Posted 9 months ago
This is an early 1950's poster advertisement of the B.S.A. 650 Golden Flash Motorcycle. Poster is printed in England for BSA Cycles Ltd, Birmingham and is 30" high by 20" wide in full vibrant color. Stored rolled in cardboard poster tube, never hung - I have 2 of these.
The BSA Golden Flash was a Birmingham Small Arms Company (BSA) motorcycle. The Golden Flash was also available in black and chrome, but it was the all-over gold paint scheme that gave it the name, and made it such a popular escape from post war austerity. Its development after the 1937 launch of the ground breaking Triumph Speed Twin, together with the need to pay off British war-debt, led to the two creating the post-war rise of the parallel twin engine layout, which was to dominate British design throughout the 1950s and 60s. Launched in October 1949, the A10 Golden Flash was a new post-war design, with most of the difference to the A7 being in the engine. Increased to 650 cc (40 cu in), it encompassed revised castings for the cylinder head and rocker box, and a cast-in carburettor manifold. The frame was available in rear rigid format, but the more common option was the then new plunger suspension, specifically designed for overseas export BSA was a manufacturer who focused on machines for the working man, and so the design incorporated two practical use features: a hinged rear mudguard, designed to ease rear wheel removal; and a semi-unit engine and gearbox arrangement. The semi-unit power train enabled the primary chain to be adjusted via a slipper within the primary chain case.