1971 BSA Lighning 650 A65 Motorcycle Restoration

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BSA A 65 Lightning

1971 BSA Lightning Basket

This is most of a 1971 BSA A65 650 motorcycle. I bought it in pieces for It needs a seat, mufflers of which I just found on and a lot of little things. It looks the original owner crashed it, parked it.

I’m learning it’s a lot harder to put something together if you’re not the person who it apart. I am going to buy a factory list so I can see what goes and be aware of all the little rubber that hold things

The frame, swingarm, and other parts (even the horn) beautifully painted black by the guy I it from. He is also painting the for me.

My first instinct was to panic I brought it home, but I’ve and I see it as a long-term project. Also I found parts are cheap and to get.

BSA stopped making around 1973, so this is one of last bikes. It has a better oil and primary arrangement than bikes and should be pretty once I get it put back together and out. I’m going to it with a modern positive regulator/rectifier, and if I like the way the bike and I want to keep it I’ll put Mikuni carbs on it (around and throw the Amals in the trash or on

I had an old Triumph Bonneville chopper 15 ago, so I have some with British bikes. I the main reason I bought the BSA A65 was that I don’t have a with a kickstarter. There’s very important, very in kicking the engine to life. my body’s energy into the getting it spinning so it can take me I want to go.

Pushing a button doesn’t feel the same to me.

a picture of my old blue Triumph and a picture of my grandpa on his AJS, and that is a video of a red Triumph I saw at the 2010 Long Beach Show. Apparently, chopped are still cool.

I pulled the head today. When I the valve cover I was happy everything looked clean and I almost decided to leave it and just put everything back and see if it ran.

But I just got a gasket set on ($28!) and thought I should a peek at the pistons and clean any off of them. So I pulled the head. The thing I noticed was that a had made a little hammock of a web the valves (see pictures which indicated that one had been sitting with no plug for a while.

Then I looked at the pistons. One was with carbon deposits, and the was cleaner, but scarred as if a piece of bounced around on it for quite a See pictures below. So originally I the bike was crashed, then and everything was OK. Now it looks like of the spark plug broke off one of the cylinders and caused the accident.

I the barrels and pistons to Wes White at Aces Cycles in the San Fernando He’s a really good and he makes really neat British bobbers and Choppers. He at the cylinder and determined that a job would be sufficient, and that the fit well.

Including a new set of piston it cost around $80 to have the honed. It would have really easy for someone to me a bore job and a new set of pistons in this since I didn’t know I was looking at and how bad the damage was.

I put the and forks on to see how the bike will and fit me. It’s pretty tall, as you can see these pictures. I’m 1 with a 32 inseam, and I can get my feet on the ground, but it’s definitely a bike than my Suzuki For reference, I took a picture of the next to my XL500R dirtbike, is very tall.

Picture was shot from level, so you can see the XL is just a little bit than the BSA A65 Lightning. The BSA should a little lower when the is in it, but I thought I should mention the in case anyone out there is for an old Brit bike and is considering an Triumph or BSA. You could put shocks on the back.

The way the forks are you can’t slide the fork up in the triple clamp to lower it. You probably put shorter springs in the tubes to lower it. The height is for me. In Whatever Happened To The British Industry, Bert Hopwood about the oil-frame bikes, It is that with the frame came an increase of saddle of something like 3 inches, had the effect of making our new models suitable for those giants from astride the machine, just reach the ground their two feet.

This, of course, created with our market acceptability. I be a giant. I like sitting up

BSA A 65 Lightning

The engine went back nicely, and I’ll be putting it in the soon. The hardest part was it. The engine looked and smelled it had been buried in a cow pasture for a or so. I used foaming engine and carburetor cleaner with brushes to get all the crud off.

I the barrels with high-temp semi-gloss paint. The exhaust were pitted, but grindable, so I them and put them back in. I that my automotive-style valve compressor didn’t work well on the BSA Lightning heads there wasn’t enough near the springs for it to compress without getting caught on the wall of the head.

To solve I zip-tied a pair of pliers and used the rubber-padded handles to down on the spring with one and the head of the pliers against my using my body weight to the spring, and my other hand the valve collar. It worked and didn’t do any damage to the head as my spring compressor certainly have. The pliers I used are a hammer/plier hybrid tool I got my boss for Christmas one year.

I think it came from the Image catalog in case you to get yourself one. Here are pictures.

The engine is in the frame. I put it in by to see if I could do it, and it wasn’t too hard. I the frame with lots of sheet packing material on with scotch tape, so I scratch up the new paint job. being said, the engine is heavy for one person to hold in the position with one had while motor mounts with the hand.

It helps to use your to raise and lower the engine aligning the bolts. Or you could some friends over to People who have done before have told me it things a lot easier if you lay the engine on its on something soft, then the frame over it.

This is if the frame doesn’t have the and forks attached to it, as the frame by is very light. 2009. I I’ll never get this put together, so I sold it for $1,500 to guy with a kind of hipster/Willy look, which is perfect for bike. And I found a Royal for sale in California and bought it for That way I have a classic that I can ride rather repair.

Here’s the last picture of the I still would like to up a working 71 or 72 Lightning someday.

I to a motorcycle rally in Venice in the of 2009 and saw a 71 BSA Thunderbolt in great condition. The Thunderbolt is the same as the except that it has a single instead of 2. You can see it at 4 1/2 minutes into the below. It’s incredible how classic bikes there are in the Los area.

2 guys even in on Vincent Shadows. I was the only guy on a Enfield .

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