October 2007 Bike of the Month
View in Gallery Bruce Balla with his 1955 BSA A7

Make: BSA
Birmingham Small Arms Company
Country of Origin: Birmingham, England
Model: A7
Engine: 500cc twin
26bhp at 6000rpm *
Top Speed: 85 MPH *
Year: 1955
Owner: Bruce Balla, Huntington Beach
1955 BSA A7

Bruce has owned his A7 for ten years. He finished the restoration on it about seven years ago changing the color from the original maroon to the '56 model year color of black. The 1955 A7 was the first complete model year of the swingarm. The 500cc model was not as popular in the US as the 650 and was built for a sidecar.

Bruce has restored several motorcycles over the years. He is currently restoring a 1959 Triumph Bonneville, the first year of production for the Bonnie.

* Stats courtesy of
The Bike of the Month contest is held monthly at the Vintage Bike OC meet. Qualifying motorcycles must be 30 years old or older. Former Bike of the Month winning bikes are not eligible to win again. Anyone attending the meet is eligible to enter a qualifying bike in the contest and vote for their favorite bike. The winning bike is chosen by a popular vote and is featured on the Home page for one month and in this feature article. The Bike of the Month articles are permanent content on the site.

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