BSA A10 Golden Flash
metal wall sign
650cc A10 | 500 A7 | 5T Speed Twin | Val Page | Herbert Parker | David Munro | OHV
Instructions for use:
1. Remove carefully from the packaging.
2. Inspect the sign and feel pleased that you bought it.
3. Find a suitable spot on a suitable wall or door.
4. Position the sign thoughtfully using strips of masking tape if necessary.
5. Carefully mount the sign with nails or screws taking utmost care not to damage any part of the design (Tip: Use fibre washers both in front and behind the sign if you're the particular type or have an obsessive-compulsive tendency).
6. Open a beer, light a fag, hug your partner or favourite pet.
7. Stand back and enjoy the sign and do this as often as time and convenience allows.
8. Drop us an email to let us know how satisfied you are.
9. Wipe the sign occasionally with a soft cloth (and wax it if you're the particular type or have an obsessive-compulsive tendency).
10. Tell your friends.
That's all that's required. The sign should still be fit for purpose long after you're gone, and we hope that's a long time into the future.
IT'S GOTTA BE RIGHT
We only sell signs that we
hang on our own walls. If you have a problem with anything you buy from Sump, tell us and we'll sort it out. Pronto.
No fuss. No arguments.
BSA was a little slow in introducing a parallel/vertical twin motorcycle. Edward Turner's seminal 1938 500cc 5T Speed Twin pretty much instantly convinced the rest of the British Motorcycle Industry that multi-cylinder bikes were the future. And if today most riders feel that the term "multi-cylinder" doesn't really apply to twins, that certainly wasn't the thinking in 1938 where single cylinder bikes were the overwhelming default. For many motorcyclists of that era, a twin cylinder machine just wasn't ... well, right.
For a start, a twin was said to double the amount of required servicing—which wasn't exactly true, but was close to the truth. For another, a twin cost more. Which was true. For another, a twin was bulkier and/or heavier. Which was also generally true. And there were many other reasons against moving away from singles.
But the 500cc 5T Speed Twin was special. Val Page had, of course, already designed a vertical twin; this being the 650cc Triumph 6/1 of 1933. But Turner's 1938 offering looked like a single, wasn't hugely more expensive, wasn't uncomfortably any heavier than, say, the 1938 500cc Triumph Tiger 90 single, and the 5T Speed Twin was faster, smoother and just as reliable.
The other British factories quickly prepared to ride the same wave; or, at least, the next one. But WW2 stopped most further development on British twin cylinder bikes. Suddenly there was a different kind of war on.
However, come 1946, Val Page, Herbert Parker and David Munro got their heads together and gave the world the BSA A7; a 500cc twin that (okay) didn't quite have the pizzazz of the Speed Twin, but was reliable, solid, smooth, attractive, and well priced.
By 1949, the A7 morphed into the 650cc A10 Golden Flash. Yes, it was a little rougher than the A7. It was, after all, the same basic architecture but with an extra 150cc. But the reward was longer legs, increased torque, more at the top end, more at the bottom, and sidecar men in particular loved it.
The bike was available in black also. But gold was the colour that gave the motorcycle its identity.
Today, the BSA A10 is largely undervalued, but it's a very worthy and very practical classic bike.
We've ridden lots, and we love 'em all over again every time we fire one into life and hear that soft, decisive, good-natured grumble.
Then come back and check our BSA A10 Golden Flash metal sign—but don't be too long because these sell fast.
The size is a generous 300mm x 400mm, which is roughly the size of two A4 sheets of paper. The signs are printed direct to metal in the traditional way.
Will you like it when you see it? We think so. If we didn't, we wouldn't be flogging 'em.
We package these signs as well as we reasonably can, and we despatch as soon as possible (usually within 24 hours of ordering, and very rarely longer than 2-3 days if stock has run out and needs to be re-supplied).
Either way, we'll keep you posted. And if for any reason we can't supply your sign, we'll tell you without unnecessary delay and will refund your money in full.
And remember this if you will:
We don't sell anything that we don't hang in our own garages.
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