THE DAG­GER

DON SHERWOOD’S 1966 BSA LIGHT­NING

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Don Sherwood’s 1966 BSA Light­ning

These days one hardly ever hears of cus­tomiz­ing a 1960s BSA Light­ing to such a de­gree as Don Sherwood did back in 1972. In­gle­wood, Cal­i­for­nia’s own Mr. Sherwood started with a run­ning and rid­ing $800 Brit bike, and in 15 months’ time with $700 in parts, paint, and chrome you see the re­sult.

Don pulled the mo­tor and gave it a .060 over­bore and some 10.5:1 com­pres­sion pis­tons. Don then stabbed the hopped-up mo­tor into the re­worked frame, which pos­sessed the added fea­tures of a weld- on San­tee hard­tail kit and a 3/4-inch rake on the neck. Once the 14-inch- over springer, side cov­ers, rocker cover, brake pedal, oil tank, and a mess of other parts were back from chrome Don got very busy hang­ing all the shiny stuff on the bike.

The BSA rolls on a 21-inch wheel in the front and a 16-inch rear wheel shod in Avon rub­ber. We re­ally like the us­age of the Sport­ster tank, dual AEE quartz io­dine head­lights, and acrylic paint treat­ment this bike was given. We believe this wild Z-bar- out­fit­ted bike has stood the test of time and still looks good some 45-plus years later. SC

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