I too had a bike,my pride and joy,It was a rusty 3 wheeler with the Quadrant shaped box on the back,I used to take it to the corner of Armoury road to meet my Dad when he came out of work. One night about 6.00pm in the winter my friend and I decided to go down the hill toward the sports field, he was "driving and | was standing in the box as we went down at great speed ,the front wheel hit something and the bike ,michael and myself went up in the air,needless to say they all landed on me,I ended up with stitches in my legs and still have the scars today.
No Elf and safety then. lol
ps I was about 10 at the time
An interior view, before the Second World War, of motorcycle production. B.S.A. was known in full as the Birmingham Small Arms Company. They started in the jewellery quarter of Birmingham manufacturing guns and ammunition and were major suppliers for both world wars. the factory was targetted and bombed during the blitz in the Second World War with many lives sadly lost. The company had manufactured motorcycles for most of it's history and as demand for weapons decreased this became their main stock in trade. Although they are no longer based in Small Heath they still continue to trade from Southampton where they produce limited runs of retro- motorcycles. Len.
Went to cast iron blocks, I graided the blocks and pistons in the view room stamping the bases with the piston sizes to be fitted.Thje Beagle and the Pixie came onstream after I left BSA in 1957. My last few weeks at BSA were spent setting up the assembly section for the Dandy Prior to that spent many hours doing milieage on them . Sold quite a lot here in Aussie from 1957 onwards Early models had a hand pull starter and alloy cylinders with chrome liner. The liners would lift around the ports and jamm the piston so they went to castiron blocks or maybe just sleeves Long time ago now Cheers