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just a nuther test

Postby tom84std » Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:30 pm






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Re: just a nuther test

Postby tom84std » Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:33 pm

I'm just getting the hang of posting pictures.

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Re: just a nuther test

Postby Sidcar » Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:19 pm

Well it looks good how about a few details.

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Re: just a nuther test

Postby tom84std » Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:22 pm

Hello Sid, you oughtta know that bike since the company was based in your hometown, built in Small Heath. Imperfect, not without some minor shortcomings there is no other brand of bike I love more than BSA. This one has a late fifties/early sixties swingarm frame, 70ish Thunderbolt engine, Triumph front and wheel, '72 gas tank with bumstop I also built from an old leaky 72 gas tank.



Built last winter entirely in my kitchen. I love it for ripping around back roads but for 2000+ mile rides at my age I prefer the old Wing.

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Re: just a nuther test

Postby Sidcar » Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:27 pm

I've not long sold a very nice A10 Golden Flash, why? The vibration was playing hell with the arthritis in my hands, hence my Gold Wing, smooth as silk.

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Re: just a nuther test

Postby Sidcar » Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:38 pm

This is all that's left of the once mighty BSA, a lock up just outside Southampton building jap or rotax engined Gold Stars.
Fair breaks ya heart.
Bet yours sounds nice and crisp with those pipes.

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Re: just a nuther test

Postby tom84std » Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:32 pm

Yes it DID sound wonderful with the mini Dunstalls. Unfortunately it didn't last long that way. In it's fourth week it, as well as myself became severely damaged by the stupidity of a female automobile driver on a busy expressway. We were both pretty rough. My Daughter took pictures of us both after the crash.



Four weeks in a hospital and two in recovery I returned home to begin reconstruction. It's going well and just a few hour's work short of putting my baby back on the road. I've taken time off from it because in only a few days I'm meeting two friends 1000 miles away for a long ride in the mountains of Colorado.

On a Goldwing of course, although one of us will be on a Road King.


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Re: just a nuther test

Postby Sidcar » Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:20 pm

Is that Budweisser there pumping into you?
If it is its done the trick.
I'm taking to the road in a few weeks time, on my old Beesa ( well it wouldn't be a challenge on the Gold Wing)
Some friends and I are circumnavigating Britain, we've done North to South and South to North, but as a three of us are still working we have to do it a week at time.
The south coast to the Scottish border this year.


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Re: just a nuther test

Postby tom84std » Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:02 pm

I've always longed to come over there and tour England, especially on a bike. It's sorta one of those things I defiantly plan to do before I become too old. My one hesitation is to actually ride or drive while over there, you guys seem to have the nasty habit of driving on the wrong side of the road! :D

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Re: just a nuther test

Postby Sidcar » Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:56 pm

Can't be as dangerous as riding in the USA. When I was touring in Florida you would not believe the number of cars coming towards me on my side of the road!
Don't worry about riding or driving on the left just make sure you bring some good waterproofs.

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Re: just a nuther test

Postby geomac1 » Fri Aug 17, 2012 2:17 pm

I can feel for you I'm 3 weeks into a 4 month recovery after coming off my bike and breaking my left clavicle. The plate comes out in 3 or 4 months. Glad you are almost completely mended

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Re: just a nuther test

Postby tom84std » Sat Aug 18, 2012 10:00 am

Damitol Geomac! I hope the prognosis is a good one. Old broken bones heal slowly. I crashed into a cement wall hitting my head in the process and slid 50' down the highway removing all the skin from my arms. Four broken ribs and a torn up kneecap, bleeding on the brain. Other than the ribs I had no other broken bones. My daughter told me that when I woke up in the hospital the first question I asked was "How bad is the bike?"

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Re: just a nuther test

Postby tom84std » Sat Aug 18, 2012 10:30 am

Sid, here's another from your hometown. I built this bike in 2000-2001. It's also an A65 titled as a '72. I was actually surprised at how smooth it was to ride and how it handled so well for a longbike.

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Re: just a nuther test

Postby Sidcar » Sat Aug 18, 2012 12:08 pm

Another set of pipes to delight the neighbours.
I raced an A65 engined sidecar outfit back in the early 70's it was a fast motor but for looks I've always prefered the pre unit A10. I think they were a bit smoother as well. I had a DBD34 Gold Star, looked like a 100mph even standing still. Nice on the open road but a real pig in town.
I thought I had a picture of my old Goldie but if I have I've yet to find it. You'll have to make do with a picture of a Suzuki trike I saw this morning.Not often you see a trike in "race" trim.

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