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Old 25th October 2016, 16:07   #16
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Heard that they also bought the JAWA. Now thats something since the Jawa and Yezdi brands are legendary. at one time the Indian roads were filled with their 250CC versions, with a start kick that had the potential to break your shin bone if not used properly.
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I am reminded of introducing BSA bikes in India during the 80's.I cannot remember the name of the company which produced these bikes in India.They were manufacturing 50 cc bikes and if my memory serves right the brand name of the bike was BSA GT 50.This company was later acquired by Brooke Bond tea company and the bike was renamed as BSA Bond.Eventually it shut shop and manufacturing of these bikes also came to an end.Initially Bollywood actor Feroz Khan was the brand ambassador.
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/post-w...0-rebuild.html (BSA GT50 rebuild)
Is this the bike you are talking about? (Photos at the bottom)
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Is this the bike you are talking about? (Photos at the bottom)
Yes that's one of the first bikes to come with a monoshocks at the rear.
They were those two stroke machines coupled with a very light crank shaft which made it climb the revs very quickly without much of a performance gain.

Majority of the chassis were later used with Hero Puch Powered engines in the mid and late 90s for the motocross events. Very hard to find very good examples of the Bond or Falcon anymore.
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All is well, as long as:
1. The design blokes at M&M decide not to slap on their patented walrus tooth grille on the graceful BSA.
2. Call it the Bondo500/BUV500/some silly xyz name ending with an "O".
3. Follow it up with some silly chauvinistic adverts.

C'mon M&M, you've got an iconic brand. Keep it neat and classy, and for god's sake, please don't ever allow your designers to touch the BSA's design cues even with a barge pole. - A sincere request/prayer from a motorcycle enthusiast.
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If executed well, BSA could target some international markets as well as carve out a place for itself in India.
That is a big IF. RE has been successful largely because Siddhartha Lal is passionate about bikes and RE is his passion. Until he got personally involved, RE was spiralling down to its doom.
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Heard that they also bought the JAWA. Now thats something since the Jawa and Yezdi brands are legendary. at one time the Indian roads were filled with their 250CC versions, with a start kick that had the potential to break your shin bone if not used properly.
A small correction, having extensively used one close to forty years ago - I was never worried about breaking my bone on a kick start, two stroke engines don't have that behaviour. That was, and still is, a speciality of RE that can kick back violently if mishandled; of course, this risk is much less with a working electric start.
But the Yezdi was a dearly loved first vehicle. No maintenance needed with a full chain cover, except perhaps silencer decarbonising. One always had a spare spark club and clutch cable in the little side compartment, and the latter broke often. But with practice, it took just five minutes to install a replacement by the roadside.
But would I buy the same bike, made newly, today? No way. The world has moved on to better products and the bike never had the halo of the RE.
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