For a while now (2 years) I've been working on resurrecting a very rough specimen of a BSA A65 Lightning. I've been scattering questions all over the internet, including this forum. But I decided to make a project thread and since I've always gotten the best answers here!
The bike is a 1970 BSA A65L that has lived a VERY rough life. I'm the 14th owner, it's been a track race bike, it's been a cafe racer, it's been a original street bike aaaand its been a wreck in a garage for 20+ years. It's was missing a lot of pieces and the electrical system was none existing. The engine had a warped head, and blown valves. It had fallen over in the garage more times than you can count, it has a 22 mm solid stainless steel handlebar and no fenders, missing clocks and most of the controls.
So far I've rebuilt all of the electrical system. Bought a shedload of parts. Had the top end machined and new valve guides and hardened seats installed. I've installed a Boyer
Right now I'm working on assembling the head. But I have a problem. I keep braking valve spring compressors.
I have this type, but I've stripped the threads on two of them.
Is there a better version out there that you use?
That's it from me today. Next post will include pics of the bikes I promise