BSA X35-1



Make Model

BSA X35-1


1933 - 36


Four stroke, single cylinder, OHV


249 cc / 15.2 in
Cooling System Air cooled
Maximum Power 1.8 kW / 2.49 hp
Starting Kick start
Final Drive Chain

Front Suspension

Coil springs with steering dmper

Rear Suspension

None, spring loaded saddle

Wheels Steel, laced spokes

BSA's policy of building straightforward and well-engineered motorcycles enabled the Birmingham firm to weather the difficult Depression years of the early 1930s to such good effect that by the middle of the decade its advertising could boast that 'one in four is a BSA'. Towards the bottom end of its 1935 range, just above the Model X35-0 ultra-lightweight, BSA offered a 249cc sidevalve single - the Model B35-1. The latter had originated back in 1933 as the Model B33-1 and for 1936 adopted the designation 'B1'.

Nowadays unkindly referred to as 'grey porridge', models such as these were greatly in demand in their day as basic, get-to-work transport for the man in the street, being affordable, reliable and cheap to run.