A Major Nameplate Returns
There have been rumblings of BSA returning to the motorbike world for quite some time, but according to The Guardian, India’s Classic Legends company will actually do it in 2021.
The new BSA might not resemble the old, though. This new BSA will build both internal-combustion-engined bikes and electric ones.
This has been brewing for a while, so it’s cool to see some details start to come out. Classic Legends is a Mahindra entity and it’s also responsible for Jawa and Yezdi revivals. Jawa has been a success so far, though there have been some bumps along the way, so it seems Classic Legends knows what it’s doing.
The company plans to build bikes in the UK. Starting in 2021, the business will be churning out both bikes with internal combustion engines and bikes with fully electric powertrains.
The plan is to develop the bikes at a facility in Banbury, Oxfordshire. Then they will be built in a factory near Coventry. This should create a few hundred jobs in the UK, and bring BSA motorcycles to a whole new generation of riders.
While the UK focus is a fantastic move, Classic Legends and Mahindra chairman, Anand Mahindra said that due to Brexit, doing business in the UK is a bit tougher now. Because of that, some aspects of the business that were expected to be handled in the UK may not be.
Regardless of where things happen, the first internal combustion motorcycle should come early in 2021 and the electric bike will come at the end of 2021.