For Sale: 1968 BSA Motorcycle in St. Louis, Missouri

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1968 BSA A65T Thunderbolt  Cafe Racer   Rare cafe racer version of a Thunderbolt Same owner for the last six years Silver metallic with black frame 654cc OHV Parallel Twin engine Upgraded to a Lightning dual carburetor set-up 4 speed gearbox to chain final drive MotoeXotica is offering this 1968 BSA Thunderbolt 650 'parallel' twin motorcycle in Silver and Black frame. This is the true classic British enthusiast's bike, residing with the same owner for 6 years! Finished in a dramatic Silver metallic finish black frame with brilliant period wire wheels. BSA (Birmingham Small Arms) introduced their unit-construction 650 parallel twin in 1962. The 654cc machine started life as the A65 Star basic model, with various offshoots developing through the decade. The single- carburetor Thunderbolt fulfilled more of an everyday, touring role, and by 1968 it sported 12-Volt electrics, a Concentric carburetor, two-way fork damping and a three-spring clutch to go with its four-speed gearbox. The 75mm by 64mm motor typically ran 9:1 compression to produce 42bhp at 6800rpm. Fully fuelled with four gallons of gas the bike weighed nearly 400lb, so its top speed was slightly less than the 100mph mark, with a standing quarter taking 15.5 seconds or so. In 1968, the Thunderbolt would go from zero to 60mph in 7.4 seconds. The twin-carburetor conversion for the same year Thunderbolt (like the example has) was quicker,15.29 seconds to cover a standing quarter mile and with a 102mph top velocity. This BSA Thunderbolt is equipped with a 654cc OHV parallel twin engine fed by a upgraded dual carburetor set-up from a BSA Lightning. Power is transferred to the rear wheel by a 4-speed manual gearbox to chain final drive. Rider assist features include front disc and rear drum brakes. Cafe racer related accessories include a single hump race clubman seat and Black Ace handle bars. The rims are 18-inch stainless steel spokes surrounded with staggered Continental tires. This 1968 BSA Thunderbolt is a mild British cafe racer conversion Own a piece of motorcycling history from the other side of the pond. If you close your eyes you can almost hear the Beatles singing in the distance. This would be a great conversation piece or for tooling around on a Sunday afternoon. Very few of these BSA are still around. Don't miss out on this one! GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!...er, RIDE!!! Current mileage on the odometer shows 0 miles. Motorcycle is sold as is with a mileage exempt title. VIN:A65TB779 Note: Please see full terms and conditions listed below that pertain to the purchase of any said vehicle, thank you

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-870027
  • Year:1968
  • Make:BSA
  • Model:Motorcycle
  • Exterior Color:Gray
  • Stock Number:160408
  • VIN:A65TB779