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Would you like an extra-special Christmas present? Here’s your chance to celebrate the New Year with a new classic motorcycle then, courtesy of the VMCC...

There’s only a few weeks left to run in the Vintage Motorcycle Club’s end of year classic bike raffle. This time the Club is giving away a 1969 BSA Lightning, the twin-carb unit construction 650 twin. By the end of the 1960s the A65 had reached what many consider to be its best incarnation, prior to its rebirth in the 1970s in oil-in-frame form. The ’69 model boasted an effective 2ls 8-inch front brake in a full width hub, decent electrics with an improved alternator, plus the usual street-sports styling with humped dual seat, twin clocks and a folding kickstart.

Photographed from the top of a convenient step-ladder... 1969 BSA A65 Lightning - Win this bike in the VMCC Raffle

The VMCC raffle bike has been further improved with a Boyer electronic ignition. The Lightning was recently ridden by VMCC CEO James Hewing who reports that ‘tickling the handed concentrics and half-choke brought the bike to life from cold every time, with minimal amounts of effort needed to boot over the 9:1 compression.

‘Its twin pipes provide a very spirited bark’ says James, ‘but the Lightning is surprisingly smooth up to just below 5000rpm when the vibes set in. The machine feels very surefooted indeed with its 110/90 18-inch Avon Roadrunner rear tyre.

‘I’m fairly tall at 6’3” and with the bike’s saddle height at 31-inches I felt I was “in” rather than “on” the bike, perhaps due to the humped seat’s fairly narrow padding. The flat bars made for a comfortable yet fairly sporting riding position. The wonderful twin leading shoe front brake was more than up to the job, even in the cut and thrust of rush hour traffic. It’s powerful enough and provides great feedback which in turn gives you bags of confidence.

‘For me, BSA really got it right with the look of the sculptured tank and sidepanels. The A65L is still a striking machine nearly 40 years after it rolled off the production line.’

James Hewing donned his disguise and tried to make off with the VMCC raffle prize... 1969 BSA A65 Lightning - Win this bike in the VMCC Raffle
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So there you have one of the most practical classics for riding on modern roads, and it could be yours for just the price of a raffle ticket. Even if you don’t win the Beezer, you might collect one of the runner-up prizes which include a snazzy Davida Jet helmet.

The draw will take place on Friday 19th December 2008 and the happy winner will be informed straight away, in time to collect the Lightning for that all-important Boxing Day club run. We can see it now: ‘Look what Santa brought for me! Had a helluva job getting it down the chimney…’

Raffle tickets can be obtained via VMCC HQ on 01283 540557 or you can order them online at


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