Can anyone explain the part numbers for the A65 Fork Sleeves for the 1968 - 1970 models.
In the 1968 BSA parts book they are listed as 97-2543 & 97-2544 for the Firebird only. There is also 97-2510 & 97-2512 for the Lightning, Spitfire, Thunderbolt and Royal Star.
In the 1969 and 1970 BSA parts books they only list 97-2510 & 97-2512 for the Lightning, Thunderbolt, Royal Star and Firebird?
What is the difference between the two sets of sleeves?
My bike is a 1966 model and has two different types of sleeve on either side. One is the earlier type and the other is the later type which has a more pronounced 90 degree lip on the bottom end, eliminating the need for the top gaiter strap.
I have attached a photo of mine to show this difference.
Burton Bike Bits have just notified me that they have the 97-2543 & 97-2544 back in stock. Are they the correct chrome items like the one on the right of my photo?
Kevin, I'm with you on the "doesn't have to be original" principle (obviously, since my one-and-only is a '65-'66-'67-'70 A65 bitsa with a '71 oil pump, Mikuni carbs, Tympanium rec/reg, Boyer ignition, single dual-lead coil, sealed beam headlamp, all modern switches and wiring, and, the most recent addition, a GPS speedometer).
I have a mantle full of trophies from my '67 Lightning, which was all original except for chromed engine covers. Now the trophies are merely dust-collectors, while my bitsa gets me where I want to go reliably. I do like to keep things looking "factory" as much as possible though, and I LOVE stainless steel.
>>>...The bike even won a best chrome cup at a show back in the 90’s....<<<
With stainless steel.
Chrome headlight shell, chrome fork sleeves, chrome & flamboyant red petrol tank, chrome rear brake plate, chrome chain guard, chrome wheel rims. Should I have refused the trophy because all the other shiny bits were stainless?