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#894714 11/03/22 10:02 pm
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I am new to this and just purchased my first BSA took 75 years to get it. I have a question that may seem a little weird to seasoned BSA vets I bought a 1969 Lightning and it is blue. As I remember the Lightning was always red or have I lost my memory. Thank you Great website


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Blue was an option in the line up that year " Aircraft Flamboyant Blue" code 229 with a single white line.


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Catelogue, thus std colours were red for the L & blue of the T
Red was supposed to be over a gold base & blue over a silver
Most of the US L's I have come across are red over silver which gives a different colour again
All of the pin lining is shown as being white yet a lot of the US imports seem to have gold pin lining .

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Maybe someone in the last 50-odd year liked blue best. Easy enough to change.

My 68 Spitfire is (gasp!) black. I have pics of it in 1969 and it was purple, then black, way back then.

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Blue bikes matter! Blue is Beautiful!
Keep it BLUE !!!! Don’t get lost in the Sea of red Lightnings! 🤓
Just MHO of course….

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1970 Lightnings were blue. In the USA, anyway.

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Bought one brand new in England in June of 1970 and rode the continent and more - 10,00 miles. Not many photos, but here's one in Dubrovnic. It was a Lightning and definitely Blue.

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Yes 70 std colour was blue with the alloy tank emblem originally painted to match the tank
But the OP has a 69 according to his post
Not that it maters as any BSA could be ordered in any of the colours that were available that season , and black ws always an option for Mr Plod .
The last page of the specifications usually states "optional colours availible at extra cost "


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Originally Posted by BSA_WM20
Yes 70 std colour was blue with the alloy tank emblem originally painted to match the tank
But the OP has a 69 according to his post
Not that it maters as any BSA could be ordered in any of the colours that were available that season , and black ws always an option for Mr Plod .
The last page of the specifications usually states "optional colours availible at extra cost "

The year matters. I only know 67's. The Factory Spares book for that year lists only red for Lightnings and blue or black for Tbolts, and I don't think I've ever seen a blue '67 Lightning. Also, both the Flamboyant Red and Flamboyant Blue were over a silver base. This I know because I stripped the original paint from my '67 Lightning.

But if blue was a Lightning option in '69, you may want to go that way; there are SO many red Lightnings around!

And yes KC, your Tbolt is beautiful!


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