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Which BSA do you ride? / My rides
« on: 21 April, 2017, 00:07:31 »
I have an A10 in black from 1960. This was restored when I bought it. Enjoyable but very heavy for me to get onto the stand now.

An A65 Star from 1962 which was part restored when I bought it. Now with forks completely done and new head bearings and new loom wired up plus multiple other 'adjustments' too many to list. Matching engine and frame as came out of BSA and original retailers name-plate still on back mud guard. Goes like stink and I love it. A privilege to ride.

And an A50 now in black from 1967. Looked odd in red when I had it with a spitfire tank and two into one. Rides well enough but can be a bit disappointing if I've had a day when I've taken the other two out then get on the A50. Feels like swimming against the tide.

Bought a 2016 Triumph Street Twin last September to undertake some longer distances with a little less fettling involved.

But give me the BSA's every time. I love them and tolerate the Triumph.

Twins / Engine tear down
« on: 21 March, 2017, 23:08:11 »
I have an early 1962 A65 Star (amongst others) and have owned it for about 2 years. It has very good oil return, does not wet sump and, for its age, goes pretty well on the road, in fact good in third and fourth gears.
I fitted an external oil filter when I first got the bike.
Over the Winter I took oil pipes, oil tank off and cleaned thoroughly. There was quite a lot of sludge in the oil tank.
I don't have history on the bike but it is the original engine as per the BSA records.
What do people think about checking of the sludge trap, big ends, crank,, etc. for a bike which runs OK? What are the criteria that would make someone decide to have a tear down and rebuild of the engine? or is it leave well enough alone?

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