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SUPPORTERS OF THE CLASSIC BRIT IRON IN:
Bike of the Month - May 2013:
Erik (Lykum) Jung's 1955 BSA A7
The bike is a
1955 BSA A7, originally advertised on eBay UK as a Shooting Star. In
actuality, the frame is a '54 or '55 B31 and the
engine is a '61 500cc A7. It is a pre-unit bike, which makes it unique,
and it is my first bike.
It isn't very fast, but it incredibly light and nimble as long as you aren't using the brakes. It was a blast to ride in Cambridge, but not especially fun to ride in Del Rio, Texas.
Some of the more special hidden features include a rear brake which requires a push-rod instead of a pull cable. As an added bonus, the rod has two bends to take it from the right to left side of the bike. I can only assume this racing modification was intended to minimize stopping force and braking action.
Additionally, the Goldie style pipes keep access to the engine minimal. This enhances the free flow of oil from engine to pavement.
Lastly, I've been told by multiple MOT inspectors, Customs Agents, and Texas Vehicle Inspectors that the fuel leaking from the carburetor on to hot engine parts is a fire hazard. I don't know any other way to leave Ghost Rider style flame burnouts, so that particular modification stays.
not to love about a BSA? Classic lines, classic British
engineering, and a legacy of head-turners that keep those of us that
love the old iron lusting for more!
"Lykum" BIR # 144