BSA in the Backyard

BSA was at one point the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world. Founded in England in 1861, the acronym stands for “Birmingham Small Arms” Company, as they produced firearms in addition to vehicles. However, the brand eventually became defunct in the early 70’s as its market share was eroded by European competitors and the rise of less maintenance-intensive Japanese imports in the United States. This motorcycle is evidently their B44 Victor Special model, which was a popular export to the US between 1968 and 1970. For as long as I can remember it was stored in my parents’ basement, until this summer when it was finally sold. It sits here waiting for the buyer to pick it up, and I thought such a classic looking bike certainly deserved a parting shot as it leaned against the woodpile.