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post #1 of 54 Old 05-14-2009, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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BSA Thunderbolt 650

I dug the BSA out of storage today and took some pics for an interested party. I've decided that I'll never get around to restoring it and am going to let it go to someone that will. Thought you all might enjoy seeing it first though. It's a 1969 Thunderbolt 650, I got it from a friend for some monies owed and have never really messed with it.










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Holy Batman!! Damn is that cool. That bike and I were made the same year. I don't know much about that, but I know what I like, and that is one awesome looking machine. You are going to make somebody happy with that.

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Well it's sold, friend of Dr. J's is going to pick it up tomorrow evening. Glad to have to go to someone that will restore it right and enjoy the process.

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Way cool ! That would make someone a killer cafe racer -

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Nice, hopefully get them into the WT to give us the lowdown of the restore?

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Well it's sold, friend of Dr. J's is going to pick it up tomorrow evening. Glad to have to go to someone that will restore it right and enjoy the process.

How close is he to Dr. J? Will it end up blue and cafe'd like the 360?

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How close is he to Dr. J? Will it end up blue and cafe'd like the 360?
I think it's staying red, but considering the funky bars that are on it already I wouldn't be surprised if he goes the cafe route.

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Very cool. . .

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Looking forward to meeting Dr. J and his friend this evening, I think they're pulling a trailer with a couple of vintage bikes on it since they're coming from a vintage show on their way to Indy. I'll take some pics as the BSA finally drives away to a new home with someone that will make it like new again.

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That is a really cool bike. Too bad you had to let it go and couldn't find the time to restore it yourself. Maybe if you weren't operating a used bike dealership on the side...;-)

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That is a really cool bike. Too bad you had to let it go and couldn't find the time to restore it yourself. Maybe if you weren't operating a used bike dealership on the side...;-)
Exactly!

Honestly it is a cool bike but the vintage British thing was so totally foreign to me that I would have been overwhelmed to even attempt a restoration. I understand Japanese bikes, am learning as I go with modern German bikes, but something about an old Brit with the shifter and brake on the wrong side just didn't compute with me.

I could have kept it sitting under cover in the corner of my shop slowly leaking its lifeblood on the floor just to say I owned a BSA, but I think it's much better for it to go to a good home and receive the attention necessary to bring it back to life.

Plus I'm sure I'll get to see updates as it goes along and eventually someday maybe even get to ride it.

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Very cool, glad you found it a good home! Hopefully you will get to see it when he's done re-doing it.

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So, now down to only 8 bikes?



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It's gone, drove off into the sunset with a proud new owner who is a veteran of many restoration projects.

Dave and his new money pit



Dr. J and Dave readying it for the trip back to northern Indiana



And yes Shaugnessy, then there were 8.

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Well Dave has figured it's a 1967, not a '69 like I always thought. I'd always been told it was a '69 and the VIN # listings were a bit vague when I tried to research it. He's happy with that because it's closer to the '66 he used to own.

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Hey - wanted to let you know I haven't been idle with the Thunderbolt. Have rebuilt the carb and ordered a new wiring harness. I tried to rewire with the uncolored wires, but it didn't work (some were not enough gauge - one started smoking!) - not a problem. It did clean up pretty well as you can see. I have begun some of the dismantling process. This will be a fun resto project. I have shown a couple of my other resto bikes. I'll try to keep you posted now and again. I have a sweet Harley trip to the Blue Ridge Mountain Parkway in a couple of weeks. That ought to relax me enough to attack this diamond in the rough. Later...
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I'm just getting started at this site's upload stuff! Here's a restored 1979 KZ 650 and maybe a 1965 Honda Dream if it comes through!

I'll try again!

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Welcome to the site! Good to see the BSA found a good home. Post up pics of the Harley trip when you have time, some of us like HD's too. And of course keep us posted on the BSA progress.

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I'm testing the attachment process

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probably easiest to use photobucket...


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I see the file size is too big - the KZ will have to wait. Here's the Dream.
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Yeah photobucket is the way to go. Just upload them there and copy and paste the image codes into your post.

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Sorry that I am not familiar with photobucket - where is the link?

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That's a sweet little project! Keep posting up the progress pics

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Haha i dont know why, but that made me laugh pretty hard

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By the way Lodehunter! SWEET project and looks great!!! You are the man the legend!

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I'll give this photobucket a try.... did it work?

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NO!

I'll try again!

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The KZ resto

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Did you get them uploaded onto Photobucket?

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awesome keep trying looks like you have some nice bikes there!!

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Well - I went to photobucket, downloaded my pics, copied the URL and .... nothing. This is why I'd rather deal with bondo and pig iron and the smell of oil than this stuff. Any hints would be fine - I'm signing off for the night!

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Did that work?

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Well - I went to photobucket, downloaded my pics, copied the URL and .... nothing. This is why I'd rather deal with bondo and pig iron and the smell of oil than this stuff. Any hints would be fine - I'm signing off for the night!
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Thanks - it worked - here's a before ands after on the '70 KZ 650

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Very cool pics!

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Thanks - it worked - here's a before ands after on the '70 KZ 650
Nice job! Although I have to say the rest of your garage is just about as interesting as the bike you are taking a picture of... You have a ton of cool projects in motion. Fun to guess the engines sitting around. One looks like a 360. Thanks for sharing! Maybe you could open a thread in the classics section and tell us about the other projects? I'm all ears!

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