Fond Memories of a 1969 BSA A65 Lightning

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BSA A 65 Lightning

Fond Memories of a 1969 BSA A65

5/25/2011 1:38:58 PM

by Dan Delehant

Dan Delehant and his 1969 BSA A65 Lightining.

of a thousand or more attractive it was the most beautiful thing my ever beheld. Over the I owned faster and better motorcycles but none came to the stunning estheticism of that red and chrome 1969 BSA A65 Lightning. I should not admit this, but now, all these years I pine for that shiny more than any lost

Mechanically and electrically it was no prize. The system, wiring, and lights supplied by a British company Lucas. Lucas was better by the nickname, “The Prince of All my riding buddies back rode Triumphs – this was the Harley craze had yet to occur and the were flooding the U.S. with cheap, reliable, and motorcycles.

Our classic British motorcycles leaked oil in a night than a Jap-crap (as we them) machine would or leak in its lifetime. But we were in denial and believed completely we rode the cream of the motorcycle

While shopping for the appropriate I saw the BSA Lightning at a shop in Azusa, I was forever smitten. It was ever-lasting at first sight! The red and chrome captured me.

I spent a sleepless and a frantic morning begging and and that following afternoon I the glistening two-wheeled English-built Sure, it was no Triumph, or an Ariel Four (the other “accepted” back then in Pomona, but since it was a British bike I still be part of the “in” I called up my two best riding Gus and George, and told them to by my place Friday night, I had a big surprise for them.

I had that Lightning glistening a red-hued motorized diamond! I set it out on the canted down on the kickstand so Gus and George would see the lustrous in all her glistening glory head-on as came trundling down the on their shiny but run-of-the-mill They arrived on their and oil spraying steeds just sunset.

I can still see Gus down on one beside my Beezer studying it. got back on his Bonneville and just sat the coruscating-in-the-setting-sun, red and chrome, metallic on the front lawn.

I recall George saying a few minutes, “Hot damn, but is one pretty motorcycle!”

From a position Gus chimed in, “Yeah, it is a alright, but I have heard they are not put together as well as are. I hope for your that’s just bull-crap.”

BSA A 65 Lightning

I regurgitated what the salesman had me, “BSA is a triumph with

I remember Gus just looking at me and nothing. With a racing I grabbed the wide handlebars and my Levi-covered leg over the seat and the weight off the kickstand. My newly beauty of a beast came to life on the first kick.

Just for a moment I lingered on the reveling in the rumble of the exhaust and the rubber-shrouded tachometer jumping a jackrabbit with every twist of my wrist. I clicked into first gear and was about to let the clutch out when I that Gus was frantically drawing a across his throat in the “kill the signal! I reached up and turned the key

Gus was screaming, “You’re on fire! on fire!”

Turned out a short in the sizzled into flame and the wire loom fried! It just two for the shop to get another loom. George was sympathetic but Gus told me in his matter-of-fact manner, “I to say it buddy – but I think you might of up buying that Beezer.”

Truth is, Gus was wrong. Oh sure, as transpired, there were of problems with that Some of my own making and some of the but nothing serious enough to me from absolutely loving bike. I spent a prideful and couple of years riding British jewel around The three of us would sit at a red light on a or Saturday summer night, the of front wheels vigorously to our twin’s power pulses.

we were, wearing sunglasses at night, as we cruised on the dimly lit streets, our shirts unbuttoned, and our thick as helmets, shellacked against the onslaught of the wind. girls in the back seats of parents’ cars gawked at us. and women, sitting tight their driver husbands or as they were wont to do in the day before seatbelts, sneaked over at us.

Yeah, we were in the wheelhouse of our

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