DON SHERWOOD’S 1966 BSA LIGHTNING
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