The Essential Buyers Guide
BSA 500 & 650 Twins
A7, A10, A50 & A65: 1946 to 1973
By Peter Henshaw
- A complete guide to buying both pre-unit and unit BSA Twins
- Just like having your own BSA Twin expert by your side
- Ownership advice - is it the right bike for you?
- 10 minute and 30 minute evaluation checklists
- How to check the bikes' authenticity
- Which models are best?
- The implications of restoration
- Running cost details
- Auction guide
- How to get the paperwork right
- Lists of useful contacts in the BSA community
- Get the right bike at the right price!
Sometimes living under the shadow of the flashier, high profile Triumph Twins, the equivalent BSAs were just as numerous, and were exported to the USA and all over the world. BSA was often seen as a less glamourous marque than Triumph or Norton, associated more with commuting and sidecars than coffee bar cowboys, but that doesn't detract from its collectibility today, as the bikes have become highly usable, enjoyable classics. This book is a practical guide to buying one of these bikes today. and covers the complete range, from the very first 1946 500cc A7 to the final 1973 650cc A65s. Photos and a unique scoring system smoothly guide you through the buying process without making expensive mistakes. One hundred colour photos, useful appendices and expert advice mean that this book could save you thousands!
Sometimes living under the shadow of the flashier, high profile Triumph twins, the equivalent BSAs were just as numerous, exported to the USA and all over the world. BSA was often seen as a less glamourous marque than Triumph or Norton, more associated with commuting and sidecars rather than coffee bar cowboys. But that doesn't detract from its collectibility today, and the bikes built are highly usable, enjoyable classics. Unlike the many marque histories, this book is a practical guide to buying one of these bikes today. It covers the complete range, from the very first 1946 500cc A7 to the final 1973 650cc A65s. Chapters include what to look for (10min and 30min evaluations); spares prices; guides to auctions and paperwork; lists of useful contacts in the BSA community; and just as important, consideration of whether it‚s the right bike for you. One hundred colour photos, useful appendices and expert advice mean this book could save you 1000's
Covers the complete range, from the very first 1946 A7 500cc, A10 650cc, A50 500cc, A65 650cc.
Have you been considering a new addition to the garage? Thought of a BSA Twin? One of the backbones of the British Motorcycle industry for thirty years, the range of twins made by BSA offered a no-nonsense, practical approach to biking for many people - and they still do. Perhaps not as glamorous as some of the Triumph offerings, but they are, nevertheless, considered by many as being highly usable classics.
This book has been written to offer a very practical guide to anyone who is considering buying one of these machines. As the author admits, it does not offer a year by year breakdown of the specifications of each of the bikes - there are many other good books that already offer this. Instead it describes some of the pitfalls and things to watch our for, with the main objective and trying to ensure that you are getting what you are paying for. It does include full engine and frame numbering details and a list of models with their dates of production. With bikers costing several thousand pounds, if it can do this, then the purchase price of the book will be more than paid for.
It's very clearly laid out with some very good advice, some of which is just good old common sense. But personally, it does us all good to be reminded of some of the obvious checks we should all be carrying out when looking at a bike. How many of us have bought a bike, got it home, and then remembered some of the things we should have looked at...?? Sound familiar? Well this book is a very useful reminder to use your head rather than your heart when considering a bike. If I were thinking of buying one of these bikes, I would certainly consider buying this book.
- Introduction & Thanks
- 1. Is it the right bike for you?
- 2. Cost considerations
- 3. Living with a BSA Twin
- 4. Relative values
- 5. Before you view
- 6. Inspection equipment
- 7. Fifteen minute evaluation
- 8. Key points
- 9. Serious evaluation
- 10. Auctions
- 11. Paperwork
- 12. What's it worth to you?
- 13. Do you really want to restore
- 14. Paint problems
- 15. Problems due to lack of use
- 16. The community
- 17. Vital statistics