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BSA Motorcycles - the final evolution

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BSA Motorcycles - the final evolution

By Brad Jones
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V4647 • 25x20.7cm • 144 pages • 171 colour and b&w pictures

ISBN: 978-1-845846-47-3


£ 30.00 + P&P (eBook prices vary, and delivery is free)

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Features

• All 1971/1972 BSA and Triumph models described and pictured
• Detailed study of the 350cc DOHC Fury and Bandit twins
• Tells of fascinating prototype and development work, including the X-75 Hurricane
• Over 200 photos, 125 colour, and 50 previously unpublished
• BSA’s impressive 1971 competition successes fully documented
• A comprehensive look at the 50cc Ariel 3 trike
• Small Heath and Umberslade Halls infrastructure and functions explained
• BSA’s finances detailed from 1969 to 1973, including investment expenditure
• The re-organisation of personnel and operations in the USA
• Information largely sourced from original documentation and eye witnesses

Description

A fresh, much needed appraisal of BSA and Triumph motorcycles designed for the 1971 model year, plus BSA’s revolutionary Ariel 3 moped, and the 750cc Triumph Hurricane that was originally planned as a BSA model.
This book also presents a comprehensive study of the related promotional and racing events, as well as the US organisation, and an in-depth account of BSA’s financial position before and after mid-1971’s devastating trading loss announcement.

Synopsis

Presented for the first time in one book, the new-for-1971 range of BSA and Triumph motorcycles, including the 350cc DOHC twins, the innovative Ariel 3 moped, projected D18 Bantam, and the X-75 Hurricane, are all detailed in depth, along with related promotional and racing activities. Photoshoots, the lavish series of brochures and ads that emanated from them, and projected and actual colour schemes, are also presented with great accuracy.
By delving into the archives of several historical institutions, a comprehensive account of the hitherto largely ignored massive infrastructure investment that took place at BSA’s Small Heath works during much of 1970 is revealed, along with its re-organised North American setup.
Also included is an equally fresh and detailed appraisal of BSA’s financial situation, from the dawn of the 1970s, until its oblivion in 1973.
Besides the many new revelations, this book contains an impressive collection of extremely rare factory photographs, many of which have never been published before, and thought to be the only copies in existence.

Independent Reviews

Overall a fascinating read full of fresh information and well-worth the £30.00 cover price.
desmo

A comprehensive account of the hitherto largely ignored massive infrastructure investment that took place at BSA’s Small Heath works during much of 1970 is revealed ... Also included is an equally fresh and detailed appraisal of BSA’s financial situation, from the dawn of the 1970s, until its oblivion in 1973. Besides the many new revelations, this book contains an impressive collection of extremely rare factory photographs, many of which have never been published before, and are thought to be the only copies in existence ... Gross mismanagement, incompetence, bribery and corruption are the main ingredients of this sad, but excellent story, one which we will probably never discover the full truth.
a comprehensive account of the hitherto largely ignored massive infrastructure investment that took place at BSA’s Small Heath works during much of 1970 is revealed ... Also included is an equally fresh and detailed appraisal of BSA’s financial situation, from the dawn of the 1970s, until its oblivion in 1973. Besides the many new revelations, this book contains an impressive collection of extremely rare factory photographs, many of which have never been published before, and are thought to be the only copies in existence ... Gross mismanagement, incompetence, bribery and corruption are the main ingredients of this sad, but excellent story, one which we will probably never discover the full truth.
Jonathan Hill (Freelance reviewer)

Motorcycle enthusiasts will love the over two hundred great colour and black and white images found in this nifty volume ... Groovy man! Very cool!
Norm Mort, Author and freelance reviewer

This is an interesting and original take on a fascinating bit of motorcycle history.
Bike Rider Magazine

Offers high entertainment value.
Redaktion Custombike

Lovers of BSA and British motorcycles, beware! This book [is a] must have!
Klassiek & Techniek

If BSA is in your DNA, then [this book] belongs on your bookshelf ... Jones does a superb job telling a compelling story about the people, the machines, the company, and the events that shaped the final days of BSA.
Ultimate MotorCycling

A must have for all BSA lovers.
Amazon.co.uk

This book certainly meets its intended objectives and is an excellent read for any BSA/Triumph enthusiast but is definitely a ‘must read’ for those of us who are big fans of the post ’71 models and/or are keen to see a much more objective account of the final years and the eventual demise of our favourite brands.
The Star (BSA Owners Club UK)

Additional Information

Until now, a very misreported period of BSA’s history that deserves to be recorded accurately

For the first time the 1971 BSA and Triumph models, racing achievements, promotion, prototypes, finance, politics, etc, appear in one book

Includes many very rare development photos, engine/frame numbers of 37 show or brochure bikes, and brochures, adverts, promotional items and extensive quotes

Covers the period 1969 - 1973, and the following models: BSA E35R Fury (Prototype)
BSA E35SS Fury (Prototype)
BSA D18 Bantam (Prototype)
BSA B25FS Fleet Star (1971)
BSA B25SS Gold Star (1970-71)
BSA B25T Victor Trail (1970-71)
BSA B50SS Gold Star (1971-72)
BSA B50T Victor Trail (1971-72)
BSA B50MX Victor (1971-73)
BSA A65FS Firebird Scrambler (1971)
BSA A65T Thunderbolt  (1971-72)
BSA A65L Lightning (1971-72)
BSA A75R Rocket 3 (1971-72)
Triumph T35R Bandit (Prototype)
Triumph T35SS Bandit (Prototype)
Triumph T25SS Blazer SS (1970-71)
Triumph T25T Trail Blazer (1970-71)
Triumph T100R Daytona (1970-71)
Triumph T100C Trophy (1970-71)
Triumph TR6 Tiger (1971-72)
Triumph TR6C Trophy (1971-72)
Triumph T120R Bonneville (1971-72)
Triumph T150 Trident (1971-72)
Triumph TRX75 Hurricane (1972-73)

   

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