Classic Legends have already brought back Jawa and they are already working on bringing back the Yezdi brand. Now, they have also teased that they are bringing back the BSA Motorcycles. A teaser was released on Twitter which showcased BSA’s new logo.
Return of a Legend. #BSAisBack.
— BSA Motorcycles Official (@bsamotorcycles_) November 24, 2021
BSA will be a premium brand and they will position themselves above the Royal Enfield but below Triumph. They are already working on a new motorcycle that is being developed in India and will go on sale in the UK. The new motorcycle is unlikely to go on sale in India. The motorcycle will be assembled in the UK by mid next year. The assembly will be done in Midlands. The technical and design centre will be located in Banbury, Oxfordshire.
UK Government has awarded £4.6 million which roughly translates to Rs. 45.2 Crores grant to develop electric motorcycles. This will provide 255 new jobs. The new motorcycle is expected to be priced between £5,000 and £10,000 which is roughly around Rs. 5 lakhs to Rs. 10 lakhs in UK. However, we expect it to be near the £5,000 mark. So, the new motorcycle will cost more than the Royal Enfield 650 Twins, it will be priced closer to Triumph Bonnevilles and Kawasaki W800.
BSA has already started developing their new motorcycle and a new engine. So, expect the new motorcycle to have a cubic capacity of around 500 cc to 750 cc. Earlier, this year it was revealed that BSA will use a 650 cc engine. It will be a single-cylinder engine. The engine is expected to produce around 50 hp of max power and 50 Nm of peak torque. It will come mated to a 5-speed gearbox.
The engine is expected to be liquid-cooled or air-oil cooled because in the spy shots we can see a black hose going from the engine going towards what appears to be is a radiator. But we can also see fins on the engine block. So, as of now, it is unclear whether the new 650 cc engine will be air-oil cooled or liquid-cooled.
The test mule looked like a retro classic motorcycle. The riding ergonomics were not as relaxed as a cruiser. It came with a single disc in the front and at the rear. It was running on spoked wheels with Pirelli Phantom tyres. There was a bulky single exhaust and large body panels. The suspension setup was fairly simple with twin shock absorbers at the rear and conventional front forks covered with fork gaiters.
This makes the new motorcycle a direct rival to the Royal Enfield 650 Twins which have been incredibly successful throughout the world. There is the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650. The Interceptor 650 has been the best selling motorcycle in the UK for two years. It competes in a middleweight motorcycling segment (250cc-750cc).
Royal Enfield is also working on expanding its 650 cc line-up. They will be launching a cruiser motorcycle which will be called Super Meteor, a bobber called Shotgun 650, there will also be soft roader which will be offered in two variants and we are also expecting a Classic 650.