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I'm putting my Lightning up for sale.

After 54 for years of loving and owning over 25 bikes, I have made the decision to admit that at 75 years of age, I am too old for 2 wheels.

I actually made this decision 5 years ago and retired to riding a sidecar rig 'till I saw this Lightning and was hooked all over again. But the weight of the bike and the kick start is just too much.

OK enough whining.

I put the bike on craigslist, Ebay, and on this site.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or interest.

I want to sincerely thank every one on this site that more than helped me sort everything out. A great group of guys!

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P.S. One more request. I am cannot post more pics on the For Sale section because of the size of my other pics.
I tried Photo Bucket and others with no luck. If anyone can help with re-sizing I would appreciate it.
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nice motorcycle , heres the Craigslist link and a few of your pics .
https://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/mcy/d/sutherlin-1968-bsa-a65-lightning/7309495721.html
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[Linked Image from images.craigslist.org]

... , Craigslist is Hosting your pictures , so they can be hot-linked from there .

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That's a downer, but I guess that day will come to all of us eventually.

Something worth considering is a smaller, lighter, machine which is easier to manoeuvre and start. A lot of the VMCC members seem to be taking that route, although it's probably more feasible in the UK with lots of smaller lanes and back roads.
Even a modern lightweight with electric start is still a motorcycle.

Come to think of it, I was talking to an older gent quite a while back who told me his "twist and go" super-scooter (Suzuki Burgman?) had extended his riding life by years.

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Age does catch up with us. I do not ride my BSA's as much as I use to. And the rides are shorter. Since the H-D Tracker has an electric start, it is usually the "go to first" machine in my shop. At 415 pounds and 1250cc with cams, it is every bit as good a performer as the BSA's here.


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Quinten,
Thank you! Worked perfectly!

Shane,
Thanx for your post. Unfortunately, the weight of the bike is not the only problem, but my balance is not so good.

I'm not giving up bikes completely. I'm picking up a Ural sidecar rig on Saturday.

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Steve--- I too am 75 and fortunately can still ride OK.
Having said that over the last ten years or so I have increasingly got more enjoyment from wrenching than from riding.
I bought myself a Ural sidecar rig in 2005 and still have it and still ride it.
Great fun!--I think that you will like it!

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Originally Posted by Tridentman
Steve--- I too am 75 and fortunately can still ride OK.
Having said that over the last ten years or so I have increasingly got more enjoyment from wrenching than from riding.
I bought myself a Ural sidecar rig in 2005 and still have it and still ride it.
Great fun!--I think that you will like it!

I also had a Ural about 6 years ago. I rode it for 20K and 4 years.
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I know the feeling! I'm only 61 but have a bad back and stopped riding my rigid A7 a few years ago. I did have a small Suzuki trail bike until 2018 but sold that when I moved to Croatia. I'm doing a bit of restoration work on the A7 and will then sell it but will hopefully get another bike that is kinder to my fragile human frame.

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Thanx for your response
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The buyer is 78 and he owned '68 lightning back in the day. Good for him! He is thrilled with it.

I'm sad and happy. Glad my kicking days are over, sad because the BSA was special to me as I owned a ''68 Spitfire, also back in the day.

I pick up my new, to me, Ural on Saturday.
The beat goes on..............
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These old Brit crates are still iconic after all these years. Amazing really.

Hope you have good times with your A7. I bet you will have another more suitable good dream after that.

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So, I have maybe 10-15 years more time to enjoy my old bikes?
I need to keep my knees and ankles in shape, the pedal bike will help with that.
I need to sell the heavy K bike before I have a "Help, I've fallen and I can't get up" moment.
Enjoy the Ural!


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my bikes keep getting lighter and lighter.
at 78, the arthritis in the knees, the missing ligaments, all made standing up on rough terrain a chore (the crunching noises are distracting).
my touring machine has to have a means to straighten the knees periodically, sliders on the vstrom 650 works good.
my a50 is easy to kick, and my bicycles are modded and became ebikes.
balance and vision are the next hurdles. ain't it fun getting old?

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I'm 33 and have to say that none of you are really selling this old age lark very well.

Good luck with the Ural. I've always fancied one and come close a couple of times. I'm sure that will be fun. Remember, in Soviet Russia motorcycle rides you!

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Originally Posted by courtney
I'm 33 and have to say that none of you are really selling this old age lark very well.

Good luck with the Ural. I've always fancied one and come close a couple of times. I'm sure that will be fun. Remember, in Soviet Russia motorcycle rides you!

laughing I’m not much older than you but I get all those puns lol


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Originally Posted by courtney
I'm 33 and have to say that none of you are really selling this old age lark very well.
Getting older is a lot better than the alternative.

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Re: old age and old bikes:

If you can't ride 'em, you can still build 'em.

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Muscles are a use it or loose it deal that becomes more cronic when you start to forget how old you areor when your birthday is.
So ride for as long as you can .
Motorcycling , much like horse riding is an excellent exercise and works just about every muscle in your body so is worth doing.
It is the auxillaries that cuse riding to stop like when you can not see the road or hear your own engine running.
The trick is remembering that you are not that strapping young 18 year old with lighening fast reflexes & clear vision for miles ahead .
If I can start my bikes at 75 then I will be a happy man
However there are C 10's C11's B2's and a few other easier bikes sitting in the shed waiting to be reassembled should that day arise .


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