Buddy of mine went to pick up some stained glass off a Craiglist add. When he got there the widow of a man who has been gone for 5 years took him out to the shop. My buddy told me thats when he saw the front wheel of an old motorcycle poking out from under a tarp. He found out it was her late husbands BSA and it could be parted with.
After a couple phone calls, she said she might trade the bike for a stained glass window from my buddy for where the glass was originally purchased for. Not knowing much about old bikes and knowing I had a few BSA's back in the past, he took me over to the house last night where I found it to be an A-65 in decent shape, although but not a bike for a true collector.
Checking the numbers it's a 650 L
ightening motor, a T
hunderbolt single carb head inside a S
The differences I found from my 69 and 70 model A-65's maybe because it is either newer or a Scrambler. But here goes..
The tank was a fiberglass unit instead of the big chrome one I am used to. The side covers were fiberglass as well instead of steel that mine were. Also the front hub did not have the classic british bike air scoop. The only item I found missing was the speedo and the front fender.
Told my buddy to figure out what his time and materials were worth to do the window and I can then offer him cash for the bike in trade.
Keep your fingers crossed, if he backs down I am going back to deal with the bike ion my own.