In the mid 60’s and early 70’s, the factory BSAs were a serious threat in the world motocross scene. Riders such as, Jeff Smith, John Banks and Dave Bickers piloted similar versions of this motorcycle to World and National Championships for “Birmingham Small Arms,” a company primarily known for its rifles and pistols.
The bikes these sponsored riders were using were dramatically different in weight and horsepower than those made available to the public. Titanium and magnesium bits used in their prototype bikes, never made it to the assembly lines because of cost and the need to be competitive with Husky, Czs and Maicos of the period.
Sadly, by 1974, the BSA logo was merged with Triumph as a last effort to compete with an evolving industry. By the late 70’s, Triumph closed its doors, unable to keep pace with the market. B50 models were available from 1971 – 1974 only, and only a handful were sold in the United States.
MAKE / MODEL: BSA B50
YEAR: 1972 ENGINE DISPLACEMENT: 500 CC
COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE ENGLAND
ORIGINAL PURCHASE PRICE NEW $1,240.00
THIS BIKE IS:
_ NEW, NEVER BEEN STARTED
_ ORIGINAL UNRESTORED
_ PARTIALLY RESTORED
X FULLY RESTORED
RESTORATION WORK PERFORMED BY: BILL WEST / KELLY OWEN
OWNER: KELLY OWEN