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1966 BSA Hornet Blue #719847
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My father passed away leaving me his 1966 BSA Hornet. Just wondering if anyone has info on the bike. I understand that most were a red/orange color, but his was blue. He was the original owner and it was not painted.



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Re: 1966 BSA Hornet Blue [Re: DFlint] #719849
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Could it have a Wasp tank and side covers?
Gary E has spent a lot of time researching the off-road unit twins, so with a little luck he'll chime in.

It looks great. Does it go as well as it looks?

Re: 1966 BSA Hornet Blue [Re: DFlint] #719867
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Original or not, that is a beautiful bike !!


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1957 6T Thunderbird 650
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1970 BSA A65F 650
1955 Tiger 100 - Project

Re: 1966 BSA Hornet Blue [Re: DFlint] #719881
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Wasp colors or orig. dealer did a bodywork swap
Beautiful bike take care of it

Re: 1966 BSA Hornet Blue [Re: DFlint] #719884
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Really nice bike!! I live in NJ and have a 1966 Hornet!! PRT
PS does the motor # say A-65 or A-50?

Re: 1966 BSA Hornet Blue [Re: pushrod tom] #719934
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It says, A65.

Re: 1966 BSA Hornet Blue [Re: Shane in Oz] #719935
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Yes, it runs well. How can I tell if the tank and side covers were from a Wasp? Do they have a stamp or special marking?

Re: 1966 BSA Hornet Blue [Re: DFlint] #719936
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I think that there were some Blue Hornets shipped to the US. There was a thread on this from Gary E some time ago but I can't find it.


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Re: 1966 BSA Hornet Blue [Re: DFlint] #719944
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Being BSA was in Nutley anything is possible

Re: 1966 BSA Hornet Blue [Re: DFlint] #719946
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Do they have a stamp or special marking?

No, only difference was the colour.

Re: 1966 BSA Hornet Blue [Re: DFlint] #719956
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Are you an enthusiast like your dad was or are you going to sell it ?


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Re: 1966 BSA Hornet Blue [Re: DFlint] #719959
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On the A10s the blue ones were described as "Nutley Blue" color.
Looks like very much the same color to me (this is of course an open invitation to rubbish my eyesight and call me color blind!).
So--welcome to the board and best of luck with the bike.
Where are you in NJ?
FYI I am in Bergen County.
I have had a couple of drinks already so it only remains for me to say (hic!) a Merry Christmas!

Re: 1966 BSA Hornet Blue [Re: Tridentman] #719969
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From some 1966 advertising lit.
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The wasp (500) and hornet (650) share the same frame... And engine case
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So before first retail sale,
dealer may have factory ordered... or state-side changed the hornet/wasp colors to suit customer / market demand.
(Sapphire blue and nutley blue , are most of the time... different names for the same hue )

Re: 1966 BSA Hornet Blue [Re: DFlint] #719979
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It is interesting the two bikes don't share the same style seat (in the sales literature, at least.)

My cousin Mike had a really fast '67 Bonneville, but when he matched up in a race against a "Hornet," the Hornet STUNG him real bad.

Re: 1966 BSA Hornet Blue [Re: DFlint] #719982
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Looks like the gear shift lever on the Wasp is longer than on the Hornet. Never knew they made two different sizes.


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Re: 1966 BSA Hornet Blue [Re: konon] #719984
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There is a P/N for a longer shift lever for both Hornet and Wasp. The rough, but fairly intact 66 Hornet that followed me home this fall actually has the longer shift lever.

Gary E would be the best source of info on blue vs. red Hornets. I do remember him listing some info that a blue Hornet, while rare, was not unheard of using Wasp body work.


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Re: 1966 BSA Hornet Blue [Re: DFlint] #719991
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I have been told the longer Hornet / Wasp shifter lever was "borrowed" from the BSA Bantam, but that could only
work if both bikes shared the same diameter and splines of the gear shifter shaft.

Re: 1966 BSA Hornet Blue [Re: DFlint] #719998
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bantam and A65 do share same diameter splines and shaft for gear lever.


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Re: 1966 BSA Hornet Blue [Re: Tridentman] #720014
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I'm in Morris County. Thanks for the info and Merry Christmas to you too!

Re: 1966 BSA Hornet Blue [Re: DFlint] #720029
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1966 Advertising brochure, (2) bikes, each with dual AMAL Monobloc Carburetors. One of the bikes has the carbs mounted inside out, and the other bike has them mounted outside in. One mounting gives easy access to idle screws, and the other option gives easy access to the tickler. I recall easy access to idle screws was proper. Which is correct?


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Re: 1966 BSA Hornet Blue [Re: DFlint] #720037
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Looking at the float bowls on the above picture, they should mount inwards. However if the wasp uses 1 1/8” choke size or smaller these are only handed one way hence why you can see the float bowl on the blue image, if you were look at the bike from the other side you would see the body of the carb and not the float bowl. HTH


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Great amount of knowledge you have. It is often seen that many Monobloc carburetors are fitted with the float bowls inboard. Thank you for sharing.


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Re: 1966 BSA Hornet Blue [Re: DFlint] #720046
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The seat on the Wasp in the brochure is the same as my original set on my '65 Spitfire Hornet.


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Re: 1966 BSA Hornet Blue [Re: DFlint] #720047
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So...........those are just promo illustrations BSA threw together, right? Would be very curious if they really shipped a wasp with two 689s on it.

Re: 1966 BSA Hornet Blue [Re: DFlint] #720074
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689s weren’t produced in anything smaller than 1 5/32.


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