1962 BSA 650cc A65 Star Twin
Registration no. 485 PYB
Frame no. A50 537
Engine no. A65 880
Following Triumph's lead, BSA turned to unitary construction for its range of twins as the 1960s dawned, launching the all-new 500cc A50 and 650cc A65 in January 1962. The basic architecture of the preceding A7/A10 models was retained, so the new engine remained an air-cooled parallel twin with 360-degree crankshaft and single camshaft mounted at the rear of the cylinder block. The cycle parts were much as before, comprising a duplex loop, swinging-arm frame fitted with telescopic front fork. When the range was revised for 1965, the touring twins were renamed 'Royal Star' (A50) and 'Thunderbolt' (A65).
Dating from the first year of production, this early 650cc Star Twin was first registered on 8th May 1962 to Stanley Shire (Motor Cycle Specialist) of Taunton, Somerset and sold new later that same month to local resident Anthony Maurice Harvey. The current owner's father is the 2nd private owner listed on the accompanying original logbook. Additional documentation consists of two expired MoTs (most recent 1978) and old/current Swansea V5/V5C registration documents. '485 PYB' was last taxed for the road to April 1977.