1968 BSA A65 Thunderbolt — Classic Motorcycle Review — RealClassic.co.uk

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BSA A 65 Thunderbolt
BSA A 65 Thunderbolt

1968 BSA A65 Thunderbolt

42 years it rolled off the production line, Tony Clements reckons it’s possible to keep an 650 in better-than-new condition (and got the prizes to prove it).

BSA their unit-construction 650 parallel in 1962. The 654cc machine life as the A65 Star basic with various offshoots through the decade. The Lightning sported twin carbs, as did the Spitfire which was intended for use.

The single-carb Thunderbolt more of an everyday, touring and by 1968 it sported 12-Volt a Concentric carb, two-way damping and a three-spring clutch to go its four-speed gearbox.

1968 BSA A65 from the left

The 75mm by motor typically ran 9:1 compression to 42bhp at 6800rpm. Fully with four gallons of gas the weighed nearly 400lb, so its top was slightly less than the mark, with a standing taking 15.5 seconds or so. In the Thunderbolt would go from to 60mph in 7.4 seconds.

The twin-carb of the same year was only quicker — 15.29 to cover a standing quarter and with a 102mph top velocity for all that it claimed to house an half dozen horses.

1968 BSA A65 Thunderbolt, from the

The BSA range underwent a major not universally appreciated) revamp for so the final years of the previous are considered by many to be the easiest to with and most desirable construction machines. Although not the glamorous of the BSA 650 models, the A65T is a choice for modern classic fans.

Roy Bacon reckons ‘for riding, a well-sorted from the late 1960s give the best combination of Similarly ‘Cycle’ magazine that the 1968 bike was of the best-designed motorcycles that we had the pleasure of testing’.

1968 BSA A65 from the back

Owner Clements feels much the about his own 1968 Thunderbolt has just won the Best Bike at the 2010 Walsall Classic Tony bought the bike in 1997 and cut his classic teeth on it. was my first venture into iron classics’ he says, it taught me a lot of skills which since put to good use!’

The testers of the era were aware all was not wonderful back at Small when the A65 left the factory. what is obviously an outstanding exercise has been negated by a of attention down on the assembly Blessed with beautifully lines and as clean an engine-transmission as there has been on the market, the has been flawed by indifferent said Cycle magazine. those kind of issues are to resolve with modern — so long as the owner has the and application to do the job right.

1968 BSA A65 Thunderbolt, from

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Tony’s Beezer cost to buy and around another Ј4000 to up to scratch — and that’s the cost of the parts. Tony did the of the work himself; ‘paintwork, rebuilding and even manufacturing where possible’. The A65 was complete but had been severely butchered by previous owners’ so it was given a nut and bolt restoration.

It’s no surprise that this regularly wins awards Tony rides it to shows, he has paid enormous attention to during the rebuild. For instance; visible fastener has been in stainless steel.’ Likewise, ‘the extra mile’ on the Red paintwork was definitely worth it, Tony. ‘The overall is great!’

Tony used and is happy to SRM for his engine re-grind, and Traditional for the chrome work; Central for the spokes and rims; RS Paints who that special colour, and Spares for general BSA bits.

incorporated a couple of modern into his restoration. He’s with performance of the taper head bearings: ‘fit and great!’, and a Boyer electronic system which ‘is a and cost under Ј100′. The SRM conversion ‘expands with temperature but has very good bearing.’

1968 BSA A65 Thunderbolt, detail

After suffering a of teething problems during its period (the original failed: ‘I should replaced them to start says Tony), the A65 is now ‘very It starts well, ticks well, and runs great.’

has considered fitting a Mikuni because ‘British Amals are hit and to say the least’ but feels that the carb would spoil the appearance, so he’s stayed the original set up. He reckons that are ‘very under-rated. Spares are available and they run very and reliably…’

So if you’re considering a purchase, says: ‘go for it!’

BSA A 65 Thunderbolt
BSA A 65 Thunderbolt

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All kinds of classics are welcome at the events we sponsor and any old bike might go home an award. Thanks to all who entered bikes into displays the summer but weren’t chosen time around; we do enjoy at your bikes even if the can be very difficult indeed.

We several more shows the autumn and all RC readers are very to attend, with the family or solo, possibly as part of an ride-in with the rest of club branch or just on tod. You can enter whatever of classic bike has snagged fancy, of any origin and in any condition, be it a discovery or a recently restored If you’ve upgraded your to make it practical for modern then our judges will be to see what you’ve done: we turn up our noses at non-standard although we do, of course, appreciate the of ages on an unrestored machine…

will be a selection of concours up for grabs at each event different categories and classes, and the for entering differ between and venues. The common thread for is that if you can prebook and enter bike for the displays in advance you will be given discounted and sometimes FREE — to the Show. All you need to do is turn up in to put your bike on display and you (and very often a too) can enjoy the rest of the day splashing too much cash the bargains in the jumble lead you of course).

Contact the appropriate organiser and get signed in for an RC event this and give our judges an even time making up their

Sunday September 19th

The STINKWHEEL CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE return to Beaumanor Hall Loughborough, a splendid setting for one of the outdoor events of the riding Classes for all ages of British, and American classic plus the Italiana event which all Italian machines are extra Two FREE tickets for those who a bike and prebook before September 2010. Forms 01743 891889

Sunday 24th 2010

The SOUTH OF ENGLAND CLASSIC SHOW returns to the South of Showground at Ardingly near from 10am to 4pm. your classic early places for show bikes are although there’s plenty of if you just want to ride in on the FREE entry for prebooked bikes.

See www.elk-promotions.co.uk or call 344277.

Sunday October 2010

The MALVERN REALCLASSIC SHOW opens 10am to 4pm at the Counties Showground at Malvern off the M5 or J1 off M50). Big range of prizes veteran through to 1990s motorcycles, including competition, American and classes for major marques. Discounted admission for displaying a bike. Entries via 667776 or www.classicshows.org .

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