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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-09-2015, 04:54 AM Thread Starter
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BSA 650 snapped in Belgium circa 1975.

Whilst riding through Belgium on a continental tour from London to Athens and back via Italy/France in 1975, I came across this BSA.

Couldn't resist a photo (analogue).

At a glance it looks like a Triumph 650 Bonneville circa '66 with BSA tank and oil tank.

Did BSA use Triumph parts in those days or is it a bitsa bike?


Having a closer look, I notice that the main pegs have been re positioned further back and the gear lever reversed reward to compliment the clip ons.
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This is a shot of my 1969 Trophy taken in 1972.

A bike I should have kept.

The previous owner (1%er - won't mention the club), had the oil tank covers chromed.

The handle bars were particularly nice.
A bit higher than on the U.S. Export models.
We used to call them Marlons (after Marlon Brando).
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On the same continental trip I came across this Triumph 500 Twin London Police Bike.

Those cops must have had a lot of fun riding those machines, except when the London weather was bad.
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Whilst riding through Belgium on a continental tour from London to Athens and back via Italy/France in 1975, I came across this BSA.

Couldn't resist a photo (analogue).

At a glance it looks like a Triumph 650 Bonneville circa '66 with BSA tank and oil tank.

Did BSA use Triumph parts in those days or is it a bitsa bike?


Having a closer look, I notice that the main pegs have been re positioned further back and the gear lever reversed reward to compliment the clip ons.
It looks like an A65L, converted as a cafe racer.
What makes you think its a Triumph?
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This is a shot of my 1969 Trophy taken in 1972.

A bike I should have kept.

The previous owner (1%er - won't mention the club), had the oil tank covers chromed.

The handle bars were particularly nice.
A bit higher than on the U.S. Export models.
We used to call them Marlons (after Marlon Brando).
Sweet.
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Picture # 1 is a very rare prototype model of the '73 T65 BSA


Picture #2 not a very radical bike for a 1% rider. you didn't mention the plating on 'fork ears' & chainguard. Are you the furry fella in the picture? Ah yes the way we were . '72 remember like it was yesterday still have a car I bought new then.


Picture #3 I always wanted a set of those leg shields


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It looks like an A65L, converted as a cafe racer. What makes you think its a Triumph?
Maybe the fact that it's got a Triumph engine, with the Triumph triangle ID badge?

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Its an A10 with a unit Triumph 650 engine. A Tribsa, in other words. I think K's joking about it being a T65. There was such a thing but it was just an OIF T120 badged as a BSA.

Nice pics by the way. Your Europe tour sounds epic - how did the bike perform?

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Yes its an A10 type frame looking at the oil tank.A65 has a different tank,however,could be either with parts swapping around.A typical 1960s build of a Tribsa when so many A10s were sitting rusting away with blown up engines.The Triumph engines kept together and probably came from crashed bikes.
Interesting that if you had an A10,you might not run the bike long enough to crash it or buy a Triumph,go faster and crash !
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From what I heard and read A10 was much more reliable than A65.
I have been using A65 for the last 7 years and around 20 k miles without any problems, so I believed this change of
engine would be done to get more performance than reliability ?
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