1966 BSA A65 SPITFIRE SPECIAL
This was the hot rod version of the A65, just behind the A65 Lightning. Like the Lightning, the Spitfire had twin Amal carbs (Amal Monoblocs would be standard for 1966; Amal Concentrics didn’t arrive until 1967.)
The unit construction 650 twin hadn’t changed in any major way since its introduction in 1962. However, there had been constant incremental improvements made as problems presented themselves. Lots of improvements were made in the main bearings which started out with a bushing on the timing side, but was soon upgraded to a bearing. This is just one of the many running changes that were made over time that the A65 benefitted from. They were actually becoming fairly reliable, as long as you didn’t press them too hard.
1966 BSA A65 Hornet Scrambler
A65 HORNET SCRAMBLER
The Hornet was BSA‘s 650 dirt bike. They came stripped of all highway gear, knobby tires, special gearing, and those slick side pipes, one running high on each side of the bike. No way you’re going to hit them, right?