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1962-1965 BSA A50 & A65 FACTORY WORKSHOP MANUAL UNIT-CONSTRUCTION TWINS
Author: Floyd Clymer
VP Book ID: 20139
Dimensions: 8 1/4" x 10 3/4"
Description:252 pages, and more than 240 illustrations and charts, size 8.25 x 10.75 inches.
This publication is a faithful reproduction of the 1962-1965 BSA Factory Workshop Manual part number 00-4113 that covers the A50 (500cc) and A65 (650cc) unit-construction twins manufactured between August 1961 through the end of July 1965.
It should be noted that BSA model years ran from August through July. For example, the 1962 models were released in August 1961, the 1963 models in August 1962 etc. This can, at times, cause confusion and the only sure method of determining ‘what year is it?’ is by the serial number. The various engine and frame numbers for the 1962 to 1965 unit-construction twins are shown in the table below. Note that the pre-1966 engine and frame numbers seldom matched.
MODEL KEY: C = Cyclone, CC = Cyclone Competition, L = Lightning, LC = Lightning Clubman, LR = Lightning Rocket, R = Rocket, S = Star, SH = Spitfire Hornet, TR = Thunderbolt Rocket.
EXTENSION (-) KEY: CB = Cable (Rear) Brake, CR = Close Ratio Gearbox, PM = Police Model, RB = Rod (Rear) Brake, RC = Rev Counter, UK = United Kingdom Model, US = USA Model.
(1) An additional ‘C’ included in the engine
number denotes ‘Close Ratio’ gearbox.
(See 1964 Cyclone A50C-CR as an example).
(2) Some engines also carry additional
letters such as ‘HC’ for ‘High Compression’.
In 1945, after the war had ended, BSA resumed production of their civilian line of motorcycles. However, they continued their pre-war practice of publishing repair, overhaul and technical information in the form of (dealer only) individual ‘Service Sheets’. It was not until the early 1960’s that BSA discontinued the service sheet program and eventually started publishing model specific workshop manuals that were available to the general public.
Consequently, owners of BSA motorcycles are subjected to considerable confusion surrounding the appropriate selection from the multitude of ‘workshop manual’ reprints that have recently flooded the on-line marketplace. Many of the reprints found on internet websites are from ‘bedroom sellers’ at enticingly low prices by individuals that really have no idea what they are selling. Many are nothing more than poor quality comb-bound photocopies that are scanned and printed complete with greasy pages and thumbprints and, as such, are deceptively described as ‘pre-owned’, ‘used’ or even ‘refurbished’! In addition, they are often advertised for the incorrect series and/or model years of motorcycles.
However, VelocePress has been producing high-quality reprints of out-of-print motorcycle and automotive manuals and books since 2000. Therefore, you can be assured that this publication has received the utmost care and attention in its preparation...$29.95 USD