Post a picture and tell us a little of your bike, if you`re in the mood :-)
I`ve been surfing around the net to find nice pics of bsa`s and other bikes and thought it would be cool if you guys would post pics of your bikes here.
I personally enjoy rigid frame bobbers, but nice original resto`s is always encouraging to see too ! Especially during the winter with snow and all. (yeah it`s really cold up here now...)And old racing machines tooo oh yes :-)
When my dad was in high school in Ohio—but not yet driving age—he had his older brother buy an almost-new 1968 BSA Starfire for him.
He used the bike as a runabout for a few years, but then he parked it in the barn in late 1977 or early 1978, never to ride it again.
With 6,089 miles, the bike rusted away in the barn until 2007, when I was able to convince him to bring it down to me in Texas.
From 2007-2020, I stored the bike in garages and climate-controlled storage. But the bike was getting to a desperate state.
In September 2020, we finally pulled the trigger. I worked with a British bike specialist, and we quickly assessed that the engine could indeed run. We decided to go for a full restoration, salvaging whatever parts we could.
Here's the BEFORE state:
It looks pretty good from a distance, but the condition is rough. Check out the speedometer, for example:
After a 30+ week restoration, way too much money for the bike, and numerous technical challenges due to Small Heath's proclivity for "tweaking" things continually, I'm happy to say the bike has seen the road for the first time in 43 years!
The frame was powder coated, NOS front wheel fitted, NOS rear rim with new spokes and original hub built, new Dunlops sourced from the UK, all casings vapor blasted, all brightwork rechromed (except a few small pieces that were replaced), engine completely rebuilt with MAP conrod, very slight .020 bore, Pazon ignition, spin-on oil filter kit from Paul Goff, new AMAL Premier carb, speedometer restored by Vintage British Cables, and much more. We lined the original fiberglass tank and kept it (original paint, original badges for now). We also cleaned and reinstalled the original oil tank and side cover (original paint for now).
Here are a couple of photos and a video of the AFTER state:
(restored by Vintage British Cables in Alberta, Canada)
At some point, I should probably create a whole thread about this one
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.
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.
As I've finally arrived as a BSA owner, guess a couple pix are in order. For anyone not following along, I just bought a 1966 A65T Thunderbolt in nice original condition. It has 5516 miles showing on the clock. The guy I bought it from (3rd owner) had it since June 2008, rode it barely 300 miles- BUT added a Boyer + new wiring harness. The owner prior (#2), had it sitting in some basement for 30 years- as the story goes. No details on how much he/she rode the bike. I assume the original owner put the bulk of the 5516 miles on, but I'll never really know. It is certain tho that the bike sat around most of its 55 years however. Andy Lorenz tells me the bike was dispatched to New Jersey on 16 March 1966. The seller told me he somehow had the impression the bike was purchased out of Maryland? In any case, it hasn't made it very far from its original point of entry into the U.S.! The bike will be a rider for me, but it's original, complete, and clean enough to show on occasion.
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).
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!
Well, i just thought to post a picture of my latest project bike which is on the road now since last fall.
because of miserable weather over here in Germany for a long time, i just made roughly 1200 km with it. We still have temps under 10 ° C and it is no big fun touring with the bikes. Was out with another bike of mine yesterday and get fully wet. Had to spend one hour in the hot bathtub afterwards to get warm again. But i am very pleased with the bike so far.
This is my new to me 1969 BSA 441 Victor Special. It had been stored in the previous owners living room since 2005 and only has 5,491 original miles on it. I now have it running very well, but still need to fine-tune the ignition timing. I love BSA singles, previously owning a B50 that I regret selling years ago.
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.
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.
I had a NOS Starfire tank and loved that Orange and Bronze combo so had it clear coated and carried that theme through the guards and 650 transfer. Had a Colorado Norton Works front guard which looked cool, strengthened it around the bolt holes and built a stainless bracket. Has T140 disc front end and matching gauges. Handle bars were the subject of a discussion on the Hornet page recently and have the cable guides. Rear X75 Borrani rim left over from Hurricane resto's. I think the only substantial item I had to buy was the front Excel rim.
This is my 2nd 70 Victor, first one took me back and forth to high school and thru the woods and fields, had this one about 6 months now....was in rough shape, did all the paint, lots of mechanical stuff to sort out - electrics, etc. lots and lots of NOS parts, still a few more to go. The previous owner wrecked his leg trying to kick it over for almost 2 years, he only put 7 miles on it in the time he had it. When the top end was rebuilt awhile back for some reason or another, the valve lifter was left off....well its back on now and I can start it with my left arm (from cold, 2nd kick). Can't wait till Spring.
This little Beasty is taking shape. Looking to get it running this winter
C15 Factory Scramble Frame B44 Square Barrel 441V
You are going to like the footpeg location VS a standard Victor. I have the same setup, a '65 C15FSR frame with a '67 B44EA engine. That heavy back wheel with the tiny chain got ditched and replaced with a Husky wheel, and it ended up with a grey leg Husky front end and wheel on the other end. And then I rode the crap out of it for years so it's gotten a little tired lately. But you're going to have a great bike there.
As with all other sub-groups, all previous photos of my bikes are long gone since PictureTrail went away; so, I'll start over.
My first BSA was a '68 441 Victor with newer forks & 21" front wheel, a Mikuni pumper carb, tall dirt bike handlebars, and a few other upgrades. Only had it a very short time before I traded it for an all-original beater 441; I never got a photo of the first one.
This was the one I swapped it for, then I restored it...
Did a total restoration to near original, but had so many bikes that this one didn't get a lot of use. I gave it to my older brother, he rode it some then gave it back. It sat for years, then I sold it to a BB.Com member
Here you go - my BSA 250 C10 L. It is in need of restoring only as a survivor. I picked this up down South of Western Australia. Once all is done and dusted (restored) I will be riding it in the IHC Indian & Harley Vintage club, at their side valves events-bush track rides, etc.
My 67 West Coast Hornet I restored a few years ago. The ET ignition caused me huge grief and I ended up replacing it with capacitor discharge and tiny Lithium battery.. It now starts first kick and pulls very strongly. Must be all that compression!
I have just started the dry build of a 71 R3 Grey frame. I have had it for 10 years and had the engine completed for 5 years. Engine has lightened crank, Beadling 850 kit, Carillo rods, Madigan starter, 5 speed box and a slick head from Charlie Barnes with Mikuni's. Very exciting! Don't the new Girling discs look hot! Mating them with Brembo calipers.
Here's a partial pic of my 66 A65T Thunderbolt in Blue. As seen in pretty darn good company at Gordon's Beach Run back in March of this year (2022). This bvike was nearby and I'd been keeping an eye out for a BSA when this came up on F B market place... really crappy phone pix at first but when he posted better pix, I was on it. Mostly original, only thing done to it was (I THINK) some rewiring and maybe also a Boyer added.