A New BSA Motorcycle To Be Released in 2018 in US, UK, Italy And India

On November 25th, I reported that automotive giant Mahindra from India had purchased outright the British BSA brand name and all the rights attached to it. Anand Mahindra, Chairman of Mahindra Group, confirmed the arrival of a new BSA model which is currently under development by Tweeting a picture of this old BSA. Probably the inspiration for the new one to be both modern and retro. Mahindra also confirmed its intention to launch Jawa bikes in India by early 2019

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28 Responses to “A New BSA Motorcycle To Be Released in 2018 in US, UK, Italy And India”


  1. 1 Seymour Dec 27th, 2017 at 10:05 am

    To me it seems silly to go through all the trouble and expense to own the rights to three silly letters. Three silly letters that don’t mean much of anything to their own market. Just build the bike, you don’t need to buy the letters.

  2. 2 Boomer Dec 27th, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Not sure about the US but the other countries should see some good sales of this lightweight bike. For us in the US; this could be considered a nice blast from the past.

  3. 3 Harvey Shulman Dec 27th, 2017 at 10:49 am

    To bad it won’t look like the bike in this picture.

  4. 4 Tom Ryan Dec 27th, 2017 at 11:42 am

    This bike sure looks like it’s primarily designed after the ’66 Spitfire model. They should restyle the seat though.

  5. 5 Woody's Dec 27th, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Can’t wait for the “Mahindra-Since 1919” clothing line to be announced.

  6. 6 Sharkey Dec 27th, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Would love to have a Hornet like that; or even an upgraded Firebird Scrambler…a dual purpose 400lb parallel twin (360 degree, please…) would be a fun, versatile ride

  7. 7 BobS Dec 27th, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    That was probably cool 50 years ago. Once everyone goes retro replica it quits being cool, then what?

  8. 8 Buz C. Dec 28th, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Why bother. Just build a 500cc.-750cc. or so light Adventure bike that will sell. I road in 1966 and new bikes are better. I don’t need new old things to work on.
    Buz

  9. 9 Dyno Don Dec 28th, 2017 at 9:09 am

    I will stick with the mostly made in America bikes. Thank You

  10. 10 BuzzD Dec 28th, 2017 at 9:30 am

    while I really loved my Victor 441 50yrs ago anyways—think it would harder sell these days

  11. 11 BD Dec 28th, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Hopefully they do a better job on these than the POS indian crapola

  12. 12 Tom Dec 28th, 2017 at 10:15 am

    When I was in high school . I had a 1969 650 tiger. And a friend of mine had a 650 BSA I don’t know what the year was we both had a lot of fun on the street and at the dragstrip mine was more of a chopper his was pretty stock but we had a grand time. I still have my triumph in a since it is my sons and he lives across country ,
    I think these lighter bikes in time I definitely may purchase something like this as my arthritis is not getting any better.

  13. 13 Guzzigreg Dec 28th, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Awesome! Anything that promotes motorcycling is good in my book.

  14. 14 HENRY JR Dec 28th, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Don’t look to hard. Norton tried to come back and didn’t get to far other than a novelty. No dealer network and low numbers. Triumph, and Indian made it with BIG MONEY and new products. Not easy.
    Royal Enfield is making a go of it and will be introducing a twin in 2018 that appears to look like the old Enfield but with all new engineering…………….. In my day I did like the Lightning, Spitfire, and Rocket 3. BUT GOOD LUCK…………….

  15. 15 Jeff Duval Dec 28th, 2017 at 10:50 am

    What a luvvly pic anyway; I’d say much part of the “California Dreamin'” epoch… And, yes, the seat is ugly but Danny Gray ior Le Pera would soon sort this out…PS: Why having a go at our Indian friends? Royal Enfield is a success and they’re doing no harm to anybody, are they 🙂 ?

  16. 16 Charles from MA Dec 28th, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Nice, neat, cool little retro bike. It would be good for city travel, not highway or long distances, no bags or storage space. If it wasn’t too expensive, I would like to own a bike like this. It reminds me of when I first rode in 1970.

  17. 17 Barry Van Dyke Dec 28th, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    If they produce the bike pictured, I’ll buy one in a heartbeat!

  18. 18 Kelly Dec 28th, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Did anyone read the article? That is not a picture of the bike!!!!! So what’s the point ?

  19. 19 Doc Robinson Dec 28th, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    I’m with Kelly!

  20. 20 Woody's Dec 28th, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Whatever the production bike looks like, one 60s-70’s British bike feature they may want to eliminate is the high seat height. My OEM “padded ironing board” A65 BSA and Norton Commando’s seats combined with my 29″ inseam put me on tiptoes at every traffic light. If they want to sell these as entry level commuter bikes, they’d do well to have a 27″~29″ seat height. Those tall, skinny rims could be shrunk an inch or two with no loss of the classic look.

  21. 21 nicker Dec 29th, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Small & light, it doesn’t have to be a rocket-ship it just has to handle and stop well. And its got to look as close to the original as possible… Oh yes, time the vibration out of the crank please…..

    -nicker-

  22. 22 Tom K. Buffalo NY Dec 29th, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Google Mahindra BSA for a prototype picture of a yellow BSA Victor 355. A riding friend had a Victor 441 in the early 70’s. Terrific bike, very cool looking! I got to ride (and help start) it a lot because of the vibration, kick-start only and compression. And of course, stopping was always an Adventure. I’m sure the new ones will be a bit more refined.

    Despite all that, I have the fondest memories of that Beezer…………………

    Thanks Zinger!!

  23. 23 Boomer Dec 30th, 2017 at 1:47 am

    I think they will do okay; if only due to name recognition then it will depend on the quality of product. If it stinks; that will soon be the end of it. If good; word will get out via word of mouth on the various forums that will quickly sprout up.

  24. 24 barneyfife Dec 30th, 2017 at 8:46 am

    I suspect they will use the very same engine that will power the new Interceptor.

  25. 25 Badams Jan 4th, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    NO.

  26. 26 Xenu Jan 5th, 2018 at 10:27 am

    Mahindra and Eicher are two separate companies, so the BSA will be a different animal.

  27. 27 Davis Jan 7th, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    More motorcycles, more choices, good thing. I agree that you can take a 10th of that money and put it into some new blood design and/or try and clip onto some nostalgia, but it would not hurt to have the name forge a comeback.

  28. 28 bigalyts Jan 8th, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    “Mahindra” huh,he owns the Gas n’Go in Gypsy W.va. on Rt. 250, right?

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