Archive for the ‘bsa’ Tag

1971 BSA A65L Cafe Racer

Up for auction on eBay with about a day left is this nice-looking BSA Lightning. The seller seems to have done a lot of work to it (details copied from the original listing and pasted below), and it certainly looks the part. Interestingly, the bike seems appear to have a mechanical/hydraulic hybrid front brake (see the last picture below). I think it wouldn’t be inappropriate to have a brake reservoir on the clip-on givent hat it is a disc front brake, but I appreciate the stripped-down look. Overall, a very clean build with classic good looks.

And I forgot to add this in originally: no chain.

ENGINE MODIFICATIONS

    Lightened and Beveled Crank Shaft
    Balanced Rotating Assembly
    Raised Exhaust Ports with +.100 Exhaust Valves
    Lightened Valve Gear
    274-274 Duration / .375 Lift Megacycle Cam
    New Valve Guides and Valve Job
    +.020 Forged Pistons 10:1
    1 3/4″ TT Pipes with Custom Alloy Tips
    Custom Alloy Intake Manifolds
    36 mm Dellorto (Pumpers) Carburetors with Alloy Velocity Stacks
    Dyna High Output Ignition Coils

CHASSIS MODIFICATIONS

    Modified T-160 Triple Tree & Forks
    Modified T-160 Rear Hub & Alloy Sprocket
    Front & Rear Lockheed Disc Brakes
    Custom Fabricated Alloy Brakes Reservoir
    19″ Front and Rear Wheels with Stainless Steel Spokes & Nuts
    Alloy Fenders and Custom Made Alloy Brackets
    Custom Made Alloy Clip-on Handle Bars, Instrument Cluster, Side Covers, Chain Guard & Tail Light/Licence Plate Bracket
    Custom Made Rear Set Shift and Brake Lever Assemblies and Linkage
    Alloy Brake and Clutch Levers
    Vintage Alloy 2 Cable Throttle
    Modified Pre-1971 A65 Seat








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1970 BSA Project Bike

I’m not even going to attempt to claim any knowledge about the combination of motor and frame in this eBay listing for a BSA project bike. It is supposedly a 1970 frame (B441 of some type) along with a motor from 1967. The VINs are in the last two photos, so check it out if you are interested in bidding. There are 4 hours left in the auction, and the price is just under $1K with 1 bid.

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What it might have looked like originally...
What it might have looked like originally (with some itty-bitty text)...
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1963 BSA B40 Project Bike


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Here’s a nice little project bike that is already generating some interest in bids. It’s a 1963 BSA B40 that has been outfitted with a B44 motor. It is in need of finishing (hence Project Bike in the title of the post), but appears to be a relatively easy bike to complete. The seller claims the engine is running with all wiring in place, but I would ask questions before buying this bike.

Luckily, you have lots of time to ask questions as there are still over 6 days left in the auction. The price has already gone above $400 from a starting price $1, although reserve has not been met. And there are three people bidding so far. Perhaps this little beezer will generate a fair bit of interest…

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1970 BSA Thunderbolt Cafe Racer (Kinda mix and match)

Props to the owner/seller of this bike for building a beautiful classic motorcycle. Is it a full-on cafe racer? No. Is it beautiful? Yes, and I already stated my opinion.

This brings me to another point. Lately I have received a bit of criticism for having opinions about what makes a cafe racer a cafe racer. Does it have clip-ons or clubmans? Is there a cafe seat on the bike? Are there rear-sets or the standard dangly bits hanging off the side of the bike? To reiterate what I have already written, my blog is opinion only. I comment on what I see and read when I find cafe racers. Do I like them all? No. Do I say what I honestly believe? Yes. All I know is that I love cafe racers and will continue to find them and write about them…

Which brings me to this bike. Is it a cafe racer? Well, the seller says so. It is certainly a classic British bike, but it is missing some of the key aesthetic features that create the cafe look. It has high-ish bars, and standard footpegs. And it has white wall tires. That’s something I’ve never seen on a cafe bike. All that being said, it is a beautiful bike that either you could keep as is and enjoy, or you could stick some lower bars on it and “cafe” it. Whatever you think, this is a nicely put-together bike.

There are about 15 hours left before the Buy-It-Now goes away, but the “make offer” might get you a better deal if you are interested.

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Woulda Shoulda Coulda (a.k.a. 1967 BSA 441 Shooting Star)

Sometimes projects go horribly wrong. Other times they fall by the wayside and never end up finished. I’m going to put this bike in both categories.

I did a little research about the head angle on the 441, and from other pictures, it appears like a bike that, in stock form, doesn’t exactly tuck the front wheel under the motor with a steep head angle. However, when I read the description in this eBay listing and saw that the frame had some non-stock welding around the head tube, I thought “Aha!” Then I read the question at the bottom of the listing where someone commented that it looked a bit raked out, and the seller agreed that the welding was probably connected to the relaxed rake, but that “It seams to go down the road fine though. thanks”.

This is all I ask. If you start a project, either finish it or don’t. You can’t stop building a chopper half way. It just doesn’t work. And don’t later try to sell it on eBay as a cafe racer. Please.

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Why are they all Hondas?

I know, I know. This is something of a rhetorical question. But looking back through the posts over the last couple of months, most of the bikes I’ve written about have been from Honda. The CB750, CB550, CB350, and the CB350T have all been featured multiple times in various states of cafe build or disrepair.

I suppose it’s because so many Hondas were sold in the 1970s that they have become the ubiquitous cafe racer starting point in the United States. And so we have lots of aftermarket manufacturers supporting these bikes. Then it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy…

I say bring on the other makes and models of bikes. Let’s see more Suzukis, Yamahas, and Kawasakis! Don’t keep that old Norton in your garage stock! And bring on the Beezers, Triumphs, and other older British marques! And while we’re at it, let’s build more Beemers and Ducks into classic cafe racers!

Sorry for the rant. It’s probably time for my meds…

Catalog of 1967 Dunstall Parts

Up for auction on eBay, and ending in just over 6 hours, is this piece of classic Brit bike history. A genuine catalog of Dunstall parts from back in the day. Looking through this book of wishes (several more photos on eBay), you can dare to dream about buying a complete Metisse road or race kit for your twin cylinder BSA, Norton, or Triumph for a whopping £323. Okay, I admit it, that was probably a lot of money back in 1967. Actually, I found an inflation calculator, and it would currently convert to almost £2,000.

Be that as it may, this is a great chance to own a piece of memorabilia that might just give you some ideas about how your cafe racer should/could/would look given a time machine and a few pounds sterling…

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1967 BSA B44 Shooting Star Cafe Racer

Here’s a nice BSA currently up on eBay with about 2 days left. Unrestored and very cool looking, this bike is currently at around $1K. It has the original black with yellow license plate so you can pretend you really are back in the ’60s bombing down the PCH north of Los Angeles. I wonder if this bike will reach the ton…

BTW, the seller of the bike has it listed as a B441, not a B44. Does anyone know the difference? Everything I’ve found only refers to a B44.


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1955 BSA A10 – 650cc of cool…

UPDATE TO THE UPDATE…
Paul has rescinded his thought about this bike not being a BSA. Apparently he looked at some of the details and decided that BSAs just look like Nortons, but are not actually Nortons! 😛
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UPDATE…
I got an email from my friend Paul over at TheMotoWorld.com telling me that this wasn’t a BSA. Hmmmm. Anyone else have an opinion on that?
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Wow. This is a cool bike. The real deal it would seem. The only thing that is a bit out of place is the Yamaha 4 leading shoe brake, but I bet it stops that thing quickly.

Take a look at the description from the seller. He goes into some of the trick bits on the bike and in the motor. I think this BSA will make someone a wonderful half-century-old Sunday morning ride…

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1972 BSA Rocket 3 Cafe Racer

This bike looks like a good starting point for a decent cafe racer build up. The owner has acknowledged the problems with the bike, and they seem reasonably easy to fix.

My wishes for this bike would be clip-ons. Wait. That’s only one wish. I like it and think it is close to perfect (minus fixing the broke bits).


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