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BSA A65 LIGHTNING 1972 650cc VERTICAL OHV TWIN

Jul 5

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Saturday, July 05, 2008 12:49:04 PM  RssIcon

Should the customer wish, I can refurbish firstly those parts that are not easy to remove and re-install, check and ensure that those parts not refurbished are serviceable; this way the bike can be on the road in the shortest possible time.

Should the customer wish, I can refurbish firstly those parts that are not easy to remove and re-install, check and ensure that those parts not refurbished are serviceable; this way the bike can be on the road in the shortest possible time. Then, at the customer's convenience I can refurbish the areas of the bike that are easily removed and re-installed, for example the wheels. Obviously this approach works well in the Western Cape as we have very wet winters when most people with vintage bikes stay of the road.

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This bike was supplied assembled, with some loose parts
                             
Unfortunately the photos never show enough detail as to the state of each bike, For example this BSA A65 Lightning had a great deal of rust and corrosion, ill-fitted and missing parts, was stripped rebuilt, road worthy, licensed (it had to be put on the licensing system having never been registered before, that's a fun exercise!). 

The frame was sand blasted and powder coated, with the following refurbishments:
Engine, new pistons, valve guides, main & small end bearings
Seat recovered
Front shocks, new rear shocks
Rev counter and speedometer
Rewired electrics

 

 


New drive sprockets & rear chain fitted
New tyres fitted
 
A temporary tank fitted (the original tank supplied with the bike was so rusted as to be useless), and put on the road

A replacement tank was sourced unfortunately it came from an earlier BSA, and had to be modified to fit, the A65L is an oil-in-frame design and the main frame member is bigger than models with conventional oil tank. 

 

The headers reworked by removal of the balance pipe, 
for easier twin carburettor tuning, and chromed. 
                     

                      
Rear mudguard off for re-chroming            

 



 


 

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