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Camilla and the Victor

Family and Friends Posted on Sun, October 26, 2014 17:54:57

Since the late 1980:s Camilla and I have been a pair (married since 1992). Here she is with her BSA B44 Victor 1970 model witch served well for many years. (the bike).

It was i little bit longer in the swingin arm than standard and a little bit higher also but Camilla managed it any way. When we bought it it had a red frame, but she wanted it to be black. And luckily we both worked at Ericsson Radar Systems at the time and there was som big conflict in the industri and we had to went on strike for a couple of weeks.

We used the time to dismantle and respray the bike to the state it is on this picture.

My first 125 cc

My Motocyclography Posted on Sun, October 26, 2014 17:48:00

My first modern motorcycle. Bought new 1977 when i was 15. Had to stay in my room for one year until i became 16 and had got a licens. Served wery well for two years until i was 18.

Took me every where in scandinavia and also a 14 days trip around Scotland with my best friend Claes. Here it is dead standard with an learner plate (Övningskörning) at the back.

The Honda 125 Twin, may look a little 1970:s now but at least the exhaust system have really good lines. 17 hp on the paper at 12000 RPM and 130 km/h on the counter, rather 120 i reality. Served well as i mentioned for 70.000 km.

Here is a PDF in Swedish where our trip to Scotland is referd in MC-Nytt December 1979.

125 Touring in Scotland

Lightning progress 1

Bodging in the workshop Posted on Sun, June 15, 2014 22:02:34

Some small progress the last week, Petroltank, mock up engine, Exhaust Pipes 2-into-1… And a Silencer, this may be what i will look. I am not shure about paint yet, original gray frame or black? Same paint as on the A70 Lightning witch was original on this A65 Lightning??? Well time will show.

I will now start sorting out the engine issue to find out what i will put in the frame 500, 650 or 750 cc? One of this will it be, it is a pity that i do not have av 1970 or later set of crancases, whitch is slightly different around the cylinder base. But something will be bult up…

To start with i do like the siamese exhaust, so the picture is mock up of what i will become…. Stay tuned…

/ Johan

A New BSA Lightning

Bodging in the workshop Posted on Fri, June 13, 2014 19:53:08

Sometimes you get lucky. One morning in may i was waken by the phone, a man wondered if i or did now any who could be interested in buying a BSA, a garage had to be cleared out by a move.

The day after i visited the man and found an BSA A65 Lightning 1971 in atoms, we agreed on the price and i loaded my car from top to bottom with parts and brought it back to my garage. Started sorting things and and putting it together to find out wat was missing. I know that the engine was blown in 1974 and that parts was missing, like petrol tank, but there was a Triumph OIF tank witch could be used and some other parts. Maybe it is possible to buld an engine but this will be of older model.

The man who sold the bike was the first an ony owner since new. Sold by Halmstad Gustav, the last BSA Agent in Sweden, and also told to be the last sold BSA A65 Lightning in Sweden. First registred in may 1973 and put off licens in may 1974 due to the blown engine. Taken down in pieces and started to respray the frame black instead of grey.

Well now a month later al the chassis is put together and and was resonable complete, handelbar clamps and handelbar was missing and som minor bolt but in all quite complete, chrome is not at the best but looks ok in some distance and perfect at the pictures above and below.

So now i have put up a shell of the engine, bought a small BSA tank and put it together to get a look of how it looks. The original painting and color scheme is identical with my BSA A70 in the background. This is the result. Next step is to start paint and rebuild the chassie properly, build an engine and soon it can be back on the road…. maybe next year? The B33 project will have to wait.

Spring at last

My Motocyclography Posted on Sun, April 21, 2013 00:14:56

Today the 20 april 2013, was a mild and sunny day. Time to hang out the bikes in the mild breeze. Polish of some dust.

Soon the all will go in for MOT, so the should be started up and tested Before that.

BSA A70 Lightning in original appearance

Bodging in the workshop Posted on Sun, May 06, 2012 17:05:55

Now is my BSA A70 Lightning back on the road again. The appearnce of the maschine is now original with the small petrol tank and the correct colour scheme.

It feels good to slowly get the bike back in original condition down to detail.

It is now ready and should not be ashamed at the 49:th internationla rally this summer here in Sweden.

/ JJ

A70 Lightning more complete

Bodging in the workshop Posted on Mon, April 09, 2012 12:54:38

Bit by bit the BSA A70 Lightning will become more and more original, for this year the paint of petrol tank and side covers are becomming back to original finish.

Here is a pic from my car boot the other day, just fresh from the paint shop. I repainted the 4 gallon tank as well as the 2 1/2 gallon tank. But it is the smaller tank that will be put back on the bike from start to get the original look and feel of the Amercian styling the A70 had from new.

Note that the line on the small tank is with the original flourecent line obtained from the specialsts at Burton Bike Bits. The correct Lightning 750 side cover decals was found at VMCC. The Etruscian Bronce equavilent is from KIA Sportage (Techno Orange Metallic) and also KIA White.

The modern Thunderbolt

My Motocyclography Posted on Tue, March 27, 2012 19:13:26

The seat and fuel consumption is like a BSA B33 rigid, two cylinders as a BSA A65, a single inlet as a BSA Thunderbolt and about the same cyllindervolume and power too.

It is a Honda NC700X, a crossover at 670 cc, SOHC, 73 x 80 mm i bore x stroke, 52 hp @ 6250 rpm och 6,3 kpm @ 4750 rpm. 6 speed gearbox, fuelinjection, cathalytic converter, combined brakes, ABS, 420 Watt 12 Volt. 17″ wheels front and rear.Uses about 3,5 liter/100 km. It is my new bike and and a serius way back to motorcycle commuting.


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