1967 BSA A65 Spitfire / Lightning 650 classic Britbike vintage AHRMA

1967 BSA Spitfire / Lightning

Price: US $2,000.00
Item location: Laredo, Texas, United States
Make: BSA
Model: Spitfire / Lightning
SubModel: A65 SA / L
Year: 1967
Mileage: 9,999
Engine size: 650
Vehicle Title: Clear




On offer is a rough but reasonably complete BSA Spitfire / Lightning 650, art of British motorcycling history.

This particular bike was in very sorry condition when I found it (see "before" photo with Sporty tank!), ut I managed to locate a nearly perfect original seat and "toaster" tank with the original chrome in excellent shape, nd a very good replacement engine. I've done a nominal "make-run" refurbishing with good serviceable replacement parts of the same general vintage, ype and style. IT IS NOT RESTORED. Technically, he bike would be considered a "bitsa" because the engine and frame are from two different years, nd some of the parts are not correct for the specific year model ("bits of this, nd bits of that" = bitsa).

Here is specific information about every aspect of this motorcycle, s far as can be determined after tearing the motorcycle down. Short of tearing the bottom end down, he following information is one of the most complete descriptions of a bike for sale that you can or will find:

CHASSIS & SUSPENSION - Mostlyoriginal 1967 Spitfire chassis as dispatched from the factory; nothing appears to be damaged to the point that it could not be refurbished or restored. Some missing nuts and bolts have been replaced with standard hardware. Shocks are in excellent shape, wingarm moves freely; shocks do not appear to have leaked. Different year model forks have been flushed and refilled, nd they have some minor pitting in the seal contact area. Rubber gaiters are torn, UT BIKE HAS BEEN PARKED INSIDE SINCE I INSTALLED THE FORKS; guaranteed to NOT have water in them! Steering neck rotates freely through the entire turning radius. Centerstand and sidestand are present.

WHEELS, RAKES & TIRES - All original; both rims have rusted chrome.Brakes have been cleaned and adjusted. Spokes are all in good condition. Tires are old and need replacing.

ENGINE-1966 A65 Lightning 650 engine, n good condition Top end refreshed, alves lapped, ylinders lightly honed, ome new gaskets.

INTAKE & EXHAUST - OriginalAmal Monobloc carbs, horoughly cleaned, ith some replacement gaskets, n original manifolds; Original BSA pancake air filters. Fair set of original headers, hrome mostly dull / surface rusted; nice pair of original "sausage on a stick" mufflers.

IGNITION & CHARGING SYSTEMS- Good used Sparx electronic ignition, riginal coils. Lucas alternator, ener diode and rectifier.

HAND & FOOT CONTROLS - All original footpegs, ear brake lever, hifter, andlebars, evers & throttle. Aftermarket folding passenger footpegs.Decent cables, ll working properly. No choke (enricher) cables, ever is present.

ELECTRICAL & LIGHTING - NO WIRING HARNESS. Original horn/dipper switch with pigtail. Original ignition leads from ignition out to coils. Original headlight and tail light complete. Original rear brake light switch.

METERS -Original Smiths meters, othrequiring rebuild.

BODYWORK & CYCLE PARTS - Excellent condition gas tank with paint and chrome in great shape (some small scratches & nicks). Gas cap present, ank logos in excellent condition, aps present but very rough; incorrect main hold-down bolt. Seat in near perfect condition, o tears, oam not deteriorated; logo faded. Sidecovers dull, cratched, versprayed, issing proper fasteners. Fenders in good condition. Grab bar and mounting loop in fair condition, hrome peeled & some rust. Headlight ears in fair condition. Battery try in good shape with proper rubber isolators. Tool kit pan in good shape. Tail light & license plate bracket in good condition. Shock shrouds in great shape, hrome chain guard in fair condition. Original coil mount assembly in good condition.

DOCUMENTATION -This bike is sold with Bill of Sale ONLY. Clean Texas title at BUYER'S EXPENSE, rocess takes about 90 days. Vermont registration & license plate possible in 30 days, o title from VT.

SHIPPING - Shipping / transportation is BUYER'S RESPONSIBILITY.If crating is required, ost is responsibility of the buyer; I will disassemble and/or crate the bike FOR AN ADDITIONAL FEE.

OTHER - I can fit new tires, nd make ANY upgrades or modifications (internal or external) the buyer wants at BUYER'S EXPENSE. I can also totally refurbish or restore the bike to original condition, t BUYER'S EXPENSE.


As with every bike, roject and part I’ve sold online in over 15 years (with 100% satisfaction), he above listing contains NO HYPE, O FLUFF, ND NO BULL.Photos clearly show condition as described above, nd include all details on the bike. I have sold over 40 bikes on ebay with a PERFECT record.

This is a good, olid BSA in near-running condition. It needs little detail work here and there, bsolutely nothing critical; basically proper fuel line taps, wiring harness & battery, nd a set of tires. With a relatively small budget and ordinary tools, his can be a decent everyday rider BritBike.


Thanx for looking and bidding.

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