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A65 Lightning Clubman 1965 #504179
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I am restoring a original 65 Lightning Clubman, the cranked kick start lever is missing, would it be possible to modify a standard a65 lever to Lightning Clubman pattern? (or any other options) thanks Dave.

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Re: A65 Lightning Clubman 1965 [Re: D53W] #504198
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Not being a lightning Clubman guy, I didn't know the Kick start lever was different.
What is the difference compared to the later A65 ?? I bet that part would be somewhat hard to find.

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Re: A65 Lightning Clubman 1965 [Re: D53W] #504201
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Modifying a std kick start lever is exactly how my bike ended up with a reasonably correct kick start lever. Pick one that has dull or rough chrome.

It will require some heat to bend. Not only does it need to be bent forward for shin clearance, but needs to bend slightly outward for muffler clearance when kicking.

Then send it off to your favorite chrome plate shop for a new finish!


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Re: A65 Lightning Clubman 1965 [Re: KC in S.B.] #504213
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Clubman kickstart lever

Re: A65 Lightning Clubman 1965 [Re: D53W] #504267
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Thanks for adding that last bit rich, it will save me cutting mine if I can just bend it.

SRM are selling them for 90 + vat.


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Re: A65 Lightning Clubman 1965 [Re: Allan Gill] #504363
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Ordered one today! Thanks Dave.

Re: A65 Lightning Clubman 1965 [Re: D53W] #662956
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Saw your 2013 post re A65LC.....
I am looking for one in any condition and wanted to ask if you still have your A65LC? Did you finish your restoration?
If you still have one, is it for sale by chance?

Do you have any leads that I can use to find one??

Thanks,
Dave

Re: A65 Lightning Clubman 1965 [Re: DH] #662971
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I have one contact me at ken@lectriclimited.com


I APOLOGIZE FOR THE USE OF CAPS. I CAN ONLY TYPE WITH MY RIGHT HAND SO USING THE SHIFT KEY IS BEYOND MY CAPABILITES.

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1965 BSA A65 Lightning Rocket "Clubman" (restored)
1966 BSA A65 Spitfire MK-II (restored)
1967 BSA A65 West Coast Hornet (under rstoration)
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Re: A65 Lightning Clubman 1965 [Re: D53W] #662992
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A lot of A65 kickstart levers come up for sale at flea markets and on eBay. In other words, there is room to make a mistake if the first attempt at creating the 'bent' one is a failure.

There are enough photos of original A65 Lightning Clubman bikes on this site and on the rest of the internet to allow someone handy with a torch to learn where the bend has to be made, and this includes photos showing where that bend is, in relation to the right-hand side cover behind it.

The reason for the bend is: with rear-set footrests, the stock A65 kickstart pedal interferes with the rider's leg. The bend moves the pedal forward, out of the way when the rider is operating the bike.

Triumph "Thruxton" endurance racers did the same thing: bending the kickstart lever. Why BSA Gold Stars with rear-sets chose to use a special kickstarter shaft to angle the entire lever forward is another question, for which I don't have the answer.

Re: A65 Lightning Clubman 1965 [Re: D53W] #663017
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If you make the bend, then it is better with the bend closer to the knuckle. I found I bent mine in the middle which looked nice but acted as a shin rest. Which wasn't ideal. I could have rotated the pegs further back but then my feet would have been too far (for me) from the controls.


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Re: A65 Lightning Clubman 1965 [Re: Allan Gill] #663625
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Allan, I made a jig for bending these and they all come out the same, just let me have it and I will sort it


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