See the BSA M20 in the Memorable Motorcycles: BSA M20 photo gallery and read about how the M20 helped serve the British in World War II in Frank Melling’s Memorable Motorcycles: BSA M20.
- This BSA M20 was the most widely produced military motorcycle for the British forces during World War II.
- Valentine Page was charged with creating a 500cc side-valve single with lots of torque for the British military and the BSA M20 is the result.
- Ease of maintenance, simple engineering and the use of cast iron and pressed steel made the BSA M20 an appealing choice for the British military.
- Though designed for road use, the BSA M20's were surprisingly reliable off-road as well.
- Here some British Despatch riders show off their BSA M20 to Allied soldiers.
- BSA M20 riders were trained in bulk during World War II.
- The BSA M20 might not look flashy, but it would get you home.
- The side-valve single engine on the BSA M20 was simple and rugged, making it ideal in combat situations.
- Although far from state of the art, the BSA M20 was nearly indestructible.
- The gas tank on the BSA M20 had a screw-down filler cap to help ensure safety on the battlefield.
- The girder forks of the BSA M20 were crude, but they were also unbreakable.
- British Despatch rider with his BSA M20 in the field.
- The Lucas magdyno provided separate ignition and lighting - excellent for battlefield reliability.
- Military instrumentation was extremely basic on the BSA M20.