1968 BSA A65 FIREBIRD SCRAMBLER
One of only 250 produced in 1968
Frame No.: AS5FB 7800
Engine No. A65 FB 7909
When the Firebird Scrambler model showed up on American shores in 1968 it looked tough, it rode tough, and was built as a "desert sled", nickname for off-road/enduro/desert-racing made famous by the likes of Steve McQueen. Fitted with a sturdy four stroke, parallel twin, OHV 654cc engine.
In first year of production, BSA made only 250 of these Firebirds, almost all of which went to the United States, with those side-panel decals showing the crossed American and British flags. It fitted with high pipes, small tank, lightweight alloy fenders, lack of grab bar, and the universal tires, together with the twin carbs of the Lightning and Spitfire models giving it more high-rpm power, but a little less pull down low. Even with BSA’s successful track record with enduro racing bikes, the BSA Firebird cost a healthy $1,360, which priced out many struggling American college students, who opted for cheaper Japanese bikes, so production numbers were lower than anticipated, with the model only running from 1968-1971.
This attractive A65 Firebird Scrambler on offer here has been in its current ownership for the past 10 years, with the bike being secured from a close friend who had custodianship for 15 years prior to that. The bike presents as a well-maintained example, having never had a full restoration. We are informed that with the last 10 years it’s had its original fibreglass tank repaired (mounting hole leak) and repainted, new wiring harness; electronic ignition; battery; carburettor (30ml Amal Premier Concentric). The bike has also been enhanced with a higher gearing ratio making it much more user friendly for the open road.
This BSA's 650cc A65 is rare to find in Australia and indeed harder to find an example that has been so well maintained and yet sparing used. Smiths odometer displaying 01950 miles.
This motorcycle is being sold unregistered