Classic Motorcycle Profile — BSA A65 Lightning — 1969 —

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BSA A 65 Thunderbolt
BSA A 65 Thunderbolt

1969 BSA A65 Lightning

Richard money was meant to be spent on a Star. But he ended up with as much motor as he originally and now rides a show-winning Beezer

‘I was looking for a 500 single’ Richard, ‘but when I across this A65, great, in excellent condition, and sound, I just couldn’t say Who can blame him? The 1969 BSA 650 is arguably one of the best-developed of the breed and this one in particular is a damn looking example.

The A65 arrived in as the natural progression from the A10. Given a unit twist and sensible technical the twin remained the backbone of the BSA all through the 1960s. In fact, almost went a little too far in the of the decade when there eleven different models 500s as well as 650s) around the same basic Eleven!

Perhaps there are actually too ways to skin a cat. customers opted for the 650-sized anyway, so the range was trimmed to a sensible size of six before own A65L went into

The Lightning was accepted as the BSA all-round of the Sixties, sitting alongside the touring Thunderbolt and the supersports If you’re buying an A65 today you’ll have plenty of examples to choose from, reflects how well the bike when new.

Although twins continued to steal hearts with their reputation, it was a fully-faired Lightning was kitted out with car-seeking to take on James Bond in the movie. In real life the rode something which similar, but their Lightnings without the additional thunder!

By 1969 BSA had tackled most of the obvious flaws (and the which remained required more fundamental efforts to them). As the multi-cylinder bikes so the pressure could be taken off the and the Lightning was allowed to settle an almost genteel sports-tourer while the Rocket 3 took the Amendments to the motor were at making it more reliable, and less leaky, and any attempt at top speed was sacrificed to beef up the and improve rideability. ‘Very but easy to handle’ reckoned and we’d have to agree.

stuff on

The twin-carb A65 still reach 108mph don’t try that at home and particularly not you, Mr Wilson, you want to develop a sudden and relationship with SRM). It offered accurate cornering feeling overly stiff. Yet in 1969 it was freely admitted only a masochist would use a as an outright speed machine.

It excelled as a high speed however, and still willingly that role today, if you the yen to travel in starburst style.

BSA fitted an oil pressure warning intended to reassure riders all was well with the bike’s and cooling. It signalled alarm the oil flow become compromised, before extreme engine occurred. However, as the switch was prone to malfunctioning, most ignored its cries of ‘wolf!’ a while.

BSA’s claim to be reliable under all conditions’ quite as accurate as they

BSA A 65 Thunderbolt
BSA A 65 Thunderbolt

Richard has suffered no such with his Lightning, covering a thousand miles on it in the year he has it. It’s been resolutely with only one time-consuming blotting its copybook. ‘The time the bike has let me down was a fuse kept blowing,’ Richard. ‘This was down to a rubbing inside the headlamp, wore away the outer to expose the wire, so it shorted. some time to find!’

The A65L cost Ј3100 to which sounds like of a bargain given the work had already gone into it. was in excellent condition,’ confirms ‘as it had been rebuilt and looked after by the previous From the receipts he passed on, Ј2500 had been spent on

However, there wasn’t other information about the Richard would love to more about the Lightning’s from before its rebuild so if you recognise this gleaming then now is the right moment to up and be counted.

With much of the already completed, all Richard has to do is fine-tune the bike. He fitted a 2ls front drum which ‘excellent braking’, at a cost of Ј200 together with steel spokes and a chrome rim for the ‘I really recommend mod,’ he says, reflecting how felt some 30 years The standard item was reported to ‘spongy’ and hard to adjust in the Sixties, although these a brake specialist should be to set it up correctly to suit your of riding.

Apart from the brake, the A65 has needed routine maintenance and (‘Burton Bike Bits are helpful and have the items needed in stock, with a delivery service via post’), Richard thinks that the might need attention soon. ‘On some I seem to have a box full of They all do that, Sir.

Maybe one day Richard will get his Star, but this BSA twin him just fine for the time It won its class at the Stinkwheel Show at Hall in the autumn of 2003 take another look at the and you’ll probably see why. a show stopper, all right.

Is bike a potential prize-winner? it for an Andrew Greenwood classic and find out!


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