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Nice to see someone else doing an M20. I'm in the process of building one up from boxes (I didn't take it apart). Mine is a 1940, rigid/ girder model. There's a fellow in Australia that can date the old M20s and give a minor amount of details of when and where the bike was sold or supplied. Mine was a military model and was supplied to the War Department in London. He also gave me the tank numbers it was supplied with. Of course, yours is a civilian model but I hope it makes you a nice rider!

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BSA A65 Lightning 1970 altered with some goodies.
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BSA A70 Lightning 750cc 1972
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I wonder why many people seem to be using Photobucket. (early pages anyway). There are much better options that aren't a ripoff!

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Originally Posted by Joolstacho
I wonder why many people seem to be using Photobucket. (early pages anyway). There are much better options that aren't a ripoff!

Years ago it was the 'go to' image Hosting service before they went to the 'dark side'. Now they overlay their brand on everyones images unless you pay them. They ruined a ton of great pictures, not just on this forum but others as well.


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1968 BSA Firebird Scrambler
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Greetings all!

I'm new to this forum and have a BSA project underway.

After 42 years in storage, we're bringing my dad's 1968 B25 Starfire back to life. The little bike started its life in Ohio and was moved to Texas 14 years ago (still wearing 1978 Ohio plates).

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I've never heard the bike run until a couple of weeks ago, when it started easily and ran strong (after a bit of fiddling with points, etc.). It had never been apart, but now...the frame is stripped and off to powder coating, other parts to plating, a host of items are on order, speedometer sent off for restoration, NOS wheels sourced, etc. We're progressing quickly!

Thanks for having me!


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Originally Posted by Joolstacho
I wonder why many people seem to be using Photobucket. (early pages anyway). There are much better options that aren't a ripoff!

I've been using Postimage.org. Free, easy to use. Ask me for usage details if needed.


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Here’s a couple of pics of my 1966 Lightning. The first one was taken in 1993 a year or so after it’s first rebuild. The second one was taken yesterday and shows the current state of the second and more comprehensive rebuild. It will be getting a 750 kit fitted as part of this rebuild.
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Nice!!!

Interesting yours has the bolt on sprocket type early drum, I always thought Therese were reserved for the hornets and such like and Lightning’s had the 42t type?


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Hi Allan,

I'm not sure. The 1966 parts book seems to agree with what I have on my bike regarding the rear drum and sprocket.

Here's what I have in my pdf files

1966 Rear Brake Assembly.JPG 1966 Rear Brake Assembly Numbers.JPG
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My son Peter and I finally got our two A65s together at my house for a ride. Peter has just finished a complete restoration of the '67 Lightning, which was previously my bike, purchased in 1972, ridden until 2001, and then retired until 2015, when Peter rescued it from my shed and set out to restore it.

Regular readers here know the story of my bitsa, purchased in 1991 (actually traded for a '72 BMW) as a very ugly chopper, then built into a hardtail bobber for some ten years, and then restored to somewhat stock form with a 1970 frame and 1967 bodywork.
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My son Peter and I finally got our two A65s together at my house for a ride. Peter has just finished a complete restoration of the '67 Lightning, which was previously my bike, purchased in 1972, ridden until 2001, and then retired until 2015, when Peter rescued it from my shed and set out to restore it.

Regular readers here know the story of my bitsa, purchased in 1991 (actually traded for a '72 BMW) as a very ugly chopper, then built into a hardtail bobber for some ten years, and then restored to somewhat stock form with a 1970 frame and 1967 bodywork.
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my new to me, and soon to take possession of, my 66 Spitfire. shipping has been arranged, and should arrive here in Florida on or before 11/19. details - 13K showing on the clock, original paint on original tank and side covers. fairly original example and somewhat a survivor. appears to be unmolested. couple things have been changed - most noted, 932 amals, newer primary cover, and some handlebar details. new tires, fully serviced, and ready to go. should be a good daily rider. will post more pics after she arrives.

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I built this bike at the end of 2018 from 'shed bits' so it is affectionately know as the Red Shed A10. I wanted something comfortable and uncomplicated so here it is! I rode it from Cheshire, UK, to Assen last year and went there and back with absolutely no problems at all.

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... and the 'sister bike' I built this year. The Covid A10 !
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Some might call it a problem, but I have a couple, or a few.

1971 A65 Lightning (Taken at the Bonneville Salt Flats)

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1968 mongrel project (C15/B50/441V)

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1953 Competition Gold Star (with a 1950 ZB33 engine)

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Originally Posted by bones_bir
Some might call it a problem, but I have a couple, or a few.

1971 A65 Lightning (Taken at the Bonneville Salt Flats)

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MCG 650

i am immensely impatient trying to find the SCTA or BNI rule books online.

why MCG, who is the competition, and how did it do?


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M-CG is Modified-Classic Gas 650cc

The competition is really between the rider and the salt, unlike other types of racing. There are others running in the same class, but it is really about making your runs and shaving seconds off the time.

the first time on the salt with this bike was in 2018 and the fastest run I made was a 97.2mph. I had the gearing set way too tall and did not bring any sprockets. I know better for next time.

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there aren't enough BSAs in LSR.

are you planning on coming back with it?


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Absolutely. I was supposed to go this year, but COVID shut everything down. There are a few folks running BSA, but you are right, there are not enough.

I have had an fun time with this A65, doing all manner of racing with it. Although I have half a mind to build a dual-engined sled with a pair of square barrel 441V engines that I have.

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Thats my BSA B50.

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Here is my db34 just bought.not ridden yet when she starts been a bit of a job to start. Cannot post photo?


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Greetings-

New to the forum - here's the 1970 A65T I've been working on, almost done. Hasn't been on the road since 2007.

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1970 BSA A65T - 2019 Goldwing DCT Tour - 2007 Yamaha FJR - 2005 Kawasaki KLR
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Originally Posted by Doxa
Here is my db34 just bought.not ridden yet when she starts been a bit of a job to start. Cannot post photo?

Upload your photo to a photo Hosting site, then cut and paste the appropriate URL. I recommend postimages.org - free and easy to use.


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+1 on Postimage. It IS easy to use and free.

Here's a couple shots of my 56DB34 dual sport out on a shakedown ride in our local mountains last September....

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and in February of this year at California City for a desert ride.

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And at the Husky memorial.

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To GJ Nice pics of the thunderbolt, I,m shopping for new tires for my 69 lightning, just curious what your using and how you like them Thanks Andy

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