1968 BSA 649cc A65 Lightning Chopper Frame no. 0000148419MO Engine no. A65D6702

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Lot 126
1968 BSA 649cc A65 Lightning Chopper
Frame no. 0000148419MO Engine no. A65D6702

US$ 3,000 - 4,000
£ 2,300 - 3,100
Amended
1968 BSA 649cc A65 Lightning Chopper
Frame no. 0000148419MO
Engine no. A65D6702
Choppers were around before 1968 but it was a year later that the chopper began its final ascent to the top of motorcycle 'cultural tree' with the launch of the Easy Rider movie. Peter Fonda as Wyatt rode Captain America into the (his) sunset. And should we forget, his 'partner in crime' was the late Dennis Hopper who rode another one, well known as the Billy Bike (sic.) Choppers' popularity faded, it's been ten years or more, but now they are slowly appearing again. Choppers built 'in period' are regaining their appeal.

This BSA chopper uses a custom-made hardtail frame with chromed extended girder fork. The alloy rear rim is very wide to take the massive rear tire that bulges over it. Rear suspension comes courtesy of the rear tire and two chrome seat springs for the rider (and foam for the buddy seat pillion.) Its peanut tank is also custom; the same for the 'coffin-shaped' oil tank. The BSA unit motor is of 1965 vintage, originally from an A65 Lightning Rocket, with visible modifications such as a pair of open bell mouth Amal Concentrics, an 'oh-so-neat' Joe Hunt magneto conversion (tune up kits are still available from Joe Hunt Magnetos) and pair of headers – no muffler(s) – with 'aggressive' alloy exhaust pipe clamps.

BSA's 650cc unit A65 sold across the globe in tens of thousands. By 1965 this machine had become the Lightning which was a natural design progression aimed at the American market.

This period-style A65 chopper has recently been fully serviced, the vendor advises us that its starting and running well, and is ready to rock and roll once more.

Footnotes

  • As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note, this motorcycle is specially constructed, titled under the model year 1997 with Missouri assigned VIN number DRMVB0000148419M0.
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1968 BSA 649cc A65 Lightning Chopper Frame no. 0000148419MO Engine no. A65D6702
1968 BSA 649cc A65 Lightning Chopper Frame no. 0000148419MO Engine no. A65D6702
1968 BSA 649cc A65 Lightning Chopper Frame no. 0000148419MO Engine no. A65D6702
1968 BSA 649cc A65 Lightning Chopper Frame no. 0000148419MO Engine no. A65D6702
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