BSA bobbers and choppers: If you love British bobber and choppers then you will certainly know about BSA and how important they are to the British bobber and chopper scene.
BSA is an old and well known motorcycle company that conjures up fond memories of motorcycles from days gone by for those of an older generation, but for younger motorcycle enthusiasts the old BSA motorcycles are known for something else. Younger motorcycle enthusiasts like older BSA motorcycles and they allow for the building of prestige BSA bobbers and BSA choppers.
BSA was started back in 1861 in Birmingham. Initially BSA was a small arms manufacturer and the name shows this as BSA actually stands for Birmingham Small Arms Company. It was not until 1880 that BSA took the tentative steps into the motorcycle trade, this move was prompted by the decline of the arms trade.
BSA had a turbulent time throughout its history of motorcycle manufacturing, this was not because of the motorcycle produced though. BSA was always at the forefront of motorcycle manufacturing but seemed to struggle with its own business and management style. This is proven by the fact that at its height the BSA motorcycle was the largest produced motorcycle in the world.
By 1972 BSA was beginning to really struggle financially. This struggle saw the business try to gain finance from the government to continue trading but instead saw the company become a part of Norton-Villiers. After absorbing BSA into its operations Norton-Villiers was renamed Norton-Villiers-Triumph, or NVT for short.
Today BSA is still a famous brand in the British motorcycle scene, this is because many love to use BSA bikes to make BSA bobbers and BSA choppers. The reason why BSA are used to make BSA bobbers and BSA choppers is because the motorcycles are well designed. This design means the frame is a great springboard for changing the motorcycle and the parts are easily changed, even by those that are not that advanced in motorcycle building.
BSA choppers and original bikes can be found fairly easily because of the numbers built over the years but can be quite costly unless found in a run down condition.
Another reason for the use of BSA bikes in bobber and chopper building is the fact that these motorcycles carry a history that cannot be found anywhere else with the exception of Norton motorcycles. For motorcycle enthusiasts worldwide there is something very special about the BSA, not simply because of its aesthetic value, but also because of the history associated with the brand.
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