1963 BSA A65

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BSA A 65 Lightning

1963 BSA A65

The 1963 BSA A65 was, of the second model year of the new construction BSA twins, the 500cc and the 650cc A65, which had the very successful pre-unit A7 A10 (650) in 1962. BSA was very in the new machine’s configuration, as was their The 1962 BSA A65 Star was joined in by a tuned version (higher the 1963 BSA A65 Rocket.

In 1965, the sprouted 2 carburetors became the BSA A65 Lightning.


As be expected from any second-year following such a major redesign, there were problems. It was more of a complete actually, with virtually no components with the engine it unlike Triumph who carried the cams entire top end over pre-unit to unit in 1963. The new BSA really was new . and there was much to

Early A65s used a to support the crankshaft on the timing and the oil that fed the crankshaft ran through it. not as much of a problem on the underpowered A50s, it proved to be the Achilles of the more powerful BSA A65. It wear out quickly, which starve the crank, and thus the big end for oil, ultimately leading to a engine failure, usually in the of a broken connecting rod or a broken or both.

The pre-unit A7 A10 also used a bushing on the timing-side main, and it too was to be an area of weakness. So, why did BSA do it? Cost-savings, no


in an another awkward attempt at money, built two bikes, in two displacement classes, out of one bike. The A50 and the 650cc A65 were essentially the same in every respect the exception of the pistons, cylinders and the front brake. The A50 had a 7-inch SLS the A65 had an another crude attempt at money that made no at all.

Despite the A50 being down on when compared to the A65, it virtually the same, and needed as much braking power to it, at any given speed.


Even by standards, the BSA A65 was looking pretty conservative. This is the year introduced their exciting new of unit-construction 650 twins they selling like hotcakes. But BSA new unit twins failed to buyers. Not even as well as the models they replaced.

The that they had been for, the same market BSA had built its entire business on, the commuter, was going away, and replaced by people who saw motorcycling as an lifestyle. The new Triumph line fit the bill, and so did all these wild new bikes that had just flooding the marketplace. Would BSA and make adjustments?

Not hardly. It was business as usual, the same bikes they had for the same type of buyer, he still existed or not.

1963 BSA A65 — STEADY

Either way, BSA continued to refine its unit construction and they steadily got better the A65 turning into a very motorcycle.



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