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BSA A 65 Lightning

BSA Lightning


Development [ ]

The BSA Lightning was designed as the all-round of the 1960s, planned largely for to the US market to complement the touring and the supersports Spitfire. Development of the aimed to make it more quieter and less prone to oil with top speed sacrificed to mid-range and rideability. Nevertheless, twin carburettors the A65L still reach 108mph Improvements included an oil pressure light, but this had a tendency to so riders learned to ignore it. [ 3 ] [ ]

A close ratio gearbox with a high lift made for lively acceleration and at higher rpm than the standard The bottom gear was a bit high, so riders had to learn to slip the up to 10mph (16km/h). Above customers also complained excessive vibration, with a to weave above 90mph [ citation needed ]

A useful was an ’emergency starting’ key position for when the battery was flat to the alternator current directly to the coils. [ 1 ]

In 1972 the BSA Group in financial difficulties and, in a attempt to extend the brand a new frame was developed for the A65L. As as raising the seat height to an 33 inches (840mm), it actually during testing at the Motor Research Association (MIRA) track, marking the end of one of the most range of British twin motorcycles. [ 4 ]

In 1971, 201 750cc versions, the A70L, were also for American racing homologation

In popular culture [ edit ]

BSA Lightning [ edit ]

A fully faired BSA Lightning with missiles featured in the James Bond film [ 5 ] ridden by UK motorcycle champion Ivy wearing a blond wig to look as if it was by Bond girl Fiona played by Italian actress Paluzzi. Volpe used the BSA to fire two rocket missiles and Count Lippe ‘s car he was chasing Bond. [ 6 ]

BSA A 65 Lightning

A working launching system was fitted to the but the explosion which destroyed the car was detonated remotely by stunt Bob Simmons. [ 7 ] [ … link ] The of the scene was recorded in a Ford Company film A Child’s to Blowing Up a Motor Car that is on the DVD edition of Thunderball .

The actual bike was exhibited at motorcycle show held at the Hotel exhibition centre in 1965. [ 8 ]

Cinema film ‘ [ edit ]

The Lightning in the 1968 film ‘if. starring Malcolm McDowell as the main character ‘Mick – purporting to be a potential buyer of a – proceeded to start the bike and out of the dealer’s showroom on a joyous, spree, a practice generally as ‘joy riding’. [ 9 ]

Boon TV Series [ edit ]

One of the claims to fame is that it was used in the hit British TV series shown from 1986. The Lightning (nicknamed ‘White by the main character, Ken Boon ) was a part of the series’ popularity for the 7 run. Boon — who of himself as a modern day Lone – would treat his Lightning as it was his horse.

BSA A 65 Lightning
BSA A 65 Lightning
BSA A 65 Lightning
BSA A 65 Lightning

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