[Motorcycles in Music] My Little Sister’s Gotta Motorbike

Several years before Both Wheels Left the Ground, Crazy Cavan and the Rhythm Rockers had another motorbike themed song.

My Little Sister’s Gotta Motorbike was inspired by the true story that Grogan’s sister was one of the first girls in South Wales with a BSA motorcycle.

BSA was a company as diversified as any of today’s Japanese motorcycle manufacturers.

Birmingham Small Arms began in 1861 as a gun manufacturer in Birmingham, England. In 1880, BSA began producing bicycles, and then motorcycles in 1910.

I remember the BSA bikes as being some of the most graceful-looking of the early-century bikes we displayed at the Art of the Motorcycle in the Memphis Pyramid in 2007.

BSA expanded into the Sunbeam brand of motorcycles, and then into automobiles for a brief period, until that line was merged into a subsidiary of Daimler.

Beginning in the 1960s, BSA struggled in the face of competition from the Japanese brands, and a 1972 merger with Norton and Triumph was the death knell for all three marques. By 1978, the various brands of motorcycles (and guns) were sold.

In the years following, the brands have been revived by successor companies, but today, the original BSA lines of guns and motorbikes are nothing more than a memory.

My Little Sister’s Gotta Motorbike

My little sister’s got a motorbike
See her coming down your way
My little sister’s got a motorbike
It’s a big black BSA
She don’t wanna do the things
That a lady’s supposed to do
My little sister’s got a motorbike
She’s a rocker through an’ through
Rock on!
 
Well, sittin’ in the cafe
Boots across the floor
Talking about the big machines
Parked outside the door
 
My little sister’s got a motorbike
See her coming down your way
My little sister’s got a motorbike
It’s a big black BSA
She don’t wanna do the things
That a lady’s supposed to do
My little sister’s got a motorbike
She’s a rocker through an’ through
Ride in!
 
Well, she won’t wear no ladies dress
No fancy pinafores
Leather jeans and jacket too
That’s my sister’s clothes
 
My little sister’s got a motorbike
See her coming down your way
My little sister’s got a motorbike
It’s a big black BSA
She don’t wanna do the things
That a lady’s supposed to do
My little sister’s got a motorbike
She’s a rocker through an’ through.

by Cavan Grogan © 1977 Carlin Music Corp

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