44′ BSA M20.

January 24, 2011

It’s been a while friends, I have ventured away, life’s fete has popped up ducks and I have been steadily firing, sometimes hitting and sometimes missing. Anyway…

From this blog, it may seem like my brain is a 2-stroke at full noise, I assure you it isn’t. However, I do like things that go bang and how can you look past an object of such undeniable beauty? I ask you, dear chickens: how?This is a 1944 BSA M20. Marc, my friend who owns the Norton, 356 and other desirables, has now added another amazing toy to his already bursting cool quiver. The M20, along with tons of guns, was the staple bike supplied to the British army. One of the many things I love about this bike is how you prime the carby: press the primer until fuel spits out. Yes! The gears are a bit on-the-piss too, it’s right foot gear change with first being up and 2nd, 3rd and 4th clicking down.

BSA, or the Birmingham Small Arms Company, was a manufacturer after a lad’s own heart. Making all the right things that go bang, and at their peak, BSA was the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world. Their reach didn’t stop there, they also produced (originally) shotguns and airguns; bicycles; cars; buses and bodies; steel; iron castings; hand, power, and machine tools; coal cleaning and handling plants; sintered metals; and hard chrome process.

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