I bought my Triumph Tiger because I really like the look of old British bikes but wanted something a bit different with more modern running gear but it had to have the look of an old BSA. An engineer friend built the bike for me from an A10 frame and swinging arm ( not a complete bike ). It was built on a home made jig and handles really well. I am no expert but the A10 frame looks far superior to the Yamaha frame I got the engine from.
You don't need my approval, but that just ain't a BSA. What a bore it'd be to ride that: easy to start, no clattering parts, no leaks, probably no breakdown or roadside repairs. No wondering if you can make it home.....boring.
I've got my Triumph for all those problems! You are right though, it is not a BSA, I just wanted it to look similar to one with modernish running gear. It is about 80 per cent Japanese with the engine, brakes, forks, clocks, wiring etc being a mix of Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki and Kawasaki. It did look too Japanese with the twin discs we fitted originally but I think the Suzuki 4ls drum is a lot more period.
"I am no expert but the A10 frame looks far superior to the Yamaha frame I got the engine from."
That's a given.
I think there's room in the world for stock bikes and for one-offs. This one is all put together very nicely, and looks like something that could have been manufactured, or perhaps what one might have looked like if BSA had decided to take a go at a four-cylinder motorcycle. But they didn't, and I think I would have played down the BSA logos, especially on the engine - maybe come up with some unique logo, like YABSA or BEEZAHA or something... Uh, by the way, how fast does it go?
Looks like you're going to leave the Tiger stock; that's good, then you'll have one 100% Brit bike!
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Thanks for the comments on the bike, good or bad I don't mind as I didn't expect everyone to like it. I have to admit It's not an original idea, I saw a BSA A10 or A65 at Stafford Bike Show fitted with a Honda 750 engine a couple of years ago. An engineer friend of mine did most of the work, I did the polishing, general dogsbody work etc and paid for it! It is pretty quick on acceleration and I've taken it to about 90, it will do more but I'me just getting use to it first. It also tracks and handles well, which I was worried about after seeing some of the chassis work being done!
The engine is rubber mounted as the original Yamaha and is very smooth, hardly any vibration but one of the best things for me is the gearbox, it has six gears, very smooth changes and no false neutrals like my Triumph.