Edited by Tridentman on January 13, 2018, 12:16 am
I said I knew a little but was ignorant of a lot.
He told me that he had bought a BSA but that it was difficult to start and ran rough when it did run and woukld I have a look at it.
I went to his place a couple of days later to find the points in a terrible condition and the rectifier plates loose and the wiring generally rough.
I recommended to him that he fit electronis ignition and a solid state rectifier/regulator unit and tidy up the wiring.
At the mention of electronic ignition his eyes glazed over.
So I said that I would write down a list of things for him to buy and when he had them I would install them for him.
A couple of weeks later I installed a Pazon ignition and a Podtronics rectifier/regulator and tidied up the wiring.
The bike started second kick and ran sweetly.
As I was leaving I said to him "If you ever want to sell it then please let me know".
I saw Vic for a couple of years after that on the BSA and for 2 or 3 years after that on a Harley.
Roll on to August 2017 --I was at the same local bike meet and up comes Vic. I had not seen him for several years.
He told me that he had just bought his seventh Harley, was short of space and would I be interested in buying the BSA, reminding me of what I had said in 2008!
I went round to his house the next day and bought the BSA. I got a good deal because he said that he felt guilty for not having paid me for the work I had done for him in 2008.
I guess that what goes around comes around.
So here is the 1971 BSA Lightning I bought.
Not a standard color but (personal opinion of course) I think it looks quite nice.
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