Four postcards from the stateside BSA advertising department. Get the bike, get the girl, have the lifestyle. The '69 BSA range did indeed look pretty awesome but the looks belied designs stretched to the limit, iffy reliability and heavy vibrations. To me the '69 Lightning was a massively iconic bike, I mean Hunter S Thompson has one and it also starred in the public school counter culture revolution film, 'If'. I too had one for a while, it wasn't a great example and maybe had it been fully sorted I would have loved it more. In the end I sold it on to a friend (and almost lost a friendship over it!), he sorted it out with much time, effort and money and then also didn't particularly bond with it and in turn passed it on. Stunning looking bike though....
Captions under the postcards are copied verbatim from the spiel on the reverse.
|BSA Starfire 250 250cc Single|
This is the lightweight with the heavyweight performance.
Four-stroke ohv power makes this one look and act like a
bike with twice the displacement.
|BSA Royal Star 500cc Twin|
All the power you'll ever need to flatten the steepest hills,
even with two up. Easy starting, easy riding, easy to look at
and the lowest-priced, full-sized Twin in the BSA line.