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post #1 of 14 Old 04-10-2008, 09:22 AM Thread Starter
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1968 BSA Thunderbolt 650

Finally got around to taking some pics of my project BSA. It's actually not so much a project right now, more of a dusty relic living in the back of my office shop, eventually hope to have time to mess with it and bring it back to life. It turns over, I have a workshop manual, obviously needs lots of wiring work, rubber replacement, etc. It seems to be mostly complete, I have the missing side panel and a few other misc parts. One of these days....
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post #2 of 14 Old 04-10-2008, 11:03 AM
 
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Trusty British bike, marking it territory like it should ! Doent look like it will take alot, tickle its Amals and ride it !

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that's a cool old bike, how long have you had sitting around?

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Sweet bike! You're going to have a blast getting her back up and running.




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that's a cool old bike, how long have you had sitting around?
It used to belong to a good friend that rented some garage space in my office shop for his Spec-Miata race cars. The BSA came along with the race cars and after a few years passed, the rent stopped coming in. My buddy eventually moved out his stuff when I rented the space to someone else and I strongly suggested he leave the BSA behind to make amends. That was last summer, so it's been officially mine for less than a year.

Don't have a title to it, that will be a pain to obtain, but just a matter of paperwork and dealing the BMV, just haven't found the time or motivation to dive into it. One of those "someday" projects.

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NIIIIIIIIICE. FUTURE CAFE RACER?

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post #7 of 14 Old 04-10-2008, 02:47 PM
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Looks like a fun project!! Enjoy!

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Nice pics and bike
I wish I would have kept my 68 Bonneville; except handlebar vibes and damm Amal carb.
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post #9 of 14 Old 04-10-2008, 04:32 PM
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Send it to Kristen. She'll get it going in a jiffy.

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I was thinking it would be a cool cafe racer, just not sure where to start. Guess I should clean it up, drain the fluids, make sure the tank isn't rusty, lube and fill everything, hook a battery up to it and see what happens when I kick it over. I was told there's no spark, so will have to dive into the manual and see how it all works, then start repairing as necessary. Not really into putting a ton of money in it, looks like they were plentiful enough that they're not all that valuable.

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I hope that it works out. That is a pretty bike, and I suspect that it will be entertaining to ride as well. Good luck. Keep posting.

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This looks awesome! Might take some time, but well worth it.

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post #14 of 14 Old 09-29-2010, 07:18 PM
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I'd be inclined to get it road ready - fresh tyres, oil, cables etc and just ride it - I love the original look as it is, it looks like it could tell a few stories.

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