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Oct 27th 2016, 08:42 PM   #1
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BSA rises again! Still British like the Royal Enfield.

Is this not exciting news? I'm almost as excited as the first time I heard Volvo was purchased by the Chinese...

Mahindra (better known for their line of small tractors) of India has purchased the rights to BSA and Jawa, and expect to begin producing motorcycles of dubious quality in the coming years.
What do you think about it?



Here's the article:BSA motorcycles back in business? | Fox News

Edited by Thumperpilot on Oct 27th 2016 at 09:56 PM
Oct 27th 2016, 11:30 PM   #2
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See, I only know Mahindra from Moto3. And while they ain't winning championships, they do make up about a third of the grid. If they can take that experience, de-tune it for reliability and dress it up like a classy retro, it could result in some pretty cool bikes.
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Oct 28th 2016, 08:40 AM   #3
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I loved my BSA. 650cc punched out to 750cc. Trackmaster frame. Ceriani forks. This photo taken at Lodi Cycle Bowl in 1973. I broke a rod, put it right through the case, later that year on the Sacramento mile. It was not exactly a pillar of mechanical reliability, but what Brit bikes were back then? Perhaps the new Beezer will be better.

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Oct 28th 2016, 11:37 AM   #4
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Good air time for a vintage bike!?!
Oct 28th 2016, 03:07 PM   #5
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PHOTOSHOP!!! hes really just parked.

Oct 28th 2016, 03:30 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by PeteN95
Good air time for a vintage bike!?!
Nah, just a great angle by the photographer at the jump. TT tracks ya' know.
Oct 30th 2016, 09:29 PM   #7
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It's 1973 all over again.

A kid in our neighborhood had a small Jawa street and trail bike. It was very backward compared to the Japanese bikes of that time, like quintessential Soviet block crap. I guess the Jawas they raced in Speedway and the CZs in motocross were pretty decent and high powered. But this consumer POS was absurd, the butt of our jokes every time he showed up. We'd spend most of the ride trying to keep it running.
Nov 1st 2016, 10:23 AM   #8
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There is a reason BSA ceased operations.
Same with Triumph, Norton, Royal Enfield, Et All.
Kenny Dreer tried REALLY hard to bring Norton back only to be taken over by a bunch of Charlatans. Triumph claims history from the early 1900's.
Royal Enfield has been made in India longer than they were in England.
There was a group that brought back Vincente ... with an RC51 motor...
How many iterations of Indian and Excelsior have there been?
This is nothing more than marketing garbage.
Nov 1st 2016, 10:51 PM   #9
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I think I read that Indian changed hands six times. Some were pretty short term and some never built a bike under the name.
Nov 2nd 2016, 09:01 AM   #10
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You can buy an Ariel again too, with a Honda V-4 in it!?

Nov 2nd 2016, 10:12 AM   #11
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That don't look like no Ariel "I" ever saw!!!
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