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.
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.
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.