Avon Motorcycle Tyres North America (Avon Tyres) has contributed tires to a custom-built military-themed 1967 BSA Lightning built by Bryan Nikkel and Justin Bailey of Darwin Motorcycles/Brass Balls Bobbers for Re-Cycle for the Troops.
Though this BSA sounds like it needs a little tuning to be ready for the road, it appears to be in fine original condition. The Firebird Scrambler debuted in 1968 with both high exhaust pipes and lights, and it sold reasonably well.
Bonhams & Butterfield, known the world over for its class-leading auctions of everything from exotic motor cars to fine Chinese vases, will hold its first Las Vegas vintage motorcycle auction this January 6, 2011. The sale will include an ex-factory 1916 Excelsior board track racer, a first year 1901 Indian from the Otis Chandler collection, plus former racer Bobby Sirkegian’s 650 Triumph drag bike, Pretty Boy III, and his factory-prepped BSA Gold Star that raced at Daytona in 1957, 1958 and 1960.
Sad news comes from the vintage racing world, where it’s been reported that Kenny Eggers, one of the top riders of the 1950s, has passed away at the age of 80 of natural causes. Eggers shot to national attention in 1954 when he sailed to fifth place in the Grand National Series opener at Daytona, riding a BSA Shooting Star. BSA took the top five spots, and the famed BSA Wrecking Crew was born.
In the mid 1960s, two of the fastest bikes on the road were British: the Triumph Bonneville and the BSA Lightning. Both were 650cc parallel twins, but in design and execution they were very different machines. So which was the better bike?