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BSA: The Complete Story (Crowood MotoClassics) [Hardcover]

Owen Wright
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27 July 1992 Crowood MotoClassics
From the manufacture of guns in the 19th century, the Birmingham Small Arms company turned its attention to bicycles and eventually motorcycles. The company's "piled arms" trademark became synonymous with high quality and enduring products. It enjoyed 60 years of success before its demise in the 1970s. This book chronicles the full story of BSA, its competition history and all the models it produced, including the household names, such as the Roundtank, Sloper, Empire Star, Gold Star, Bantam and Golden Flash. Owen Wright is a member of the BSA Owners Club and has contributed to the BSAOC magazine, "The Star".

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd; First Edition edition (27 July 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852237023
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852237028
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 18.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 994,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a decent book covering the history of the Company and all the motorcycles it produced from 1910 until its demise in 1973.Obviously the history does not go into great detail but its sufficient to get the overall picture and there are plenty of photos in it as well.
I would think that the book is now out of print as copies can command a high price. I was lucky, mine was an ex library book in very good condition (it had only been out three times before being withdrawn) and cost less than 11 including postage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have title for the BSA enthusiast. 18 Jun 2001
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This is a great book on the history of BSA motorcycle production. Wright tells the story of how the Company lived and changed through decades of manufacturing. BSA was a very strong brand at one time and even advertised themselves as, "The Most Popular Motorcycle in the World." Wright explains the marketing decisions BSA made through the years and why they moved in the directions they did. Wright is obviously well informed and interested in the subject, which makes his style very classy. The Birmingham Small Arms Company did not always make the best decisions, but even when describing the company's downfalls, Wright treats the subject with respect. His reader is kept interested with "insider" details about the Company and there are enough pictures of BSA bikes to keep any owner satisfied. The book contains detailed information about individual models, so you can learn about bikes you may have only heard of or seen once. All the bikes are in there, from thumper to tripple with clearly reproduced photos. This book is a must-have for your BSA library.
5.0 out of 5 stars BSA Motorcycles rule 17 Aug 2013
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If you like BSA motorcycles THIS is the book to have. Brought back many memories and gave a lot of info I was unaware of.
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