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#426330 - 03/26/12 3:24 am BSA production figures  
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Is there a source of information easily available that gives production figures for the various years and models - or at least some of it?

I'm interested anyway but I'd also like to convince my ignorant friends that BSA wasn't 3 pipe-smoking hermits in dustcoats producing 100 bikes / year from scrap lawn mower engines.


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#426332 - 03/26/12 3:34 am Re: BSA production figures [Re: ChrisX]  
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Unlike auto manufacturers, there are no sources for production data for BSA's. It is safe to say that, in the mid to late '60's, BSA produced over 20,000 bikes per year (all models). A production year was about 9-10 months as they took the summer off.


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#426335 - 03/26/12 3:54 am Re: BSA production figures [Re: ChrisX]  
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Just to correct the holiday figures.
I worked in the engineering industries in the UK West Midlands in the 1960s and 1970s.
All manufacturing plants had just two weeks holiday. The whole factory except for the millwrights went on holiday at the same time.
The holiday period was fixed by city. Coventry for example was the last week of July and the first week of August. If I remember correctly the Birmingham shut down was the first two weeks of August.
The reason the millwrights did not take the shutdown holiday is that they were the guys who installed new equipment, jigs and tooling on the production lines. They changed these during the shutdown period to produce the next years model vehicle/bike.
That is why the new years model started with manufacturing dates in August/September.
The idea of 2/3 months holiday would have been laughed at at that time.
The holiday shutdown had only recently been increased to two weeks from one week in the 1950s.
HTH

#426337 - 03/26/12 4:02 am Re: BSA production figures [Re: Tridentman]  
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Originally Posted By: Tridentman


Just to correct the holiday figures.
I worked in the engineering industries in the UK West Midlands in the 1960s and 1970s.
All manufacturing plants had just two weeks holiday. .......

The idea of 2/3 months holiday would have been laughed at at that time.
The holiday shutdown had only recently been increased to two weeks from one week in the 1950s.



Hmm, we here in the US need to get caught up. Shaun's always taking the pee out of me for never having more than about 2 weeks holiday that I can take at once, when he gets something like 10 months (well, maybe more like 6 weeks but it sounds like 10 months the way he tells it ....)

If I took off for 6 weeks, they'd realize they could do without me!

Lannis


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#426366 - 03/26/12 12:46 pm Re: BSA production figures [Re: ChrisX]  
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Lannis--the situation in UK started to change in the 1980s---first of all a move to three weeks holiday and then to four--which I think it is now generally.
But if you go to Germany for example they have six weeks holiday plus at the last count about 14 public/religious holidays!
We have a fair way to go in the States to match that!

#426369 - 03/26/12 12:54 pm Re: BSA production figures [Re: ChrisX]  
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Wow...it sounds like I need to move to Europe! I haven't had a day of vacation in almost 5 years.


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#426381 - 03/26/12 3:39 pm Re: BSA production figures [Re: ChrisX]  
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Ok, good info Trident. I'll update my post here to say then that the dispatch year, rather than the production year was about 9 to 10 months.


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#426392 - 03/26/12 6:28 pm Re: BSA production figures [Re: ChrisX]  
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Thats OK Gary no problem.
As to the despatch year--I dont know the answer to that.
However just before the holiday just like any manufacturing plant in which I have worked or run,I guess they tried to get everything out that they could (pressure from accountants etc).
Then when the workforce comes back after the holiday there may be a delay due to teething problems in assembling the new years model.
I guess this could vary from a couple of days to several weeks.
On average I doubt if there was more than a month gap in despatches over the holiday period.
Could be verified from the despatch records I suppose.
HTH


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