No Reserve: 1971 BSA 650 Lightning A65 Project

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This 1971 BSA A65 Lightning is a non-running example that was purchased new at Cycle World of Toronto on May 24, 1972. It was acquired by the seller in 2014 as a project that had been disassembled by its original owner in 1979. The motorcycle has since been re-assembled by the seller, though some outstanding needs remain and the 654cc OHV parallel-twin engine has not been started. It is equipped with a 4-speed manual gearbox and is now being offered for sale at no reserve with some receipts from the original owner, a new battery, and a clean Ontario title in the seller’s name. The Lightning was built in Birmingham and designed largely for export to the North American market. This example comes from the end of BSA production. The seller states that the component missing prior to re-assembly was the main kickstand spring. The bike retains its Dove Grey frame, and a bracket has been welded onto the right pipe of the dual chrome exhaust system. Some blemishes in the finish of the tank and peeling of the BSA emblem are noted. Instrumentation is straightforward and includes a Smiths speedometer and tachometer, with 8,688 miles indicated on the odometer. A new battery is included in the sale. The 654cc overhead-valve parallel twin is reportedly original and was factory-rated at 53 horsepower when new. The seller has not attempted to start the bike, and notes that the compression is low on one side. The carburetors were cleaned but will require further adjustment. Outstanding mechanical needs include electrical sorting, air intake boots, and installation of fuel lines. Receipts from the original owner indicate that the bike was last serviced in 1979. Additional images in the gallery depict the seller’s re-assembly of the motorcycle.

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