1978 BSA 650 Thunderbolt Hemmings Motor News

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Victory is sweet when you get to a classic event, and win it too

Feature from Hemmings Motor

Owner Serge Benoit this low-mileage piece of iron across international to show it in the Bennington Car Show’s class this September. No queen here; Serge the bike from Quebec to the We cornered him while he was getting gas at the Filling Station to take a few

Serge purchased the bike in from its original owner, a scant 300 miles on the odometer. An oil a set of plugs and some fresh and the bike kicked right Serge felt that the should be ridden and enjoyed, is exactly what he is doing it.

No stranger to Canadian classic car and events, this 1978 BSA won first place at the Le Mirage d’Elegance in Blainville, Quebec, north of Montreal, on July 18. It 95 out of a possible 100 points. During the judging, one of the judges asked him if he had the original tool kit that standard on all 1978 models. said he wasn’t aware it had a kit.

Together, they removed the side cover and found the kit, untouched since it was there at the Birmingham Small factory in Small Heath, in 1978.

After winning its place award in Montreal, the was entered in the Stowe Car Show in where it placed sixth, 93 points. When the owner the judge after the awards why he only scored 93 out of 100, he was it was because the first owner had the original Dunlop Gold K70 tires with a pair of touring tires. Interestingly, still had the two original Dunlops the first owner gave him he purchased the bike.

He had them thoroughly checked for dry found they had none, and them.

A 654cc overhead-valve propels the Thunderbolt, and the drivetrain was with a four-speed left shift transmission and chain-drive to the brake drum and sprocket The four-… engine has a 3-inch a 2.9-inch … and produces a (at the time) 46hp at 7,000 Fuel is supplied by a single 928 carburetor, and the 1978 BSA has an external oil instead of the more common design incorporated into BSA bikes.

The aforementioned 3.25 x 19 Dunlop are mounted to laced chrome and drum-type front and rear were standard. Lucas power the ignition and lights and the battery.

Currently, the bike has only miles on it, but its owner is also the enjoyment of the open road, in to the accolades for showing an original, British bike. The BSA took place in its category while at the Bennington Show as well.

a vintage BSA motorcycle is still easy. Prices, while climbing, are nowhere near American and even Japanese bike pricing in today’s Many parts are still and BSAs still garner a amount of respect among bike collectors.

This article originally in the February, 2011 issue of Motor News.


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