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It has to be at least partly Shaun's fault for posting all those pictures of BSA's at the NZ rally. Now I want a BSA...I don't know which one but I want one. I have always had a soft spot for them mainly beacause it was the first REAL motorcycle I ever had a ride on...My older brothers Golden Flash, at least I think that's what it was.
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It's ok Mr Martini, we're here for you. You just got to keep the urges under control. I actually have a bit of a BSA problem myself, ever since I got a copy of Bob Currie's "Great British Motorcycles of the Fifties" and saw the BSA B31. I want one of those SO bad.


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I think I need to get some good BSA reading material and do some research.


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DM, I gotta admit I am a proud BSA nutter and there aren't many models they produced that I wouldn't wanna own but IMO your brothers machine would be about as good a choice a guy could make . I can't walk past one without taking pause .


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I have to say; that BSA is directly resposible for my motorcycle addiction!


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dirtymartini lad, so that'll be another beer you owe me then laughing

Now lad, consider this, and I'm only trying to help y'all here. Think about what type of riding you'll be doing, the A10 is indeed a mighty fine beast, BUT, and that there is a big but lad. Why not consider a Commander? A10's and A65's are two a nickle over there, so getting a fine M21 will see you with something a tad different, a reliable machine, and long distance rider. Keep off them interstates and you'll have a blast :bigt

Course we can now wait for the speed freaks, who'll tell you they're slow, and they can't do the miles? Funny that? Cos I took one mighty fine example from Altoona to Brimfield to Niagra, then down to Ohio, then back to Altoona, and LOVED every second of it grin

So lad, to re-cap, THINK about what type of riding you'll be doing, and what you want out of a machine, all chrome and sparkle will see you crying in your Ale after a LONG ride. But something a tad different, that's RELIABLE will see that Ale being bought for you.

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Well then Shaun I'll have a whole 5 gal keg waiting for you over here beerchug I need to do some reading and research on the one lunger BSA's. M21, B33, what's it all about?

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dirtymartini lad, would that be American gallons lad frown Couldn't get English gallons could you grin I MIGHT be coming over with a mate :bigt And he loves nothing more than FREE Ale, course he'll TRY to talk you into a Pre-Unit Triumph, but all you got to remind him of, is punctures, and he'll soon stop that lark lad wink


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I did forget about the "Imperial" gallon now didn't I? Well I guess I'll have to brew a double batch then. pint pint I do have a tire changer in my garage for those puncture prone Triumphs laughing


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what shaun says is very wize i have a a10r ans a65l but im now building a m21 (comander) with chair it will be different from what im used to hossin down motorways

i also have a b31 and that is a superb bike over enginered and the engine is not stressed its relable all i do is change the oil sometimes, i can plod about on it around 50mph its happy all day. i keep it in oily rag original condition.

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BSA's are good sound bikes the B31 is a solid motor for the first bike .

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I need to read up on BSA singles, can anybody recommend a good book?


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I need to read up on BSA singles, can anybody recommend a good book?


bsa singles restoration by Roy Bacon, its a good inch thick.

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(shhhhhh.... subliminal message.... twins , two cylinders, all the best stuff comes in pairs ,think dolly parton..... )

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Never you mind about that subliminal message my lad, consider this...

I have both, a twin AND a single, and I LOVE em BOTH as much. BUT, and that there is a cool and calm sort of but, if after a hard week in the hell hole, I want to chill out. Out comes the Commander, the beat of that engine REALLY slows the heart beat. There's nothing on this sweet sweet Earth better than that, Doff Doff Doff sound I tells ya :bigt Try it, sit there and say it, go on lad, see it DOES slow the heat rate wink

Course IF you find this a problem to make up your mind, the simple answer is to get BOTH, then you've got the best of both worlds, and if you got three you could have a shiny one as well :bigt


So lad, I would recommend these three...

M21, Bimberling and enjoying

A10, ditto

A65, shiny bike. Cos we ALL know they blow up loads, don't we laughing


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I just happened to hear about a 1965 Thunderbolt Rocket sitting in a barn, I might have to go look at it. Apparently the owner died a few years back and it's been sitting in the barn since. I talked with the son of the owner who really didn't know much about it other than it was blue, didn't have many miles and had some sort of saddlebags on it. Worth having a look anyway....

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dirtymartini lad, PLEASE take a camera, then we call ALL look at it :bigt

Good luck lad, hope it's what you're after, if it's right you'll KNOW, you'll get that 'feeling' lad. You know, the feeling that means you'll soon have no money in the bank, and the wife is moaning all the time... Hang on... That's what they do anyway! Well you know what I mean grin


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Originally Posted by dirtymartini
I just happened to hear about a 1965 Thunderbolt Rocket sitting in a barn, I might have to go look at it. Apparently the owner died a few years back and it's been sitting in the barn since. I talked with the son of the owner who really didn't know much about it other than it was blue, didn't have many miles and had some sort of saddlebags on it. Worth having a look anyway....


Well, I REALLY hope you find that you've got a deal there.... I haven't had any luck with "son or widow selling Dad's old bike".

There's always someone who's told them that it's worth a fortune, and warn that people will come there trying to talk them out of it for $1000, but it's worth 10 times that, look here at this one on eBay, see? So hang on to it, don't let it go ....

But good luck with it! Take a picture so we can all dream of that "barn find".

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Thanks Lannis, I don't have high hopes but figured it was worth a look. They had it advertised on craigslist for too much money and nobody responded. When I called she said she realized she was asking too much and would sell for much less. I still don't have high hopes but it ought to be a nice ride...it's way out in northeast PA, near the PA/NY border.


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Martini Lad,

Pay no heed to what Exocet tells you about me. Mind you. it *will* be your round when we come over there Lad. That's just tradition.

Now then, if you don't already know why you should have a Pre-Unit Triumph, yer already a lost cause, so you won't find *me* trying to tells ya.

But - There is a *reason* BSA's are cheaper, don'cha know? laughing

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hey dirtymartini lad,so you want a beeza,well in my experiences with BSAs,my biggest disapointement is with my B33,i like big singles but this one dosent cut the mustard for me,however my WM20 is like my favorite arm chair(takes a lot to move it)and will go anywhere at 45-50. The often overlooked unit singles are a good bet the B25 250 starfire is a cracking machine as are B40s and C15s if you want a twin get a Triumph!My own choice would be a 350 or 500 Ariel,but them i,m biased!
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Originally Posted by dirtymartini
Thanks Lannis, I don't have high hopes but figured it was worth a look. They had it advertised on craigslist for too much money and nobody responded. When I called she said she realized she was asking too much and would sell for much less. I still don't have high hopes but it ought to be a nice ride...it's way out in northeast PA, near the PA/NY border.


That's beautiful country and a lot of nice ways to get there, as I found on our way to the BSA International.

I'd put cash in my pocket and show up with a truck or trailer. When the seller SEES the cash in your hand (and I don't mean just imply that you've got it in your pocket or mention it on the phone, I mean she can see the color of it and smell it), she will IMMEDIATELY see the thing she will buy with the cash TONIGHT or TOMORROW and compare it to that dusty old bike that's been sitting in the shed for 23 years, and you're in like Flynn ...

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I liked my a65's, but loved my A10's. Appreciate my Goldie. Never had a chance to try a ride on a M20 or M21....

I guess the closest I'll get, is my '48 AJS... LONG stroke single...

My experience with trumpets, is they are turnips... But, there MUST have been some of 'em that did SOME good for some people, so many want one again.... or is their first choice to break into brit biking...
No, I'm not trying to start any kind of verbal warfare. I'm just stating what MY experience with them was... Vaguely...

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Don't worry Mr Martini lad, this insanity will end the moment you drag one home!

Next time you mix A Martini, try a green cardomon or two instead of the olive...


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