting Star. BSA took the top five spots, and the famed BSA Wrecking Crew was born.

BSA Goldstar Racer

Joseph Ward astride his BSA Goldstar 350, next to his father, Leonard Ward.

Found on eBay: 1963 BSA Thunderbolt

Wandering through the expanse that is eBay, many things caught our eye this week, but we kept coming back to what looks like a great original, useable classic, this 1963 BSA Thunderbolt.

1967 BSA Hornet

Birmingham Small Arms Company rode the wave of off-road motorcycle racing popularity when it released the 1967 BSA Hornet.

The BSA 441 Shooting Star

It’s hard to believe the single-cylinder BSA 441 Shooting Star was actually described by a period magazine as a “touring mount.”

1971 BSA Rocket 3

The history of the BSA Rocket 3 is an excellent example of how the British motorcycle industry put itself out of business.

Parting Shot: BSA Motorcycles

The 1950s were the heyday of BSA motorcycles, whether for racing or cruising to a wedding.

BSA Firebird Scrambler

1968 saw the introduction of the BSA Firebird Scrambler, BSA's latest — and arguably best — variation on the dual-sport motorcycle theme.

Found on eBay: Steve McQueen's 1951 BSA C11

It's not every day you come across a bike on eBay that was owned by Steve McQueen. The bike,  a 1951 BSA C11, comes with a signed title in Barbara McQueen's name.

Found on eBay: Restored 1969 BSA Rocket III

This week's find is another British favorite: a BSA Rocket III. Introduced in 1968, the 750cc, 125mph three-cylinder Rocket III was crucial to BSA.

Found on eBay: 1969 BSA Rocket III

It’s not everyday you find an old motorcycle in perfect original condition, and it’s even less common to find one that’s never even been started.

1954 BSA Star Twin Racer Replica

Wrecking Crew Redux: Kenny Eggers recreates his race-winning 1954 BSA Star Twin

Battle of the British Twins: Triumph Bonneville vs. BSA Lightning

In the mid 1960s, two of the fastest bikes on the road were British: the Triumph Bonneville and the BSA Lightning. Both were 650cc parallel twins, but in design and execution they were very different machines. So which was the better bike?

1969 BSA Rocket 3: Time Capsule

Showing 8/10 of a mile on the odometer, this 1969 BSA Rocket III is about as original as you can get.