The 650cc Lightning was BSA’s top-line bike, and meant to do battle with the market-dominating Triumph Bonneville and had twin carbs just like the Bonnie. The Lightning was certainly fast enough and handled well. By this time, 1967, the A65 was well-developed.
This A65 Lightning offered for sale with about 14,000 miles on it.Present owner bought the bike nearly 25 years ago from the original owner in Iowa who brought it to Olympia, Wa for me where I picked it up and imported it to Victoria and restored it. I later sold it to Louis J who had the top end rebuilt by Steve S, then let it fall into disrepair.
Three years ago I bought it back from Louis and more or less restored it again. It is a sweet running bike and always starts first or second kick. It has a new battery, decent Bridgestone Battleax tires, Boyer
ignition and velocity stacks. It is matching numbers and has the lovely “home market British petrol tank. The luggage rack in the photo has since been removed but will be included. It is far from perfect but is an excellent, good looking runner with usual BSA spastic instruments.
At the time of the photos it had a vintage plate, but it presently has a collector plate. Located in the lower Fraser Valley BC.Canada
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