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1967 Lightning frame/engine Number #738502
06/12/18 1:05 pm
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Hi All

I'm considering buying a 1967 A65 Lightning. I'm not familiar with BSAs so would appreciate some advice from you guys. I'm used to Triumphs where the engine and frame numbers are the same, but I understand this is not always the case with BSAs - is that right? This bike has a frame number of A65LA14894 and an engine number of A65LA1488. Do you think this is the bike's original engine?


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Re: 1967 Lightning frame/engine Number [Re: Willholmania] #738504
06/12/18 1:12 pm
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Non matching numbers stopped earlier than 67, so that engine did not leave the factory in that frame.

Re: 1967 Lightning frame/engine Number [Re: Willholmania] #738505
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Thanks Kommando. What a shame. It's a nice bike.


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Re: 1967 Lightning frame/engine Number [Re: Willholmania] #738516
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Will: nothing WRONG with non matching bike. Only the value drops. Ride is the same. If you want a rider, offer accordingly! resale is tougher too.

Re: 1967 Lightning frame/engine Number [Re: Willholmania] #738526
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I agree with Sluggo. Would not be a concern for me. After a 8-10 mile road-test if all sounded and felt right go for it.

Re: 1967 Lightning frame/engine Number [Re: Willholmania] #738546
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The best Beezers and Triumphs iv'e ridden were non matching number bikes, the manufacturers seldom got both items right in the same year!


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Re: 1967 Lightning frame/engine Number [Re: Willholmania] #738573
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Both my '66 A65L and my '67 A65L have matching engine and frame numbers. I would enjoy them just as much if they didn't.


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