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Motor Cycle - BSA Model K, 1916 Object Reg. No: ST 036816

BSA Model K three-speed belt-drive motorcycle with vertical single-cylinder side-valve engine, manufacture in 1916. The Victoria agent for BSA motor cycles was Milledge Bros from 1912 to 1918. After 1918 the agent was Finlay Bros. The Model K was one of BSA's main pre World War I models, popular with both solo and sidecar riders throughiout Britain and British colonial markets. Civilan supply of BSA motorcycles ceased in 1916 due to wartime demands for military production by the British Government, with BSA concentrating for a period largely on small arms manufacure. Production of the Model K motor cycles resumed after the War and continued into the 1920s.

The BSA brandname was derived from the Birmingham Small Arms Company founded in June 1861 in Birmingham, England, by a collective of independent gunsmiths from the Birmingham Small Arms Trade Association. After transforming Birmingham's small arms industry through the introduction of mechanised mass production and standardised components, BSA later diversified it's manufacturing interested, producing bicycles and cycle components from 1869, motor cars from 1908 and motorcycles from 1910. After the First World War, BSA Cycles Ltd was set up as a subsidiary company in 1919, to manufacture both bicycles and motorcycles. BSA motorcycles were sold as affordable machines with reasonable performance for the average private or commercial user. BSA stressed the reliability of their machines and the availability of spares and dealer support. Their designs used a mixture of single and twin-cylinder sidevalve (SV) and overhead-valve (OHV) engines offering different performance for various roles.

This BSA Model K machine was initially loaned to the Museum by Mr Alexander E. Copland and was formally donated to the Museum by the Estate of Alexander Ewart Copland in 2006. It carries a South Australian registration label and the registration number 7147. The registration tag expired on 31 March 1945. Copland was a noted collector of antiques and automotive items over many decades.
Acquisition Information:
Loan & Subsequent Donation from Mr Alexander Copland, 2006
Donated from the Estate of Alexander Ewart Copland.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 1950 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: internal combustion engines, motor cycles
Themes this item is part of: Birmingham Small Arms (BSA) Model K Motorcycle, Engineering Collection, Transport Collection, Motor Cycle Collection
Primary Classification: ROAD TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Motor Cycles
Tertiary Classification: motor cycles
Model Name/Number: Model K
Manufacturer: Birmingham Small Arms Co (BSA), Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, Great Britain, 1916
Past Owner: (Estate of) Mr Alexander Copland, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
References: The James Flood Book of Motorcycling in Australia 1899-1980; Malcolm Grant & Harold Paynting (Eds) The James Flood Charity Trust, Melbourne, 1982.


E.Anwar Posted on 25 Jan 2010 12:55 AM
I want to donate my 1961 Goldstar BSA DBD34 (full original of UK,complete w/ certificate) to one of the museum in UK.please response our desire.
Discovery Centre Posted on 25 Jan 2010 3:17 PM
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Museum Victoria is located in Victoria, Australia. This website might help you locate a suitable museum in the UK:
Ian Poole Posted on 08 Sep 2014 12:58 PM
Can you please tell me if and where the 1916 BSA is on display as I am restoring one at the moment and would like to have a close look at it.

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