|Quoting SlamClick (Reply 12):|
Quoting Dougloid (Thread starter):
Sorry, but what BSA really means is 'Bastard Stopped Again!' I know, I had a couple of them.
Jeez.....I had five of six of them when they could be dragged out of people's back yards for a couple hundred bucks.
I had one back in 76, it was an A65FS, I dragged it out of a guy's yard, no instruments so there was no idea how many miles were on it. I had the wheels relaced, changed the oil, put a new battery in it and rode it from New Jersey to Nova Scotia, all around the peninsula, down to Massachusetts and then back to Jersey. Used one pint of oil, two spark plugs, and I had to have the battery charged because I'd accidentally left the lights on.
See, the key to keeping a Besa running well was in today's parlance "systems management". That meant you didn't jump on the seat hard, as you would prang the diode pack. It also meant that you took the time to make sure the ignition system was working properly, points properly gapped, and the Amals properly set up. The one weakness of the Besa was that they tended to overheat in traffic and then they'd vaporlock. You just had to keep moving.
Oh....and knowing where you could get Sunoco 260 always helped.
It was really no different than keeping a big Healey running right.
I've had a few others-a Royal Enfield 750 Interceptor II
, an old Matchless, and a Triumph 500cc Trophy which I bought new in 1970. The Triumph was the best handling of the lot, although the Besa was pretty good after I put a Ceriani front end on it.
The Kaw is a 750cc vertical twin, and I can see no reason why Kawasaki built such a thing unless it was to say to the world "This is how it's done." It is as reliable and oil tight as a Buick sedan, the systems are all dead reliable, and if the Brits had built stuff like that back in the day they'd still be selling more bikes than anyone else.