It is rare to see any bike from before the war, but rarer still is one in such perfectly restored condition not relegated to window dressing in a museum. John Garcia’s 1929 BSA 770 Colonial was on display at the 22nd Annual HoAME Club Vintage Antique Classic Motorcycle Show and deservedly won the Best BSA Award presented by Blue Star Motorcycles.
Clymer Girl and the crew didn’t have to go far to attend the HoAME show and rally, as it was just up the road at the Kansas City Airline History Museum in the Downtown Airport. The show was packed with classic vintage and antique motorcycles representing the best of British, German, Japanese, Italian, and American manufacturers. Some of the brands on display were Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, BMW, Harley-Davidson, Triumph, BSA, Norton, Indian, Cushman, Vespa, Laverda, Lambretta, Ducati, Matchless, Zundapp, Moto Guzzi, and more. There was everything from 100% perfect restorations, to well worn bikes daily riders, to full-on customized cafe racers, choppers, bobbers, dirt bikes, road racers – any type or style of motorcycle you could image. As part of the museum’s permanent exhibits, there were also vintage propeller driven passenger planes, including a Douglas DC-3, a Martin 404, and, the pride of their collection, a 1958 Lockheed Super Constellation.
BSA (Birmingham Small Arms) was originally a maker of rifles and other munitions formed in the 1960s, but by the turn of the century had many industrial divisions making all sorts of products. The company had dabbled in bicycles before, but by the 1880s were producing their own line of “safety bicycles” and by 1910 were working on motorizing them. The 770 Colonial seen here evolved out of their original V-twin Model E of 1919, and thanks to its generous displacement and three speed transmission, had a top speed of 60 mph.
Read more about BSA motorcycles in Wikipedia.
Clymer does not have a manual for this era of B.S.A. but if you have one from the 1960s, we can help. Check out our British Street Bike manual, or Vintage Collection Two-Stroke manual, or our Vintage Collection Four-Stroke manual.